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Monday, February 22, 2016

Why Dupe Products Aren't Always the Steal They Appear to Be

Why Dupe Products Aren't Always the Steal They Appear to Be

We all love to save money and feel like we have found the deal of the century, hence why one of the biggest beauty blogging search key words happens to be "dupe". A dupe is perhaps best defined as an alternative and mostly likely cost effective beauty product; a product that rivals a highly lusted after beauty item, that may not be all that accessible: this can be due to cost, status i.e if it is limited edition or not, and of course if it is worthy of a splurge to begin with.

Why Dupe Products Aren't Always the Steal They Appear to Be

Ask yourself how many times have you personally sought out a dupe product? You've spent the hours of research Googling and pinning swatches and asking countless questions, you have decided that if you can't have such pricey product that your heart ever so wants, that an alternative but all the same product will be the next best thing? Chances are the answer to that question is countless times, I know that is the case for me. The first ever dupe I purchased was a seemingly perfect fit for the Urban Decay Naked Palette - money was tight and yet I simply needed an assortment of neutral eyeshadows. I purchased a budget friendly version and wasn't blown away, then I sought another and then another palette and before I knew it I had spent more money on seemingly affordable eyeshadow options than I would have, if I had just bought the Naked palette to begin with. As a further blow to my bank account I eventually purchased Urban Decay Naked anyway, a habit that seemingly goes hand-in-hand with seeking out dupe products - as it goes very seldom does anything live up to owning the original.

Dupes are great if you take them at face value or on the most part, especially in regards to more budget friendly options you don't expect the world. I'm in no way saying that this is true for all cost effective brands, however typically speaking something will have to give within the formula to allow for such discounted price tag - this could mean in the case of eyeshadows, that they aren't quite as pigmented nor as soft as you expected, lipsticks may be a little drier and in the case of skincare the more important and expensive ingredients are missing. That's not to say that there isn't plenty of great alternative products out there to rival the launches from high end brands because there is, I simply think it is important to keep in mind that a dupe may not be entirely identical and if that is your expectations you could well be disappointed.

Why Dupe Products Aren't Always the Steal They Appear to Be

On the whole I prefer accidental dupes, products that just happen to be similar and then stumbled upon, rather than those that outright copy mostly original innovations. Again I understand the need for more cost friendly options, the business of beauty is not cheap but I would rather see a little brand integrity rather than an outright rip off product. There is nothing wrong with building on an idea but personally I'm not all that comfortable when no original thought goes into the creation nor marking of such product.

I should quickly mention that the above photographs are simply that: a quick and pretty way to break up chunks of text. I'm in no-way indicating that I have a problem with any of the brands photographed quite the contrary.

So where do you weigh in - is a dupe ever enough for you or do you fall into the category of avoiding seemingly replica products as you know it will never measure up to the original?
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31 comments:

  1. If I go out to buy a dupe because someone has said it is amazing, I'm usually disappointed. I like to find them for myself, but 9 times out of 10 the dupe is never as good. The formulation is so totally different that even if the colour is an exact match, the wearability is way off. I'd rather save for the real deal!

    Sophie x | Essential Twenty

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  2. I think the idea of duping higher end products at the drugstore is a great idea but I think its important to remember although a shade/product type might be the same the formula could vary which is often the biggest difference x

    http://xxchloescloset.blogspot.co.uk/

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  3. I love the idea of dupes, but I ALWAYS end up liking it and thinking "oh I use this enough to justify buying the original.." more times than not.
    I am trying to stop myself buying them for this exact reason. As you said, I'm starting to prefer "accidental dupes"
    ♥ Fran - www.frannymac.com xx

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  4. I think dupes can be a great idea, as beauty products can often cost a lot more than some people's budgets will allow. Particularly for younger blog readers or viewers of YouTube videos.

    Rachel | www.currentlyrachel.com

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  5. Dupes are great, but 9 times out of 10 they are just not as good and yea you waste money on it. Especially if you have the higher priced one first and buy the cheaper one to compare, then it is just madness haha!

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  6. You're right, you always end up buying more dupes when you could have just spent the money on the original. I never buy dupes, only original products I've heard good rapport for whether budget or luxury x

    Wonky Lauren

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  7. I agree with everything you said. I know dupes of the Naked palette are quite popular (and there are a few now that brands have found that it sells well), but every time I read about a dupe, the quality just wasn't the same. I think that if you really want a certain product or shade and you're sure you'll get use out of it, it is okay to get it even if it's a bit more expensive. Then you're happy you've got what you wanted, and you avoid being disappointed by a 'second best'! :)

    Julia xx
    Last post: A Dark Manicure with Dior | http://juliaspeaksbeauty.blogspot.fr/2016/02/manicure-moment-nuit-1947-dior.html

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  8. Loved this post! I think it's quite a personal opinion on most. Sometimes I buy a dupe and think, eh it's not quite the same and would have rather spent the money on the actual product and therefore have just wasted my money. Other times when it comes to reading dupe posts I look at the swatches and think, these are nowhere near a like. Sometimes I would rather just pay for the sturdier packaging but this is definitely down to budget etc! x

    www.iridescentplaces.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. A lot of times high-end products do cost more because they have had a lot more innovation/experimentation behind them. For example, the beauty blender. I bought a ton of BB dupes before I actually bought the real thing and I have to say, the original is better than all of the dupes I have tried. So, I am better off buying the original because the original is usually better than the fakes (but there are a few execptions!).

