Splurge vs. Steal (Series 2)

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Back by popular demand, I was able to compile a few more products from my notes to compare for the Splurge vs. Steal Series! Enjoy!


1. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (P2,250) vs. ELF Mineral Infused Face Primer (P495)


For all you ladies who are addicted to face primers, ELF may be a good alternative for you. And to some who find having to put primers on the face makes the foundation cakey, that just means you have layered on too much.


Primer works better if you apply it as thin as possible, and having the skin absorb it for about 10 minutes before applying foundation.


ELF Face Primer is a little bit more translucent, but it's only a slight difference. My camera made Smashbox's Primer appear clearer but really, they have more or less the same translucency. This is 1 pump each. This much is too much for the entire face. Half a pump should cover your entire face, always start with as little product as possible and just add more if you need more.


Ok, my photography made my other hand pinkish but I'm telling you it has nothing to do with the primer. LOL.

They both have a smooth finish and dries quite matte. They also have more or less the same faint smell, not a bad smell, but no fragrance at all which I like. They both have the same staying power for foundation!

2. Beauty Blender Sponge (P1,495) vs. Etude House Baby Doll Puff (P375)



The Baby Doll Puff is just a little bit firmer but it still does its job. I love too that it has more control because of the shape! If used correctly, you won't end up using a lot of product! I will make a tutorial on this one too, so stay tuned!

3. MAC Matte Lipstick in Yash (P1,000) vs. M&Co. Long Lasting Matte Lipstick in Biscuit (P190)


If it's matte shade you want, then the closest matte lipstick there is to MAC's Yash is M&Co.'s Biscuit. I love that it's super nude, you can use it as a base to make the natural lip color even.


Yash is just slightly a little bit deeper on the beige side but is very close to that of M&Co. This shade is perfect for really heavy eyes or if you just want a very fresh makeup look for the day!

4. NARS Blush in Orgasm (P1,400) vs. Palladio Baked Blush in Blushin' (P375)

I am obsessed with NARS Orgasm blush. I can't go to any shoot without it because its shade is very versatile with whatever eyeshadow color or lipstick shade you wear.  It really goes with everything. But for my own personal use, I find that it's a bit pricey. I only use it for my pro kit. So I was determined to find an alternative.


I love that it's not too shimmery that it looks greasy in photos. It has the right kind of gold shimmer. A peach-pink blush with gold iridescence.  So finding Palladio's Baked Blush in Blushin' is like finding gold! So now, this is all the blush I bring with me in my "emergency" kikay kit when I quickly need to apply makeup when I left the house without makeup!

5. Lancome Blanc Expert GN-White Spot Eraser (P2,250) vs. Garnier Light Dark Spot Eraser (P199) 


Being in the same L'Oreal tree, they more or less have the same lightening powers whith each other. I do believe that the luxury brands such as Lancome do have the first bet at the technology.

When I was being sponsored by Lancome, they gave me tubes of the Blanc Expert and swore by it. Of coursem when I left Lancome and my supply had diminished, I had to find the next best thing. I am in love with Garnier's fresh lemon scent. I love how fresh it smells!

After continuous use of Garnier, I found that my freckles lightened and other sun spots begin to disappear. Of course, you have to use them religiously and apply sun block! It worked just as well as Lancome!


That's all for now my pretties! I will be posting the third series soon when I have the time to gather my notes. Thanks for reading!

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34 comments

  1. I've tried both primers. To be honest, ELF works even better for me. BTW, where can I find M&Co. products? :)

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    1. I know what you mean! :) you can buy M&Co. In SM Megamall cosmetics department :)

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    2. Alright! Thanks Ms. Sabs! :)

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    3. You are most welcome! :) Thank you for dropping by!

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  2. I love this post. Please do more of this. PLEASE! :) I have E.L.F mineral infused face Primer. I didn't know I had to wait for 10 minutes before applying foundation. Thanks for the tip. Also I wanna try M&Co Matte lipsticks. :) Super affordable at Php 190! :)

    Maggie
    http://morbidfrank.blogspot.com

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    1. I promise I will post more of this series often :) I actually have a whole notebook of them but I have to wait every other day to buy the products :) LOL :)

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  3. wow,but i haven't finish on my lancome blanc spot eraser...thanks for this post,i'll gonna try that garnier dark spot eraser...i hope it works well,croossing my fingers.^_^

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    1. I hope it works on you too! (will keep my fingers crossed too for you) :) It worked so well for me, wishing it will work well on everyone too! Thanks for dropping by!

