Face Files: Dupes 1.0



Wearing: a strong eyebrow, loads of mascara and a nude lip. The only thing new is the lipstick: Too Faced Cosmetics Melted Matte Liquified Matte Long Wear Lipstick in Queen B (matte soft mauve). Check back to this post to see what my daily staples are or this one for a list of products I love using.


I am not a drugstore makeup users. I’ll be the first one to admit it. Drugstore makeup just doesn’t excite me the way high-end, luxury makeup does. But even with that being said, I am not an idiot. I know that there are some products that are virtually the exact same product as it’s high-end counterpart. I speculate that a reason for this to occur comes from the makeup industries little nasty habit of repackaging formulas and selling them at different price points. How and why does this happen? Well, as I begin to scratch the surface of the makeup industry, or any industry for that matter, I am finding the existence of gigantor companies. They own a strings, upon strings, upon strings of little-related companies. It’s the umbrella affect. While the following dupes have not been researched into whether or not they have the same owner, I will tell you that some of these formulas are virtually the same, while some are not but are close enough. With that little piece of insight, let’s begin.


The sponges! Application with a sponge is nothing new. Ladies have been doing it since the 50s (likely) but the shape and density of these type of sponges, I feel, is new to the market. Well, it’s been around for a couple years now, ten years in fact. The creator of the beautyblender (seen on the right), Rea Ann Silva, created the sponge because of the need to re-press makeup back into actresses faces after long days of shooting in high-resolution cameras. It’s a very neat little product and it wasn’t until this post that I actually tried it. Although the original beautyblender does do an amazing job, it retails for $28.00 Canadian dollars while it’s counterpart from Quo, the Quo Blending Sponge gives you the exact same results while spending $20 less, yeah it’s $8.00. I’ve been using this type of sponge for 3 years now. The beautyblender and the Quo Blending Sponge are the exact same thing. I would even say the Quo is better since it’s made out of denser material so it doesn’t soak up as much product and does a better job at blending in your foundation. The beautyblender’s shape is better for undereye concealer but it’s minimal, you can still get a great look with the Quo Blending Sponge, you just need to work a little harder.


This one isn’t a full dupe. It’s a partial one and I apologize for that. That being said, I love both products. Currently the luxury counterpart, Bobbi Brown – Bobbi To Glow Shimmer Brick is on sale for $60.00 at sephora. The Physician Formula – Shimmer Strips Bronzer, Blush and Eyeshadow palette retails for about $21.99 but they often go on sale. Both items are expensive and you get more variety with the Bobbi Brown palette. The only reason I can see anyone just wanting the Physician Formula brick would be if you just didn’t find the need for a shimmer blush (shimmer emphasis pores, I care but not enough to get in the way of my shimmer). I will say on thing to note on the Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick, that I don’t think the bronzer should be used as a bronzer. It has too much red in it. It’s a great blush, I even use it in between my contour and blush…to make a gradient effect and to be extra. The results are so pretty. Both of these formulas are a dream to work with: blendable and pigmented. I would just get them both…


HOLY SHIT! My holy grail item – Pixi – Glow Tonic, landed in Canada in January. Yes, it’s $38 dollars but I don’t care, this toner is magical. You know that dry spot that one primer, I talked about it in this post, gave me? GONE. Gone bitches. It has zero alcohol in it. It smells like heaven. It’s gentle yet affective. I love glycolic acid for daily exfoliating. I first tried this toner 3 years ago, when I discovered makeup and skincare basically. At first, I didn’t notice a difference…until I ran out and my face went to dull shit. So I started hunting for a dupe cause there was no way I was going to order it from the UK (hello custom fees of a million dollars) so I found the Nip + Fab – Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads dupe. Unlike the Glow tonic, this one does have a little alcohol in it. It’s a minor amount that it won’t dry out the skin (at least mine, if you’re sensitive to alcohol, stay away). It is also infused with moisturizing ingredient like the Glow Tonic but it’s only $11.99! I wouldn’t say these two are the same thing, they are not. Glow Tonic is going to give you a better experience, work a bit better but I would say Nip + Fab is still going to give you glowing results. Unless you’re sensitive to alcohol…


Oh! Benefit‘s Give me Brow versus Essence‘s Make me Brow. The same shit in almost the same bottle. The only difference is Benefit’s Give me Brow’s brush is like a millimetre smaller. They both have tiny fibres that plump out your eyebrow, they both deliver in pigment and they both keep your eyebrows in place all day. The difference? The fucking gap in price. Benefit’s Give Me Brow is $32 while Essence’s Make me Brow is $3.00….wtf. Don’t ever buy the Benefit one. I did once and then I saw the Essence one and almost shit a brick.


This is a dupe for the highlighters in both palettes. The Makeup Revolution’s Highlighter and Blush palette retails for about $16.95-$20.99 depending if you get it on sale and where you buy it. The Tarte’s Tarteist Pro Glow Highlight & Contour Palette retails for $60. I decided to label these as dupes because their highlighters are virtually going to give  you the same effect. They aren’t the same in colour but the range of people that can use it is about medium to dark medium. I wouldn’t recommend either for fair/light to deep skin tones. I would say that the Makeup Revolution is more versatile since you can use all of the pans in the palette while in Tarte’s, I find myself confused by some of the highlighters (are they a bronzer? or are they a highlight?) and I don’t reach for the contour colours as much as I would like. If you’re looking for some great highlighters and neat blushes, I would venture our to London Drugs and pick the Makeup Revolution one up and leave the one Tarte behind.


