You wanna know what burns this beauty blogger's biscuits? It drives me nuts how casually the phrase "dupes" is thrown around. Dupes are a great idea because they can save the use lots of money. However, most of the dupes I've compared are anything but! A lot of people will call something a makeup dupe when (a) they have never tried/owned the original product (b) the color doesn't match at all. Not all brown eye shadows are the same shade, for example.
So I'm taking some of the most popular "dupes" and putting them to the test. Are they really dupes? First up, I'm comparing MAC Soft and Gentle vs. Hard Candy Tiki--two highlighters with two different price tags. Let's look at them in the pan. Do they look the same?
Hard Candy Tiki Bronzer
- .44 oz
- Walmart or Walmart.com
- Golden highlight
- contains parabens
- contains mineral oil (breaks me out)
MAC Soft & Gentle
- .35 oz
- MAC stores or MacCosmetics.com
- Champagne highlight
- very shimmery
Now let's look at some swatches:
To me it is very obvious they are different. Below, I'm wearing them both:
|MAC on your left, HC on your right|
It is hard to tell in pictures but in person they are obviously different. You can see how MAC gives a more vibrant highlight whereas Hard Candy is more subtle. I had to pack on the HC to make it more comparable.
Here's a quick video where I demonstrate and discuss (in my Southern accent, of course):
I consider this dupe BUSTED! Not a dupe!
What do you think? Are they the same?
Let me know what dupes YOU would like tested, below!
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