Dupes for Lime Crime Velvetines in Wicked, Riot, and Cashmere

Hey guys! I just wanted to share with you some awesome dupes for three of the most in-demand Velvetines from Lime Crime’s liquid lipstick line. Now, as you all know, I liked the Lime Crime Venus palette a lot, but after the hacking scandal, my feelings towards the company changed. I was willing to overlook Doe Deere’s antics in the past, but after so many of her customers’ information was stolen, I’ve decided not to buy any more of her products. End of story. I’m not here to start a debate on the company’s recent scandals, but just to show you ladies that it’s easy to find similar colors if you also don’t want to invest in Lime Crime any longer.

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First up, here are some dupes for Wicked that I found. From left to right, Nyx Lipstick in Hestia, ColourPop Dalia, Lime Crime Wicked, and LA Girl Matte Pigment Gloss in Secret.

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Hestia is very close to Wicked in color, but has a creamy finish (but that could be a good thing if you don’t care for the rather drying Velvetines.) ColourPop’s Dalia is close in color and has a similar matte finish. LA Girl Secret is definitely the best dupe because it’s the same dark burgundy shade with a flat matte finish. Here’s a closer shot of Wicked and Secret together, after Secret dried down:

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Riot was easy to dupe because it looks EXACTLY like Kat Von D’s Lolita. Coincidence? Probably not. Below, from left to right, is Wet n Wild Megalast in Spiked With Rum, Lime Crime Riot, and Kat Von D Lolita.

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And lastly, here is the closest dupe I could find for Cashmere, ColourPop’s Tootsi. That’s Tootsi on the left and Cashmere on the right.

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I hope this is helpful! Thanks for reading!

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Dupes for Kat Von D’s Lolita

Hi guys! Today I just wanted to share with you some alternatives for the ever-popular Kat Von D lipstick in Lolita. It’s a dusty rose color that seems to be permanently sold out, so I thought I would look through my collection and find some dupes!

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From left to right we have Jordana Matte lipstick in Mystery, KVD Lolita, Maybelline Creamy Matte in Touch of Spice, and lastly, Sephora + Pantone’s new lipstick in Marsala. None of these are 100% spot on dupes; Mystery is pinker, Touch of Spice is slightly more mauve, and Marsala has more brown in it.  Touch of Spice and Marsala are really close once they’re on the lips, though!

The closest dupe I have found is…Wet n Wild’s Megalast lipstick in Spiked With Rum.

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Here is Spiked With Rum swatched next to Lolita:

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As you can hopefully tell, the colors are quite similar! To me, the biggest difference is that Lolita has a very flat matte finish and Spiked With Rum is more of a semi-matte finish—although personally, I prefer the finish of the Wet n Wild lipstick! It isn’t anywhere near as drying as the KVD lipstick, in my opinion. Also, Spiked With Rum is a mere $2, while Lolita is $20. You really can’t complain!

Dupes for Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss lipsticks!

What’s better than lipstick reviews? Lipstick dupes, of course! As you know, I recently reviewed four of Kat Von D’s new Studded Kiss lipsticks. While I do really like those lipsticks, after I played around with them I realized that I had some very similar colors. So I swatched them to compare, and *drumroll* I have found some dupes!

L-R: Nyx Alabama, Kat Von D Archangel, Revlon Matte In The Red
L-R: Nyx Alabama, Kat Von D Archangel, Revlon Matte In The Red

Nyx’s Alabama is slightly darker, but a very close dupe on the lips. What I was excited to find is that Kat Von D’s Archangel looks exactly like Revlon’s In The Red, which is part of their matte line. It is, regrettably, discontinued, but you can still find them on Amazon for under five bucks.

L-R: Nars Heatwave, Revlon Moondrops Orange Flip, Nyx Pure Red, Kat Von D Countess
L-R: Nars Heatwave, Revlon Moondrops Orange Flip, Nyx Indie Flick, Kat Von D Countess

Nyx’s Indie Flick and Nars Heatwave are quite similar to Countess.

L-R: NYC Mahogany, Wet n Wild Cherry Bomb, Kat Von D Vampira
L-R: NYC Mahogany, Wet n Wild Cherry Bomb, Kat Von D Vampira

These are the dupes I was most excited about. Both Mahogany and Cherry Bomb are dead-on dupes for Vampira. Mahogany, by NYC, is the same color but with a creamier finish. Cherry Bomb by Wet n Wild is 100% just like Vampira–same color, same matte finish.