Well, I hope you all enjoyed this post! I want to do a little more dupe posts in the future if it’s something in demand. Would you peeps like a review on skincare? Hair? Let me know in the comments!





Face Files: Pat McGrath



Base is the same full face ritual  (primer, foundation, under eye concealer); eyeshadow: Viseart: dark neutrals palette, Makeup Geek: sparkler in Constellation , Urban Decay: moon dust palette; Blush & Bronzer & Highlight: Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Palette; Eyebrows: Urban Decay: The Brow Box & a Benefit 3D BROWtones Instant Colour Highlights

Preparing for this blog, I realized that I was missing quite a few of items from my Pat McGrath collection and didn’t even realize it. I actually even forgot that I owned the items I was missing. A couple of them are still missing: lost to a vortex that is the ever-changing purse game or the tomb that can be the little hands of a child. I did have half-a-mind to search and find a couple products: two glitters, meant for the lips, and the jumbo double ended eye liner…I feel like I should just quickly take a moment of grievance, for a lost lipstick ..and possibly two glitter pots. *Moment of silence* Okay moment over, now let’s talk Pat MGrath and her fucking editorial products.


Pat McGrath is a hot-ass makeup artist that has been delivering editorial looks since the 1990s. She is behind the scenes of every, noteable, fashion couture show and has painted the face of every supermodel known to men. Of course her make-up is going to be bomb. And it is. But is it revolutionary? Mmmmmm, not really. It’s on trend, and everything you need to continue looking like your bomb-ass self.

Let’s start with the lipsticks cause it was what I was introduced to. It pains me. Ails me. I am so saddened that I started paying attention to her makeup releases. So much money given. And to top the list, I missed out on Phantom 002 and Skin Fetish 003. Jesus sacramento, thank-god, she decided to put out more pressed pigments. I am getting sidetracked here, let’s chat lipstick.


Lust 004: The formula of these lipsticks is matte but it isn’t stiff. If you’ve ever used a Melt Cosmetics lipsticks, you’ll know what I am talking about. Those motherfuckers are STIIIIIFFFFFF. These lipsticks, on the other hand, have the consistency of a creamy lipstick but have zero lustre to them. This means they are easy to apply and can hold their own through a messy meal. I mean, you’ll still need to reapply throughout the day but you can get away with maybe just one or two applications…all depending on how careful you are when eating. They also make your lips look juicy and not like a dried out prune. If I am wearing a traditional lipstick, I gravitate towards these.

A note on packaging. I hate and love it all in one silly string ball. The packaging is designed to look as though they are testing samples and we are approving them or not. I like the idea of it. It’s simple and removes getting caught in the trap of buying something just for its packaging. That being said. Look at them. The printing has partially rubbed off and they just look cheap. This is not a cheap product. Also while I appreciate the size and shape of the tube of lipstick (it makes for precise application) the actual tube it comes in is disastrous! The lids keep popping off whenever I travel with them and let me tell you, my purse is not a place I want an unopened lipstick floating around…yeeesh. So my hope is that when they choose to release another set of lipsticks that they improve on the quality of the packaging cause the product is all aces. Re-test, please.


Metalmorphosis 005: The lure of this kit were the eyeshadows. Coming in two formulas, a trendy and classy: a pressed pigment and cream formula, they are exactly what you expect from them. Both packed with glitter. Sophisticated enough that you can  wear it during your v-card dinner. Depending on how applied, it could give you a complete rocker-chic look or a royal duchess of York vibe. Applies with no patchiness. It does however require that you use your fingertips if you’re using it dry. It WILL NOT pick up with a brush when dry. Only when wet can you use a brush, so if you hate that…you may hate these pigments. I am a big fan of using them over the whole lid or using it in the inner portion of my eyes to give any eye look a POP. The cream is pretty nice and if you lay the pressed pigment over top it just makes the whole thing come together.


The extras: Each kits will come with some extras and to be honest, I kinda don’t use the extras (remember how I lost a couple without even remembering they even existed?). I haven’t really played with the glitters since I am kinda not into the whole metallic lipstick look and I don’t think these are safe for the eye. I am kinda paranoid about using unsafe for the eye glitter since I seriously like my eyes to stay firmly in my eye socket. To be completely honest…I kinda feel like the whole metallic lipstick look can easily put you in the grandma category rather than in the edgy runway super model category. I mean, I eventually will play with it…just not right now. The eyeliner on the other hand, I love. It’s great for when you want your liquid liner to CUT A BITCH. So I am into it and although it takes some time to get used to; once you do,  it make’s application 10% easier….cause let’s be real, liquid liner is no walk in the park.  The lip gloss? Another standard lip gloss, not too sticky but not moisturizing either. It is meant to go with the gold loose pigment. I haven’t tried that either, mostly because I just don’t want to bother in the morning. The mephron mixing liquid is pretty cool. You use it with your pressed pigments and it does make them more metallic. Great product and I want to experiment with it more.

So there you have it. The intro on the great Pat McGrath and some of her coveted products. Everything is currently sold out, so you can’t get your hands on anything. But I am sure she will soon be releasing something. I saw her hanging out with Kim Kardashian on her snapchat, last week. So I am sure she’s brewing some more interesting products. Let’s watch and see what else she puts out. More lipsticks? (Will they be better?) An actual 3-D eyeshadow? I am waiting.



Tell me your favourite makeup artist story. I am going tomorrow to get my makeup done for the first time. Will I finally get chiseled cheeks? How long will it take?

Don’t forget to check out my other blog post on brands: the rivals. It’s kinda gossipy but still a good intro to the dynamics between rival companies and their beauty lines.