Splurge vs. Steal (Series 3)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

I had so much time to kill so I was able to drop by the department store today to shop for the third series of Splurge vs. Steal. So notebook in hand, I was able to shop for 5 more items to show you!

I had to use some stock photos for some of the products because my product shots suck! LOL Enjoy!

1. MAC Wipes (P1,500/100 pcs.) vs. SkinLite Make-up Cleansing Tissues (P99.75/30 pcs.)




The first on my list is SkinLite's Make-up Cleansing Tissues. I have been using this for a while for my clients because it's very gentle on the skin. When I was starting out as a makeup artist, I remember investing in MAC Wipes, and after being years in the industry, it was just silly to spend that much for wipes.

I have tried a few makeup remover wipes in the market, and this is the one that came closest to MAC. Well... Except the scent. MAC has a subtle fresh scent while SkinLite has kind of an aloe, tea-tree oil scent to it. It smells good, it's just a little far from that of MAC's.










I like that the seal sticks well until to the very last wipe. It keeps the wipes very moist! The wipes are very smooth and not scratchy unlike those other wipes I have tried. It really has the same texture as MAC that's why I fell in love with this brand. Plus! It's made in Korea!

You must remember though, that these are makeup remover wipes, you will still have to wash your face with a foaming cleanser to completely remove dirt and makeup. Otherwise, you will break out. Just use these wipes to loosen the makeup, this will not completely remove it.

2. Wet N' Wild 916D Ravin' Raisin (P299) vs. MAC Lipstick in Cyber (P1,000)


This is my favorite comparison. Plum lipsticks are in season now, and MAC's Cyber lipstick has been around for a while. Then Wet N' Wild came up with their Megalast Lipcolor Line (20 colors) that has a wide variety of plums. I was able to try Wet N' Wild 916D (Ravin' Raisin) last month when I was looking for a nice plum lipstick for a shoot I was going to do. That's when I came across it.

MAC Cyber lipstick is also a staple in my makeup kit because it's so nice to mix with red lipsticks. You can adjust the level of darkness with it! So I was able to make a comparison:


As you can see, the MAC lipstick is just a tad darker (and more mysterious) than the one of Wet N' Wild. But if you layer it on, you can achieve the same deepness of plum! I love WNW's semi-matte cream formula. It's not that shiny, and it's not entirely drying too! I love using this with a bare face. Just BB Cream on my face, perfectly groomed eyebrows and this lippie!

3. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Siren (P450) vs. Kokuryu Moist Lipstick in Flame (P164)



Ok, it's one of those lippies that take a lot of guts to wear. But when you do finally get the courage to do so, it's always worth it. I love empowering it is!

I don't know how long Kokuryu's Flame has been around, but I know that Siren has been around for a couple of seasons now. The first time I tried it was last summer when I wanted to wear a bright lip color that wasn't red or pink in Boracay (Yeeeeees....).

When I bought the red lippie from Kokuryu, I saw that they had a bright orange lippie so I bought one too and decided to save it for another series. And here it is!

Don't you just love the color? I love how it can bright up the face! I love wearing this lippie with a bare face. Make it your statement. Now, the difference:



I don't know why Revlon looks pinkish here, but really they look identical (I think I should stop using my iPhone for photos!). Both lipsticks are moisturizing and they glide on like balm that's why I love them both. Kokuryu in Flame is actually close to MAC's Neon Orange lipstick as well, but I think Revlon Siren is a better comparison.

4. Jacarste Nail Polish in Red (P89.00) vs. Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Fire (P1,800)


I have always been a fan of red polish ever since I was allowed to wear them. They have the ability to dress up any outfit!

My first bottle of Chanel nail polish in Fire (which is a fire engine red color) was back in 2007. It was a gift from a friend and I just fell in love with it. Of course, I am someone who changes nail color like underwear so I didn't want to spend that much for nail color.

So one day, I came from a nail spa with my friend and asked them to put Chanel Fire nail polish on me and went to Landmark to buy some cotton pads. That's when I saw Jacarste's red nail polish. When I got home, I removed the polish from my pinky and applied it, and I swear the polish is just UNCANNY!

Consistency wise, it's the same. One application is all it takes. Jacarste doesn't dry up easily as well and it doesn't have any funky smells. I just love it. It's one of my favorite reds.

5. L'Oreal Paris Base Magique (P945) vs. Benefit Dr. Feel Good (P1,500)

My makeup artist friend, Mela, was the first one to introduce me to Benefit's Dr. Feel Good. I love using it on women with dry skin because it makes a perfect canvas.

I am not a fan of scooping it out though, I still love jars with pumps. So I use a stainless steel spatula to scoop it out before applying it with a foundation brush.

