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Lipstick Dupes

My absolute favorite thing in the makeup industry is when people sniff out some really good dupes. I absolutely love finding cheaper dupes for fairly expensive products. I wish I could underline love three or four times, but wordpress limits me to one. Because seriously I love it! If I can get the same basic product at a significantly lower cost and comparable quality, well sign me up already!

One of my favorite Instagram accounts is Dupethat (@dupethat). As the name implies they do almost nothing but find color dupes in the makeup industry today. Yeah, it’s like candy for me! So if you’ve got some time I highly recommend you go scroll through their feed. Be warned though, it’s addicting!

The dupes I’m going to share with you today I happened upon all on my own, which gave me a bazaar amount of satisfaction like I’d just solved some long forgotten cold case, and they came from my current lipstick collection. Lipsticks seem to be the easiest to spot for me, but I’m curious now after going through each of my lipsticks to see if I have eye shadow dupes as well. I’ll have to do that as my next dupes post if I find anything good.

These pictures are comparing Colourpop Echo Park, The Balm Committed, Stila Vivienne, and Urban Decay Liar gloss (product not pictured since it’s a gloss and not a lipstick like the others) The products are labeled in the caption of the picture so you know which is which.


From L to R: The Balm Committed, Colourpop Echo Park, Urban Decay Liar gloss


Direct Sunlight L to R: The Balm Committed, Colourpop Echo Park


From L to R: Stila Vivienne, The Balm Committed, Colourpop Echo Park, Urban Decay Liar gloss


From L to R: Colourpop Echo Park, Pacifica Nudie Red

It seemed to me that Stila’s Vivienne was just the slightest bit more red than neutral like the other colors, but I decided to include it because Stila is a higher end brand and I thought it was close enough to include.

I don’t know why I had so many of the same color! I was like, hey I found two that look alike! Oh this gloss is similar and would be a great topper. Well, this other one is really similar…and this other one looks the same…Why?! To be fair I only purchased the Stila and Colourpop ones many years apart without realizing how similar they were. The Balm and the Pacifica lipstick were both in a past Ipsy bag.

These neutral pinky nudes are my jam, and I love to wear these shades everyday. Obviously, I will be able to wear this color for a long time since I flippin’ have four that look alike! *face palm*

  • Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip: Echo Park ($6)
  • The Balm Meet Matt(e) Hughes: Committed ($17)
  • Pacifica Natural Mineral Lipstick: Nudie Red ($10)
  • Stila Color Balm Lipstick: Vivienne ($22)

I absolutely love the formulas on each of these. They are each different, but I love the wear of each one for different reasons. The Colourpop one is so comfortable and lasts so long on my lips. The Balm is a matte liquid lipstick and it has a bit of a minty feel and smell to the lips. It’s a very comfortable wearing matte lip, and I really like this! The Stila lipstick is a regular lipstick and it has some peppermint in it. I love the feel of it and it smells so good! The Pacifica lipstick is very smooth, but I haven’t worn it too much. It looks they don’t this shade for Pacifica anymore but I included a link to their other lipsticks.

From L to R: Too Faced Melted Melon, Maybelline Coral Burst

I waffled back and forth on whether not to include these two. The Too Faced shade is more of a true coral while the Maybelline has a kiss more pink to it. I wasn’t sure if the differences were minute enough not to matter, so I thought I’d share it with you guys. What do you think? Is it close enough not to matter with the price gap and all, or do I need to go back to my Lasik surgeon and demand a refund?

The wear of these is very similar. The formulas are obviously very different, but they are comfortable wearing and I like the shades. I have to reapply both of them pretty often, which doesn’t bother me that much, but if it bothers you I would stay with matte liquid lipsticks.

  • Colourpop Lippie Stix: Bichette ($5)
  • Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil: Cruella ($26)

This was the first dupe I ever found. I got this Nars lip pencil as a Sephora birthday gift, so it wasn’t full sized. I fell in love with it quickly, but since there wasn’t much there I tried to use it sparingly. I was dreading the day it ran out because I did not want to cough up the money for a color I knew I wouldn’t be wearing on a daily basis. I decided to try and find a similar color one day and ended up going through a ton of lipsticks online, not really finding anything that looked that similar.

Now, when I go on the hunt for something I get just a smidgen intense. I had the Sephora site pulled up with Nars Cruella zoomed in. I had another window with the other sites pulled up and I was constantly going back and forth, trying to compare shades as best as I could with the pictures provided. It’s a bit overwhelming with the sheer volume of lipsticks on the market, lemme tell ya! I hopped over to Colourpop’s site and then I found Bichette. It looked so similar so I took the plunge and ordered it and it payed off big for me! I absolutely love this shade of red on my skintone!

The wear of both of these is very similar. I would say that Bichette is just a bit better than the Nars one, but that’s probably biased because of the $21 difference! I don’t care though! If I’m saving that much money and the formulas are extremely comparable, I’ll go for the cheaper option every day!

