Round 2

It’s time for another round of Original versus Dupe. We put on our explorer hats and found and tested 4 more drugstore bargains for you. Scroll down to read them all and see what a fortune you could be saving!

 

Blush

Dupe:
Blush in Rose Gold by Sleek
£ 4.49
www.sleekmakeup.com

Original:
Blush in Orgasm by Nars
£ 23.00
www.narscosmetics.co.uk

 

The Similarities: 
There are plenty of dupes for this best-selling Nars product, but Sleek Rose Gold is one of the closest. Both have the same shimmery pink with tiny gold flecks.

Main Difference:
Packaging-wise Nars is definitely the winner with it’s matte design, but product-wise their is a big resemblance.Although Nars’ blush is more finely milled making it a bit sheerer and slightly more on the coral side of pinks – worn on your cheeks, we couldn’t tell the difference.

The Verdict: 
If you’re looking for a natural look, and quality design, then Nars is your blush. But you can’t beat Sleek for sheer value for money.

You save: £ 18.51

 

Cream Eyeshadow

Dupe:
EyeStudio Colour Tattoo in Creamy Beige by Maybelline
£ 4.99
www.boots.com

Original:
Pro Longwear Paint pot in groundwork by Mac Cosmetics
£ 15.50
www.maccosmetics.co.uk

 

The Similarities: 
These smoky taupe eyeshadows are matte and extra creamy. They make great bases for other shades and are the super easy to apply.

Main Difference:
The Maybelline tends to creases a little faster than MAC, which is more durable. You get 1g more product with MAC, but it still works out more expensive than the Maybelline. Otherwise, the two shades couldn’t be more similar.

The Verdict: 
The Maybelline is a totally faultless dupe and if you’re worried about creasing, use an eyeshadow primer first.

You save: £ 10.51

 

Chubby Lipstick

Dupe:
ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in Demure by Revlon
£ 7.99
www.boots.com

Original:
Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balm in Woppin’ Watermelon by Clinique
£ 17.00
www.clinique.co.uk

 

The Similarities: 
Clinique’s cult balm-meets-lipstick has spawned legions of imitations, but not too many match up in terms of colour options. Rimmel not only has similar packaging, but has an almost identical colour range.

Main Difference:
The Rimmel ColorBurst has a noticeable vanilla scent, while the Clinique is fragrance-free and contains a few more moisturising ingredients like shea butter and jojoba seed oil. You also get 0.5g more product with Clinique.

The Verdict: 
It’s gotta be the Clinique. We love it’s moisturising qualities, which make the application easier and smoother, without ever drying out your lips.

You save: £ 9.01

 

Brow Set

Dupe:
Brow Kit by Sleek
£ 8.50
www.sleekmakeup.com

Original:
Brow Zings by Benefit
£ 24.50
www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk

 

The Similarities: 
Twinsies! The packaging is exactly the same, right down to the two miniature brushes and the tiny tweezer.

Main Difference:
Sleek offers four shade options (light, dark, extra dark and black) while Benefit only do three. The Sleek eyebrow wax and powders are pretty much indistinguishable from Benefit in terms of texture.

The Verdict: 
Sleek, hands down. Girls with darker eyebrows need love too.

You save: £16.00