Over the past few months, I’ve really jumped on the beauty YouTube bandwagon and have spent many a commute and lunch hours (well, any hour, let’s be real) watching makeup tutorials and dupe videos. While I think there are items out there that are truly worth the price, it’s always nice to find an inexpensive alternative. On a recent lunch break, I wandered into an e.l.f. store and came across the Gotta Glow Lip Tint. The description seemed very similar to one of my all time favorites– Dior Addict Lip Glow.
Dior’s product is a holy grail for me, I absolutely love it. I originally found it way back in the early days of Pinterest. I tracked it down at Sephora and was instantly hooked. If you are unfamiliar with the product, it’s kind of like a cross between a tinted gloss and a lip balm. According to the product description it is, “A sheer balm that enhances your natural lip color while moisturizing and protecting lips.” The texture, the light scent, the color, I love everything about it. But at a $33 price tag, I thought maybe the e.l.f. version could be a great dupe at just $6. E.l.f.’s website says this is a new product, not sure how new it actually is, but the pink shade is sold out online currently.
Right off the bat, I can tell you there are differences in texture. The e.l.f. product is much more slippery and the formula feels thinner than Dior, which is thicker and actually feels like it’s moisturizing your lips. Dior has this really great vanilla-ish scent that is not overpowering at all and it’s not sugary either. E.l.f. doesn’t really have much of a scent/flavor (which I appreciate), but does have more of that lipstick smell. I think you know what I mean. More … chemical-y? I don’t know, but there is a difference.
In the photos above, I am wearing the two side by side. Can you tell the difference? I have e.l.f. on the right and Dior on the left. The colors are certainly similar, but on me e.l.f. is a slightly brighter pink than Dior. When I look closely, I can see a difference but it’s not totally obvious from far away. It does look different swatched on my hand (see below), but when you actually apply, the difference is not as pronounced. Typically, I use Lip Glow on days when I don’t feel like wearing lipstick because you don’t need to be too careful when applying and it goes on easily and quickly, while giving you a good amount of color. I find it especially helpful during the week, when lipstick is just too much of a hassle. Both of these products have good staying power as far as color pay off, which is helpful for me because my lips tend to look pale without anything.
It does have a bit of a staining effect, but since the color is pretty subtle, its not to the point of needing to scrub it off. There are major differences in the ingredients lists, so that is also something to consider if that is important to you.
E.l.f Gotta Glow Lip Tint in Perfect Pink
Octyldodecanol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Isononyl Isononanoate, Polyethylene, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate, Triisodecyl Trimellitate, Diisostearylmalate, Stearyl Dimethicone, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelila) Wax, Synthetic Beeswax, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Ve), Ethylhexylglycerin, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl, Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Propylparaben. MAY CONTAIN: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891),Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 27 Lake (CI 45410), Red 21 Lake (CI 45380).
Dior Addict Lip Glow
- Mango Butter: Ultra nourishing to soothe the lips.
- Loofah Extract: Moisturizes and heals.
I don’t think e.l.f.’s product would qualify as an exact dupe, but it is damn close and definitely a good alternative if you just don’t want to spend the money on Dior. Overall, I think Dior’s Lip Glow is more moisturizing, but they both have the same effect. It’s easy and effortless and really comes down to personal taste.