Let's get on with it, shall we?
NARS Orgasm and Laguna in separate pans.
What the actual NARS Duo looks like (photo from Sephora.com), $41
e.l.f Contouring Blush & Bronzer Duo, $3
As you can see, the packaging for the two products in question are quite similar. Both are black clamshell compacts with large mirrors and similar pans. However, the NARS compact (and the rest of the NARS products) has a rubberized texture. The elf compact is significantly less weighted and isn’t as high quality. Even though the packaging isn't really important when it comes to dupes, I thought I should mention it.
- Has a golden sheen to it
- More peach
- More sheer
- Finely milled
- More opaque
- Very powdery
- It has glitter chunks in it
- The pink is actually lighter, but since is doesn’t have the sheen like Orgasm it appears darker on both swatches
- Lighter shade
- Has a subtle warm shimmer
- Finely milled
- Darker bronze shade
- Has golden glitter
- The NARS surpasses e.l.f in terms of quality. The powders are much more finely milled, kick up less powder, and are more easily blended.
- The e.l.f products end up depositing more pigmentation on the brush and face because the powders are a bit dryer and less densely pressed.
So there you have it! These two products aren't a far cry from each other, but they're certainly not dupes. That being said, they're both pretty useful to stash in your bag if you're on the run because you get two products in some sleek packaging with a large mirror even though the e.l.f one is less of a quality product, but at a $38 difference I'm really not complaining.