Splurge vs. Steal (Series 4)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Hey ladies! I'm back with another series of Splurge vs. Steal! Sorry it took me a while to post a new one... I had to compile, use, assess and test each product! But anyway, I finally did it and I am here to share with you my latest "discoveries"!

I can't emphasize this more: When I do the Splurge vs. Steal series, I do not indicate which is the better product or which is superior. This is for those who would like to get same results for a lower price tag.

1. BENEFIT Porefessional (P1,600) vs. MAYBELLINE Pore Eraser (P229)

I'm not much of a pore eraser kind of girl but when I tried Benefit's Porefessional, I was impressed! I never put on makeup without it now. My first tube was about to run out and I wanted to look for an alternative so that I can compare the two. I have tried 3 other pore refining products that you can use before makeup but only one stood out, and that was Maybelline's Pore Eraser.


Both have more or less the same consistency, but have a very different shade. Their effectiveness truly impressed me, they have achieved what was promised (at least for my skin type). Color wise, I did like Porefessional's better because it's slightly tinted. Sort of like a primer/concealer (but not really) in one product. But transparency works too.


Maybelline Pore Eraser, photographed 10 minutes after application
Benefit Porefessional, photographed 10 minutes after application
They produce slightly different results but they serve the same purpose. They both "shrink" and fill up the pores giving a smooth canvas before applying your foundation!

2. DIOR Rouge Dior in Rose Tulipe (P1,400) vs. COLOUR COLLECTION Lipstick in Vintage (P350)

My first DIOR lipstick was given to me by my cousin from the US. She came home last year and I just got addicted to that shade. A very dainty and delicate pink that you can wear both for the day or the evening. Looks so well with smokey eyes!


When Colour Collection sent me a tube of their VINTAGE lippie, it was uncanny! The shade is a spot-on match! It truly reminded me of Dior's Rose Tulipe! PRETTY! Dior being just a tad creamier, nothing that a little balm won't fix when you use Colour Collection's Vintage lippie!

3. MAC Eyeliner Brush 210 (P1,250) vs. AMIE Magic Beauty Nail Art Brush (P39.95)

When using a gel eyeliner (which is the best for staying power), you must have the right brush. Otherwise, you can be left with a messy, smudged up line from excess wiping to repeat the application. I use MAC Eyeliner brush in 210. I lost it in a shoot a few months back and I just didn't want to spend another 1,250 for a brush that I might lose again in the future (knowing myself...). 

So I went on a hunt and discovered AMIE's Nail Art Brush! It has the same pointed tip and synthetic hairs so that product can easily adhere to it! It created bold, precise lines! Even after a few washes, the pointed tip remains its shape.

4. MAC Brow Set in Beguile (P1,000) vs. ELF Eyebrow Treat and Tame in Ash (P249.75)



I had a family dinner tonight, and just to prove a point, I painted one brow with MAC's Beguile and the other with ELF's Ash checking if anyone would notice the difference. They look exactly the same. MAC does tend to scoop out too much product on the brush wand so you have to wipe the sides of your brush on the rim of the tube before application, but with ELF, it has the right almost pasty consistency so you don't always end up with too much. Shade wise? Uncanny.

For a while I was using MAC's BOY GIRL Brow Set but I have always found it a little bit too blonde-orangey on me, and when I discovered Beguile, I was hooked. I think they lighten the brows just the right amount of tint.


5. LANCOME Eau Micellaire Douceur (Cleansing Water) 200ml (P1,795) vs. BIFESTA Bright Up Cleansing Lotion (P419)


I practically grew up using Lancome products. Having spent 4 and a half years being sponsored by Lancome as part of their creative makeup artist team, I have adored their products specially the cleansing water. It's addicting! Since Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur is hard to come by now a days (ahem aheam... budget wise), I have searched high and low for the perfect subsitute. Lo and behold, I have discovered Bifesta!

Fully Made-Up Me
After using Lancome and Bifesta (Both, no rinse!)
After first swipe of cleansing waters
Bifesta come in 4 types of cleansing lotions,  so choose your fancy:


Lancome's Cleansing Water has a fragrance which I love. It actually smells really clean. Bifesta on the other hand has a very mild fragrance (close to hardly) which is also good because it is not overpowering. I used a thick foundation base tonight because I knew I was going to write this story when I got home, and I was quite happy that I didn't need to use a whole lot of cleansing water to wipe off the makeup!