That’s it today for my lipstick dupes. I hope you found some colors that piqued your interest! Let me know in the comments any dupes that you’ve found, lipstick or any other makeup. I love learning about new dupes all the time!





My Favorite Spring Lipsticks

My latest makeup craze has been all about lipsticks. I have fallen in love with rocking a lot of bold, bright colors that I think are perfect for the spring and summer time. They definitely put me in a springy mood at least! Bright lips are a perfect way to dress up a more neutral, casual eye makeup look, which has been a favorite look of mine here lately. On the other side of the spectrum though, I have a few colors that are more on the nude side which I love to pair with a bold cat eye and smokier eyeshadow looks. Then there are days when I just throw the makeup “rules” out the window and do that cat eye/bold lip combo. Le gasp! (I tried to do that in a snobby French accent, but I’m Texan so I don’t think I pulled it off) Seriously though, don’t be afraid to do what looks you love on yourself. Makeup is an art, not a series of strict rules to be followed. How boring would that be?!

Before we get started on my favorites, I want to talk about one of the most important steps that is often overlooked: moisturizing. Prepping your lips beforehand will make your lipsticks go on smoothly and look their absolute best and your lips are less likely to dry out during the day and look crackly. I personally use a lip scrub every couple of days. I haven’t tried any store brands to be able to recommend to you, but I make up my own lip scrub here at home as a cheaper alternative. It is a 1:1 ratio of coconut oil and sugar and it works so well for me!

For moisture I use either the Aquafor healing ointment or the new Milani moisture lock lip treatments. Milani has several different kinds and the one that I have been using is the rose hip one. I use the coconut scrub during my bedtime routine and put on the Milani lip treatment to wear overnight. When I do my makeup in the morning, I will put more of the Milani on and wipe it away once I’m ready to put on my lipsticks.

Now, onto the good stuff. I did swatches on my arm and tried the colors on to give you a better idea of what they look like. The tubes can be so misleading sometimes! I wish I could have full on smiled for these pics, but when I do my top lip almost disappears and then you can’t see the color very well…merp.

The products from left to right are:

  • Rimmel Exaggerate lip liner in Eastend Snob -$5.99
  • NYX Lip Lingerie liquid lipstick in Babydoll -$6.99
  • Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in Echo Park -$6.00
  • Tarte Lipsurgance lip creme in Wonder (sample) -$24.00 for full-size
  • Too Faced Melted lipstick in Melted Melon -$21.00
  • Bite Amuse Bouche lipstick in Radish (sample) -$26.00 for full-size
  • Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in The Rabbit -$6.00
  • Urban Decay Revolution lip gloss in Anarchy -$14.00
  • Kat Von D Everlasting liquid lipstick in Backstage Bambi -$20.00


This is the Rimmel liner with the NYX Babydoll over the top. The NYX is too nude for my personal taste, so I pair it with a nice pink liner all over my lips to add some life to it.

This is the Colourpop Ultra Satin lipstick in Echo Park. This one is a bit more of a warm brown, pinky nude. This is my go to everyday lip color.

This is the Tarte Lipsurgance in Wonder. This one is a nice almost watermelon/strawberry pink that is opaque and does not have extreme neon or bright pink tones. So if you’re uncomfortable with extremely loud lip colors, this would be a good one to check out!

This is the Too Faced Melted lipstick in Melted Melon. It is, in my opinion, the perfect blend of coral and pink. I had been searching for a coraly pink for awhile and was thrilled when I found this! This just screams summer to me!

This is the Bite Amuse Bouche lipstick in Radish. This is a deep hot pink and I am absolutely in love with it! It smells exactly like a red starburst candy and I just want to eat it. Technically I could since Bite Beauty uses all-natural ingredients for their lipsticks, but it probably wouldn’t taste very good…so I won’t…maybe.

This is the Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in The Rabbit. This is another vibrant hot pink with more of a cool-toned blue base. Another absolute favorite of mine! Plus the Ultra Satin formula feels so nice on the lips.

This is the Urban Decay Revolution lip gloss in Anarchy. It’s not as opaque as the lipsticks, naturally, but it does have pretty good color payoff for a gloss. Can you tell I like bright pink lips yet?! This application was pretty messy and I was talking to my husband and forgot to take my headphones out…fail.

This is the Kat Von D Everlasting liquid lipstick in Backstage Bambi. This is another cool-toned bright pink that is a little more pink and less violet than The Rabbit. This is most certainly not an everyday lip color, but I tend to put it on a lot anyway. It makes me feel like I put in a lot more effort with my makeup than I actually did.

My husband was just over my shoulder looking at all the colors and his personal favorites on me were both of the Colourpop shades, which are actually the cheapest of all these lipsticks. He also really liked the Tarte one. Just in case you were wondering. I really enjoyed doing this post. Makeup is a bit of an obsession for me. I hope you enjoyed it as well!

Let me know what your favorite spring lipsticks are! Do you prefer a bright, bold lip or a more muted color?