Beauty Blog: My First Dupe!

I blame Daisy Brown. I had never heard of beauty b/vlogging. I thought I was the only one. I didn’t know there were other people in the world who cared about the differences between “cream,” “champagne” and “pearl dust” eyeshadow. Turns out, we’re everywhere. There’s even a company called “Makeup Geek.” Ah, civilization.

I dove in and discovered within this subculture a wonderful conversation about consumerism, budgeting and the management of perishable and/or collectible goods. (All of this takes place immediately adjacent the discussion of new releases, of course.) And, before those of you who are not part of the great cosmetics cult get all superiorish, don’t assume these management techniques might not also apply to your collection of 1947 Indian Scout motorcycle parts (carefully sorted into vintage and re-engineered.) Sure, they’re cool, but do you really need three more swingwing pegs? And, don’t even get me started on the Beanie Babies.

wet n wild zodiac eyeshadow.PNGOne technique in the management of one’s makeup habit is called “duping,” also known as “Shopping Your Stash.” This is a way to talk yourself out of buying something new by duplicating it with stuff you already own. News on the street is that Wet N Wild (a company which has risen from the depths of tacky cheap to become a manufacturer of some pretty darn good products rivaling those of many higher end producers) will be releasing a “Zodiac” collection in a couple of days. This collection includes four eyeshadow palettes themed on the classic elements “Earth,” “Air,” “Fire” and “Water.” Yes, I want them, but I do not need them, even at $2.99 $4.99 each. What to do..?

I decided a couple weeks ago to indulge my wish for more colors to play with by buying a $5.00 “Haute” palette from L.A. Colors (a brand still stuck at the cheap level, but not tacky if you use it right.) Their eyeshadows are OK, but you have to use a sponge applicator or a packing brush with them; if you use a blending brush, you wind up with shimmer fallout all over the place. With a little practice (and primer), they work. Since, in this palette, I already have a bunch of spiffy colors with a similar level of shimmer, I decided to try my first “dupe” of the new Wet N Wild releases. Here are the results:

Assume the LA Colors “Haute” palette shades are numbered from left to right, top to bottom. The swatches picture is pretty crummy, but you get the idea. These are not exact dupes, but close enough to keep me from clicking “Place Order.” Note: I added a seventh color to the “Fire” dupe to get the overall feel of the Wet N Wild version.

Earth: Plum 15, Black 16, Yellow 7, Melon 6, Leaf 12, Gold 3.
Air: Pink 6, Brown 15, Cream 1, Grey 16, Purple 13, Gold 3.
Water: Stone 2, Brown 15, White 1, Grey 16, Royal Blue 11, Aqua 10.
Fire: Cream 1, Sand 2, Salmon 5&6, Pink 4, Berry 14, Russet 15.

lacolorsdupe_cropped.jpgYes, actually, it was fun, and I saved $12.00 $20.00. And, all this mucking about with color is a nice warm-up to painting again. I’m still settling the house, but once that’s done (maybe another month?!) I want to take on an item on my Bucket List — designing my own fabrics. (I could even have them produced!) I’ve long been a fan of Paul & Joe and Vera Bradley; trying my hand at designing my own fabrics would be another great way to avoid buying stuff I want, but don’t need. It’s about the colors, not the ownership.

One comment

  1. A P.S. 7/24/18 This approach has been very helpful in figuring out what to do with all the colors in the Haute palette. I use limited “color harmonies” in my painting, too, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.


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