Morgan: Birthday makeup dupes

As much as I enjoyed writing yesterday’s post about my $2000+ birthday makeup, it’s not in the spirit of blogging in the sense of readers being able to recreate the look. This morning I’ve had a bit of a dig around to find some more reasonably priced products that could make up a similar face. Naturally they’re going to lack the fancy skincare properties and other general lux-ness of the expensive versions, but these are all products I stand by and would recommend anyway.

Just looking at the products in this collage, the expensive versions come out to $457, and the affordable ones to about $75. Realistically, it’s pretty obvious which ones you’d choose!

L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur
I don’t know exactly how much this costs in New Zealand but I do know it’s sold here. It does a similar thing to the concoction of Dr Brandt products we used in yesterday’s look, acting as a base to conceal pores and smooth the skin.

Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer Pen
This guy goes for $20 at Farmers and is a decent highlighting concealer – don’t use this on spots and expect coverage, though. It comes in a few different shades but get one a bit lighter than your skin tone if you’re going to use it as a highlighter. I actually might go and buy another one of these on my lunch break…

Wet n Wild Megalast Matte Lipstick in Cherry Bomb
These lipsticks are really popular online and at around $3 each you can’t complain. I don’t love their drying tendency but they give a good matte finish and it’s fine if you’re just wearing it for a night out. I’d recommend a lipliner with these – I like the NYX ones I mentioned in this post.

Topshop Eye Gleam in Winterfrost
Topshop makes surprisingly good makeup, and this metallic cream shadow is a very affordable NZ $12 and would make a really good base for the eyeshadow look from yesterday’s post. I’m not able to recommend an eyeshadow exactly like NARS Iceland without going in for a major swatching session, but any cool-toned pale shimmer will have a similar effect on the inner corner.

ELF Studio High Definition Powder
The price for this varies depending on where you find it, but on BeautyJoint it’s US $8, which is fine and reasonable to me. Nowhere near as fancy as the By Terry powder, this is still going to do a job at setting foundation and mattifying your skin. It actually leaves your skin feeling really nice and smooth too.

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  • I enjoyed the $2k face post so much and this is just as awesome! Might have to check out that Iceland eyeshadow in person. x

  • I’ve been meaning to get that Cherry Bomb lipstick for ages! It’s supposed to be a dupe for one of the MAC ones right? I’ve got that Elf Studio High Def powder too and it’s pretty goooood.

    Your $2k face inspired me to blog about my own face (although it wasn’t worth nearly as much!)


    • Yes, it’s really similar to MAC Diva. I’ve been vibing on really dark red shades at the moment!

      And that’s so cool you did your own one! I might do a post on my every day face too, I haven’t even thought about how much it would cost (probably because I don’t want to think about it!) Your blog is making me want to get Double Wear too, but I definitely don’t need any more foundations…