Dupe or No Dupe

Here’s the thing, I love luxury high-end products and I love super affordable products – what I don’t love is shit quality products, regardless of the price. I don’t care if a product is $5 and so-so quality, I would prefer to have the better quality product regardless of the price. I see a lot of conversation about dupe makeup products and I wanted to weigh in on the conversation 🙂

Dupe or no dupe!

Criteria for a respectable “makeup dupe” is a product that is…

  • Less expensive ( I don’t like the word ‘cheap’, it has a negative connotation in my opinion)
  • Just as good quality – just because it is less expensive doesn’t give it an excuse to be of lesser quality (this includes ingredients also)
  • Providing the same longevity to the higher end product (ex. how long the product stays on)
  • One that makes you feel just a confidant as the high-end product! 🙂

I am all for dupes, I have tons! What I just can’t understand is people who will claim a product is a dupe but they are sacrificing the quality of the product, the products longevity, etc. In my opinion, if a product isn’t just as good as the more expensive version then it isn’t a dupe – regardless of how close the color match is.

Let’s get into Dupe or No Dupe…


Burberry Light Glow – Natural Blush in shade “Cameo”: $42 for 0.24 oz

NYX High Definition Blush in shade “Mauve”: $7

Let me start out by saying that I love my Burberry Blush but $42 is crazy expensive for a blush. I don’t like to bring my expensive makeup with me on vacation because knowing my luck I would lose it. I will bring my less expensive makeup instead and I will always bring the NYX blush in the shade Mauve because it is a perfect dupe. NYX in shade Mauve checks out for being the perfect shade match, quality ingredients and as a product as a whole, as well as longevity. I think that NYX Mauve may actually last longer than my Burberry blush!

Loose Powder: 

Givenchy Poudre Première Mat & Translucent-Finish Loose Powder: $56

NYC Smooth Skin Loose Face Powder: $5

So I consider these to be dupe-ish because honestly, I couldn’t totally decide. The Givenchy Powder is a ride or die but the NYC Powder does the exact same thing. Both powders give an extremely smooth appearance to the skin. I do prefer to bring my Givenchy powder with me while traveling because I think it’s very difficult to find the absolute perfect dupe, but the NYC powder gives Givenchy a run for its money. Both are extremely finely milled powders and both, in my opinion, are high quality. The only difference is that the packaging on the NYC powder is a pain in the ass and I am always getting super messy from it. Also, the Givenchy powder has a very nice scent whereas the NYC powder smells, I don’t know… strange?


Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: $23

L’oreal Lash Paradise: $8

No, no, no… not a dupe in my opinion. Sure, both mascaras are aimed towards volumizing and both have large voluminous wands but for me, L’oreal is no dupe for the Too Faced. I wore both the Too Faced non-waterproof mascara and the L’oreal non-waterproof mascara to ensure comparability. I felt that the L’oreal was flaky and clumpy on my lashes. Also, this mascara is very very wet and transferred onto my under eyes like crazy… I looked like a raccoon after wearing the L’oreal mascara. Sorry, but this is not a dupe!


Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer: $30

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer: $8

I feel that the Maybelline Fit Me concealer is far superior to the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. The Nars concealer left my under eyes very dry and the concealer settling into my fine lines – some of which I didn’t know I even had. Furthermore, the Nars concealer lasted me half a day before it became disgruntled. I am a die-hard fan of the Maybelline Fit Me concealer. I have multiples in case I ever run out. This concealer doesn’t settle in my fine lines, it is incredibly lightweight, and has buildable coverage. Also, it lasts me all day but if need be I can take the smallest dab of concealer and apply it when I am having a super long day and need to look awake! The only gripe I have with the Maybelline Fit Me line is that there are only 9 shades compared to the Nars Radiant Creamy concealer which has 22 shades.

Lip Liner: 

MAC Lip Liners: $18

NYX Lip Liners: $4

So I am not necessarily comparing the shades for both MAC and NYX because there is definitely a dupe by NYX for every MAC lip liner. I find that the NYX Lip Liners are so much easier to work with compared to MAC. NYX is very smooth and pigmented, can easily be sharpened, and lasts longer (in my opinion) than MAC Lip Liners. I find that MAC pencils are extremely rough on my lips and makes it feel like I am working with an actual pencil. It is also extremely difficult to get color payoff with the MAC liners. I 100% prefer NYX Lip Liners over Mac Lip Liners, I haven’t purchased a MAC liner in years since discovering NYX has quality liners – and for a fraction of the cost! 🙂

Let me know if you have tried any of these products that I mentioned and if you have any dupes of your own! 🙂

Thanks for keeping up with me! Xoxo

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