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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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 🙂

MUA: Undress your Skin Highlighting Powder

MUA is a cruelty-free brand based in the UK.  Their line is budget-friendly and I have found some really awesome products from this company including their Skin Highlighting Powders.  I own the Undress Your Skin Highlighting Powders in two colours: Iridescent Gold and Pink Shimmer and directly from the MUA website they retail for GBP3 (approximately AU$6).  The packaging of these highlighters looks a little cheap to me – I think because it is white plastic – but they are sturdy and close securely.  The product itself is beautifully presented though, with a delicious swirl pattern on the top which looks so luxurious.  Love it.

swatches: Iridescent Gold (top), Pink Shimmer (bottom)

swatches: Iridescent Gold (top), Pink Shimmer (bottom)

As you can see above, I have pale, freckled skin with yellow undertones, but I still like both of these colours with my complexion.  They are a shimmer without chunks of glitter and the pigmentation is buildable and blends nicely.  These are not a powdery product so you can swirl your brush in the pan without getting any kick-up.

MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighting Powder swatches: Iridescent Gold and Pink Shimmer

MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighting Powder swatches: Iridescent Gold and Pink Shimmer

I feel like the Iridescent Gold is more of a POW kind of a highlight – it is brightening and glowy and gorgeous.  The Pink Shimmer, while very beautiful, seems to be a little more natural on my skin, which I also love.  On the MUA website they suggest that these can be applied all over the face for an added radiance, or with more specificity to just highlight key points of the face.  I would contest that by saying that these products are much too shimmery in my opinion to be applied all of the face like a finishing powder.  I suspect your face would become a bit ‘disco ball’ if you were to attempt that.  However, I wear both of these highlights for everyday purposes applied to the cheek bones, a little down the bridge of the nose and on the cupid’s bow, and I think they look lovely.

If you are reading this review while considering whether these products are suitable for your everyday makeup, I would say YES – go for it!  I have a large collections of highlighters and I think these perform just as well, if not better, than anything else that I own on the ‘cruelty-free, budget-friendly’ market.  Highlighter is one of my favourite makeup products and I love the radiant glow they give my, often very tired, face.  I think these Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighters are very good quality, they last well throughout the day and look so pretty.  I would absolutely recommend them.

MUA has recently released a third colour in this range called ‘Opalescent Amber’ which looks like a darker, warmer, rose gold colour.  I am quite sure it was designed for people with richer, darker skin tones than mine, but I can’t wait to try it out for myself!

If you have tried Opalescent Amber I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Thanks so much and have a wonderful day!