It’s been a hot minute since we’ve had a good dupe or dud here, and this one actually dropped in my lap on it’s own. Pixi Beauty recently collaborated with 4 Youtubers and I was generously sent all the products to try out. When I was trying the Glow-y powder in Santorini Sunset I realized it reminded me of my beloved (and holy grail!) LORAC Light Source Illuminating Highlighter in Daylight. So of course I had to share and dupe it out with you guys!
LORAC Light Source vs PIXI Glow-Y Powder
Disclaimer: I am very picky when I do my dupe or dud posts. There are SO many videos, posts, and pins going around right now claiming that so many drugstore products are dupes. And more often I feel like it’s just because they look similar or have similar claims. That does NOT mean it’s a dupe in my eyes! I want the drugstore product to PERFORM and LAST just as well (or better!) as my high end product. Just because I can get the same look with a drugstore eyeshadow palette as a highend one does NOT make it a dupe if the drugstore one creases and fades after a few hours worth of wear and the highend can take me through a 14 hour day.
LORAC Light Source Illuinating Highlight in Daylight | Retail: $23 | Instantly bring luminosity and life to your face with Lorac Light Source Highlighter. These paraben-free, high-pearl highlighters are infused with anti-aging antioxidants and light diffusing, soft focus pigments for a silky-smooth, luminous glow.
Pixi by Petra x Aspyn Ovard Glow-Y Powder in Santorini Sunset | Retail: $16 | This velvety soft highlighter adds a hint of glow, creating a luminous effect. Natural mineral powder hydrates and reflects light to brighten complexion. Created by Aspyn Ovard for all skin tones.
So I decided to give you two swatches, one with just an intense swatch and one more blended out. As you can see…they look pretty identical. Both have a beautiful goldeny sheen, though that doesn’t come through in the photos. What do you think? Are they dupes?
I’m sure this is obvious — if not, look at the swatches again, 🙂 In person, sometimes I think the LORAC light source might have a TOUCH more gold in it…but honestly, that’s when I’m trying really hard to pick out a difference.
Both of these are very, very soft — almost a cool buttery soft feeling. It’s super nice! Once swirl in either of these will back a punch of powder onto your finger. I couldn’t tell a difference between how the Light Source or the Glow-y powder feels!
Used on the face with a highlighter brush, I honestly can’t tell a difference. They both start off really soft but can be built up (or spritz with Fix+) for a really intense and pretty glow! Watch THIS Instagram tutorial to see the LORAC light source highlighter in action!
Amount of Product
This is the most notable difference, in my opinion. The LORAC Light Source contains o.21 oz of product. The Pixi and Aspyn Glow-y powder has 0.36 oz of products. So that’s 0.15 more product in the cheaper option. Not a bad difference, if you ask me. 🙂
The LORAC Light Source highlighter is in a sleek, magnetized compact. The Pixi Glow-y powder has a screw on cap. Not a big deal, but it does take more effort to use the Pixi highlighter as opposed to the LORAC. 🙂
So, Is It a Dupe?
Yes! I don’t know what else to tell you…except that I totally think the Glow-y powder in Santorini Sunset is an exact dupe for the light source in Daylight. I was so excited when I discovered this dupe — I couldn’t wait to share it with you all! So if you’ve been wanting to get the LORAC highlighter…visit your local Target and see if they stock the Sontorini Sunset Glow-y powder. 🙂
Another reason I wanted to go ahead and make this Dupe or Dud — considering one is limited edition — is that if, months down the road, someone wishes they had gotten the Pixi and Aspyn Glow-y powder collab…this will hopefully help! You can still get the same color and payoff with the LORAC light source in Daylight. And it’ll probably be cheaper — considering how expensive old limited edition makeup can be!
What do you think? Would you consider these identical? Do you own one or the other?
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