Dupey Dupes?

If there’s one thing beauty junkies can’t get enough of, it’s multiples of certain products. As I said in a previous post, taking off my makeup at the end of the day is one of the best feelings, so I’m always on the hunt for something that will help remove that stubborn waterproof mascara without breaking the bank.

One of my favourites is The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil, which works wonders at removing all traces of makeup. After loving this one so much I decided to pick up a bottle of the Garnier Nourishing Cleansing Oil, which says it’s for Dry Skin, though I beg to differ – maybe if it was being used as an actual cleanser rather than a makeup remover, which is how I use it. The Garnier has a very similar texture to the Camomile Cleansing Oil, but is a lot fruitier-smelling. It also irritates my eyes just a tad, which the Camomile doesn’t. Waterproof eye makeup is also a lot more resilient to the Garnier, so overall, I’d say they’re not quite dupes. If you don’t have sensitive eyes and don’t wear waterproof makeup, the Garnier Cleansing Oil is worth a try. If not, I’d advise sticking with the tried-and-trusted Body Shop version. Price-wise it’s only a few dollars’ difference as well.

The other dupe I recently attempted to find was for my much- and probably longest-loved beauty product that I’ve been using – the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner. I’ve raved about this before – I love it, I’m used to it, and it lasts a really long time on my oily lids. The pen itself doesn’t dry out quickly at all. I can use one pen for close to a year without having to buy a new one. The bad thing is, it costs $26 CAD… for an eyeliner! Yes, four or five of them later, and I still can’t get over the price. So I’m always on the lookout for something comparable, with a smaller price tag. I did briefly try the Revlon one, which I think is the only liquid felt eyeliner I’ve ever seen in the drugstore, and has also been recommended by people, but I found the nib far too stiff, the colour not very black and it dried out quickly.

So, when I saw that Sephora Collection was releasing their own version, I was immediately curious and grabbed it as part of my birthday haul. I’ve only recently cracked it open and decided to try it for a few days in a row. Unfortunately, I have to say that compared to the Stila, it performs worse in practically every category. The nib is very fine – that is true, but it’s very stiff and I find it very difficult to draw a line around the contour of the eye, if that makes sense. This pen seems like it was meant for drawing straight lines, rather than different shapes. It also did have a bit of smudging throughout the day, plus the lid doesn’t have the double-snap of the Stila and a lot of the other better-made liquid liners to prevent drying, so I could tell that the Sephora one was already starting to dry out. As it is, you have to work quickly, or else the nib will dry out and you’ll need to put the lid back on and let it rest for a bit. I think for $8 more, the Stila is still worth the money.

What dupes have you found lately, and have they been successful?