Are they Really Dupes?


I always see posts (mainly on pinterest) of supposed 'dupes'. And sometimes this can just be purely because the packaging or the name is similar rather than the actual formula or shade. I realised I had quite a few of these products and their high-end counter parts. I've been testing them and ready to share my thoughts on whether they're are dupes or not...

LA Pro Coverage Foundation | £11 and Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation | £27

I see these dubbed as dupes all the time! But I really don't think they are. Aside from the packaging and both of them having 'HD' in their names, I really don't think these are anything a like. The LA Girl foundation has a much more watery consistency and the finish is dewy whereas, the Makeup Forever has a much more natural finish. I actually have a whole post comparing the two of them here. So check that out for more details.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer | £23 and Maybelline Fit Me Concealer | £5.99

These are another Two I see compared together all the time! But again, I don't think these are dupes. I like them both, and they're both amazing concealers but I wouldn't go as far as to say they are dupes. The NARS one has a really light, creamy consistency and offers really good, medium to full coverage. The finish is radiant and this is so long lasting it doesn't really crease on me. The Maybelline Fit Me has a lot thinner consistency than the NARS offering. It is really easy to blend though. I'd also say the coverage is slightly more sheer. And also find this creases a lot quicker on me. The Maybelline one is a great affordable concealer but I wouldn't say it was on par with the NARS one.

Farsali Rose Gold Elixir | £50 and NYX Honey Dew Me Up Primer | £14

After I reviewed Farsali oil a lot of people said they would love to try but it was slightly too expensive. And this stuff is pricey so I wanted to find a dupe for it. A few people were saying the NYX one is the same and I got really excited because it's one of my favourite primers. Although these aren't the same. Both of them have little Gold flecks in them but I think that's where the similarities end. Both have a different consistency. The Farasli one has a very runny consistency, where as the NYX is slightly thicker and stickier - it's more like a serum. Both of them are super hydrating though. The NYX one I found a lot more smoothing. The Farasali one gives a lot more of a dewy finish. I do like both of these as much as each other but I don't think they are dupes.

L'Oreal Lash Paradise | £9.99 and Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara* | £18 (full size)

This is a relatively new dupe I've seen flying around. I agree with everyone these Two are very similar, in fact apart from the packaging these two are practically identical! The brushes are the same and they both do the same thing to my lashes. But I don't really like either of them. I found both of them don't really add enough length or hold the curl very well. In fact my eyelashes are practically straight by the end of day! But if you love the Too Faced one the L'oreal offering is exactly the same.

Makeup Revolution Luxury Powder | £5 and Ben Nye Luxury Banana Powder | £10.80

Until Ben Nye brought out the packaging option of his infamous Banana Powder these two were difficult to tell apart! These are both Yellow powders that aim to be brightening. So they're brilliant for setting concealer under the eyes to brighten them a bit more. I don't really like the Ben Nye offering though (see this post). I found it a bit too Yellow - I think it would be better for darker skin tones. And it is drying! It literally makes my under eyes feel crispy and tight. The Makeup Revolution one is similar but I don't find it as Yellow or as drying. So you could say these are dupes but I actually prefer the Makeup Revolution one.

So there's my thoughts on a few supposed dupes.

Have you tried any of these? What are your thoughts?

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