Good Morning! I hope you are all having a great start to your weekend. The weather is so nice here; it’s hard to believe it’s January! It may call for going on a trek with the dogs 😉 Do you have any fun things planned?
In addition to enjoying this little warm snap, I spent a little time gathering up some products that are so close to each other it’s difficult to tell them apart. I realize that I review quite a few higher end products on my blog and that it’s just not in everyone’s price range to buy those things. It wasn’t long ago that I felt paying more than $10 for a nail polish was insanity or paying $42 for a blush was outrageous, and believe me, my wallet still cries when I indulge. It’s with that sentiment in mind that I bring you the look for less! Similar products, huge price difference.
I had actually purchased the Dior Addict lipstick in the shade It Pink prior to the release of the Revlon Lip Butters. Once they came out and I swatched them I was immediately struck by the similarity of the shade Sweet Tart to something I already owned. It turns out it’s just about as close a dupe as you could find to the Dior Addict lipstick. Packaging wise the Dior one is more luxe and is more unique, but I have to say I rather enjoy the packaging of the Revlon Lip Butters.
It terms of shade and how they look on the lips they are identical. I cannot tell the difference by shade alone when I wear it. The formula is a bit different, though. The Dior Addict formula is more silky, feeling a bit more luxurious than the Revlon Lip Butter. They both give a glossy look and have similar wear time. Neither of them have a particularly strong scent, nearly undetectable to my nose at least.
Revlon Lip Butter- $6.49
Dior Addict Lipstick- $28.00
Another Revlon Lip Butter joins the party. Chanel released their Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks last spring and I purchased the shade Boy. To be honest, I rarely use it. The Rouge Coco Shine formula is not my favorite. It’s incredibly thin and I just feel if you are looking for a high end glossy lipstick there are so many other formulas that are better. That aside, Boy is a lovely color and I had hoped to someday find it in a better formula.
The closest I have come so far is Revlon’s Peach Parfait. As a side note, I am NOT saying these are exact dupes. The photo speaks for itself. Boy is slightly more pink than Peach Parfait but I had to show this anyway for those who have had their eye on Boy but couldn’t swallow the high price or simply dislike the Rouge Coco Shine formula. Both have a glossy finish and have shimmer/sparkle. If Peach Parfait were slightly more mauve or pink it would be dead on. Depending on how pigmented your lips are, it might be closer when actually wearing it.
Revlon Lip Butter- $6.49
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine- $32.50
The moment I saw Sam from Pixiwoo use Chanel Illusion D’ombre shadow in Mirifique in one of their videos last fall I pined for the shade, but didn’t see it as something I would use often enough to warrant spending the Chanel price. I went to Sephora in search of the next best thing and truly believe I found it. That said, it didn’t satisfy my desire for Mirifique and I ended up purchasing it anyway.
I purchased Sephora’s Jumbo 12 hour pencil in Glitter Black. They are incredibly similar. Obviously the formula on each is different because one is a pencil and the other is in a pot. The shimmer and sparkle in Mirifique is superb and so many people say “No one does sparkle like Chanel” and in my experience that’s usually the case. However, the Sephora pencil lasts longer on me without primer and is easier to use. I can experience fall out with the Mirifique when blending and I don’t with the Sephora pencil. Overall, if you really wanted a black sparkly base the Sephora pencil will do just fine. If you are picky about your sparkle, Mirifique does not disappoint.
Sephora Jumbo 12 Hour Pencil- $10
Chanel Illusion D’Ombre- $36
Now, before I go into these two dupes I have to state my humble opinion about companies making exact copies of another company’s products. Revlon has been doing this with their nail polish for awhile now. I totally get that not everyone can or wants to pay the price for Deborah Lippmann or Chanel polishes. I can appreciate a company offering trendy shades in the drugstore for a lot less coin. BUT, it seems incredibly unfair and uncreative to downright steal the exact shade from another company. Just think of how you would feel if you came up with a brilliant idea and then someone comes after you, duplicates your idea and undercuts you in price and you lose a huge market share. It wouldn’t feel that great, would it? Again, this is simply my opinion. I prefer companies who constantly come up with their own unique ideas rather than just piggy-backing on someone else’s. /rant
Revlon duplicated Deborah Lippmann’s shade, only there is more glitter in the Revlon version and you can see the difference on the nails here. In terms of wear time I prefer Deborah Lippmann because they just last longer on my nails. Whimsical seemed to go on easier than Glitter in the Air, though. I do prefer the packaging of Deborah Lippmann; her bottles are the prettiest! The shade is the same and no one would be able to tell the difference, other than the added glitter particles.
Revlon Whimsical- $4.99
Deborah Lippmann Glitter in the Air- $18.00
Have you discovered any good dupes lately? Do tell!