"I'm not saying that putting on makeup will change the world or even your life, but it can be a first step in learning things about yourself you may never have discovered otherwise. At worst, you could make a big mess and have a good laugh." - Kevyn Aucoin 

Make up artists, Make up bloggers, Make up lovers anywhere all follow the hype around certain products.. But do some of the most loved beauty items have similar, but much cheaper twins, and if they do, how do they compare?





THE NAKED PALETTE | THE MUA PALETTE IN UNDRESSED.


Urban Decay Naked Palette £33. MUA Palette in Undressed £4.


It would be unfair to compare the packaging between these two palettes. Urban Decay's packaging is luxurious and coated in velvet (even if it does show up every speck of dust). However unaesthetic the plastic MUA packaging is, in actuality it is a lot thinner and lighter for travelling. From the swatches, can you tell which palette is which? On the left is Urban Decay, and on the right MUA. Shocked? I was too. Both shadows are equally as creamy, with Urban Decay coming out slightly on top with pigmentation. But with almost equal quality and colours, would you pay £29 extra for the nicer packaging of the Naked Palette?
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BENEFIT THEY'RE REAL MASCARA | MAX FACTOR FALSE LASH EFFECT MASCARA.


Benefit They're Real £19.50. Max Factor False Lash Effect £10.99.

Tons of dupes have been suggested for the classic Benefit They're Real! Mascara, but the closest I've found is Max Factor's False Lash Effect. The brushes are very similar in shape and size, with the Benefit just being slightly thinner. I am biased however. I've been using Benefit They're Real for years and for me, no other mascara compares. It holds, it lengthens, it volumizes, it darkens.. the list is endless. I think if you're going to splash out on a make up item, or ask Santa for a christmas present, this should be it, no questions asked. 
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NARS BLUSH IN ORGASM | SLEEK BLUSH IN ROSE GOLD.


Nars Blush in Orgasm £21.50. Sleek Blush in Rose Gold £4.49. 

Blushes are my favourite beauty products to buy, especially ones that look as beautiful as these two. The packaging of both products is hard to tell the difference between, apart from the Sleek product being slightly smaller. Both being peachy-pink products with a gold sheen, they both look equally as beautiful on the skin. However, the only noticeable differential is the Sleek Blush is much more pigmented, with Orgasm taking a lot longer to build up, and Rose Gold needing a much lighter hand. Due to the pigmentation of Rose Gold, the longevity of the blush seems to be much more than with the Nars - surprising with a £17 price difference!
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NAILS INC PORCHESTER SQUARE | ESSIE MASTER PLAN.


Nails inc Porchester Square £14. Essie Master Plan £7.99.

Nails inc Porchester Square is one of those 'if you had to wear a nail varnish for the rest of your life' kind of colours. Coming up a lot darker in the photo (http://www.nailsinc.com/nailpolish/porchester-square-gel-effect-polish/1337/), it is a beautiful muted lavender, grey, nudey tone. However, coming in at £14, is it the perfect nail varnish? Essie's Master Plan is sliiiighhhtlyyy darker, but at just over half the price, with (in my opinion) a much better application brush, I'm not going to lose sleep over the barely noticeable colour difference. BUT, that's not all. Barry M's Gelly Nail Varnish in Almond is a perfect match for the original Nails inc. The only downside is, I tried three shops trying to find it and it was sold out everywhere, but at £3.99, it's worth going the extra mile to find somewhere.
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