It has been quite sunny over the past few days, and although I've already started switchin into the autumn mode, I reversed a little for that tiny bit of sunshine. This is one of my favourite, and simpliest make-up looks I love wearing during hot summer days - a really light touch of almost a baby coral colour. And as a little Sunday treat, you can check out a dupe I've discovered the other day!
Now to the dupe business. Normally I would use either Topshop Cream Blush in Head Over Heels as a lip stain or Topshop Lip Stick in Coy, because these two products have got the prettiest coral shades. The other day I picked up last few lipsticks which I was missing from my MUA lipstick collection (yeh, now I have all of them and so what, they are a quid each, that's not a splurge right?), and one of them was Shade 15 - Juicy. For some unforgivable reason, I thought that Shade 15 and 16 were the same, silly me! If I knew that Juicy is gonna be a pretty close dupe of Topshop's Coy, I would have run to Superdrug months ago! See how similar it looks to Coy??!
If you have got Topshop Lip Stick in Coy you know what a pain in bum it is to wear it. It's one of those products that I really want to love, but every time I wear it, I immediately regret it. It's so incredibly drying, it doesn't even apply properly without a ton of lip balm and ideally a lip gloss (so the matte finish happens to be sort of useless in the end), you have to sharpen it (if you are able to find a pencil sharpener of that size), it fades in bits (because my lips just refuse to deal with the dryness)... MUA Lipstick in Juicy is a joy to use! It's super moisturizing if I compare it to Coy and you can even apply it without a mirror (if you're applying 1-2 coats). It does fade pretty fast, but doesn't leave any streaks or ugly stains, so you can just re-apply it anytime. I have super dry lips, and I have to admit that when they are having a bad day, this lipstick can accentuate the absolutely driest bits, but it's manageable (plus I really think it's the shade that's to blame, all coral toned lipsticks do this to me, eh). As you can see below, Juicy lacks a bit in pigmentation compared to Coy, but I believe that's purely because of the consistency (chalk=more pigment, hydration=less pigment). Juicy is pretty buildable if you're after a more intense shade.
Now the coolest thing about dupes: Coy is £7 and Juicy is £1. By all means, if I'm picking a coral lip product for next summer or a holiday, it's not gonna be Coy (I'm sorry, Topshop!) but it's gonna be Juicy, because for those £6 you can have 6 more MUA lipsticks. Or 6 packs of Maltesers from Morrisons, nom nom nom! You can get MUA lipsticks in selected Superdrugs or online in MUA store.
What's the latest dupe you've discovered?