Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Same But Different?

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Hello Everyone!
Following the success from my last dupes post I am adding a couple more lipsticks that I have had a little déjà vu with.
I buy a lot of make up, A LOT... It is inevitable that now and then I will be drawn to similar shades, so this is a post about two different 'dupes' but they are a different formula meaning I am able to justify having them... Maybe... A bit.
First off are these two beauties:

MAC 'Viva Glam 1' and Lime Crime  'Glamour 101'
Both are deep red, vampy colours and both swatch out pretty similar. The main difference is that MAC Viva Glam 1 is a matte shade so that means no shine and long lasting colour (around 6-7 hours) but, as with all matte lipsticks I have tried, they can be a little drying on the lips. If you have normal lips you can probably get round this by applying a good balm 15-20 mins before you apply your makeup, this allows it to sink in and your matte lipstick shouldn't do too much drying to your lips.
Lime Crime Glamour 101 is a glossy finish which means wear time is less (around 3-4 hours) but is less drying than its MAC counterpart.

MAC Viva Glam 1 is the first shade and Lime Crime Glamour 101 is the second. As you can see they are pretty similar but you can see one is matte and the other is glossy.
Picking which one to go for would depend on the finish you are wanting, I personally love both and wear them equally. 
It is also worth mentioning that they both smell identical too with a nice subtle vanilla scent.
The MAC Viva Glam lipsticks have the added bonus that the full RRP goes to the MAC AIDS fund to help out men, women and children affected by the disease.
You can pick up MAC in the UK at maccosmetics.co.uk, MAC stores, selected Debenhams, House of Fraser, Selfridges and all three department store websites. I have also spotted MAC at Jarrods Stores. Lime Crime is harder to find but I buy mine from love-makeup.co.uk as they have always been quick with shipping and have a good range of hard to find products.
MAC retails for £15.00 and Lime Crime retails for £11.50

Now for same but different number 2:
Illamasqua Howl Lipstick and Revlon Lip Butter in Candy Apple:

As with the previous two, the finishes of these lipsticks is very different, Illamasqua's Howl lipstick is another matte finish and Revlon Lip Butters are basically a tinted lip balm but I find them to be very pigmented unlike other lip balms I have tried and that is why I have included it as a lipstick.
The colour of both is a bright yellow toned red but again, the finishes are very different. Mattes (as we have already discussed) have a tendency to dry the lips unless you prep beforehand, whereas Revlon Lip Butters are ready to go straight away and the moisturise as you wear them, bonus!

Now take a moment to look at that, they could be the same lipstick! Illamasqua is the first swatch and Revlon is the second one. Neither product has a particular smell about them and they both look really nice on, a pretty pop of colour, however, the Illamasqua version is £16.50 and the Revlon version is normally £7.99 but boots have an offer on at the moment and so you can pick up Revlon Candy Apple for £5.99 so basically you need to decide if having this colour in a matte shade is important to you or can you deal with a bit if shine and moisture? If you can, go for the Revlon :)
You can pick up Illamasqua from illamasqua.com or selected House of Fraser stores and online, you can get Revlon at Boots and Superdrug.
I hope you enjoyed this review, don't forget to follow me on bloglovin' and let me know what you think of these comparisons in the comments below.
Toodles for now xxx



  1. I love the first two! (Mac and Lime crime) Such nice colours.
    Thanks for sharing your link on the #bbloggers chat

  2. Illamasqua howl is a beautiful shade.


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