6. CHRISTIAN Semi Permanent Eyebrow Makeup Kit in Tan (P1,395) vs. FANNY SERRANO Single Eyeshadow in Cinnamon Mousse (P195)

I have been using Fanny Serrano's eyebrow quad for the longest time, and I always use only the lightest shade in the quad so imagine my delight when they finally came out with a single pan with that shade! *shriek with delight*

The reason why I love it so much because it's the same shade as Christian's Semi Permanent Eyebrow Makeup in Tan. I use that for my clients. But since I am Miss-always-looking-for-cheaper-alternatives, I have found the perfect dupe!


Both may be used wet or dry with an angled brush! It looks most natural when used with a dry brush. I I am definitely going to buy some more of this for my pro kit after I finish my Christian powders!

7. YSL Lipstick in Le Orange (P1,280) vs. EVER BILENA Matte Lipstick in Scarlet (P155)

Some of my photos don't look right because I had to improvise with the white background (I just felt I had to justify the mess, LOL). Hahaha!

So, the orange lippie! Looks like it's here to stay because YSL came out with the #13 Le Orange just this year that also took the Marc Jacobs runway for Spring 2013 by storm.

I have always thought that orange lippies were about to bow out until I saw runways this year still sporting the bold fire-y lippie! Matched perfectly in boldness and shade, YSL has slightly more of an orange tone to it rather than reddish, but when swatched side by side, it's a spot on match!


EB named this shade as Scarlet but I don't see why since it doesn't apply red. I guess it depends how acidic your lips are. But if you want the cheaper dupe of YSL's Le Orange, Ever Bilena's Scarlet is the way to go!

Well, that's all for Splurge vs. Steal for now, I will be back again soon for more dupes for you! Hope you found my post useful! Enjoy! Ciao Bella!

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43 comments

  1. Where did you get the AMIE Magic Beauty Nail Art Brush? I want one!

    Thank you so much for the post! I think this is super helpful especially for budget conscious Pinays like me. Followed your blog! :D

    www.pinaybeautyinabudget.blogspot.com

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    1. Hello sweetie! You can get AMIE products in Landmark! They have a few AMIE items in SM too but majority of their stuff is in Landmark :) I'm glad I was able to help! Thank you for dropping by and for the follow, I am following you back too and liked your FB page :) ♥

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  2. Thanks for the dupes Ms. Sabs. Its definitely helpful for those who are budget conscious. Ooh, and I love Benefit's Porefessional & Bifesta too! :D

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    1. Are they the best? I love discovering quality, budget friendly products! Thank you so much for dropping by! I hope you enjoyed my post ♥

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  3. Great post! I love splurge vs steal series =D This proves that you can get the same quality without having to spend a lot. The beguile shade looks great on you, I will definitely check it out.Thanks for sharing Ms. Sabs! xo

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    1. That is so true! Thank you so much for dropping by! ♥

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  4. Loving this post! More of this please! <3 Btw, where have you bought the Bifesta cleansing lotion? :)

    Gem
    gemnikkaonthego.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Gem! I promise to post more when I discover new steals :) You can get Bifesta Cleansing Lotions in SM or Landmark department stores ♥ Thanks for dropping by!

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  5. Wow, another amazing review!
    Good thing, you've shared a good orange lippies♥
    I think I want to try EB in scarlet. Colour Collection in Vintage still looks amazing,
    BTW, you simply got a nice lip shape ♥_♥
    Thank you!

    Loving it!♥

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    1. Aww... Thank you so much for the compliment :) Yes, looks like the orange lippie is here to stay :) I remember seeing Liz Uy wearing the orange lippie at the MAC event last year pa yun and I guess the color is here to stay! ♥

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  6. Ah, I love this series! I've tried both Porefessional and Maybelline's Pore Eraser. Finish-wise, I like Porefessional more. But as pore minimizer, I like Maybelline's better :D Oh, and thank you for the lipstick swatches, Ms. Sabs! On the lips, they do look exactly like their high-end counterparts. I'm gonna check out EB Scarlet! I don't have oranges yet in my collection :)

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    1. I do like Porefessional too but I use makeup practically everyday so I can pretty much finish a whole tube in such a short period of time! So I always need a cheaper alternative :) Hahaha! Orange lippies are HOT!! ♥ Thanks for dropping by!