    Laila from Townhouse Palette

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  10. I sometimes find some products people say are a "dupe" are actually just a cheaper alternative as the quality isn't as good as the original so it isn't actually a dupe. Sometimes i do find the odd dupe that is just as good in quality but most of the time i prefer the original product.
    Emmy | Emmys Beauty Cave | Bloglovin

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  11. I love this because it has so much truth! I, myself, have purchased countless "dupe" products recommended by bloggers, Youtubers, etc. Some of the dupes recommended are gold mines! Matching color, texture, and pigmentation. But as you said, some are just duds that couldn't hold a candle to the original products. Thanks for sharing your insight babe!

    Taylr - www.taylrdaily.com

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  12. I have a lot of bad experiences with dupes so I don't buy them anymore. For a long time I was also looking everywhere for dupes but I never liked them. They were never as good as I wanted them to be. So I just started saving for the real thing. It might be more expensive but at least you're happy with it for a much longer time.

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  13. I'm always happy to find an accidental dupe too (e.g. if a Rimmel lipstick is an exact match for a MAC shade), but the cases where cheaper brands outright copy products down to the packaging/naming do make me cringe a bit!

    Claire | Stylingo.co.uk xx

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  14. Very interesting post, I agree with dupes that are blatantly ripping off the original, it's a slightly strange concept!

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  15. I love finding a good dupe, but it feels weird to think that someone is paying double (in most cases) for something that's equally as good but on the highstreet. great post.

    Jess
    justthatgirlonline.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. I love a good dupe, and not just a 'cheaper almost close option.' I think it's important to find what you are willing to splurge and save on. I don't think anything compares to high brand eyeshadows so I don't even bother with drugstore eyeshadows. But lipsticks and mascaras? Totally dupable!

    Nereyda│ This Girl Is Obsessed

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  17. You have such a lovely website , I follow you!
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  18. Usually the way I do it is, if I'm about to buy a dupe and I think to myself, once I buy this, am I still going to want the original version? If the answer is yes then I put it back and save up for the one I really want. But sometimes when it really is just about a specific colour I want and there is no other motivating factors (ingredients, longevity, cute name, beautiful packaging - somewhat shallow I know) then I'll probably just go with the dupe

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  19. I feel like there's no point in buying the dupe of you know deep down you'll always want the real thing (and probably cave in to it!) I see where your coming from with 'rip-offs' but tbh it's done in fashion all the time and I think as long as a lot of people don't have the money to spend large amounts on clothes and makeup, I don't see it changing xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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  20. I totally agree about the whole copying issue - I actively avoid buying products which are a rip-off of famous, cult products from more expensive brands, as it's just not what should be done. The quality rarely matches or tops the original, anyway! Everyone loves getting a bargain and saving money, but when a big brand puts a lot of money into designing and producing products with lots of innovative qualities and ideas, it's not really fair for them to essentially be stolen.

    Alice / Alice Grace Beauty

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  21. I'm in complete agreement that it seems good to buy one cheaper item, then buying more and more to the point where you may as well have purchased the more expensive one anyway.
    I've never sought out a dupe for money reasons but I often try to find different-but-similar cruelty free products, so a good dupe hunt is still a regular occurrence for me.

    x

    http://winterxlife.blogspot.com

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  22. I am now telling myself not to look for dupes, if I love something enough then I will save and buy the product.. I have wasted so much money looking for things which look similar to then go and buy what I wanted anyway! I prefer stumbling across things by accident, like how MAC oh Darling is pretty much exactly the same as Urban Decay's Half Baked. Sometimes Dupes surprise me lol

    http://www.makeerinover.co.uk

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  23. I have never looked for dupes. I have happened upon them just by buying similar shades/types of products I would buy & then realizing later that it's similar to another product.

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  24. Hahah I completely agree with this! There's always a catch with everything. I'd just rather get the real thing! x

    Katina | www.katinalindaa.com

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  25. I'm usually disappointed by dupes. 99% of the time I stick to the original.

    Mel | www.thegossipdarling.com

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  26. In my opinion, buying lots of dupes and trying which is the best costs you the same as you would buy one great product. But not saying that all dupes are crap, some of them may be really good, but you just need to search for it. Great post! xx

    http://victressvic.blogspot.lt/
    Victoria ♥

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  27. I love this post :) I agree with you totally and I find it so cringe when companies constantly rip off other brands, it's unoriginal and nothing about it makes me want to buy them xx

    Zoe ♥ MammafulZo

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  28. I find that dupes can be good but usually they are not as good as the original product.Lipstick dupes i find they can be quite good sometimes the formula just lasts less.

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  29. I definitely agree that accidental dupes are those that excite me! Outright copying a product I definitely do not agree with.

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  30. What is it they say, buy cheap, buy twice. For me I enjoy looking for/buying dupes but from the perspective of trying something new. For example I often look up dupes from the American drugstores when off on holiday so that I can buy and try a new product and then perhaps compare to it's original.

    Rarely would I buy a dupe rather than the item I might actually want as I think it's hard to compare them/know which you like without owning both.

    Victoria
    FlorenceandMary.com

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  31. I definitely agree with you and have realised this recently. I have been on a long spending ban, in total it will be 8 months when I am done with it and what stoping buying lots of new makeup has done is allowed me to use all the makeup I already own. I was very keen to pick up lots of cheaper dupes from newer brands but honestly they just don't deliver as well as highend and as much as I think its awesome that people on a budget can still own a large range of makeup I can't help but feel that it is much more worth it to save up and then purchase an item which performs well, lasts longer and looks better! Especially since all makeup has an expiration date, so I've definitely realised that I'd rather have 5 highend items which work really well, than 12 cheaper items which are 'eh'. Of course SOME things are brilliant from the highstreet, but in general I have become a high end girl and I think I'm okay with that!

    Iqra | The Blushing Giraffe

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