One of the most exciting perks of experimenting with makeup is when you find a dupe for a high-end product. Splurging at Sephora every once in a while is super-fun, but when I find a look-alike for much cheaper elsewhere, I just have to share!
These are some pretty similar dupes I have stumbled upon lately:
In the fall, I fell in love with Butter London’s unique Eye Gloss formula. I had never seen an eyeshadow that gave you wet, glossy finish like Frosted. I was happy with my purchase, even though it was $25. The splurge was worth it! Frosted is a gorgeous, champagne rose gold.
Meanwhile, I bought Sequin shortly before Christmas. ColourPop’s Super Shock Eyeshadows have a thin, cream-to powder formula to them that is also different from any shadows I’ve ever tried.
Both Sequin and Frosted are stunning! They have minor differences; Frosted is more cool-toned than Sequin. Sequin has a coppery tone to it, while Frosted is on the lighter side with a champagne tone. Both shadows have a pinky, rosiness to them.
Also, Frosted has more of a sheen-like finish while frosted has a glittery finish.
If you’re not quite into the whole flashy eyeshadow look, I would suggest applying Sequin with a synthetic bristle brush instead of with your finger. You won’t pick up as much glitter, which is more suitable for everyday wear!
A simple, red wine-colored lip looks gorgeous on anyone during the cold months. I picked up Nori after hearing rave reviews of Bite Beauty’s lipsticks. They are made from food grade ingredients, which is really cool!
The formula has a classic, matte finish while having even coverage. Plus, these lipsticks smell like lemonade! If I want more opaque, dramatic coverage, I apply Nori with a lip brush so I don’t make a mess with all the layering.
Color-wise, Nori and Chateau are strikingly similar, but their formulas are quite different. As I just mentioned, Nori has a traditional, matte lipstick formula. However, Chateau’s formula is much more innovative.
I would describe Chateau as the solid form of a liquid lipstick. I was stunned at how smoothly the formula glided onto my lips; it truly feels like a buttery lip balm! The color payoff is out of this world; Chateau is packed with pigment, just like a liquid lipstick, yet it is in a solid form. One other point–I love the slim packaging; it really allows you to be super-precise!
If I’m being completely honest, I prefer ColourPop’s Chateau over the Nori, the more expensive option. I will definitely purchase more Matte X Lippie Stix in the future!
I first raved about Champagne Pop in my December Favorite Things. I am still in love with this highlight; it is a cool-toned, white gold shade with a peachy undertone. Champagne Pop gives my cheekbones this healthy, sun-kissed glow without being glittery. It is one of the more intense highlighters I own, but it is well-made and worth the money. But if you don’t have nearly $40 to drop on a peachy highlighter, I have the dupe for you….
Try ColourPop’s Most Necessary cream-to-powder highlighter! Instead of having a white gold element to it, Most Necessary is more warm and bronzy–but still has the gorgeous peachiness.
Best of all, both highlighters are glitter-free, and instead have a sheen-like finish. I would suggest applying Most Necessary with your fingertips; it goes on more evenly and sinks into the skin nicely. But a small, synthetic stipple brush works too. 🙂
Get ready to glow for a lot less money!