In the budget beauty world there are a lot of dupe comparisons, but they don’t always live up to expectations. One of these supposed dupes is e.l.f. Studio Blush in Gotta Glow versus NARS Albatross. I was finally able to do a side by side comparison of the two so that I could prove the validity of this claim for myself.
On my last several trips to Sephora I have gravitated to the NARS section to swatch Albatross. Up until this year I have not really been into highlighters, but over the last five or six months I have warmed up to them. Albatross is a gorgeous ivory gold highlight that has captured my attention. But, at $28 a pop, NARS blushes are out of my price range. Luckily, e.l.f. has an answer to my problem in Gotta Glow.
Let me say right now that I do not want to claim that e.l.f. is comparable to NARS in quality. NARS is better, hands down. The question that I am posing (and hopefully answering) is the one that asks if Gotta Glow is close enough to Albatross to be considered a feasible alternative.
This comparison is based solely on the swatches I have to present here because I have not purchased Albatross. I swatched Albatross in Sephora, and when I walked out of the mall, I swatched Gotta Glow (which I do own) right next to it. NARS Albatross is smooth and very finely milled. There isn’t a lot of fall out from what I could tell. Gotta Glow is a little more powdery and not as finely milled. There is some fall out if you don’t give your brush a tap off before applying. E.l.f.’s Gotta Glow is easily blendable, though, and does not apply chalky at all when blended on the skin.
As far as the shade match, they look almost identical to me. Here is the swatch in both the sun and in the shade. There may be a slight difference but it really isn’t noticeable. E.l.f.’s Gotta Glow is just as beautiful as NARS Albatross.
I left the swatches on my hand for four hours, and e.l.f. held up very well. I believe (from reviews I’ve read online) that NARS blushes last all day and I know from experience that e.l.f. Studio Blushes only last around six hours or so before fading. Personally, that isn’t a deal breaker for me because I don’t need my highlighter to last more than that. In my opinion, e.l.f. Gotta Glow is an acceptable dupe for NARS Albatross. They aren’t exactly the same, but they are pretty darned close. For my money, I’m happy with my $3 Gotta Glow and don’t feel the need to buy the $28 NARS Albatross.