Tuesday, August 19, 2014

When Saving Costs More Than The Splurge

 

A little while back I listed a few Splurge VS Steal items. Basically I was showing you that some high end/more expensive items have suitable duplicates from other brands for much less money.  However, not everything can be duplicated, as I recently found out when I tried to find a less expensive dupe to my Omorovicza Complexion Perfector BB Cream.


Let me start from the beginning.  My skin has drastically cleared up and has become less oily. YAY!!  What once was a perfect foundation (Ben Nye, Kat Von D, Edward Bess), now provides too much coverage and it can be drying for my skin in places.  I wanted a foundation with sheer coverage that would even out my skin tone and provide light moisturization.  I reached for my bottle of Omorovicza Complexion Perfector BB SPF 20. (Review) At the time of my original review my skin was very different. I needed more coverage and was much oilier. Now with my skin under control the Omorovicza Complexion Perfector BB was IDEAL for me.  Perfect color, perfect sheerness, perfect finish, just perfect all around.  But the $135 price tag gave me heart palpitations.  What was I going to do once I ran out? I certainly couldn't afford another bottle, could I?  I set out to find a less expensive alternative.

I tried the following:


1.  CoverGirl Smoothers SPF 15 BB Cream Tinted Moisture Fair to Light for $7.99. - Still AWFUL stuff. (review)  Still barely any coverage, still streaky and still an oily mess on my face. $7.99 down the drain.


2.  TheBalm BalmShelter Tinted Moisturizer SPF 18 for $25. A Decent TM but The Color was off and by the end of the day it looked cakey and had settled into my pores. No Bueno.  $25 gone.

3.  Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation in Porcelain Ivory for  $10.99. A great color match but funky applicator and it settled into my pores like nobodys business.  I tried applying it with  my Sonia Kashuk Dual Fiber Brush and the finish was better but it turned cakey and oily in short time. $10.99 spent and lost.


4. Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB for $14.18 it's jelly like texture was a tad too watery for me and never felt like it fully set on my skin.  The coverage was perfectly sheer and the color match was great, but the dewy texture didn't jive with my preference for office makeup. $14.18 poofed just like that!


5. INNISFREE Long Wear Cushion BB Cream for $16.80.This is a sponge infused with a liquid BB/foundation hybrid.  The coverage was a too opaque and it was impossible to blend. $16.80 off to South Korea never to be seen again.


6. Kiehl's Actively Correcting & Beautifying' BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 50 for $37.00. (Review) The coverage was OK, but I wanted something more sheer.  Plus the color match was a tad darker than I wanted. Oh Well $37 well spent, but not the perfect match.


7. Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare CC Cream SPF 18 for $36.00. The CC Cream was nice and provided very sheer coverage. Almost too sheer! I couldn't tell it was on my skin at all.$36 went invisible like the CC cream on my face.



Adding up all I spent came to $147.96 not counting the shipping and tax. Sometimes you end up spending more to find a less expensive "dupe" than you would if you had just purchased the original in the first place.  Luckily I can still use most of the items I purchased as back ups or alternatives when I'm in the mood for a change, because none of them were awful, well except for the CoverGirl BB cream. That stuff ...ugh!   Lesson Learned. When I run out of the Omorovicza Complexion Perfector BB Cream. I'm buying a new one!

Have you experienced this before?  The only other time I would day this happened to me is with The Clarisonic.  Dupes to this facial brush just don't match the awesomeness of this tool.  Let me know your experiences in the comment section.



41 comments:

  1. What worked for me may not work for you, but ask your doctor if he/she thinks any of what I did could help you.
    1. Stopped eating all foods with refined sugar, corn syrup and HFC
    2. Stopped eating all dairy
    3. Started adding more food with Vitamin A to diet (Gogi Berry Powder to my morning smoothies)
    4. Increased Vitamin D 5,000 IU Supplement
    5. Started taking Turmeric supplement
    6. Started to use the Biore Acne Clearing Regimen
    7. Added a Vitamin C serum to my skin care routine
    8. Started using a very basic moisturizer (no frills)
    9. Got Old. Once I hit this "magical age" I am right now for some reason my acne started to clear up. Now that's not to say that I don't experience breakouts, I do, when I cheat and eat sugar.
    I know that this worked for me, but like I said, talk to your Doctor before you try anything I tried.

