This news has been spread among all beauty gurus already: I am talking about e.l.f Halo Glow Liquid Filter, $14, the official dupe of Charlotte Tilbury’s popular product, the Hollywood Flawless Filter, $44, adored by beauty influencers and makeup lovers.

It has been sold out online right away since its release, along with beauty stores being emptied out quickly. Well, as a beauty lover, you know I couldn’t help but buy it myself.

So, here are my honest thoughts. But first, let’s compare e.l.f Halo Glow Liquid Filter with Hollywood Flawless Filter.

If you are not acquainted with the cult-favourite Hollywood Flawless Filter, first let me tell you a bit about it. So, it easily blurs, smooths and illuminates the skin and can be worn alone, underneath or mixed with your foundation. It is pure magic!

Now, the new Elf complexion booster is a skincare and makeup hybrid, infused with great ingredients like Squalane and Hyaluronic Acid to moisturise and hydrate the skin. Plus, it is suitable for all skin types and has finely milled powders, which blur lines and pores for a smoother finish.

How can it be used? You can wear it alone, over or under makeup, mix it with your foundation for a glowy look or use it as a highlighter.

Looking at the product, you get 30ml of the Hollywood Flawless Filter (available in 12 shades), but 31.5ml of the Halo Glow Liquid Filter (available in 8 shades). So, you do get a bit more product with the elf bottle but there’s a bit less variety for different complexions. However, they are supposed to be 8 universal shades that work across all skin tones (bonus tips: in case of a slightly different shade, you can correct the correct gap with a powder that matches your skin tone).

One of the most (perhaps only) noticeable differences between the two formulas isn’t actually the formula – it’s the applicator. When it comes to the applicator, the Elf Cosmetics glow booster has a bigger brush, which I found made spreading it quicker and easier. Bonus point.

When I say it is very luminous, it is for real. I find myself struggling with concealers very often due to their formula: it happens that some types of concealers dry on my under-eyes area, creating anti-aesthetic crow’s feet. In the case of Elf Halo Glow, even after I applied powder to set my base, its formula was still steady and bright. I went for shade 2 fair/light for the Elf Halo Glow and its consistency, texture and finish is very close to the Charlotte Tilbury cult-favourite. I have used it as highlighter as well, and I have to admit that it works effectively.

If you see the product in action, there’s honestly no notable difference in the finish. It delivers that refined glow that smoothes the skin and makes you look like a natural beauty.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a more affordable alternative to the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter, you should definitely give the Elf Cosmetcis Halo Glow Liquid Filter a try.

What are your thoughts? Are you keen on trying out new dupes or are you loyal to your evergreen beauty products?

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