Amazing Beauty Dupes #2 | Comparison & Swatches


I'm sure a lot of my newer readers never saw the first Amazing Beauty Dupes post as it was a while back, however now I feel like I've amassed enough similar products to do a Part 2. As before, I've only chosen products where I've tried both the budget and the high-end versions so I can properly compare. There's no skincare as I'm actually going to be doing a special post focussed on cheaper alternatives to cult products. There are also swatches of each product so you can see how they differ and how they're the same.



Makeup Revolution is so on it with dupes! Last year they released the Radiant Light Highlighters, which look very similar to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders. Dim Light is a pearly neutral-beige shade and Breathe looks extremely similar. For me, the main difference is the formula; Dim Light is a setting powder with a highlighting aspect, whereas Breathe (whilst being incredibly soft in texture and natural on the skin) is a straight highlighter for me. I had to layer up the swatch more with the Hourglass to get the same payoff. Personally, I sort of regret spending so much on the Hourglass powder as it really hasn't changed my life so if you're after more of a highlighter then go for Breathe.

Original: MAC Satin Lipstick in Faux | £15.50


As I mentioned in my MAC Lipstick Collection, the Satin finish is one of my favourites as it offers a similar finish and almost as long of a wear-time as a matte but it's more creamy, moisturising and has a slight sheen. The Rimmel Kate Moss lipsticks offer something similar in terms of formula for roughly 1/3 of the price. The shade match I found was MAC Faux and Rimmel Kate 08. Whilst Faux is slightly cooler and Kate 08 has a little bit of a plummier tone, they're both mauve/dusky pink nude lip colours that are perfect for everyday wear. 




With Strobing being the trend of the moment, liquid illuminators have seen a newfound popularity. You can use them under foundation instead of a primer, mixed in with the foundation or strategically placed on top like a highlighter. Opal by Becca is just the perfect pearly-nude shade that isn't to pink and iridescent or too golden-bronze. I think it's almost universally flattering. Whilst I really love it, I'm not sure I would pay so much for this type of product again. I've previously featured the Revlon Photoready Skinlights, so I thought there may be a dupe in the range. I found it in the shade Bare Light, which is pretty much identical in colour to Opal. The main difference for me is the texture; the Becca is smoother whereas the Revlon has some larger bits of glitter in there. I don't find they show up on the face but I think the Becca formula does sit a little better on the face. The Becca is almost 3x the price of the Revlon so I would probably recommend going for the dupe here. 



I won't dwell too long on this one as it had its own post here (as well as the KIKO offering having its own post here), but it was too good not to mention in this post! Not only is the formula of the KIKO spot on, but the shades are identical. The By Terry shadows are a tiny bit creamier and smoother when applying, but really the differences are minor so I would definitely recommend the dupe on this one. Misty Rock is a gorgeous mauve shimmer and it's dupe is 05 Rosy Brown. Bronze Moon is a beautiful golden-bronze shimmer and it's dupe is 06 Golden Brown. Whilst they are the sort of shades I wear all the time, the KIKO ones are insanely similar and you could get 4 of them for the price of one By Terry and still have a bit of change!



My love of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes is well-documented on this blog, as I just think it's the best formula around.  Earlier this year when I saw Max Factor had released some potentially similar marbled highlighting blushers, I snapped up a few shades (featured here). I have 2 from Hourglass and 4 from Max Factor and the closest shade match I could find was Luminous Flush vs. Seductive Pink. Luminous Flush is a little more vibrant and coral-toned whereas Seductive Pink is more muted, however they're similar enough. I do find Hourglass's formula to be superior, and the Max Factor range seems to vary a lot in quality between different shades. Seductive Pink is definitely my favourite in terms of the colour and quality from Max Factor and it's a good alternative on the high street, however I still think the staying-powder, pigmentation, and ease-of-application make Hourglass worth the splurge. 

Original: MAC Lip Pencil in Whirl | £12.50


The Beauty World is split into two types of people: those who do lip liner and those who don't. Whilst £12.50 isn't a huge splurge, for those who don't there's always something you'd rather spend your money on. MAC lip pencils moved me from the former category into the latter, however I think that KIKO's are extremely similar in formula and quality. It's hard to get the balance right between being waxy enough to stop lipstick bleeding and increase wear-time but being creamy enough to apply nicely. Both of these products get it spot on but one is almost half the price of the other. This is more of a formula dupe but I think that KIKO's 301 is similar in colour to MAC's Whirl. Whirl is a little more red-toned however they're both great for a 90s dark brown nude lip. 

Original: Lorac Unzipped Palette | £28


I've done a full post on this one with all the shades from each swatched that you can find here, however I haven't seen many people talk about it so I thought I'd spread the word again. Both the Lorac Unzipped and Makeup Revolution Naked Chocolate contain a gorgeous selection of both mattes and shimmers in rosy, brown and golden shades. Although there are more shades in the Naked Chocolate, each can be matched up to one in the Lorac Unzipped (you can see a few of my favourites above). The quality of Lorac shadows is out-of-this-world good and they are more buttery, long-lasting and pigmented, however the Makeup Revolution shades are still really good. The Lorac palette isn't just more expensive but it's less accessible to those of us in the UK (I ordered through Amazon, find out how here), so the dupe is a great alternative.



