Dupes vs. Originals

We adore beauty products, doesn’t matter if it is an inexpensive make-up sponge or a designer concealer – we love it all. But sometimes we wonder, are we actually paying for a better product when we choose the more luxurious version, or just the fancy packaging and a brand name?

We tested 4 products for you to see if the hype is worth it’s money, or if there is a deal to be made in the drugstore. So welcome to Dupes versus Originals!

 

 

Primer

Dupe:
Studio Perfect primer by Nyx
£ 11.00
www.very.co.uk

 

Original:
Photo Finish Foundation primer by Smashbox
£ 25.00
www.smashbox.co.uk

 

The Similarities: 
Both state to create a perfect canvas for further make-up application and are a clear and oil-free ‘photo-finish’ primer.

Main Difference:
The smashbox primer seems to be the most popular with many prizes won and raving reviews – it also contains more natural ingredients such as vitamin E and A. The Nyx Primer is still a fair competitor as it creates the same result, but may not be as nourishing for your skin in the long run.

The Verdict: 
With a saving of 14£ you could buy two dupes for the price of one original. Both achieve the same result – so you might want to give the Dupe a go!

You save: £14.00

 

 

Concealer

Dupe:
Dream Touch Lumi Concealer by Maybelline
£ 6.99
www.boots.com

Original:
Touche Éclat by Yves Saint Laurent
£ 25.00
www.debenhams.com

 

The Similarities:
Both Touche Eclat and the Maybelline contain light-reflecting particles to brighten the under-eye area. The formulations feel equally creamy and are dispensed in a pen.

Main Difference:
YSL does ten colour options, while the Maybelline has a limited collection of three shades. Touche Eclat offers noticeably lighter coverage, creases less than the Maybelline and doubles up as a highlighting pen.

The Verdict:
Touche Éclat is best to use if you are looking for light coverage, whereas the Touch Lumi Concealer packs more of a punch. We would choose the original as it has a more colour options to fit every skin tone, and is easier to wear.

You save: £18.01

 

 

Make-Up Sponge

Dupe:
Miracle Complexion Sponge by Real Techniques£ 5.99
www.boots.com

Original:
Beautyblender by Beautyblender
£ 16.00
www.cultbeauty.co.uk

 

The Similarities:
Both sponges are “ergonomically-designed” to give foundation an even, finished look and easily reach all the nooks and crannies of your face.

Main Difference:
The flat edge of the Real Techniques sponge makes it way easier to use around the eyes, but the Beautyblender holds foundation better without soaking it up too much. The two sponges feel markedly different; the Real Techniques feels more like a conventional makeup sponge, while the Beautyblender has a firmer, suede-like texture.

The Verdict:
The Beautyblender blends foundation slightly better, and can be used damp or dry, which is practical if your goal is lighter coverage. But generally speaking – the differences in the end-result are so minor that the 10£ you would be saving, could be better spend elsewhere. Maybe on a great new highlighter stick?

You save: £10.01

 

 

Highlighter Stick

Dupe:
Instant Radiance Highlighter by No7
£ 9.95
www.boots.com

Original:
Watt’s Up by Benefit
£ 24.50
www.benefitscosmetics.co.uk

 

The Similarities:
Both of these highlighters come in a wind-up stick and deliver a dewy glow to cheekbones. The creamy formulation glides on and dries quickly to a powdery finish.

Main Difference:
Benefit Watt’s Up has an obvious golden sheen, while the No7 is a more subtle champagne pink. Watt’s Up also includes a built-in foam eraser to blend the highlighter into your skin.

The Verdict:
The Benefit might be better for darker or warmer skin tones, whereas the No7 pink hues are flattering for pale skin. The No7 is a great drugstore bargain, especially if you nab one of those £5 off vouchers from Boots.

You save: £14.55