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Super-quick Update! The cheaper MAC Omega dupe!

I was browsing through The Body Shop just a couple of hours ago and saw the new display rack with the range of Colour Crush shadows which replaced the old line (I will miss those gorgeous creamy metallics; they had a molten silver to die for…)

The Colour Crush line is slightly larger than the old range (they are now 1.5g, same as a MAC pan) and meant to be usable both wet or dry. But I have to say the shimmer shades in the new line aren’t anything to write home about. The colors are pretty, but there’s very little pigmentation when used dry. The mattes however, are F-A-B.

They are very silky-smooth and incredibly pigmented, so you won’t have to use a lot to get color. I was in the market for some matte neutrals so I immediately pounced on the above 3 once I swatched them, especially since we were just talking about a MAC Omega dupe earlier today.

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Green Brown Duochromes

Discovered 2 duochrome shades recently that are quite similar to MAC Green Brown pigment, which so many of you were asking about but can’t find easily. 

Dark Goldenrod: Soft orange-brown base with golden-green sheen

Cherry Moss: Mauve-brown base with a pale silver-lime sheen

Neither of these are full dupes of MAC Green Brown, but they’ll be way closer than shades like Urban Decay Louge, MAC Club, or any of the other blue-brown duochromes on the market.

Dark Goldenrod has a similar base tone but is more golden. Cherry Moss has a cooler base tone but the sheen and is not as shiny as Green Brown, but the green highlight is a better match in tone.

The best thing? They cost $1.99 each.

"Hi, I would like to purchase some coppery / bronzy / reddish shadows. I'm on a budget and can't decide between Coastal Scents Fall Festival Palette (for the Raisin Berry, Bright Copper and American Rose) and NYX trio copper/rust/bronze + red bean pie single shadow. What do you recommend ? I would like something in the spirit of MAC's Coppering, Cranberry and Antiqued. Thanks (your blog is great <3 )"

Asked by Anonymous

Hmm that’s a tough call because both are great options in terms of cost and quality!

If you want bang for the buck, the Coastal Scents Fall Festival one would be the one to go with because you get 12 shadows, including shades like navy, browns, olive, beige, etc.

In terms of texture, I’ve also found the Coastal Scents Metallic/Shimmer hot pots to be generally very good in terms of not having as much fall-out as the NYX shadows, which can be a bit softer and more powdery. 

But if you’re really not going to be wearing the other colors, and just want shades as close to the 3 MAC shades you listed as possible, the NYX one is a better option because none of the shades in the Fall Festival palette are really dupes (though I LOVE ME15; it’s gorgeous). 

Dupe list:

  • MAC Cranberry: NYX Rust is spot-on
  • MAC Coppering: NYX Copper is a pretty good match
  • MAC Antiqued: NYX Walnut (single) is a better match than Red Bean Pie, which is a lot more plum-toned and more like a darker Star Violet.

Drugstore Dupes for MAC Eyeshadows (By easydiy)

MAC is one of the most loved and most used brands of makeup in the world, and as I’m making tutorials, even when I don’t use their shades, I sometimes feel a need to reference them (e.g. “if you don’t have this color, you can try something like MAC Antiqued” because I know most people around the world are able to access a MAC counter to take a look at the exact colors I’m talking about).

At the same time, I know sometimes it can get frustrating when everybody does tutorials and goes “MAC” this…  ”MAC” that…

If you love MAC colors but would rather not buy them, there are a lot of dupe videos around telling you where to get cheap drugstore alternatives - or drop the lemming you have for a particular color which you might already own a dupe for. Most of the videos are aimed at the an American audience with access to brands like Cover Girl and Wet n Wild and not other brands you have access to necessarily, so if you’re located in other parts of the world, keep that in mind when you watch and just note to yourself to explore your local brands and drugstores more!

Other than this, enjoy this vid!


