Hi, friends! If you have read my last 2 haul posts on drugstore face products and drugstore eye and lip products, you know that the reason I bought many of them is because they are regarded as dupes for high-end products.
I discovered most of these dupes on Pinterest (hence the name of this post!) and I really just bought a few things out of the MANY things Pinterest makes me want to try.
In this post, I'll compare the drugstore version to the high-end version and give you my opinion on if it really is a dupe or not. The prices I will list for each product will be the price on the brand's website. I realize different retailers sell things at different prices, but for standardization purposes, we'll keep it to the brand's price.
Let's get started!
Is it a dupe? Maybe.
First of all, the obvious difference is that the Maybelline powder is a pressed powder and the Laura Mercier powder is loose. That is key for me because I use the Laura Mercier powder to bake my under-eye area. I can't really do that with the Maybelline powder.
However, I do think the Maybelline powder is almost as good as the Laura Mercier powder in terms of setting the face and keeping your foundation in place during the day. I was quite impressed with its wear as it did a good job in keeping my skin looking fresh and not oily throughout the day - I didn't notice a huge difference in the longevity of wear between the two products.
The Laura Mercier powder also provides just a tiny bit of extra coverage, even though it's "translucent," and I love that about the powder. The Maybelline powder doesn't do that, but that's not really its purpose, so I can't fault it for that.
I've just become so used to the Laura Mercier powder giving me extra coverage that I find myself missing that with the Maybelline powder. So, depending on what you're looking for and how you use the powders, it could be a dupe.
Would I replace high-end with drugstore? Nope. But, for a $30 difference, it was definitely considered.
Is it a dupe? NO.
I have to be honest with you all, I was so disappointed with the Maybelline concealer! With all its great reviews and so many people saying it's a dupe for the NARS concealer, I thought I would just love it. But, I didn't...
The colors were pretty spot on, though. Fair is almost exactly the same as Custard and Light is almost exactly the same as Vanilla. Both may be a tad bit darker, but just a teensy bit.
Sadly, that's the only thing I liked about the Maybelline concealer. My first problem was that it was WAY thinner than the NARS concealer. It felt like water to me! I understand that the NARS concealer is full coverage, but people say it's a dupe, so I expected it to be almost the same!
I'd say the Maybelline concealer is about half the coverage that the NARS concealer is. That's way too little to be considered a dupe. Yeah, you can build it up to the same coverage, I'm sure, but that still wouldn't make it a dupe in my books.
I also ran into a HUGE problem with the Maybelline concealer. It stung on my skin! I do have sensitive skin, but I have never run into a concealer that stung so much under my eyes that it was almost a burning sensation.
I use the NARS concealer as an eyeshadow primer and giiirrlll, when I did the same with the Maybelline concealer, that definitely felt like a burn! So, fair warning to those with sensitive skin, the Maybelline concealer may not be the way to go. Has anyone else had this problem?
Would I replace high-end with drugstore? No way.
Is it a dupe? I don't know, but it probably is.
Even though I've never tried the YSL pen, I've included this dupe in this post because I absolutely LOVE the Maybelline concealer. It brightens up and conceals my under-eye area so well that I don't even feel the need to try the YSL pen.
It works so well that I imagine it is definitely a dupe. Who knows, it may even be better than the YSL pen!
I'm not too fond of how you have to twist the pen and the product oozes out of the brush tip applicator because the product kind of dries up on the brush even if you cap it well.
Also, you get barely any product in one pen. It takes a lot of twists to start the pen off and when the product finally comes out, you can see that the product has been pushed down only to fill about half of the pen.
With a product like a highlighting concealer, one would normally use quite a bit of product during each use. Given the amount that comes in the pen, I'd expect I'd use all of it within a week of everyday use. Boooo. Such a bummer because the product is great.
Would I replace high-end with drugstore? Absolutely. In my situation, it wouldn't be a replacement, but I wouldn't even think about buying the YSL pen!
