Y'all know I love to save money on makeup when possible, so I try and seek out dupes for expensive products whenever I can. Turning to the internet, I found TONS of options, but found myself disappointed with the offerings.
I want to save y'all from wasting time and money, so I decided to test these so-called dupes myself and see if they were true.
Today, we're getting our glow on! I am a fanatic about highlighters. They give that dewy complexion that is hard to replicate on dry skin. It's one of my favorite makeup looks.
I'm testing Benefit Watt's Up!, which is a $30 creamy highlight vs. Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Branded. This is a sample size.
It's around $6.99 and is actually used on the lids as a shadow or shadow base. It was suggested as a dupe.
Here's a quick video I made for you recreating my testing of them:
First, I compared them by color. They look different in color. Benefit is very creamy and blends easily with a gorgeous metallic shine. Barely Branded by Maybelline is harder to work with and harder to blend.
Next comes the swatch test and blending test. Are they similar?
|Benefit Watt's Up, Maybelline in Barely Branded|
I found them to be different--Benefit Watt's Up! is a champagne highlight, whereas the Barely Branded is more of a white gold. I had to really build it up to get a good swatch that matched the Benefit one. While it is not a dupe, I found a much closer comparison is the Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Highlighter Stick in Persian Sunset, $10.99
What dupe would you like to see next?
- Was yesterday Blog Skip Day? I felt like a lot of my regular reads didn't post on Wednesday. I hope you got caught up and read my post on my fave gift. I shared a bit of my home, too.
- Two more days of work for the year--I can't wait for vacation!