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Monday, 21 May 2012

M.A.C. vs. Makeup Geek Challenge: Dupe the Look (*UPDATED WITH TUTORIAL 24/06/13*)

This post is something that I have been meaning to do for a while now, probably the past month or so - ever since I received the Makeup Geek eyeshadow collection. Even before I received the Makeup Geek eyeshadows, I kept hearing and being told that the shades were comparable to M.A.C. They even have a comprehensible dupe list. Now, I kind of have to take this claim on Makeup Geek's good word because  ... I have a confession to make. I actually don't own ANY M.A.C. makeup.

Now before y'all go jumping down my throat I have NOTHING against M.A.C. makeup or those who buy it. I would love to own some if I had the money, but I simply cannot afford their product line. So, I have to work with what I can afford. That's why I'm always on the lookout for high-quality, low cost products.

This is one of the many reasons I've been such a huge supporter of the Makeup Geek eyeshadow line - M.A.C. quality payoff without the M.A.C. price tag ... or so I have to believe, since I don't own any M.A.C. to compare it to.

This dilemma is what led me to devise the following challenge to myself and the Makeup Geek cosmetic line:

  • THE CHALLENGE: If indeed Makeup Geek eyeshadows are comparable to M.A.C. I should be able to duplicate a M.A.C. look with Makeup Geek products and still achieve almost identical results.


So, I sat down and watched the whole video tutorial and as Tiffany went through her M.A.C. shadows it was fairly easy for me to find duplicates for each one. I did take some creative licenses with the look (adding a white/silver highlight on the inner corner, changing the lipcolor) but all in all, I think it was a pretty good dupe! Here's the product breakdown and some more pictures of the look

That makes your grand total savings:

Anyways, what I hope that people take away from this post is not necessarily that I'm scorning M.A.C. or anything, I just want people to see that you don't have to pay for brand name makeup to look absolutely beautiful. When I was first starting out, I thought I could never be as good as my guru heroes because I couldn't afford the products they were using in their videos. Well guess what, that's simply not true. You just have to know where to look because there are amazing, high-quality products for bargain prices all over the place and you can start your journey at!

Watch the tutorial here:

Okay, so this post was updated as of June 24th, 2013. The pictures that follow were from the first time I tried this look on May 23rd 2012 but didn't film a tutorial. I'm leaving them here for those people who already pinned the images so the links don't get broken. Or if you want to see how the look changes from wear to wear/with different lip colors/how my style has changed over time. 


  1. Love the post I try to recreate m.a.c looks too with any other products as m.a.c is a little over my budget too as ive only just started out myself. Please feel free to add me on facebook
    samjem prettytasty

  2. Love your blog:-) you are my biggest inspiration!!

  3. You should also try Bh cosmetics, too. They have great quality e/s at very affordable prices and some of them can be duped for M.A.C e/s's. You can get an entire pallet of 40 assorted colors for the same exact price of ONE Mac eyeshadow.

  4. This is terrific! Can you dupe some more MAC looks? Also, How about swatches with MUG dupes of MAC shadows or liners?

  5. Nah, like your vids better! Keep rockin'!!

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