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!





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