L-R: Burt's Bees Lip Crayon in Napa Vineyard, Kat Von D Hexagram, Revlon Matte lip crayon in Standout
L-R: Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Napa Vineyard, Kat Von D Hexagram, Revlon Matte lip crayon in Standout

In my opinion, Revlon’s Matte Balm in Standout is a perfect dupe!

In a way, I was a little disappointed that the Kat Von D lipsticks were so dupeable, you know? I love doing these dupe posts so that if you already own a color, you can be sure that you won’t replicate it, and if there’s a high-end lipstick that you like but don’t want to pay the big bucks for, I can maybe show you an alternative. Hope this helps!

Review (and an exciting dupe): Forever 21 Facial Glow Kit

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Good evening, kittens.  I’ve finally found a beautiful bronzer, blush, and highlighter set that’s perfect for my fair skin, and it’s the Forever 21 Face Glow Illuminator Compact! At first, I was just really excited about it because it’s a mere $6.80 and it’s really good quality, but then I realized how similar it is to the Urban Decay Naked Flushed set in Native.  The Forever 21 Face Glow kit is a great product regardless, but it’s also a close dupe for a much more expensive blush set. I’d definitely recommend checking it out.

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The kit is comprised of a medium golden-bronze shimmery contour shade, a pale shimmery rose-tinged pearl color that is supposed to be an eyeshadow but makes a lovely highlighter as well, and a bright pink blush. I was STUNNED at how rich and creamy the colors were. They don’t even feel like powders; they have this smooth, cream-to-powder texture that I honestly have never experienced before. The amount of pigmentation in this is also wonderful. As you can see in my swatches, the colors are richly pigmented and have the perfect amount of shimmer in them.

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Now, just to compare, here is a picture of the Urban Decay Naked Flushed set in Native, which I borrowed from the Sephora site:

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You can see that they look almost identical. =)

I don’t own the Native set,  so I can’t post a true swatch comparison, but I have swatched it many times in Sephora, and I can say with perfect sincerity that the colors in the Forever 21 kit are very, very similar. If anything, I prefer the texture of the Forever 21 kit. I use the bronzer to contour my skin, and it works really well. Most bronzers look dark and orange on me, but this one has a subtle neutral tone to it that looks natural against my pale skin. I use the middle shade as both an eyeshadow and a highlighter, and it brings a luminous pearly glow to my skin that I’m loving. Lastly, the blush is so pretty. It looks like a really bright bubblegum pink in the pan, but it goes on much more sheerly and wearably. It has a good dose of pigment, but not so much that it’s easy to overdo it. That’s one thing that often bothers me about blushes–when you have pale skin, blush can look harsh and fake when it goes on too pigmented, but that’s not the case with this one.  To sum it up, I think this is a great set in its own right, but it’s also a very close dupe to the Urban Decay Naked Flushed palette. For under  $7, you won’t regret it.

 

 

Dupes for Nars Lipstick

Happy Friday, kittens! Today I have two awesome dupes to share with you! I recently bought several Nars lipsticks during Sephora’s VIB sale, and two of the ones I chose were Heat Wave and Schiap. Heat Wave is described as a bright orange red, and Schiap is described as a neon pink. And, while they’re both pretty colors, I was struck by how similar they are to two of my Forever 21 Premium Beauty lipsticks. Similar isn’t even the right word. The Forever 21 lipsticks are identical to the much more expensive ones from Nars! Get excited. Get very excited.

The dupes: Forever 21’s Miami Pink is a dead ringer for Nars Schiap. The color and the finish on both are exactly alike.

Miami Pink is on the left, Schiap is on the right
Miami Pink is on the left, Schiap is on the right

 

Miami Pink on the left side of my lips, Schiap on the right
Miami Pink on the left side of my lips, Schiap on the right

Forever 21’s Bisou is a great dupe for Nars Heat Wave. While they look slightly different swatched, once they’re on the lips, they look the same.

Bisou on the left, Heat Wave on the right
Bisou on the left, Heat Wave on the right
Bisou on the left, Heat Wave on the right
Bisou on the left, Heat Wave on the right

As you can see, the Forever 21 lipsticks are essentially the exact same colors as the Nars lipsticks. But is this a case where the more expensive lipsticks just look creamier, feel better, and are generally worth their higher price tag? In this case, no. I was honestly a little disappointed by how dry the Nars lipsticks were. Schiap in particular made my lips actually crack at the corners it was so drying. So, I definitely PREFER the Forever 21 lipsticks. They go on more smoothly and they aren’t drying at all. Oh, and they’re $8.80 compared to the $26 ones from Nars. If you’ve been wanting Schiap or Heat Wave, save your money and get the Forever 21 lippies. You won’t be disappointed.