Hey guys! I have a special guest post by the one and only Ijeoma of BeautyFrenzy. I love her blog and her makeup collection so I asked her to write a post for OMR. Enjoy and let me know what you think in the comment section below!
I’m beyond excited to be guest blogging on OmogeMuRa today, and I decided to write my favourite kind of post: a dupe list! I love finding affordable alternatives to great high end products, and today I want to share some of those alternatives.
Here are 10 of my favourite beauty products and their dupes!
1. Sacha ButterCup ($20) vs MakeUp Revolution Luxury Banana Powder ($8)
The Sacha ButterCup powder has been the go-to banana powder for brown girls for the past few years, and with good reason. It brightens the under eye by giving a subtle yellow tint to it, it prevents concealer from creasing, and it gives a matte finish to the skin. But at this exchange rate, it has become rather expensive, so I was excited when I tried the Makeup Revolution Luxury Banana powder, and it gave me the same exact results as the Sacha ButterCup.
2. Pixi Glow Tonic 250ml ($30/£18) vs Freedom Glycolic Radiance Tonic 200ml (£6)
Pixi Glow Tonic is an amazing exfoliating toner. It contains glycolic acid, ginseng and aloe vera extracts, and it is mild enough for everyday use. It’s great for gradually fading acne scars, and it just generally improves the appearance of the skin. The Freedom Glycolic Radiance Tonic contains ginseng, glycolic acid, and aloe vera too, and does the same exact thing at a fraction of the price.
3. Maybelline Lash Sensational($9) vs Zaron Volumizing mascara(~N2500)
Maybelline Lash Sensational is one of my favourite mascaras. It gives both length and volume without looking clumpy. The Zaron Volumizing mascara gives the same results, and has a similarly shaped brush.
There’s not much of a difference in price between these two, but I feel like Zaron has a really good distribution system in Nigeria, and their products are much more easily accessible here in Nigeria, than Maybelline products are.
4. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer ($30) vs NYX HD Concealer Wand. ($5)
The Nars Radiant Creamy concealer is one of my favourite concealers. It offers medium buildable coverage that lasts all day and looks natural. The NYX HD concealer has a slightly different texture, but it also offers medium buildable coverage , it lasts all day, and it doesn’t crease or settle into my fine lines! I love it just as much as I love the Nars Radiant Creamy concealer, and I actually reach for it more than all my other concealers. If you have fine lines under your eyes that other concealers tend to settle in, the NYX Photogenic HD concealer is worth considering.
5. Coloured Raine Fame ($17) vs Milani Matterialistic ($8)
Metallic lips are really popular right now, and I especially love copper shades like these. I feel like it looks very flattering on deep skin. These two lipsticks have very similar formulas. They both dry to a long wearing transfer-proof metallic finish. They are pretty much the same colour. I love to layer them over lip pencills of different colours to get unique metallic lip colours.
6. Makeup Eraser ($20) vs Nova Makeup Removing Towels (~N2500)
The Makeup Eraser towel was probably one of the most hyped beauty products of last year, and with good reason. All you have to do is wet it with water, wipe your face, and it removes all your makeup. I also love that it is reusable. Nova Ltd is a Nigerian owned brand that also makes similar makeup removing towels. I actually prefer the gray colour of the Nova towels, because it’s easier to clean, and and you get two in a pack that costs only N2500.
7. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick ($25- $48) vs MakeUp Revolution Shimmer Brick ($6)
If you love the versatility of the Bobbi Brown shimmer bricks but you’re not quite willing to shell out all that money, you might want to try the Makeup Revolution Shimmer Bricks. They are gorgeous, and much more affordabke. Theee are different colours, but the Makeup Revolution Shimmer Brick in Rose Gold is my favourite because it looks very flattering on brown skin.
8. Z Palette (Small size : $15) vs Makeup Geek Travel Vault ($13)
I prefer single shadows to palettes, so a magnetic refillable palette is an important part of my makeup collection. Z palettes are probably the most popular option for this type of palette, but there are quite a few brands that make better and cheaper magnetic palettes.
My personal favourite is Makeup Geek’s Travel Vault. While the Z palette is made of cardboard and has no mirror and no latch, Makeup Geek’s Travel Vault is made of plastic, and it has a metallic finish. It has a big mirror, and it has a latch so it closes firmly. All around, the Travel Vault is a much better alternative than the Z Palette. There’s only ine size right now, but bigger sizes will launch later in the year.
9. Kylie True Brown K Lip Kit ($29) vs MakeUp Revolution Glory Lip Kit ($9)
I love the brown lip trend, or as I like to think of it, the chocolate lip trend. A lot of browns tend to blend into deeper skin and not stand out very well, and I just don’t get the effect I want with them.
Makeup Revolution recently launched their Retro Luxe Lip Kits to compete with the Kylie Lip Kits. I have been loving the shade Glory. It shows up as a vampy brown, even on my NW45-ish skintone.
I haven’t tried the Kylie Lip Kits so I can’t compare the formulas, but what I can say is that they both come in similar packaging, and they’re both matte liquid lip sticks with matching lip liners, and they are both dark browns that actually show up as dark brown on deep skin.
10. Real Techniques Miracle Mini ($6) vs Beauty Blender Micro Mini ($18)
I love the Beauty Blender, and I was really excited when they launched the Beauty Blender Micro Mini, to better fit under the eyes. What I wasn’t so excited about was the rather hefty price tag for 2 little sponges that have such a specific and limited use. I was thrilled when Real Techniques launched the Miracle Minis. They have a very similar texture to the regular sized Beauty Blenders, and they also expand when wet. Their tiny size makes them perfect for blending out under eye concealer, and unlike the regular orange Real Techniques sponge, this one doesn’t peel/crumble when washed. If you’re not willing to spend $18 on the mini beauty blenders, these are an excellent alternative.
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About The Author.
Ijeoma is a makeup and skincare enthusiast, who shares reviews, tutorials, and looks on her blog; Beauty Frenzy. See more at www.beautyfrenzyblog.com