Dupe Alert: NARS Albatross Highlighter

16 November 2015

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Does anyone else feel a bit overwhelmed by the amount of highlighters on the market these days? Well here’s two more: NARS Albatross highlighting powder and its dupe, Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in Golden Lights.

Albatross is a finely milled, white highlighter with a golden iridescence. It might not look like it but it is truly a highlighter for every skin tone. The light colour means it isn’t too overpowering for pale skins, and the golden tone complements darker skins beautifully. Plus, although it’s pigmented, it’s not so intense that it looks over the top. It gives a great golden sheen on the cheekbones without being sparkly.

The Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in Golden Lights is the closest dupe I’ve found to NARS Albatross. In terms of colour, tone and iridescence I’d say it’s pretty much identical. The texture and colour pay-off is where I’d say the two differ, hence why the swatch looks more white than the NARS. Where the NARS version is finely milled and smooth, the Makeup Revolution one is MUCH more pigmented but quite a lot less finely milled and definitely more powdery. You definitely need less of the budget version for a similar effect. If anything, if you go in all guns blazing, Golden Lights will end up looking very sparkly, and almost glittery – but you can’t deny that pigmentation.

You can see in the swatches how much more intense Golden Lights is than Albatross. It’s also more metallic so if you’re into a full on highlighter, definitely go for Golden Lights. Albatross is a lot more subtle but can be built up if you want a look that packs more punch – making it a great day-to-night product.

If you’re on the fence, maybe the price difference will be the thing that sways you. NARS Albatross is £23 for 4.5g of product, while Makeup Revolution Golden Lights is £3.00 for 7.5g. It’s a no brainer on that front.

I personally use Albatross more often than Golden Lights, but that’s probably because I want to get my money’s worth! However I’ll definitely be cracking out Golden Lights for the festive season ahead (plus, I have a sneaky feeling it would make a great eyeshadow).

Have you tried either of these? Which do you prefer?

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  • These two highlighter do look very similar! But I would choose the Nars one probably as I don’t like chunky glittery highlighters on my skin as they emphasise my pores which is never a good look :) x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • Bee

      Yeah the NARS one is A LOT easier to use! x

  • daisy walters

    Oooh they both look amazing! I tend to go for more toned down shimmers but I really want to try something like this – mega highlight!

    x x | daisydaisyxxo

    • Bee

      Well for £3 it won’t hurt to try :) x

  • They do both look pretty but i definitely prefer the Nars one as the MR one looks a little too pigmented as a highlighter x

    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

    • Bee

      Yeah it’s crazy how pigmented it is! Didn’t think anything could be *too* pigmented but this is it! x

  • chantelle moore

    MR are so good for affordable alternatives! cant believe how pigmented their products are!!

    ♥ chantelle | chanbelle

    • Bee

      I know! It makes me wonder how they are able to offer such pigmented products at those prices when a lot of other cheap brands struggle?? x