I’m always on the lookout for a good dupe or drugstore product which lives up to the expectations I place on my high-end choices.
Being an absolute eyeliner junkie, I’ve always forked out for a good eyeliner and I’ve always HAD to for foundation as I can never find a shade pale enough for me which does what I want it to! Lipsticks on the other hand, WELL. I currently own over 60 ranging from some of my faves, NYX, to Jeffree Star, Kat Von D and everything in between. When Beauty Base asked me to take part in their Dupe Challenge to find affordable dupes of my favourite high-end products, I was delighted.
As the main three products I wear are eyeliner, foundation and lipstick, I chose the Milani Conceal+Perfect 2in1 Foundation in shade 00 Light Natural, the L.A. Girl Line Art Matte Eyeliner in Cobalt and the L.A. Girl Metal Liquid Lipstick in Clash. I thought all these products and shades are most suited to the sort of makeup I wear and am always on the lookout for affordable versions of! I’ve been comparing these against my Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, my Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation in “Believe in Me Ivory” and my Jeffree Star Liquid Lipstick, staples in my makeup bag and some of my favourite products.
Milani Conceal + Perfect Foundation
I’ll start with foundation, comparing the Milani Conceal+Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer (£12.95) to my Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow (£29). At over half the price, I was really looking forward to trying out the Milani foundation, and my Benefit one has just run out so the timing was perfect! The only worry I had was that the shade wouldn’t match because I’m obnoxiously pale, but honestly the Milani foundation in shade 00 Light Natural is almost an exact colour match for the Benefit shade Believe In Me that I normally use, so I was really happy the colours are the same!
As for coverage, the Milani foundation is a medium-high coverage which is more than I usually go for but I really like it! It doesn’t look cakey at all and doesn’t highlight any dry patches, which my Benefit one sometimes can. It has a slightly heavier feel on the face which would be expected from a foundation with heavier coverage, however it’s not uncomfortable to wear at all. It also has mattifying finish which is what I look for in a foundation, having combination skin which can gt oily!
The bottle is also made of glass and honestly I think it looks more upmarket than the Benefit one, though I do love the quirkiness of Benefit packaging! Overall, I actually think I prefer the Milani foundation, and at half the price I can save SO MUCH money by swapping out, which I’m going to once I use it up!
L.A. Girl Metal Liquid Lipstick
As for liquid lipstick, I LIVE for it. I’m always on the hunt for a great formula and a great price, and the L.A. Girl Metal Liquid Lipstick (£6.99) doesn’t disappoint. I tend to go for a lot of wild colours which is why I often use Jeffree Star liquid lipsticks but at $18 plus shipping, they aren’t that affordable.
Formula-wise, there’s a lot of difference between the two – the Jeffree Star ones dry down to a matte, transfer-proof finish while L.A. Girl’s formula is more creamy and non-drying, which I actually prefer (much more like the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams), but once it’s dried a bit it barely transfers at all.
I opted for shade Crush, a pale metallic blue and the coverage is one-swipe opaque, always a benefit – I managed to cover my lips without redipping, so I can tell it won’t waste product and is great value considering it’s less than a tenner! The lipstick also has vitamin E and argan oil in it, which is really moisturising on the lips!
I’m actually already eyeing up more shades in the range because it’s got everything I want out of a liquid lipstick with more wacky colours in the range – big ups to L.A. Girl!
L.A. Girl Matte Eyeliner Pen
As for the L.A. Girl Matte eyeliner pen, (£7.99) I’ve got mixed feelings. The brush style is a rigid felt tip which, on the whole, is easier to use than the thin brush of my Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Liner (£14.50), and they both feel the same on the lid – not weightless, but not uncomfortable.
The felt tip is bold and plenty of eyeliner is applied unlike most felt tips which I feel aren’t bold enough at all. However, the smudge-proof claim is a bit of a lie – while my wings stayed fantastic, within about an hour the rest of it had disappeared from my eyelids – not a liner to use if your lids get greasy like mine! That being said I’m impressed with the ease of application and lasting power on non-greasy areas so I’m going to be putting this to use in more creative looks where I can just use it for the wings or for makeup art as opposed to a standard eyeliner look.
Huge thanks to Beauty Base for sending me the products to try out!
*Disclaimer: Products were sent for review but all opinions are my own.