Is it a dupe? No, unfortunately...
I was so excited to try this one out and SO optimistic that it would be a dupe. I even set my brand new POREfessional on the side, ready to return it, because I thought I could use the Baby Skin to replace it.
It's sad for me to say that it didn't work out for me! First of all, the color is completely different - Baby Skin is clear and POREfessional is kind of a beige/tan color.
Also, Baby Skin feels a lot more slippery than the POREfessional. Even upon first feeling it, I thought my foundation would just slip off. And I was right! When I first tried it, I had a really hard time getting foundation to stay on my nose.
I tried with both a brush and a sponge, but my foundation would just not stay! I've never had that problem with the POREfessional.
Since then, I never even tried to use it again on my nose. I've used it on other areas, like my cheeks and chin, and it works just fine there, but I still use the POREfessional on my nose. Baby Skin is just way too slippery. Both are silicone primers that promise to minimize pores, but they are so different!
Would I replace high-end with drugstore? Nope.
Is it a dupe? Yeah, pretty much.
This was another dupe that I was SUPER excited to try because the NARS foundation has been my go-to foundation for about a year and a half. But the price is STEEP. $49 is no joke!
I have to say that I am so pleased with the L'oreal foundation. It's just as good as the NARS foundation in terms of finish and longevity of wear. I really was so impressed, especially because they look so different before applied.
The NARS foundation is REALLY watery and you have to shake it before you dispense it because it separates in the bottle. (Why? I'm not too sure. I don't question it because it's been amazing for me.)
On the other hand, the L'oreal foundation is much thicker, while still being light - I wouldn't describe it as a mousse, but almost. The finish is pretty much exactly the same. They both have a demi-matte finish, so it's matte, but not TOO matte.
The only thing that would steer me away from calling it a dupe is the difference in coverage. The NARS foundation is definitely full coverage and a little goes a really long way - I only use about 4 drops to get the coverage I want and one bottle lasts me about 3 months, with almost daily use.
The L'oreal foundation is a medium coverage foundation, so I have to do two layers of about 3 pea-sized dollops to get the same coverage as the NARS foundation. I apply both foundations the same way - I first dispense the product onto the back of my hand, dot it all over my face with my finger, and blend it out with a flat-top kabuki brush.
The difference in coverage isn't that big of a deal. It just means I have to use more product, spend more time on my foundation, and I would end up repurchasing it more often. I'd expect the L'oreal foundation to last me about a month, with almost daily use, so it's still more cost-effective than the NARS foundation. About $39/3 months for the L'oreal foundation vs. $49/3 months for the NARS foundation.
Would I replace high-end with drugstore? Maybe.
Is it a dupe? YES.
As you can see from the photos, the tube color, the tube shape, and the brush shape are all very similar. (I'd even go as far as saying L'oreal copied Too Faced on this one.)
When it comes to the actual product, I absolutely love the L'oreal mascara! I think it's even better than the Better Than Sex mascara.
I went through two tubes of Better Than Sex before giving it up. I gave it up because I thought the formula was really thick and easily clumped up my lashes. Also, I thought it dried up really quickly - it was really great for like the first week, then it felt like I needed to toss it and buy a new one.
Lash Paradise feels so much lighter than Better Than Sex and it doesn't feel clumpy at all. I think my lashes look longer and fuller with Lash Paradise than Better Than Sex (sorry I didn't take a lash comparison photo!) and I even like the brush on Lash Paradise better.
For some reason, I feel like it grabs and coats my lashes so much better and the slightly slimmer end makes it a lot easier to coat the lower lashes. Two thumbs up for Lash Paradise!
Would I replace high-end with drugstore? Yes, absolutely YES.
And that's all for my drugstore dupes! I hope you all found it helpful and enjoyed reading it. I'd love to hear your thoughts on any of these products. And I'm always looking for recommendations, so leave ya girl a comment!
Until next time. <3
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