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  2. SO TRUE!! Although my dry skin still loves KVD and that new Dream Wonder. I'm loving the bi-phase foundations. And the new Lancome is BEAUTIOUS.

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  3. I do this with moisturiser I have totally dry skin and the only thing that works is Dermalogica but oh no I tried every other brand before repurchasing as it's £50 a pop. Silly me!

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  4. I love that you pointed this out! It makes me feel better about wanting to splurge on foundations.

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  5. Any time you need justification to buy something expensive, you come see me. I have justifications for almost anything. ;-)

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  6. I have done that too. Now I know what works and I just bite the bullet and buy it. I try to save on other staples things like Mascara and ...well...mascara. LOL

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  7. Ooooh! That Lancome is nice huh? I certainly don't "need" it. Maybe I'll just get a sample and just try it....just a little "taste" won't be bad, right?

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  8. have you tried the it cosmetics cc cream? i haven't tried innisfree specifically but i have found that a damp beauty blender works wonders on sheering out and helping blend a stubborn cushion bb. or if you are willing to give cushion bbs another try, i was gifted with iope cushion bb xp and i love it. the coverage is buildable and so easy to use (i use my beauty blender, not the included sponge, dry) that my morning rountine has become much more streamlined!

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  9. Oh awesome! Thanks for the great tip! I will totally try that next time! And I have not tried the IT cosmetics CC cream, but I might just have to!

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  10. you're welcome. please let me know if it ends up saving the innisfree for you! the it cosmetics cc cream was my go to from autumn to summer (ousted when i was gifted with the iope ) and was versatile enough to enough to survive the seasonal changes!

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  11. This remains a great product...however I'm so lazy at wearing foundation I've still got the whole bottle to use! I remember suggesting it to you a million years ago because it was silicone-free

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  12. I feel obliged to nitpick the Deborah Lippmann because they are cousin dupes and not twins. But I live for drugstore alternatives, there are so many! Plus with brands like Burjois they are fantastic quality

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  13. I've definitely learned my lesson with this in the past, as much with clothes! Sometimes it's just better putting the money into the thing you really want, the thing that makes you really happy, rather than buy 10 things that are just ok spending the same amount anyway! I'm also using this Omorovicza BB Cream at the moment, and may I just say; WOW! I will re-purchase when I run out as well! Great post! :) xx

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  14. totes agrees. i'll always love a good stroll through the drugstore, but it's so frustrating not to be able to try items for color before buying and it ends up costing more.

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  15. Yes. I remember. I'm so glad I took your advice...finally

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  16. I think they are so very close it would be impossible to tell the difference between the 2 on the hand.

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  17. Michelle. I just did a post about when a Splurge is better than a "Steal" I totally know where you are coming from on the lip balm thing. If the Baume de Rose works for you and you have tried all others, there is no reason not to splurge on that because you end up spending more on dupes than you would have if you just bought the splurge in the first place. I get it! :-)

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  18. Did you review Chocolate Suede on your blog? I'll go over and see. And I'm totally OK with you never having tried a MAC Paint Pot. They must cost a fortune where you live, and why bother if you can get something just as good for less.

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  19. If you really want some inexpensive but high quality eyeshadows you need to check out Inglot. The eyeshadows are sold individually and you have to put them in a palette but they are $7 each! And when I tell you they are amazing I can't make you believe it more than if I showed you. Check out my reviews HERE, HERE, and HERE.

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  20. Well at least it worked fr me! Your results may vary. :-)

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  21. Oooh. Physicians Formula CC cream you say? I must check that out! Thank you!