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I Nuovi Propalettes with D27 eyeshadows (Haul and Swatches)
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I Nuovi has long been one of my favorite brands for eye products. Their range ofD27 eyeshadows are high-quality, pigmented, are usable wet, and come in a wide variety of textures and shades. Here in Singapore, they are also more affordable than MAC shadows but definitely on par (and even better sometimes) in terms of quality.At a recent members&#8217; mega-sale, I couldn&#8217;t resist stopping by for a fantastic deal; 12 shadows and their magnetic mock-leather Propalette for SGD88. These shadows retail for US$18 a piece usually, and the 24-pan palette US$26, so that was a steep 60% discount on the 13 items. So since my I Nuovi collection has grown considerably, I figured it would help to do some swatches as there isn&#8217;t a whole lot of information online about the brand and its products, and the web site is horribly inadequate for showing the actual shades and textures of their products.&#8212;-Highlights
Highlight Swatches (L-to-R): Crystalline, Nylon, Flash and Star 
I Nuovi Crystalline is made up of white sparks rather than flat white pigment, like a MAC Lustre shadow. This gives it a translucent quality, similar to MAC Reflects Pearl. 
I Nuovi Nylon is pretty similar to MAC&#8217;s Nylon and Vanilla pigment in that it&#8217;s a pale ivory-gold.
Flash is a translucent white with pink sheen, and a total dupe for MAC&#8217;s Nano Gold or Pink Opal pigment.
Star is a new purchase, and also a duochrome white like Flash, except that it glows a beautiful indigo-blue.
&#8212;-Blues and LavendersSwatches (L-to-R): I Nuovi Boy, Hype, Disco, River, Electric, and Yam
 
Boy is a matte baby blue that I love because it has grey undertones rather than green, as most matte pastel blues do. Very pretty shade. It&#8217;s also smooth to apply, as are all I Nuovi mattes I&#8217;ve tried.
Hype is a deep blue similar to but just a touch deeper than MAC Freshwater. The sheen is beautiful, and you can easily do a blue smoky eye with this.
Disco is a new purchase that I&#8217;m loving because it&#8217;s a matte sky blue infused with silvery sparks. Unlike a lot of such shadows, the sparks are visible and do stay around after application.
River is a smoky cobalt with a low sheen. Very unique as blues go, as most brands are not able to get this shade to a good texture, due to the nature of the chromium pigments.
Electric is a perfect violet; cobalt with a purple sheen. 
Yam, I actually got to spike up my pink blushes when I want an uber cool-toned pink blush. But like Boy, it&#8217;s a very smooth and pigmented matte lavender shadow.
Teals and Skin-tones Swatches (L-to-R): I Nuovi Emerald, Neon, Chrome, Cosmo, Dewdrop and Cashmere
Emerald is not emerald green. It&#8217;s actually a deep metallic aquamarine that leans towards blue.
Neon is a bright, medium-toned blue-green for days when you&#8217;re feeling colorful.
Chrome looks silver in the flash, but it&#8217;s actually a gorgeous duochrome with blue base and pale platinum-gold highlights. Combined its an indescribable color and I&#8217;ve yet to find a dupe for this.
Cosmo is a metallic orange-bronze that can be used to achieve a sun-kissed dewy lid effect, especially if you are tan.
Dewdrop is my favorite soft shade from I Nuovi. It&#8217;s a satiny peach with a coral duochrome sheen and gold sparkles. I can&#8217;t imagine it not being flattering on anyone. If I had to stick to just  one shade from I Nuovi, this would be it because I can&#8217;t dupe this or even combine shades to get this exact finish.
Cashmere is a soft, silvery pink that&#8217;s a great inner-corner highlight. This is Benefit High Beam in shadow form.
GreensSwatches (L-to-R):  Cat&#8217;s Eye, Jade, Fog, Algae, Suede
Cat&#8217;s Eye is a fierce matte black shot through with deep green sparks. Absolutely gorgeous. And as mentioned before, the glitter from these shadows do show up very well, and do not fall off and disappear within 5 minutes, like some MAC shadows do.
Jade is a lovely soft blue-toned mermaid green that is similar to MAC Steamy but a little deeper.
Fog is a pale mint-green pearl that&#8217;s a good highlight.
Algae is a matte apple green. Pigmented, and silky to the touch.
Suede is another interesting duo-chrome metallic, with a red-brown base and pale green highlights. The shade shifts with the light.
BrownsSwatches (L-to-R): I Nuovi Velvet, Cement, Potion, Mod, and CopperWho can do without the staple browns?
Velvet is yet another beautiful sparkly matte (similar to Disco and Cat&#8217;s Eye) that is so fun to wear. The dark russet brown with burgundy-red sparkles is smooth and pigmented.
Cement is a staple dark brown (very much like MAC Concrete) that I bought to line the eyes and as a contrast shade for colorful look where I do not want to use a matte black.
Potion is a deep dark chocolate metallic.
Mod is a medium warm-toned brown metallic 
Copper is, well, copper!
As mentioned, this brand has fantastic shadows (I haven&#8217;t even begun to talk about their Metallogy shadows!) and if you can get hold of these during a sale or via a friend, it&#8217;s definitely worth investing in. I&#8217;ve been very impressed with their mattes especially, as it&#8217;s not easy to be perfectly matte but still pigmented and silky to the touch. Unlike MAC, I haven&#8217;t found different shadow textures to perform inconsistently within the range. The mattes are as pigmented as the shimmers.The propalettes themselves are sturdy but lightweight (no flimsy plastic here), with strong magnetization. The shadow pans are inserted snugly into thick foam padding inside, which also means your eyeshadows are more protected from physical shock when you drop or knock them around as compared to MAC (not that I&#8217;m suggesting you do). Each one also fits a good number of shadows (24) so you won&#8217;t need to carry around that many of them.

