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.