I came across another very exciting dupe today! The colourpop shadow, Antimatter is identical to the Dose of Colors Block Party shadow in Teal Me More. I'm very picky about dupes but these two shadows look exactly the same to me. The DOC Block Party shadows are gorgeous but problematic for two reasons. 1. They're expensive 2. They're incredibly fragile. $20 for one eyeshadow is way too rich for my blood. And the reason that mine looks so mangled is because it arrived broken. Twice. The second time I said fuck it and smooshed it back together myself. The CP formula is a little more firmly pressed but still very pigmented and sparkly. Plus it's 1/5 of the price. The DOC shadows are a tiny bit larger but not much (1.94g vs 1.5g) and they come in mirrored compacts but who cares? CP shadows cost $4!
Near Perfect Dupe for Hot Toddy
Colourpop shadow, Thank U, Next is a damn near perfect dupe for Hot Toddy in the Too Faced Gingerbread Palette. Hot Toddy is a little bit more pink and Thank U, next a little more red but they've got the same orange to gold shift and very similar textures. Also Sleeper is a dupe for Figgy Pudding (second pic) but I didn't swatch that one.
Hyaluronic Acid Dupes??
jane iredale - BeautyPrep Hyaluronic Serum Key Ingredients: Hydrolyzed Ulva Lactuca (sea lettuce extract that has skin-soothing and antioxidant properties), Sodium Hyaluronate (salt form of hyaluronic acid that allows the skin to more easily absorb the hydrating benefits because it penetrates deeper), and Glycerin (hydrates the skin). Scent: A slight perfume scent Price Point: $52 for 0.57 oz Experience: The directions say to only use this once a day. Since it has BeautyPrep in the name, I prefer using it in the morning since it makes me think of makeup lol. I use it in between essence and serum (if I use another serum in my routine) or moisturizer (if this is the only serum I use). I’ve been used it for a month or so and didn’t see any special effects (more than any other Hyaluronic Acid serum). The serum is lightweight and seamlessly absorbs into my skin and makes it feel hydrated and not sticky. The pump style packaging is very convenient and the glass packaging is very luxe. It’s a nice product, plus I like the added antioxidant properties. . The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 Key Ingredients: Next-generation Hyaluronic Acid Polymer (according to their page on Sephora, it’s a cross-linked form of hyaluronic acid that enhances the delivery of HA actives and helps to support water density) and Vitamin B5 (hydrates). Scent: None Price Point: $6.80 for 1 oz Experience: Whenever I use this product, I use it both day and nights. I use it in between essence and serum (if I use another serum in my routine) or moisturizer (if this is the only serum I use). I’ve tried using this with and without essence, without using other serum, and various moisturizers, it is such a picky product. It pills so badly with a good amount of products I’ve tried it with. It also can leave the skin feeling sticky if you use too much. It’s also hard to control the amount of serum that comes out of the dropper because it’s so runny and easily splashed out (even when you don’t squeeze the topper for it to come out, it’s so runny it comes out on it’s own). Once you find the perfect ratio and products to make it work, it’s a nice product and does provide a good amount of hydration. Once I got the perfect routine for this to work, I noticed an improvement in a week! But not sure if it’s honestly worth the hassle of trying it with all these various products to make it work. . Overall: I’m meh about both of these products honestly. I do enjoy the Jane Iredale product, but in no way do I think it’s worth $52. Heck, I don’t even think it’d be worth it on sale for half off (I got it free as a gift with purchase from Ulta). The Ordinary HA serum is very finicky and the packaging is difficult. I would recommend the Good Molecules HA serum over these, but if I had to choose between these two, I would suggest trying the Ordinary one because it’s more affordable and can play around with which products to pair it with to make it work.
jane iredale-BeautyPrep Hyaluronic Serum
Dupe: Tarte Shape Tape vs Elf Camo Concealer
While scrolling through Cherie, I saw a post about how the Elf Camo Concealer may be a potential dupe for the Tarte Shape Tape. I was super excited to test it out because I love the shape tape and have also been super interested in Elf’s products lately. They’ve really been hitting it out of the park for drugstore beauty. I chose the Hydrating Camo concealer (Medium Sand) rather than the 16 Hour Matte Camo concealer from Elf because I prefer a satin finish. When I first screwed the applicator out, I immediately noticed the smell, it’s STRONG. However, the scent doesn’t linger after application and it’s really no surprise that $6 makeup may smell like paint sometimes. In terms of consistency, it’s very similar to the Tarte Shape Tape; creamy and thick. The coverage is almost identical, so so full. The finish of the Tarte Shape Tape is a bit more matte than the Elf Hydrating Camo, but I actually prefer the Elf’s natural looking satin finish. For wear time, after a 5 hour check in, they looked very similar with slight creasing, but nothing out of the ordinary. One thing to note is that the Elf concealer does oxidize if applied in a very light layer. Under the eye, it’s fine, but for some reason, on other places on my face, it oxidized a lot. Overall, I like the Elf Hydrating Camo concealer and think it is a great value for the price!
e.l.f.-Hydrating Camo Concealer