Would you spend RM300 on a beauty product? Especially if it’s your first time trying it out? The internet is a wonderful place to look up information and reviews before you purchase something, but sometimes it doesn’t hurt to have more options.
Here are 5 of our favourites, so you can make the decision whether to splurge or save.
Original: Urban Decay NAKED 3 (12 shades, RM215)
Following the cult success of the NAKED 1 and 2 palettes, NAKED 3 carries 12 rose-hued neutrals in a selection of finishes – matte, pearl and metallic – to give you the most beautiful natural look. The colours are inspired by the brand’s co-founder’s memories of pictures taken at sunset. The formula is also paraben-free, sulfate-free and phthalate-free.
Dupe: Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette (12 shades, RM69.90)
Infused with rose gold pigments, Maybelline’s The Blushed Nudes Palette also features 12 shades in a slim compact case. Instead of a double-ended brush, it comes with two foam-tip applicators. Admittedly, the colours deliver less ‘oomph’ at first sight, but if you’re not a hardcore eye makeup user, this might give you more value for your money.
Original: Eve Lom Cleansing Balm (100ml, RM419)
This cleansing balm brings together a unique blend of oils like clove oil, eucalyptus oil, hops oil, Egyptian chamomile oil and cocoa butter. Massaged onto skin and removed with Eve Lom’s very own muslin cloth, your everyday cleansing routine just got waay more luxurious. Everyone who’s tried this cleanser has nothing but good things to say, ranging from noticing a more radiant complexion to enjoying more refined skin texture.
Dupe: Heimish All Clean Balm (120g, RM53.10)
Like the Eve Lom Cleansing Balm, this also contains a cocktail of essential oils to keep skin happy, and the gentle formula works effectively to remove even waterproof makeup. I read somewhere online that the makers of the All Clean Balm were also the ones responsible for Banila’s Clean It Zero, but they’ve improved the formulation and added more skincare ingredients to the mix.
Original: SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (RM50ml, RM199)
First off, who can fault SK-II’s all-time bestselling FTE? Apart from the smell, which you eventually get used to, the ‘miracle water’ doesn’t get its name just by looking pretty. The only gripe shared by every woman who has fallen in love with the product is its price, but you know what they say about paying top dollar for premium. Pitera, SK-II’s star ingredient, is a closely-guarded secret that other brands have yet to be able to replicate, save for the knowledge that it’s derived from the fermentation process of sake.
Dupe: Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence (150ml, RM126.90)
If there’s anyone that can make good dupes, it’s the Korean beauty brands. When a trend pops up, you’ll see almost every other brand jumping onto the bandwagon, coming up with yet another even more enticing product. Missha’s First Treatment Essence contains 80% fermented yeast concentrate and niacinamide to enhance skin barrier function, revive skin tone and improve skin texture.
Original: Guerlain Meteorites Perles (RM257)
Too pretty to resist, but too pretty to use… one of the biggest dilemmas faced by women when we willingly fork out our $$ for a beautiful makeup product. Guerlain is known for its Meteorites Perles, with a limited-edition version up for grabs every year. Swirl a fluffy brush over the pearls and dust all over your skin for a subtly radiant glow that will make your skin look simply amazing. If you’re wondering how on earth you’re going to travel with this, Guerlain also has a compact version that makes for convenient mobility.
Dupe: e.l.f. Mineral Pearls (RM76.66)
e.l.f. needs no further introduction. Even though it’s not available in stores in Malaysia, you can still get your fix from the official website or iHerb, both of which deliver to Malaysia (woohoo!). The Mineral Pearls are a well-known dupe, perfect for the non-collector who just wants a fancier finishing powder experience. Mixing the 6 shades together creates a universal translucent shade that balances out the skin tone.
Original: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick (RM99)
“Glides on like a gloss, dries to a true matte finish.” With so many matte lip colours in the market, finding a good one takes a lot of time and money. I’ve learned the hard way that some just don’t work (ugh). Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick also contains vitamin E and sunflower seed oil to keep lips comfortably soft, an important aspect for matte lip colours.
Dupe: Shade Dough by Hanis Zalikha (RM55)
Apart from her line of scarves, Keknis, Malaysian celebrity Hanis Zalikha (also loving mom to celebrity cat Bujibu Chempel, who has 667k followers on IG) also has her own line of matte lip creams, Shade Dough. The ambitious tagline, “does not smudge, does not crack, does not disappoint” makes it worth a second look. With 5 pigmented shades, we’ve got high hopes for this one.
What’s your favourite dupe?
(Images: from respective brands)