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  22. Nope not yet! I probably eventually will since it's permanent. I am just not too inspired to photograph how it looks on my eyes!

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  23. I say if you can save up for any of the UD Naked palettes, do it. But if you can't justify the price the NYX is a great alternative. :-) And yeah. The Sugar Lips are soooo expensive. I still buy the tinted ones but the clear one I'm not buying anymore b/c of the Sephora dupe!

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  24. Let me know what you think of it. :-)

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  25. I'm "Browsing" the Inglot website right now...even though I shouldn't be and one of the gel liners is already in my virtual shopping cart. LOL

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  26. Max Factor still exists??? Goodness! Certainly not in Canada anymore. They shut down that line years ago.

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  27. They sell it on line in the US at Drugstore.com and in select Wal-Mart stores here.

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  28. Absolutly ! It's better to stay with 1 splurge which works than many steal which dont do the job :D !
    Xoxo
    Michelle

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  29. In Switzerland i find it in mall and even in my local supermarket.
    Happy they kept the brand !
    Xoxo
    Michelle

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  30. Wow, I never thought about it this way but you sure do make a good point! Have you ever tried Vain Pursuits by the way? They do personalized skincare, maybe that could interest you?

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  31. I think I wasn't clear, I meant I just never tried MACs paint pot. I'm usually an urban decay or wetnwild girl, I'll be putting inglot on my wish list too though!

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  32. You know what, I think you have a really good point here and I'm pretty sure this happened to me in the past without me even realizing. Sometimes it's really just smarter to cash out on something you KNOW you will love and use than to spend tons of money on potential dupes.

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  33. it's ok. i deal with hardcore removal every day. my anastasia's lash genius topcoat makes my mascaras bulletproof (my eyes eat mascaras as well as gel liners) so there's plenty of oil cleansers on hand!

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  34. I spent a good while trying to find a dupe for Guerlain's Rouge G in Gigolo before sucking it up and laying down the cash. Worth every penny, that one! I'm fortunate to have very nice skin, so foundation isn't a life necessity. Otherwise, I'd probably find myself on the hunt constantly for something that works well on my NW10 skin. Such a pain to find shades light enough!

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  35. I love this post, and hell yeah -- I've experienced this before. Like the time I saw a Chanel lipstick that looked perfect on me, but couldn't bring myself to spend $35 on it, so I started looking for dupes. While many of the ones I found were pretty, and came very close, THEY WERE NOT THAT CHANEL LIPSTICK! *Stamps foot* And I still wanted it.


    Lol.

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  36. First off.. a lot of the items could have been returned or exchanged for a product you do like. I always check the return policy before I buy and if they won't accept returns I either don't buy or go in knowing I'm taking a big risk.
    I have rather large pores.. and the Maybelline wonder liquid looks great on me. I've found a primer is it's best friend. I've used several under and it performed well with all of them. It also lasts all day on me with primer and I have oily/combo skin. One other issue with that foundation is color match.. if you go too light it will look chalky on you. There is a big gap in shades between light and medium.. I had to mix two. Yes, it's a pain, but not so bad if you like the formula, and I usually wind up having to mix in the spring and fall anyway. I just dot both colors around my face and mix as I blend.
    Two other possibilities for you: Garnier oil control BB (nothing like the regular formula I promise) and even better the newer Rimmel matte BB (which is more of a satin finish). The Garnier is a little more dewy, a little less coverage, and a little less staying power. The Rimmel has become my HG base, it's light, medium pigmentation, sets and stays put. The only place I've found it so far is Kmart.

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  37. Why didn't you save your receipts and RETURN those other products???

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  38. This is why I have a certain bunch of make-up reviewers that I follow religiously. Ones that I share a similar beauty regime with, or similar beauty issues. When they are over the moon ecstatic about something (or a little less enthused but love it nonetheless lol) then I will go out and purchase it. It saves me a lot of wasted money! And I'm rarely ever steered wrong! :)

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