Tag Archives: dupe

Highlighter Duplicates – you only need one!

If you have ever wondered whether there are dupes within the TAM Beauty brands or between TAM Beauty brands and MUA, your questions are about to be answered!  Today I want to highlight some highlighters (yes, I went there, lol), that are identical from four brands: Makeup Academy, Makeup Revolution, Freedom Makeup London and I Heart Makeup.  

dsc03696

MUA – Undress Your Skin, Shimmer Highlighter; Freedom – Pro Highlight, Brighten; I Heart Makeup – Triple Baked Highlighter, Goddess of Love and Makeup Revolution – Vivid Baked Highlighter, Peach Lights.

The four peachy/pink highlighters above are, in my opinion, identical.  Aside from packaging and powder presentation, these look and wear exactly the same on the skin.

dsc03698

Swatches (top to bottom): Freedom, I Heart Makeup, MUA and Makeup Revolution

I can’t distinguish between these in colour, longevity of wear or formula although I do note some minor differences in the ingredient lists.  The three highlighters in the compacts weight 7.5g while the heart shaped highlight weighs 10g.

dsc03574

Swatches (top to bottom): Makeup Revolution – Vivid Baked Highlighter, Golden Lights; MUA – Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter, Iridescent Gold.

The same duplication across the brands can be found in the golden shades too.  MUA, Makeup Revolution and I Heart Makeup all have a golden highlighter too.  The MUA and Makeup Revolution products are identical in my opinion.

dsc03817

Swatches (top to bottom): Makeup Revolution – Vivid Baked Highlighter, Golden Lights; I Heart Makeup – Triple Baked Highlighter, Golden Goddess.

The I Heart Makeup version is ever so slightly warmer in tone in the pan, but in swatches they are extremely similar and blended out on the skin you can’t tell the difference at all!  Freedom also has a version of the golden highlighter in their range called the ‘Pro Highlight – Glow,’ but I do not own it because, as you can see, I already have all the gold highlight I will ever need!

freedom-makeup-london

Freedom Makeup London – Pro Highlight – Glow.  (Image Credit – TAM Beauty Website)

Looking at the names of the brands you might note that three out of the four are owned by TAM beauty so perhaps I should have suspected that they could be similar, but to be honest it didn’t really occur to me that they would release the same product, repackaged, under different brand names, so be warned!  Saying that, this is not a criticism of the highlighter products at all – in fact I have given positive reviews of ALL these products, but no one needs IDENTICAL duplicates of products in their collection.

I hope you found this helpful!

Have a wonderful day 🙂

P.S. Please note, this issue of duplication is not a problem across all similar products in the various TAM Beauty brands but if I find any other exact dupes I will certainly blog about it 🙂

Makeup Revolution – I Heart Makeup: I Heart Chocolate

Chocolate Week time!!!!!!

So there are a number of things in life that I adore.  One of them is chocolate.  One of them is makeup.  When those two powers combine….. oh my goodness!

Makeup Revolution’s has a I Heart Makeup range that includes all kinds of chocolate themed products and this week we are going to explore these together.  In total I have four chocolate themed makeup products to share with you, so get excited 🙂

I Heart Makeup - Chocolate Palettes

I Heart Makeup – Chocolate Palettes

We are going to start ‘chocolate week’ with one of the MUR cult favourite chocolate palettes.  There are three chocolate palettes in the range: milk chocolate (I Heart Chocolate), dark chocolate (Death By Chocolate) and white chocolate (Naked Chocolate).  The packaging is completely divine in its melting chocolate form.  I actually have these on display in my girl cave.  So frickin’ cute.  I do think that these palettes smell sweet but they don’t have a strong chocolate smell.

Today I am going to spotlight the I Heart Chocolate palette in its milk chocolate case.

I Heart Chocolate Palette

I Heart Chocolate Palette

The palette comes with a clear slip that lists all the shade names which I think is a nice touch, but I would prefer that these were actually written on the palette itself.  The shade names are well cute.  There is also a really great mirror.

I Heart Chocolate Palette - shadow names

I Heart Chocolate Palette – shadow names

This palette is a dupe for the Two Faced Chocolate Bar Palette.  I don’t own the Two Faced palette to do a direct comparison for you but there are some excellent blog posts and youtube videos that show comparison swatches.

Left of Palette shadows

Left of Palette shadows

Left of Palette swatches - top to bottom, left to right.

Left of Palette swatches – top to bottom, left to right.

I think the quality of these shadows is excellent.  This palette has a nice mix of matte, shimmer, glitter and satin shades as well as a really good balance of neutrals and pops of colour.  There are two mattes that work well in the crease and I really appreciate having a matte and shimmer highlight shade; although they didn’t show up well in my swatches, both of the highlight shades work really well on the eye and inner corner.

Right of Palette shadows

Right of Palette shadows

Right of Palette swatches - top to bottom, left to right.

Right of Palette swatches – top to bottom, left to right.

The purple shade called unforgivable (swatch 5) actually has a pink duo chrome and is extremely pretty on the eye.  There are three glitter shades piece me together which is a dark olive shade (left of palette, swatch 2) which has gold glitters; love torn which is a maroon shade with gold glitter (right of palette, swatch 2) and then what a way to go  which is a deep plum with pink/purple micro glitters (right of palette, swatch 7).  I’m not really about glitter shades, but these shades certainly are beautiful and the glitter does transfer well to the eye, if that is your thing.

I think this palette is a great all-rounder.  You can wear it for an everyday work look or a dramatic, smokey night look.  If you have ever been tempted by the Two Faced Chocolate Bar Palette but don’t want to spend the AU$70 it will cost you then the I Heart Makeup I Heart Chocolate palette is a great option at just AU$17.  Even if this was the only thing you purchased from the MUR website and therefore you paid the full international shipping for this one item (about AU$16) this palette is still half the price of the original.  Bargain!

Please join me for the rest of my I Heart Makeup ‘chocolate week’ celebration.  If you haven’t already subscribed to my blog hit the ‘follow’ button on the right of the page to get updates of new posts via email.

Love makeup, eat chocolate and have a great day!!