There is one thing I love doing, and that is sharing all my affordable beauty finds with you – and let’s be honest, there’s nothing better than finding a brilliant (and very affordable) dupe for something that’s more expensive.
Well the good news is I’ve found 3 real gems that are amazing dupes for products I have used from Urban Decay, Clarins and MAC!
I got them all from BeautyMatters.ie early last December and have been testing them ever since.
So first up, which you might recognise from my Snapchat the other day is this Icon Eyeshadow Palette.
This is very similar to the Naked Palette but for a fraction of the price. The set consists of 12 colours with a nice mix of matte and shimmer shades. What I loved most about this palette was that it had all the ideal shades to create a fab smoky eye.
The shades range from brown and taupe and gold right through to deep burgundy and dark blue, so you are getting a full range of colours for around €16 which is a seriously good deal.
The colour payoff from each is really good, and after having used them a number of times since I got them in December, I think my favourites have definitely got to be, ‘gilded’, ‘nude’, ‘nectar’ and ‘ballet’.
These are the shades I used most regularly.
‘Gilded’ is a golden brown with a nice shimmer, ‘nectar’ is a matte cream that is perfect for the brow bone, ‘nude’ is a matte taupe greyish brown, while ‘ballet’ is a very cute pinky shimmer.
2. Absolute New York waterproof eye and lip makeup remover
Another product I am loving is this eye makeup remover. You guys might remember me reviewing the Clarins eye makeup remover some time back, but this one from Absolute New York is pretty much as good but a lot cheaper.
Like the Clarins mix, this is an oil and water based solution, which is a god send. If like me you often wear strong eyeliner, dark eyeshadow or lashes with lots of glue, then you’ll know what a nightmare they are to take off.
Because the Absolute New York remover is oil-based, you will have no trouble removing stubborn liner and dark shades.
I’ve been using this for awhile now and I found it to be a brilliant eye makeup remover.
3. Crystal Shine Lip Gloss
As you can see from the picture, this lip gloss is looking very worn because I’ve been using it all the time! I only recently took it out of my makeup bag because it’s practically empty. I first used it over in the Maldives and have been hooked on it ever since.
It’s the perfect type of lip gloss in that it’s not too sticky (God I hate those sticky glosses!)
This one has a really nice velvety texture which feels SO soft on the lips, and the pale pinky colour means it looks lovely either on its own or over another lipstick. I’m a massive fan of this one.
The colour payoff is very impressive, and for a gloss, it really does last very well. I would definitely liken it to the MAC glosses and for €7.95 euro, you can’t go wrong with it!
And…. There you have it guys, 3 brilliant dupes that I know you will love!
You will also be pleased to know that the very generous guys over at Beauty Matters are giving SoSueMe readers a 10% discount across the range! All you have to do is use the code sosueme10 before you buy.
P.S: They also sell the Crest Whitening Strips 😉