Can you imagine walking in to a tiny little shop and being greeted with two full walls full of cheap dupes of your favourite make up products?
Well that’s what happened to my friend Katie and I on a trip to Durham last week! Now, I admit it, usually I’d keep walking, maybe even turn my nose up a bit at the wannabe copies, but this time I allowed myself a little glance.
The little glance turned into a full on investigation of all of the products that looked so much like the ones sitting in my make up bag at home, but for a fraction of the price.
Long story short I left the shop ten pound down and here’s my first impressions of the products I bought! 🙂
No one can argue that this £5 palette has not been entirely modelled on the classic £38 Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette. Upon first glance the colours are pretty much identical so I did some swatches of my favourite colours to put this much cheaper palette to the test.
First up, Sin. (UD-Left, W7-Right). The shades were almost identical and I was extremely surprised at how similar the colour pay off from the W7 palette was!
Next up, my absolute LOVES, Half Baked, and Smog. (UD-Left, W7-Right) Just look at those colours! (Half Baked- Top, Smog – Bottom). The pigmentation from the W7 palette was just as good as the Urban Decay and it was difficult to tell them apart! The only thing that differed the two was the Half Baked shade from the W7 palette being just a hint more orangey, and the Smog shade from W7 being a little darker, but both equally as gorgeous.
Lastly the two darkest shades, Creep and Gunmetal. (UD-Top, W7-Bottom). Again the colours were surprisingly similar, I’d even go as far as saying the colour pay off from these two shades was better in the W7 palette! However, as you can see on the image these two shades from the W7 Palette were much more powdery than the others which could potentially cause a little fallout so I’d advise you to do your eye shadow before your face make up when using these colours to prevent looking like a panda!
You may have heard of the brand Sunkissed from their fake tan range but this time I spotted a very big compact bronzer that reminded me quite a lot of my Estee Lauder Bronzed Goddess. The bronzer was only £2.99 as opposed to my pricey (but amazing) £33 Estee Lauder compact.
Both bronzers (SK- Left, EL- Right) had very similar colour pay off but the Sunkissed bronzer was a little darker, probably because of the combined colour of the main base and the darker sun shaped patch in the centre. Although I won’t be ditching my Bronzed Goddess anytime soon I think for my skin tone the Sunkissed colour would be perfect for contouring!
The final thing I picked up was this W7 blusher. I was going to buy the W7 Hoola Bronzer dupe as I’ve never owned Benefit Rockateur so I can not compare, but I decided as I’d already picked up a bronzer to just buy the £3 blush and test it out! The packaging is almost identical to the style of the Benefit products and I was very impressed when I opened the box and saw the attention to detail in the budget blusher.
Although I did swatch the product it was too light to show up on camera, showing a definate lack of pigmentation. However it did have a nice shimmer to it so I imagine would look gorgeous as more of a highlight shade than a full on blush!
For me the most exciting product was the Lightly Toasted Palette as I’m sooo impressed with the similarity to the colours in the Naked 1! I’d recommend anyone who’s just starting out in make up, or who wants a little, ‘try before you buy’ to have a look at these cheaper versions of the products before splashing cash on the real deal <3
If you’ve tried any other dupes let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading,