Then, my eyes landed on a 20% off coupon Sephora sent just weeks earlier. Of course, I had to try it for myself. If Sephora's brand was indeed a suitable substitute, this could mean lots of extra dollars in my pocket.
This morning I finally had the opportunity to try the Sephora brand for the first time and thought I'd share my first impressions via a head to head show down.
Visually, there's a difference is in the color. Sephora's brand is a bit bluer in tint while Glam Glow is a bit grayer. Glam glow has wetter consistency. Both formulas have tiny little texture beads but the Sephora's beads seem a little more gentle. I actually prefer Glam Glow's beads 'cause I like to give myself an exfoliating treatment during the final rinse.
Another thing to note is the scent. Sephora's is heavily scented with a fragrance that I did not like (at all). Even with the scent, I'll still continue to use, but I would prefer an unscented version.
The huge difference in price could be attributed to the varied ingredients. Here's a break down of the their ingredients:
Water, Kaolin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sodium Hydroxide, Eucalyptus Globulus, Mandelic Acid, Charcoal, Parfum [Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool], Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Pyruvic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Maltodextrin, Iron Oxides, Peppermint Oil, Butylene Glycol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Glycerin, Chamoilla Recutita Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract, Hendera Helix Extract, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Tartaric Acid.
Kaolin, Water, Glycerin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Powder, Capryloyl Glycine, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Glyceryl Undecylenate, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), Phenoxyethanol, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Fragrance, Sodium Hydroxide, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Gluconate.
What I really, really like about GlamGlow are the stimulating and exfoliating ingredients. It has quite an array of acids which exfoliate and create brighter skin . GlamGlow also contains charcoal which has super, duper purifying power.
Honestly, I wouldn't consider Sephora a dupe in the true sense of the word because of how different the ingredients are. Essentially, they are two separate clay mask formulas. Both are decent, but in my opinion GlamGlow has more potential to impact the skin.
With that said, I still think Sephora is a decent product and one you should pick up. If you have really troubled skin, consider upgrading to GlamGlow (or putting it on your Christmas list). Someone with fairly normal skin could get away with using Sephora with decent results, but if you are on a mission to transform your skin, GlamGlow might give the slight edge.
Your third option, would be to make a true GlamGlow dupe at home. I whipped up a batch, a while back, with many of the same active ingredients for a small fraction of the cost.