I Nuovi Propalettes with D27 eyeshadows (Haul and Swatches)

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I Nuovi has long been one of my favorite brands for eye products. Their range ofD27 eyeshadows are high-quality, pigmented, are usable wet, and come in a wide variety of textures and shades. Here in Singapore, they are also more affordable than MAC shadows but definitely on par (and even better sometimes) in terms of quality.
At a recent members’ mega-sale, I couldn’t resist stopping by for a fantastic deal; 12 shadows and their magnetic mock-leather Propalette for SGD88. These shadows retail for US$18 a piece usually, and the 24-pan palette US$26, so that was a steep 60% discount on the 13 items. 
So since my I Nuovi collection has grown considerably, I figured it would help to do some swatches as there isn’t a whole lot of information online about the brand and its products, and the web site is horribly inadequate for showing the actual shades and textures of their products.—-

Highlights

Highlight Swatches (L-to-R): Crystalline, Nylon, Flash and Star

  • I Nuovi Crystalline is made up of white sparks rather than flat white pigment, like a MAC Lustre shadow. This gives it a translucent quality, similar to MAC Reflects Pearl. 
  • I Nuovi Nylon is pretty similar to MAC’s Nylon and Vanilla pigment in that it’s a pale ivory-gold.
  • Flash is a translucent white with pink sheen, and a total dupe for MAC’s Nano Gold or Pink Opal pigment.
  • Star is a new purchase, and also a duochrome white like Flash, except that it glows a beautiful indigo-blue.


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Blues and LavendersSwatches (L-to-R): I Nuovi Boy, Hype, Disco, River, Electric, and Yam

  • Boy is a matte baby blue that I love because it has grey undertones rather than green, as most matte pastel blues do. Very pretty shade. It’s also smooth to apply, as are all I Nuovi mattes I’ve tried.
  • Hype is a deep blue similar to but just a touch deeper than MAC Freshwater. The sheen is beautiful, and you can easily do a blue smoky eye with this.
  • Disco is a new purchase that I’m loving because it’s a matte sky blue infused with silvery sparks. Unlike a lot of such shadows, the sparks are visible and do stay around after application.
  • River is a smoky cobalt with a low sheen. Very unique as blues go, as most brands are not able to get this shade to a good texture, due to the nature of the chromium pigments.
  • Electric is a perfect violet; cobalt with a purple sheen. 
  • Yam, I actually got to spike up my pink blushes when I want an uber cool-toned pink blush. But like Boy, it’s a very smooth and pigmented matte lavender shadow.


Teals and Skin-tones
 Swatches (L-to-R): I Nuovi Emerald, Neon, Chrome, Cosmo, Dewdrop and Cashmere

  • Emerald is not emerald green. It’s actually a deep metallic aquamarine that leans towards blue.
  • Neon is a bright, medium-toned blue-green for days when you’re feeling colorful.
  • Chrome looks silver in the flash, but it’s actually a gorgeous duochrome with blue base and pale platinum-gold highlights. Combined its an indescribable color and I’ve yet to find a dupe for this.
  • Cosmo is a metallic orange-bronze that can be used to achieve a sun-kissed dewy lid effect, especially if you are tan.
  • Dewdrop is my favorite soft shade from I Nuovi. It’s a satiny peach with a coral duochrome sheen and gold sparkles. I can’t imagine it not being flattering on anyone. If I had to stick to just one shade from I Nuovi, this would be it because I can’t dupe this or even combine shades to get this exact finish.
  • Cashmere is a soft, silvery pink that’s a great inner-corner highlight. This is Benefit High Beam in shadow form.



