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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Makeup | 6 Of The Best Dupes

When it comes to makeup, as much as I do love Instagrammable, high end products, I’m also a sucker for a dupe. You can’t beat discovering a product that is pretty much identical to a high end one, but a snip of the price, especially if you get through products at the rate I do. There's been some controversy recently on social media about dupes, with some higher end brands getting annoyed at our high street faves copying them, but in my eyes it's a total compliment to the popularity of the product. Plus, only a small percentage of people can afford to spend a small fortune on cosmetics, so I think it's great that more affordable brands are offering versions of our favourite 'hero products.'

In today’s post I am going to be talking about some of my current favourites. All have been tried, tested, and are pretty darn amazing!

Dupe for: Milani Prep Set Go Illuminating Powder (£13)
This setting powder not only keeps your makeup in place, but it also adds a pearlescent sheen to the skin which looks absolutely gorgeous. Now, a bit of a disclaimer here, the first time I used this I got a bit carried away, and applied it all over my face. As great as it is, it's best if you stick to the same areas that you would highlight to avoid the overly shiny look- I think less is more when it comes to this product. Having tried the Milani illuminating powder a few times before, I can vouch that it is a pretty good dupe, and as long as you don't get carried away, it offers a more natural alternative to full on highlighting, so is perfect for adding a radiant daytime glow to the face. 

 W7 Hollywood Bronze & Glow- £5.95
Dupe for: Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow (£49)
The Charlotte Tilbury palette is one of the brand's best- selling products, particularly since contouring and highlighting the face has become so popular, and now nearly every budget brand has their own version. Although my local drug store has contour duos a plenty, none are quite as boldly similar to Charlotte's as this £5.95 offering by W7. Now, if we are going on giftability, then the Tilbury palette, with its rose gold case and compact mirror is the winner. If, however, we are going on colour, application and wearability, well, there's not much in it if I'm honest. Both palettes contain a mid brown bronzer for contouring and sculpting the face, as well as a champagne toned highlighter which looks amazing on the cheekbones, cupid's bow, nose and under the brows. Both bronzers have just the right amount of colour- not too deep, nor too orange- and the highlighters are practically the same as well, with the Tilbury one being a tad more on the warm side, versus the cooler W7 one. If you've got Charlotte's palette on your wish list but aren't sure whether to commit to the price rage, I would definitely recommend giving W7 a go. 

Maxfactor Creme Puff Blusher- £8.99
Dupe for: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush (£28)
This marbled beauty from Maxfactor is definitely inspired by Hourglass' cult blush- both contain multi tonal pigment mixed with highlight, and come in around 6 shades which cover an array of pink tones- from cool to warm. Hourglass' blush is slightly softer to the touch and blends more seamlessly, but considering Maxfactor's is a third of the price, it's still a lovely product which gives a generous, yet buildable, wash of colour that lasts all day. I apply to the apples of my cheeks with my blusher brush, then back along my cheekbones for a natural finish. The flecks of highlight look gorgeous on the cheekbones, and overall gives a more 3 dimensional look to the face than you would get with a matte blush. 

Dupe for: Mac Studio Finish Orange Concealer (£16)
When it comes to dark circles, a true orange concealer will help to cancel out the blue undertones, and make them overall appear less visible. I use this little pot by NYX underneath my regular concealer- simply take a small amount, apply under the eyes with a concealer brush, then blend into the skin in gentle motions. The orange colour will still be visible when you apply your regular concealer over the top, but I find that blending it in with my beauty blender gives a flawless finish.

Dupe for: YSL Touche Eclat (£22.50)
I've featured this concealer on My So Kohl'd Life before- I love it as it's so affordable, gives great results and is a total handbag staple. Like its high end twin, it  comes in a gold tube, with brush applicator, and it can not only be used to conceal dark lines and blemishes (for best results use alongside the above concealer), but also to brighten and highlight the face. It comes in 2 shades- fair and medium- and both can be blended into the skin easily with a sponge or the fingertips. I've used quite a few SEVENTEEN products recently, and as well as this, they also offer lots of other dupes at really great prices. 

Superdrug Vitamin E Facial Toning Mist- £2.99
Dupe for: Mac Fix Plus Spray (£17.50)
This £2.99 facial toning mist from Superdrug’s Vitamin E range contains pretty much the same ingredients as Mac Fix Plus, with some added extras to soothe, refresh and tone the skin. I do love a multi-use product, and this can be used either after cleansing the face as a toner, or after makeup has been applied, as a fixing spray. Mac’s Fix Plus retails for £17.50 for 100ml, so is nearly six times the price, plus Superdrug’s bottle is also 150ml so you get even more for your money. It is packed with multi vitamins to helps to nourish the skin, as well as horse chestnut extract which makes it smell absolutely divine! 

What dupes are you loving at the moment? 

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  1. I have the W7 Bronze & Glow palette but haven't used it yet. I'm very tempted to give it a go tomorrow. x

    Jordan Alice

    1. Hi Jordan, thanks for your comment. Ooh, let me know how you get on with it! x

  2. Absolutely loveee this post! Finding dupes is one of my absolute fave things to do, it's always so satisfying?! Definitely got a lot of these on my list to try now. Superdrug also do an amazing dupe for Liz Earle's hot cloth cleanser, you should check it out! x

    ellie etc | a personal style & lifestyle blog

    1. Hi Ellie! Thanks so much for your comment, I'm glad you liked my post. Haha, I know what you mean, I love finding a good dupe!! Thanks for the tip on the hot cloth cleanser, I'll check this out :) x

  3. The Superdrug toning mist sounds amazing! I do find MAC Fix+ handy sometimes but I don't think it's really worth the price tag so I'll need to give this a shot when I run out. I'm also loving the sound of the Collection powder - I love a bit of soft focus glow! Thanks for sharing this post, I absolutely love a good, bargain dupe! xx

    1. Hi Amanda, thanks for your comment. I know, it seems excessive to spend so much on a water spray, doesn't it! Glad you enjoyed my post :) x

  4. Love love love the max factor blushers. Best on a budget. x

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