Thursday, June 11, 2015

Replica Makeup?

Replica makeup is a hot topic in the beauty community today. Some people are all for it as many brands have products with a high price tag that many cannot afford while others are appalled and worried ingredients could be harmful to their health.

I recently won a giveaway from Brandy Lynn on YouTube. She gave away Lorac Mega Pro replica palettes, along with a few others, in a giveaway. She reviewed several replica palettes here, if you want to check it out. I won't go over everything she shared, but she did say she tried out her replica palettes for a few months before reviewing them. She also searched her higher end makeup products and many things are made in China.
This palette is sold for significantly less than from if you bought a real palette. I believe you can find this for around $15. With this lower price tag, you can expect the quality to be not a good. Here's some pictures of things I would call defects.

The glue has come undone on the bottom side of the palette.

In several places on the palette the lettering is rubbing off. One of the color names is even printed incorrectly. Instead of Lilac, it says Ulac.

But how does it perform? Some colors swatch amazing with a buttery texture similar to the real Lorac shadows. Others, however, had very little pigmentation.

The top is row is completely matte. A lot of these shades are similar to my skin color, so they aren't showing up well in the picture. The second row had to be swatched heavily to show up. The bottom two rows were the best in pigmentation. They were, for the most part, very creamy and blended very easily. In each row, the last color was a blackish color. You can see the last two are extremely pigmented. I thought I wouldn't like the other two, but I find that those two are useful when I want to deepen my outer v ever so slightly.

Here's a look I achieved with this palette:

I did feel like I had to pack the color on for the opacity that I wanted. But the colors build and blend well. I did not find that they irritated my eyes at all. It wore just like any of my other eye shadows. I did wear a primer, as I would with anything else.

Overall thoughts:
I still prefer to spend the money for authentic makeup and support the brand, but if you are on a very tight budget but you want to get similar looks, then you may want to try a replica.

FTC Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post.

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