Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Dupes

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Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Face Primer vs. Milani Soft Focus Glow Complexion Enhancer

*Both brands are cruelty-free according to Cruelty-Free Kitty. Makeup Maven, Kristin, says: Both of these products claim they can be used in multiple ways (over, under, or instead of foundation) to make you look radiant and more smooth (by blurring fine lines). Both of these products come in plastic packaging - the Milani has a pump, while the Charlotte Tilbury dispenses through a small squeeze tube. Additionally, both products had some fragrance to them, although neither was overpowering or lingered on the skin. I found that these products gave me a very similar boost of radiance when used under liquid foundation. They both contain micropearls, so there is a shimmer to both of them without any glitter that is lovely, although the Milani product is a bit darker in tone. The Milani is also a bit thicker of a product, but I found that made it easier to spread over my face and rub into the skin. Under powder foundation, the sheen that both products offered was more pronounced and still very similar. However, the Milani primer broke down my powder foundation within 4 hours, while the Charlotte Tilbury lasted all day with no problems. I also tried these products as a highlighter over liquid foundation - they went on nicely without disrupting my base products. I was able to apply both with either a brush or a damp sponge.

The Charlotte Tilbury offered a nice subtle sheen of a highlight and stayed put for several hours. Unfortunately, the Milani didn't really show up as a highlight, even with multiple layers of product. Last, I tried both of these products without any foundation at all, and they both offered quite subtle benefits. I'm not sure that for me either product offered enough benefit as a solo product to wear them in this way again, but they did look similar on my skin. Wear time was a bit longer with the Charlotte Tilbury. Overall, if you plan to wear this product as a primer, the Milani is a nice product that will save you a significant amount of money for a VERY similar look. However, if you are interested in a product that is more versatile and can be used as a primer or highlight, then the Charlotte Tilbury may be worth the splurge. Buy Milani or Buy Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Face Primer vs. Physician's Formula Spotlight Illuminating Primer

*Both brands are cruelty-free according to Ethical Elephant. Makeup Maven, Kristin, says: These two primers have very similar radiance-boosting and skin blurring claims, but are quite different in several ways, including price point. The consistency and blendability of these products are similar, and are thick enough to sink into the skin but still move around easily. They both lasted the same amount of time on me (usually a full day's worth of wear) under both powder and liquid foundation, although I feel the skin blurring properties didn't last as long as the boost of shine I got from both primers. The finish/color of these isn't quite the same - although I personally didn't notice a difference in color once on the skin. The Charlotte Tilbury is closer to a pale gold color and is subtly reflective, giving off a nice glow, while the Physicians Formula is a champagne color and is highly reflective, with a much brighter shine. I could definitely tell the difference on my skin under my foundations.

Because of these differences, I personally wouldn't wear the Physician's Formula on it's own which I can do with the Charlotte Tilbury, BUT the Physician's Formula doubles as a really beautiful highlighter. The packaging is very different - the Physicians Formula comes in a glass bottle with a pump, and the Charlotte Tilbury is packaged in plastic with a small squeeze tube. Last, and worth nothing, is that the Physicians Formula primer is very heavily fragranced, to the point where the smell lingers on the skin even after applying my other makeup. If you're scent sensitive, I would tread carefully with this product. Overall, I think these products aren't necessarily dupes for each other, but the drugstore product here offers a great alternative for a significantly cheaper price point.

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