I'm a huge fan of the 'greige' nail, as it looks stylish but still professional. I rarely spend a lot on nail polish but I made an exception for Porchester Square by Nails Inc. However I find that Barry M's Almond is very similar in both formulation and colour. They both have a high-shine finish but Porchester Square is the tiniest bit more stoney in colour. Porchester Square lasts a little longer on me (5 days vs. 3 days), however given the price difference it's well worth checking out Almond.

Original: MAC 217 Blending Brush | £20


Everyone and their mum seems to own the MAC 217 as it's just the perfect do-it-all brush; you can apply the base shade, blend in different colours or apply eyeshadow to the crease. However I'm a huge fan of Zoeva's brushes and I think the quality is very much comparable for close to 1/4 of the price. The 227 is extremely similar to the 217. The 227's bristles are slightly longer but I find they do an identical job. As much as I love my 217 and you always need more than one blending brush, you're better off getting a set of 12 Zoeva brushes for less than the cost of 3 from MAC (and getting the gorgeous rose gold finish too!)

If you've tried any of these products I'd love to know whether you think it's worth splurging on the high-end version or saving your money. What are your favourite dupes?

 



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49 comments

  1. This is such a fantastic set of dupes! About to go and pin them all to my makeup dupes board :-) xx

    Ramblings of a Beauty Bird | Beauty Blog

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  2. Barry M almond is one of my favourite nail polishes, I'd rarely splurge on a high end nail polish so finding dupes is definitely worth it! I think the By Terry ombre blackstars are unbeatable though, worth spending more for such a good formula, and they last for ages x

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    1. I definitely agree that there's no point spending loads on nail polish! To be honest after having tried both I would say the KIKO ones are virtually as good as the By Terry but agree to disagree :) xx

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  3. Wow there are some great dupes in there and I am going to pick up that Barry M polish when I am next passing as that is stunning. Such a helpful post :)

    Pams Stuff and Things

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  4. What an awesome post Jasmine some great dupes and so so similar ! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I having been wanting to pick up the becca shimmering skin perfector! But you have convinced me to go for the revlon version. I can also vouch that the Kiko eye shadows are really great as I recently picked up a whole bunch whilst in Italy!! Brilliant post :) xx

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    1. Thank you lovely :) I definitely think a highlighter is not a life essential so you may as well save your pennies and go for the Revlon xx

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  6. These dupes are all so great! I love the look of the Kate Moss lipstick in 08, and I would definitely agree with KIKO eyeliners being so great! Barry M almond is a lovely shade too :)

    Velvet Blush

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  7. Amazing dupes for so many products I've had on my wish list, definitely going to be checking some of the cheaper alternatives.

    emilyclairewrites.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. I absolutely love these posts I need some of the Kiko shadow sticks in my life!
    Coleoftheball xx

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  9. Such a great post! You've really found some amazing dupes, I can't get over how similar they are.

    xo, Liz
    http://lipstickandconfetti.com

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  10. I've tried some of these products but not all - particularly the dupes. The comparison between the Lorac Unzipped and Makeup Revolution palette is pretty impressive as are the MAC and Kiko lip liners. :-)

    Beauty Isles | An Island Girl's Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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  11. Great post. The Kiko eyeshadow sticks are indeed such a great dupe for the By Terry ones and I feel I actually like my Zoeva 227 even more than the Mac 217.

    Renata x
    UD Naked Palette or Anastasia Contour Kit GIVEAWAY

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    1. I feel like I reach for the Zoeva brush more for whatever reason :) xx

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  12. Dupe posts are some of my favourite posts, and those KIKO shadow sticks look pretty much the same as the By Terry!
    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

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  13. What a great post, your post always makes me want to run out to buy more products, haha. And now I'm eyeing that makeup revolution breathe and Barry M Almond. That being said I finally picked up some Kiko limited edition goodies :)

    Sam || Beautydetour

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  14. Those Kiko long lasting shadow sticks are incredible! Cannot believe how spot on they are wow!
    Rimmel 08 is one of my favourite lipstick shades of all time, such a gorgeous flattering shade for medium skintones especially and that 227! Need to get a couple of those in my collection hehe
    Iqra |The Blushing Giraffe x

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  15. so many amazing dupes in this post! it's incredible how similar the make-up revolution naked chocolate palette is to the lorac one, i love make-up revolution! i love the rimmel kate moss 08 dupe for mac faux and the make-up revolution highlighter compared to the hourglass aswell! so impressed xx

    http://lovejordanashley.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you :) and I'm surprised I don't hear more about the MUR/Lorac dupe as it really is spot-on! xx

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  16. Absolutely LOVE this post! Will definitely be going out and trying some KIKO lip pencils! Love it you've saved my life!

