I’m going to start this post on a slight negative but I find the overuse of the word “dupe” to be really annoying. Everyone is desperate to label anything a dupe even when they’re just similar, when a genuine dupe is a product which performs the same, is the same shade or has the same formula as another product. I love a good dupe but only when it’s a real dupe, and for example just because a mascara has a similar shaped wand to another mascara, it doesn’t make it a dupe. My favourite kind of dupes are those you discover accidentally and that happened with the Essence Fresh and Fit Awake Primer and the Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow Primer. I probably would never have stumbled across this dupe normally, but I just so happened to photograph each product within an hour of eachother and noticed they were similar in many ways so i decided I really need to test them against eachother to see if they were indeed a dupe. There’s £35 difference between the two, read on to find out…
The Essence Fresh and Fit Awake Primer is a brand new launch as part of the Essence Autumn and Winter 2017 Collection, and is £3.50 from Wilko and contains 30ml of product. It is described as containing light reflecting pigments for a pore minimising effect, with a vitamin complex and cranberry water. It also claims to extend the weartime of your makeup as well as creating a smoother, fresher complexion.
The Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow Instant Soft Focus Beauty Flash is £38.50 for 40ml from the Charlotte Tilbury website and is one of their bestselling, award winning products. It can be used under foundation or worn alone and has an illuminating effect on the skin with soft focus ceramic microspheres for a flawless, poreless complexion.
I’ve included three different swatch photos – the first shows the primers when they’re first squeezed from their tubes, the second shows each primer being blended into the skin whilst the third photo shows both primers being fully blended into the skin. In the first two photos the colour difference is quite noticeable, with the Essence Fresh and Fit Awake Primer being a light peach colour whilst the Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow is a bronze colour, but both have pearlescent effect. When the two primers are fully blended into the skin, there is almost no difference whatsoever in the swatch photo above. I have applied each primer to one half of my face, and you cannot tell a difference when on the face, they’re visually identical with the same luminous glow.
They have identical consistencies in that they’re both lightweight lotions which absorb quickly and leave no greasiness on the skin. One difference between the two is the scent as Wonder Glow has a subtle rose scent whereas Fresh & Fit has a subtle generic floral scent which I actually prefer as I don’t like rose scents but they’re both extremely subtle and not at all noticeable when on the skin. They both leave the skin very dewy, soft and luminous and they both have a subtle blurring effect on the skin.
Apart from the differing scents, I hand on heart cannot find any other differences between them – the Essence Fresh and Fit Awake Primer is an AMAZING dupe for the Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow and even their ingredients are similar so I don’t think this was an accidental dupe on Essence’s part. I love the Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow, but the Essence dupe is fantastic and I’m so excited to have found it as the Essence primer is £35 cheaper than the Wonder Glow, and I’d much rather use the £35 to spend on other gorgeous Charlotte Tilbury products.
What do you think of this amazing Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow dupe?