Both have that same purpose, but the Base Magique is a little bit more melted marshmallow-ish. Make sure that you use just a thin layer on your face before applying your foundation. And remember to always cleanse, tone and moisturize! Let your skin absorb the moisturizer for at least 10 minutes before applying primer!

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Thanks so much for dropping by! Hope you enjoyed the third series of Splurge vs. Steal! Til next time!


MAC Cosmetics available in Rustan's Makati, Edsa Shangri-La, Powerplant Mall.
SkinLite available in Landmark cosmetics department.
Dr. Feel Good available in Greenbelt 5.
Wet N' Wild available in SM cosmetics department stores.
Jacarste Nail Polish available in Shawill in Landmark and SM cosmetics department stores.
Kokuryu available in Landmark and SM cosmetics department stores.



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37 comments

  1. Definitely my most favorite post of yours. Kasi kuripot po ako, hehe so I'm so glad to see affordable products here which is more likely those expensive ones. Love it! Thanks for sharing Ms.Sabs!

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    1. I'm very kuripot too! Hahaha! Although I have to use top of the line cosmetics for work :) Pero for me, my purse strings are always a little tighter. Hahaha! You're welcome, and thank you for dropping by! :)

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  2. I love this! Can you do foundation? and eyeliners .. :)

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    1. I will see what I can do :) Eyeliners no problem, but foundations will be a little bit of a challenge, but thank you for that! You gave me a mission! Hahaha! Thank you for the visit :)

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  3. i actually like the color of the kokuryu lipstick better than the revlon, love the pigment! too bad kokuryu is so hard to find here in iloilo :(

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    1. Yah, the pigment and the texture is quite amazing in fairness! Do they have SM in iloilo? :)

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    2. yep we have sm but walang kokuryu in the department store. i love their summer cake foundations and i have to get it somewhere sa mini chinatown ng city, but that's the only kokuryu product they sell hehe

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    3. Kainis naman! :( Tell them to carry the lipstick line! Hahaha! Demanding :)

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  4. hope you post places or stores which carry these items. :) thanks!

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    1. Oops! :) Thank you for pointing that out :) I just posted it :) Thank you! ♥

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  5. Yaaaay for this post! Where can I purchase skinlite makeup cleansing wipes though Ms. Sabs?

    xoxo,

    Iya

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    1. Hi Iya! I buy them in Landmark... Landmark has everything! LOL :)

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  6. great post! it's very informative! for lipstick, i always prefer to buy drugstore brands unless i really can't find the shade i want as i can get sick of the colours very quickly :P

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    1. That's so true! That's what I do too! :)

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  7. You've done huge work! Post is so informative!

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  8. I wanna try the Kokuryu Lipsticks. May dupe pala sila ng Revlon Lipstick in Siren. Cool. I love the series. :) yey! ^___^

    Maggie
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    1. I know right? :) And it super looks good too! I can't believe that for such a good product they sell it so cheap :)

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  9. Hey great beauty blog here, wanna follow each other? Visit my blog and let me know....hope you will like my posts!
    XOXO
    Ylenia

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    1. Absolutely! I already followed you on BlogLovin' and GFC :) I love your blog! :) Thank you in advance for the follow back!

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  10. super love this 3rd part =) moremoremore =) hihi

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  11. this is so amazing!! i love posts like this :) thanks alot for sharing, the lipsticks are so much alike, i can't hardly tell the difference. great job on finding the dupes, such a huge help <3

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    1. Thank you so much for the lovely comment :) Yes, a lot of good products out there that are more affordable :) Thanks for dropping by :)

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  12. this is amazing!!!!so helpful!!!!:)))
    xx

    ps. let us know if you would like to follow each other



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  13. I always watch out for this kind of post this is really helpful.

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    1. Thank you Vergielyn!! Thanks for keeping watch for my posts! Don't forget to join my 100 followers giveaway! ♥

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  14. I cant believe Ive only been here now! Thanks for the comment on my blog. I'll be sure to follow you from now on! This was a vv informative post gurl!! :) I love splurge vs. steal articles!

    ♥,
    Shari
    The Misty Mom

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    1. Thank you very much Shari! I'm happy to have you here! :) Have more of these :) Will be posting again soon! :) Thanks for dropping by!

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  15. Great post!!! would you like to follow each other?
    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

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    1. Sure! I am following you now on GFC and BlogLovin' :) Thank you for the follow back in advance! :) Thanks for dropping by :)

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  16. Great dupes mam! Thank you for posting this! ^_^ I really love reading your blog ^_^

    -Jan

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    1. You're welcome! And thanks so much for dropping by!

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  17. I like how you do this post! Super interesting and detailed <3

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    1. Thank you so much :) I will be posting more of these real soon! :) Thanks for dropping by!

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  18. Hello Sabs! Your Splurge vs Steal series is very helpful! Can you also include dupes for liquid foundation? Specifically for oily and acne prone skin. Thank you very much! :)

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