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  7. Oh this post is really helpful! Makes me wanna buy the Maybelline pore erase since I'm not liking my elf primer anymore. I have the EB Scarlet lipstick too and I didn't know it has a dupe for a really expensive lippy.

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    1. I used to love ELF primer too but for some reason it choses foundations.. It depends which foundation you use for it to work... Weird! But it's also a dupe of Smashbox's primer! Thanks for dropping by ♥

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  8. Great dupes! The DIOR and ColorCollection one is AMAZING. They look exactly the same on your lips! I have the CC one in the same shade as well.

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    1. Thank you so much for reading! Yes, those lippies are my favorites too! Hehehe... Don't you just love it? So dainty!

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  9. I enjoy posts like this! Thanks for sharing! Keep 'em coming please! :) Your EB Scarlet looks orangey on you! It looks red on me. :(

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    1. I think it really depends on how acidic one is :) But lucky you it's red coz I was really hoping it was very very matte red like Revlon's Liquid Matte in Tomato Red! ♥ Thanks for dropping by!

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  10. I truly enjoy reading your Splurge vs Steal series! It truly shows your passion to look for cheaper alternatives. I also use the Amie nail art brush as an eyeliner brush, such a great find.

    Looking forward to more Splurge vs Steal posts!

    Iya
    http://iyaboto.blogspot.com/

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    1. Isn't that nail art brush heaven sent? :) I love how precise it makes lines! Hehehe... Thank you so much for dropping by! I will post more Splurge vs. Steal series soon! ♥

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  11. i loved it! Where can I buy the water cleanser one, the Bifiesta? Thank you!

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    1. Thank you! You can buy Bifesta in either Landmark or SM at the cosmetics department :)

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  12. I love this post! very helpful tot hose who are in a budget or to those who don;t want to splurge that much money on makeup. more please.

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    1. That's true... Looking good doesn't have to be expensive, but of course, a girl's gotta splurge sometimes! Hahaha! Thank you so much for dropping by! I will post more of these soon ♥

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  13. Wow thanks for this will buy the MAYBELLINE Pore Eraser.. need to lessen the size the pores on my nose too.. :)

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    1. You're welcome! I'm so glad I was of some help! :) Thank you for dropping by!

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  14. I love this post.. gave me a lot of new ideas! Thanks! :)

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  15. Hooray for this post Ms Sabs! I have the elf treat and tame too and it has a good register on photos. I wanna try that Maybelline Pore Eraser this month. Thanks for sharing another informative post Ms Sabs ♥

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    1. Thank you so much for dropping by! I am so happy that I was able to inspire a lot of you gorgeous women today! ♥

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  16. Thanks for featuring the Bifesta Cleansing Lotion. Never knew it existed. Now I have to get my hands on that one! Yeeeey! :)

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    1. You're very welcome! I'm telling you, you're gonna love it! The only problem would be, choosing which one to buy because they all look so good! LOL Thank you for dropping by!

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  17. I LOVE THIS POST! splurge vs steal really helpful Ms sabs.. already bookmarked this hee hee

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  18. Ohh.. this is a big help to a student like me :) THANKS so much for sharing this! I like the orange lippy.. actually for now I don't own any orange lipstick yet, maybe I should try the EB one just to test if it looks nice on me.

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    1. There's another nice orange lippie! Try Kokuryu Lipstick in FLAME! ♥

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  19. A friend recommended your blog for the steals and WOW! I'm so excited to wake up tomorrow and hit the stores! You posted here four product alternatives that I've been looking for for some time now. THANK YOU FOR SHARING! ^_^

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    1. Aww... I'm so happy to have been able to help you with your decisions in buying beauty products! I have another SvS series so stay tuned! ♥

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  20. You. Are. A. Life. Saver!

    I actually made the biggest mistake in my makeup-hunting last week, by buying fake MAC makeup kits because, apparently, I can't afford to splurge. But my golly! THANK YOUUUU is all I can say!

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    1. Oh no! I think all of us get victimized with fake cosmetics one point in our lives, but lessons learned :) No need to spend a whole lot of money for quality makeup because there are a lot of great makeup out there now at affordable prices!

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