Dupes are something I find to be a real tough area, they mostly belong in the world of lipsticks and nail polish and rarely do I find something in the skincare department. It took me a long time to find some suitable candidates for this post but I think I've found some absolute gems and they are all pretty budget friendly which makes them even sweeter.
I posted about these two being very similar to each other two years ago which was the last time that Cut a Caper was released. It is the only peachy pink that has ever suited me and I hate that is a limited edition and I'm going to run out one day and have a CaC shaped hole in my life. However something incredibly similar is the Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in shade 16, they aren't identical as the later runs a little more pink to peach but they are damn close. Shade aside the formulation of both are lovely to wear on the lips and sit with a satin finish, not too glossy and not too matte.
YSL Babydoll currently reigns as my favourite mascara, well for the mean time anyway as we all know that I'm not faithful to just one of them. My love for it is strong but the price tag puts me off from buying it again. From the luxe packaging to the delicious scent and then of course the performance of the product there is nothing that I don't like about it. The latest mascara from MeMeMe has seriously rivalled my love for the YSL as it performs just as well. Lengthening, builds volume and most importantly it doesn't smudge which is a real issue for me especially in summer. No it isn't as luxurious but the two are very alike and for the price it is an absolutely fantastic high street mascara.
I'm a little bit of a cream blush obsessive and last year is when I really started to get into them and it was the perfect time as the high street released a fair few. One of my favourites is the Bourjois Cream Blush in Shade 4, they are a cream to powder formulation so are perfect if you want the longevity of a powder with the ease of a cream upon application. The shade 4 is a typical me shade, a dusky pink with a brown undertone that works at sculpting the fact as well as adding colour too. When Jen kindly gave me the Clarins Cream Blush I realised that the two were absolutely identical, not only in colour but in formulation too. Although the Bourjois packaging might not be as dreamy as the Clarins the product inside performs exactly the same.
Being a powder girl through and through you can only imagine how happy I was when these illuminating powders hit the big time. The MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade was duped for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders which as beautiful as they are I refuse to spend that much on one product. Many use it as a highlight but I love sweeping this all my face to set all my make up into place and add some real light to the skin. Something that is very similar in colour but different in formulation is the Bourjois Java Rice Powder, a loose powder which is definitely worth the fuss. Although it is a tad more sparkly than the MAC option it looks just as lovely on the skin but you do have to be careful with that glitter if you get a little carried away on application.
I've never had much luck when it came to finding things that are similar in the skincare world but I think I've found a real doozy with this one. Like most girls out there I long for radiant glowing skin and something that definitely helps achieve this is the Dr Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester*, however having a price point of over £100 it isn't a purse friendly product. When the The Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Reviver* came into my skincare routine I knew I had found something that gave me the same results but without the hefty price tag. It leaves my skin feeling nourished, plump and radiant as well as leaving a beautiful base for make up and it is 1/10 of the price, score!
Do you know of any good dupes?