Is it really a dupe? Maybelline Colordrama Lip Pencil vs Primark Velvet Matte Lipstick Crayon

One of the most satisfying discoveries for a make up fan is a dupe; a product from a budget friendly line that is almost an exact replica of your favourite high end/luxury make up item. With that in mind, last year I decided to start a series here on the blog called “Is it really a dupe?” I can’t pretend to have discovered many dupes myself – most of my knowledge on this subject comes from taking advice from other blogs, YouTube channels, magazines and friends! In this series I usually test and compare two products widely hailed as a luxury product and it’s more purse-friendly dupe. This time I am proud to say I found this dupe myself while having a rummage through my make up collection. It might have been previously coined as a dupe, but I am yet to read/hear about it:  ‘Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil in Nude Perfection’ vs ‘PS (Primark) Velvet Matte Lipstick Crayon in 09’.

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The Packaging

Both simple and sleek, both easy to store and both with the handy feature of displaying the shade on the outside, there really is not much between the two products when it comes to packaging. Both need sharpening, and I personally prefer lip pencils with the ‘twist up option’ but that is no deal breaker for me. It is worth noting that the Primark lip pencil contains 3.5 g of product compared with 2.5 g in the Maybelline but you would still get plenty of applications out of each nevertheless (I for one have never finished a lip pencil!)

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The Product

Looking at the hand swatches you might think me crazy for suggesting the Primark lip pencil as a dupe. Both nude perfection from Maybelline (shown on the top in the three photos above) and the less imaginatively named 09 shade from Primark can definitely be described as matte nude shades but as you can see, the Primark product takes on more of a ‘pinky’ tone compared to the brown undertone of the Maybelline counterpart. BUT once applied onto the lips I think you will agree you can’t tell the difference! Of course this may vary depending on the natural colour of your own lips but on me the two shades look almost identical. As for the formula; each has it’s own pros and cons. I found the Primark product applies more smoothly and is creamier, whereas the Maybelline drags a bit on the lips and can cling to dry patches. However, the Maybelline is more pigmented so needs less layering and has a slightly better lasting power.

The Price

I am well aware that this is not your standard dupe post seeing as the most expensive of the products is still very affordable at £4.99 (Maybelline). However, the Primark option comes in at only £2 so is less than half the price and contains a whole extra gram of product. If you buy a lot of make up savings like that can add up over time! And with the Primark lip pencil equalling, if not surpassing, the Maybelline in quality it is a saving not to be sniffed at.

The Verdict

Is it a dupe? Yup.

 

 

Previous ‘Is it really a dupe?’ posts

Mac Painterly Paint Pot vs Maybelline Crème De Rose Color Tattoo

Mac Candy Yum Yum vs Maybelline Fuchsia Flash

 

 

Little Miss Piggies – Brighton

For years I have loved visiting Brighton for it’s seaside charm, independent shops or restaurants, and the eclectic street style. This Summer was my first visit to the Kemptown area and I fell head over heels instantly. A network of little back streets packed full of places to eat and drink, it seems to be a popular choice for locals – always a good sign. We (my husband and me) stumbled across Little Miss Piggies on a Friday morning when we were feeling hungry and were tempted in by the eye catching frontage plus the promise (and smell!) of freshly cooked food…

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According to the website, Little Miss Piggies is a family run café specialising in traditional English food, promising good value and freshly cooked dishes. I immediately sensed the friendly vibe on walking in and loved the way the décor was fun yet homely, making it feel like you were sitting in a friend’s kitchen while they cooked you breakfast. Free Wifi and newspapers while you wait are a great touch too.

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Also impressive was the selection on offer on the menu. Of course you can find a variety of cooked breakfasts but also brunch items, vegan/veggie options and some more healthy choices including a lighter cooked breakfast (i.e. low carb). A build your own breakfast option is also available – great for those that don’t like any of the pre-set breakfasts on offer.

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I went for the Eggs Royale with wholemeal bread and was impressed. I also thought it was incredibly good value for £4.95 considering the quality of the smoked salmon was very good and the hollandaise sauce was one of the best I’ve tasted. In his typical style my husband went for the Hangover Breakfast, the biggest choice on the menu! Being more of a quantity over quality kind of person when it comes to breakfast he felt it was a little over priced at £8.90. I take his point as you can get bigger breakfasts for less in central London, but having tried his (for research purposes of course!) I could tell great quality ingredients are used so personally thought it was good value.

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Plenty of hot and cold drinks are on offer too, and I especially appreciated that the coffee drinks come up large! It was a hot day and the iced coffee was welcome and delicious. I also loved the attention to detail with the crockery and other tablewear. And the service? Excellent! We will definitely be returning in the future.

You can find Little Miss Piggies at 85 James Street, Kemptown, Brighton, BN2 1TP