04. 04. 2011

Hi all! Happy Monday! Based on the feedback I have gotten on past posts, many of you really really like seeing comparisons and possible dupes A LOT. I don’t blame you, I love it when someone finds and compares what they have to something new or different they have gotten. So, with that explanation I welcome This or That to my blog. A series of posts with items showing comparable colors, but not necessarily formula based. I will try to note any differences in formula that I detect along the way, but mostly these posts are going to be all about color! I cannot promise how often these posts will happen, at least once a month is my goal. Reason being it takes a long time to go through my collection, find comparable products, swatch, photograph, and then of course compose the post. I will take requests or suggestions for these, providing I have the products to compare. Without further ado, here come the swatches!

L-R ELF Mint Cream, OPI Gargantuan Green Grape, Milani Dressmake, China Glaze Refresh-mint, China Glaze For Audrey, Orly Mint Mojito

L-R: Orly Mint Mojito, OPI Gargantuan Green Grape, China Glaze Refresh-Mint, ELF Mint Cream (shown above it is China Glaze For Audrey), Milani Dressmaker

They all apply well, apart from one. OPI Gargantuan Green Grape is a pain. Shown above is 4 coats. I love the color of it but don’t see myself reaching for it too often based on the issues! Orly Mint Mojito has a darker green base than Milani Dressmaker, and lacks its dimensional jade sparkle. Both are very nice colors and easy to apply, and are two coats here. China Glaze For Audrey, Refresh-mint and ELF Mint Cream are all quite similar. For Audrey is more blue than the other two. Refresh-mint is lighter than Mint Cream and covers better. ELF’s Mint Cream is two coats here and you can see it doesn’t quite fully cover the nail. Milani Dressmaker would be my favorite if I had to pick just one. The price of these polishes very by where you get them, but range from $1-$8. The ELF one is the bargain of the bunch at just $1, so if you are looking for the pastel minty nail look but don’t want to shell out loads of cash to get it, this might be a good option!

L-R: MAC Crosswires vs Sonia Kashuk Coraline; MAC Ravishing vs. Revlon Colorburst Peach

I totally did not plan on getting all of these shades just to show them on my blog. But when I sat down to start this series I just began pulling products I thought might be similar. Lo and behold I found two drugstore almost dupes for two MAC lipsticks. I love all 4 of these lipsticks and they all go on smoothly. The longest lasting has to be the Revlon Colorburst if you are looking for longevity. Coraline is slightly more orange than Crosswires and Ravishing is slightly brighter than Peach. If you have one shade you definitely don’t need the other! Price wise you will be $14.50 for each of the MAC ones. On sale, I purchased the Revlon lipstick for about $4 and I paid around $8 for Sonia Kashuk at Target.

Clockwise from Left: Benefit Powderflage, Bare Minerals Well Rested, ELF Eye Brightener

L-R: ELF Eye Brightener, Benefit Powderflage, Bare Minerals Well Rested

Oh, how I love under eye brighteners! Three powder versions I have tried are from ELF, Benefit (the popular Powderflage) and Bare Minerals Well Rested. Of the three I can tell you my clear favorite is Well Rested. It is much more brightening than ELF’s version and is more yellow and flesh toned than Powderflage which is more pink in color. Well Rested is the most pigmented of the three as well. All three may work for different people, depending on your skin tone, under eye circles and personal preference. For me, I can use a translucent powder to set concealer so I am not looking for something to just set my concealer with. I want to see noticeably brighter results. Well Rested definitely gives me that. A word of caution if you have dryness under your eyes, Well Rested may emphasize the dryness so moisturizing is key.  Price wise, Powderflage is $28, Well Rested goes for $18 and the ELF version is the cheapest of the three at just $3. I would not recommend the ELF version for anyone of my skin coloring. I consider myself a medium skin tone, and it didn’t brighten for me at all. At first glance $3 makes it seem like a total bargain…but for me it was a wasted $3 as I did not notice any difference under my eyes at all.

Well, that wraps up  This or That Volume 1! Thanks for playing along! Do share suggestions, requests or your thoughts on the products I mentioned below, I’d love to hear what you think!

8 responses to “This or That, Volume 1”

  1. 25flondon says:

    I really like the look of Dress Maker & Revlon Peach – I’d try Colourburst lipstick out if the testers weren’t so disgusting everywhere I go!

    I’ve heard about Well Rested a lot recently – do you it’s worth the money if I’m reasonably happy to set concealer with my MSFN? Actually what I mean is, does it make enough difference to you that you’d suggest me getting it!

    • I wish places I went had Revlon testers! No drugstore near me has any testers, but luckily all can be returned. I usually bring it out to my car, open it and swatch it. If I immediately dislike I take it right back in the store. If I am so-so on it I will take it home with me to test more. But I would much rather be able to test right there in the store!

      Well Rested isn’t so much a setting powder for a concealer as it is an under eye brightener (and concealer in it’s own right). If you don’t have a problem with under eye circles or dullness under the eyes, you probably don’t need it. If, however, you feel like you want Kim Kardashian under eyes….you probably want this! It is a staple for me when I am looking extra tired. Do I use it every single day? No. But I use it enough to have warranted the purchase. Here is a picture that sort of gives you the idea of the effect this has: http://tinyurl.com/6jnosuw See how bright it is under her eyes? That is the effect you can get with Well Rested. Hope this helps you decide! 🙂

  2. Tiffany says:

    I love this post! You’re so good at finding dupes. I don’t have any mint nail polishes (I usually just use my sister’s Revlon Minted) but I really want China Glaze Refresh-mint I think 🙂

    • Thanks Tiffany! I try really hard because I would prefer for someone to show me, “Look at this great color….but look at the same great color you may already have” LOL. I think You will like Refresh-mint…It’s not an over the top bright mint green so it’s everyday appropriate.

  3. Jessica says:

    I’m going to second what Tiffany said. I love reading these posts!! I’ve always held off on Milani Dressmaker just because I wasn’t sure if I liked it (when I do go for polishes in that shade range I opt more for Revlon Minted style white based mints) but you’ve changed my mind!

    ♥ Jessica

  4. Rai says:

    Great post! I’ve been meaning to post my this or that posts. lol I’m always behind on posts.

    • Thanks Rai! I can’t wait to see what you come up with once you do!

      I know, right? I have such a problem with time and, you know, how there’s not enough of it 😉

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