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  17. this was so helpful, i have to admit i'm dying to get my hands on a becca highlighter though!

    avec danielle | new post

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  18. Love love this post. It was so helpful. I especially like the Becca Opal dupe. I hope I can get my hands on that Revlon :)

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  19. Fab post hun, I am a big fan of the 08 KM lipstick but do still want to get my hands on Faux hehe. I really need to try the Kiko eyeshadow sticks and both shades look so stunning and very similar to the By Terry ones.

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

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    1. Sometimes the urge to get the 'real thing' is just too strong haha xx

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  20. The By Terry and Kiko side by side is crazy! They are like the exact same colors. Great dupe post!
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  21. I'll be picking up Revlon Bare soon, it's freaking identical to Becca! I hope there'll more of this posts in the future, Jasmine, it's so helpful for someone like me who can't justify the high end price point.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  22. Wow, this was an excellent post! I can't get over how identical the Kiko eye shadow sticks look to the By Terry eye shadow sticks! I already have one of the Kiko ones in another shade but really want to get the two shown in your post.

    Nicola | www.thebeautymonologue.blogspot.com

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  23. I love finding a good dupe. It's funny that you duped the KIKO 05 with By Terry Misty Rock. I just duped my Laura Mercier Amethyst shadow stick with KIKO 05! And I've wanted to try Misty Rock for so long - clearly there is no need!

    Emily x
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    1. It's funny as I already had Misty Rock and had been eyeing up Amethyst but I saw your post and how similar it is to 05 and realised they must be virtually the same haha xx

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  24. This is SOO helpful!! I was literally going to buy the By Terry sticks but now I've seen this I'm DEFINITELY going to get the Kiko ones so thank you for saving me my money!! Awesome post!
    Abiee xxx
    http://www.abieelucas.com

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  25. I love MUR Breath Powder, it's amazing and it's all I've been using since I bought it (wouldn't be surprised if I hit pan soon). I also just bough the Becca highlighter in Opal & i kinda already knew there was bound to be a good dupe out there, but I just wanted the luxury that came from Becca as a brand x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. I know what you mean, I still want to try their pressed highlighters! xx

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  26. I remember when you said you spotted a dupe for the Lorac unzipped palette, they are so damn similar!
    Personally I don't own the MAC 217 because every single MAC brush I ever owned shredded on me within the first few uses. It was such a waste of money, I never went back for them

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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  27. I love you dupe posts! These all look like great dupes too. Reallllly wanna pick up revlon bare lights now xx

    Karan|| studentbeautyhack

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  28. I loved this post! You're making me very very jealous of your Kiko finds. We can't get this brand in Australia :-(
    The Beauty Bloss

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  29. Oh my goodness, amazing dupes, seriously!! Glad that you did this post, now I know that sometimes you don't have to splurge so much for something you can get for a cheaper price! xx

    www.angerawrs.co.uk

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  30. Some really fab dupes in here. Those KIKO eyeshadows in particular are spot on! Desperately want them now.

    Rachel | www.currentlyrachel.com

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    1. If you do pick them up I'm sure you'll feel a lot less guilty than if you got the By Terry ones haha xx

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  31. Love posts like this because I'm such a savvy shopper and a bargain beauty girl through and through. This was a very informative read!xx

    Laura | Lala London: Beauty & Lifestyle

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  32. Such a great post, its so helpful to see all these dupes in one place. I really like the look of that highlighter
    Kookii || Beauty By Her♥

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  33. A lot of good dupes there! The palettes are very similar! But not as similar as the Kiko and By Terry products, wow! xx

    Jasmine || http://www.blogsallbeautyy.blogspot.co.uk

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  34. I love Kiko Rosy Brown so much! And I really want to try that Lorac palette; it's so gorgeous!
    What a great post you did here, Jasmine, so much effort you put in here! I can't believe how many dupes you have for high end products you already own anyways, but guess it's nice to test out and try to find a great dupe for something you really love ;)

    Love, Charline | Charline Has a Blog

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    1. Half the time you don't even know it's a dupe until you get it but oh well at least it can go in a post haha xx

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  35. Love this blog post! So helpful, a kiko store has just opened up next to me, i'll have to have a look in!

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  36. Thank you for the lovely comments - I'm glad this post helped some of you out :) xx

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  37. This is a fantastic post! I wish I could get Kiko more easily in the states! I have been thinking about trying the Makeup Revolution palettes and this settles it!

    prettyneutral.com

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  38. Makeup Recolution are THE brand for dupes. To me that's their USP! I love the MAC 217 brush, so will definitely be picking up one of the Zoeva equivalents. Xx

    Tania | When Tania Talks

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  39. wow those Becca, by terry and lorac dupes are spot on! I think you've convinced me to buy the makeup revolution palette- just when I think I have enough of their palettes and should probably stop soon lol! nikki x
    lipstickdrawer.blogspot.co.uk

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  40. Now I feel like I NEED to go beauty shopping :D. So many amazing dupes! I definitely have to get at least some of them in my collection :)x

    Anu♡ | My life as Anu | bloglovin

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