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  4. Sabs,

    Can you recommend a matte foundation that's really good yet affordable? :)

    Thanks! :)

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    1. Absolutely! I will get right on that :) Will let you know as soon as possible :)

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  5. Thanks for the follow dear, following you back. I have the ELF Primer but didn't use it yet :D. Nice post!

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    1. It's an amazing product! :) Thank you for the comment and dropping by ♥

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  6. Great post! I like all the comparisons you did :)

    http://confessionsofacanadianwallflower.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Thank you! I just followed you on your blog too and also on BlogLovin'! Thanks for dropping by ♥

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  7. hi there =) thank you for taking time to read my blog.. =) i love your splurge vs steal posts (1 & 2) hope to read more of these =) hugs and kisses
    rhania..

    http://rhaichael.blogspot.com
    http://eyachael.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you Rhania! I promise I will post more of these, so stay tuned :) Thank you for the follow back! More bloggin' power to you! ♥

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    2. i have seen M&Co lippies from my younger sister i love that they have MATTE lippies and theyre gorgeous shades!

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  8. I really like this kind of post.. very informative more more more..

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    1. Thank you! I promise I will post more of these soon! :)

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  9. Hi Sabs, thanks for sharing :) I also tried the Garnier light spot corrector before and it also worked for me. Kailangan lang talaga ng patience. Btw, the M&Co lipsticks looks promising.

    Kath
    kittykittiekath.blogspot.com

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    1. Garnier is really good right? :) And your skin doesn't go totally like... WHITE!! LOL Yes, the M&Co lipsticks are LOVE! ♥

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  10. Thank goodness the beauty bar gave me a smashbox photo finish primer sample. I really hope it works well for me.. ^_^



    Xoxo,

    Iya
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  11. Hope so too! ♥ Let us know :) XOXO

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  12. hi miss sabs! looove your blog! im glad u dropped by mine, cos i was able to discover yours as well hihi :) thanks for the recommendations, i want to try the EH baby doll puff, m&co lipstick, and palladio blush :)

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    1. I'm happy you're enjoying my blog! I do enjoy reading yours too! :) For real! Thank you for following and for dropping by! So fun to shop for makeup right? Hahaha! The Palladio blush is really wonderful! It's just like NARS!

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    2. By the way, I liked your FB page too! ♥

      https://www.facebook.com/MakeupbySabsHernandez

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    3. yes! i love shopping for makeup but sometimes medyo nakaka guilty if i spend so much on one item haha! but thanks to posts like these i can find cheaper alternatives :D

      p.s. thank you for liking my FB page! really appreciate it :)

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    4. I know exactly what you mean! It's not naman like we can wear all our makeup at one time so it's hard to keep buying different shades! Nakaka addict! I think we need C.A. Meetings (Cosmetics Anonymous) LOL :)

      Welcome for the FB Like :)

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  13. Where can I buy Kokuryu stuff? :)

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    1. You can buy Kokuryu at the Landmark cosmetics department :)

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  14. I always love your splurge and steal posts. It gave me ideas on how to actually save more! :)

    ehmjaybornales.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Ehmjay! Thank you! I promise I will be posting more... It's been so crazy lately with work since it's peak already for weddings :( I have no free day! But no complaints :) Thanks so much for dropping by! Stay tuned ;P

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  15. I don't use primer cause I don't have one and never tried it, but if I try to use some primer maybe this ELF wll do. :) Thanks for sharing! Do you use primer everyday? You have so many lippies... please make a make up collection video? I would really be ahppy to see your stuff.. :)

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    1. Hmm... I don't use primer everyday because honestly it's just an extra step in my skin care and makeup routine :) I use primer only when I'm ganado to do full makeup talaga :) Hehehe... I will make a collection video, I will post it soon! ♥ Maybe tomorrow!

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