GreensSwatches (L-to-R):  Cat’s Eye, Jade, Fog, Algae, Suede

  • Cat’s Eye is a fierce matte black shot through with deep green sparks. Absolutely gorgeous. And as mentioned before, the glitter from these shadows do show up very well, and do not fall off and disappear within 5 minutes, like some MAC shadows do.
  • Jade is a lovely soft blue-toned mermaid green that is similar to MAC Steamy but a little deeper.
  • Fog is a pale mint-green pearl that’s a good highlight.
  • Algae is a matte apple green. Pigmented, and silky to the touch.
  • Suede is another interesting duo-chrome metallic, with a red-brown base and pale green highlights. The shade shifts with the light.


Browns
Swatches (L-to-R): I Nuovi Velvet, Cement, Potion, Mod, and Copper

Who can do without the staple browns?

  • Velvet is yet another beautiful sparkly matte (similar to Disco and Cat’s Eye) that is so fun to wear. The dark russet brown with burgundy-red sparkles is smooth and pigmented.
  • Cement is a staple dark brown (very much like MAC Concrete) that I bought to line the eyes and as a contrast shade for colorful look where I do not want to use a matte black.
  • Potion is a deep dark chocolate metallic.
  • Mod is a medium warm-toned brown metallic 
  • Copper is, well, copper!

As mentioned, this brand has fantastic shadows (I haven’t even begun to talk about their Metallogy shadows!) and if you can get hold of these during a sale or via a friend, it’s definitely worth investing in. I’ve been very impressed with their mattes especially, as it’s not easy to be perfectly matte but still pigmented and silky to the touch. Unlike MAC, I haven’t found different shadow textures to perform inconsistently within the range. The mattes are as pigmented as the shimmers.
The propalettes themselves are sturdy but lightweight (no flimsy plastic here), with strong magnetization. The shadow pans are inserted snugly into thick foam padding inside, which also means your eyeshadows are more protected from physical shock when you drop or knock them around as compared to MAC (not that I’m suggesting you do). Each one also fits a good number of shadows (24) so you won’t need to carry around that many of them.

Meet the newest (that I know of) edition of the 120 palette.
I can only say one word.
GOORRRR-GEEEEOOUUSSSSSS!!!!

Unlike the first three editions, this is ALL metallic and filled with lots of acidic, warm tropical colors (in fact I&#8217;m tempted to call it the Tropical Sunset Edition.) I almost wish I&#8217;d known of this sooner as I might not have gotten the original 120.
All the shades are metallic/pearl so there are no tailor&#8217;s-chalk textures. They are also consistently silky and pigmented (yay!) and unlike the earlier editions, I was thrilled to see a number of duo-chromes.
There were some very impressive MAC dupes (Vex, Electra, Shimmermoss, etc) as well.

One side is an out-of-this-world bright palette filled with saturated yellows, oranges, reds, blues, violets. The other is tamer, but no less pretty, with lovely neutrals (silvers, greys, olives, browns) and warm terracotta tones. Unless you&#8217;re sure you will use a whole rainbow of colors, I&#8217;d say just go for this version or the 3rd edition (one side all neutrals), as you will get much more wear out of these.
If you love cool tones like lots of blues and greens, and use a lot of those, then one of the earlier editions would be better for you.
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Swatches in a later post!

Meet the newest (that I know of) edition of the 120 palette.

I can only say one word.

GOORRRR-GEEEEOOUUSSSSSS!!!!

Unlike the first three editions, this is ALL metallic and filled with lots of acidic, warm tropical colors (in fact I’m tempted to call it the Tropical Sunset Edition.) I almost wish I’d known of this sooner as I might not have gotten the original 120.

All the shades are metallic/pearl so there are no tailor’s-chalk textures. They are also consistently silky and pigmented (yay!) and unlike the earlier editions, I was thrilled to see a number of duo-chromes.

There were some very impressive MAC dupes (Vex, Electra, Shimmermoss, etc) as well.

One side is an out-of-this-world bright palette filled with saturated yellows, oranges, reds, blues, violets. The other is tamer, but no less pretty, with lovely neutrals (silvers, greys, olives, browns) and warm terracotta tones. Unless you’re sure you will use a whole rainbow of colors, I’d say just go for this version or the 3rd edition (one side all neutrals), as you will get much more wear out of these.

If you love cool tones like lots of blues and greens, and use a lot of those, then one of the earlier editions would be better for you.

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Swatches in a later post!

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