What’s a dupe you ask?
In the beauty product world, a dupe is a duplicate product that is cheaper than its higher priced original.
Basically, when you find a fancy tube of MAC lipstick, there will be a dupe out there of a color or formula somewhere from a drug store brand.
I find that although color matching is fun with lipsticks between other brands, sometimes the quality and finish is not that of its luxury counterpart.
So when I look for a dupe, I look for all areas of duplicity- quality, color, wearability, finish. Some things are not worth the duplicate. If it’s crap, I’d rather pay more and get something I’ll wear.
Okay, enough of that.
I found a very reasonable foundation dupe in L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder to the incredibly luxurious (and expensive) Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation. Armani is known for their award winning foundations- a favorite of beauty editors and makeup artists alike. I invested in the Maestro Foundation last fall and was pleased with its light texture, seamless blending, and glow it gave my 40 year old face. I liked it so much, I bought a second bottle after finishing the first. This is huge folks! I buy so much, that I usually don’t get to the bottom of a bottle before I find something else.
Then this summer, L’Oreal introduced the Magic Nude liquid to powder makeup. At first I wasn’t keen on it (there isn’t a dispenser, it seemed too runny). But then I put the two side by side and was blown away by their similarities. Not only is the color a complete match, the finish and feel is virtually the same. I think I was just being a snob and wanted my Armani without giving the L’Oreal a chance!
Both have octinoxate sunscreen. Both are a very runny, liquid consistency. Both benefit by being applied with the fingers, not a brush or sponge.
If you want sunscreen in your foundation, have drier skin, and have a clear complexion (the finish is sheer, but can be built up) you should try either one of these depending on your budget.
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