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Thanks yankovaiva88 for this great post. We'll share the same on social media.
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The Great Perfume Smell-alike Test 2018 (where Primark beat Jo Malone) Forget Strictly, this is the pre-Christmas contest that matters - and it may help stop you paying through the nose Many turn to fragrances to treat loved ones, and as perfumes are a classic late Christmas gift, we've a host of MoneySaving tips that are not to be sniffed at. Full help in our 19 Cheap Perfume Tricks, here's just a taste whiff... The top 'smell-alike' perfumes - at a fraction of the cost. Shops such as M&S, Next and Primark sell own-brand perfumes that mimic designer brands. We wanted to see if cut-price versions really do smell similar, or just cause a stink. So for a bit of fun, we recruited 20 of the finest noses from our team to run a non-scientific, blind experiment. We asked them to sample 12 brand-name perfumes, matched against their cheap alternative. In nine cases, the majority of our fragrant panel couldn't tell the difference, or actually preferred the cheap smell-alike. See the full results of MSE's Great Perfume Smell-alike Test 2018, but here are the top five based on the percentage of our testers who preferred the cheaper one or couldn't tell any difference: - Primark 'Pomegranate & Black Tea', 100ml, £8 (vs Jo Malone 'Pomegranate Noir', 100ml, £94). Score: 80% - M&S 'New York', 100ml, £18 (vs Chanel 'Allure', 100ml, £110). Score: 75% - Zara 'Black Amber', 100ml, £10 (vs Dolce & Gabbana 'The One', 100ml, £78.95). Score: 65% - M&S 'Azure Breeze', 100ml, £16 (vs Dolce & Gabbana 'Light Blue', 100ml, £59.45). Score: 65% - Next 'Just Pink', 100ml, £14 (vs Ralph Lauren 'Romance', 100ml, £42.75). Score: 60%
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Beauty Downshift Challenge – Is it worth ditching brands for cheaper ‘dupes’? Eg, £20 Benefit bronzer vs £6 Aldi look-alike Rhiannon Moorhouse 31 August 2018 | Updated 28 December 2018 Facebook Twitter Print Mailme At MSE, we’ve challenged you to ‘downshift’ your grocery shop for years (check our Downshifting Guide), but you can also save money on make-up and beauty products by downshifting from brands to much cheaper ‘dupes’ – a look-alike product, where often even the packaging is similar to the more expensive brand. I’ve looked into just how cheap these cheaper versions are, though I must stress this is purely a price comparison and I’ve not tried them all myself, though as you’ll see below many beauty bloggers and MSE users like them. Nevertheless, as they’re cheap, you could always try them and if you like them, great. If not, you’ve not lost much. What are the key things I need to know about dupes? Many are widely praised by beauty bloggers and MSE Forumites for being just as good, if not better than, their pricier counterparts. Of course, we’re not skincare experts and we haven’t tested all the products ourselves – but since publishing this blog, we've had many positive comments about dupes from MSE users including these... Aldi's hot cloth cleanser is virtually identical to Liz Earle's! It smells the same, the consistency is the same. I would recommend anyone to try it out. A great product with great results! – Sarah F. Snap! I’ve been using Liz Earle’s hot cloth cleanser & really can’t see a difference! Lacura’s moisturisers are just as good as Clarins also... I can buy the whole range I need from Aldi & still have money left over! – Justine W. Whilst duplicates might have very similar ingredients and properties they most likely won't be exactly the same – always read the packaging and check ingredients if you have any allergies or skin concerns. The exact formulation of most beauty products (especially perfumes) are a closely-guarded secret. All these products are sold by reputable retailers – like Boots – so they're quality checked and aren't the same as something you might buy at a car boot sale. The British Skin Foundation told us all cosmetic products are subject to the same stringent tests and just because a product is cheaper, doesn’t mean it’s less effective or unsafe for the skin. I've picked out some of the most highly-rated beauty dupes I’ve heard about this year at Aldi, Boots and Superdrug, along with how much you can save if you take the Beauty Downshift Challenge. While you can usually find dupes at other retailers throughout the year, these are the biggies. Only make a switch if you’re happy to try something cheaper to see if you can achieve the same results. Check our Cheap beauty & make-up deals page for more offers. Here's a comparison of what’s available in stores now, subject to stock, and how much extra you’d pay for the similar big-name near-equivalent. We've noted below where products have been confirmed as cruelty-free or vegan – it doesn't mean the rest aren't, we just haven't had confirmation. Aldi dupes - incl £6 'Aloha' bronzer vs similar £20 Benefit 'Hoola' bronzer, 71% saving Aldi has a host of beauty dupes on its shelves – look out for its own-brand ‘Lacura’ on everything from blusher and bronzer to a ‘Liz Earle-alike’ hot cloth cleanser – though stock may vary from store to store. Aldi product Similar branded product Lacura blush, 4.5g (cruelty-free) - £4.49 Nars blush, 4.6g - £21.60 at John Lewis Lacura 'Too Legit' mascara, 14g (cruelty-free) - £5.99 (sold out online) Benefit 'They're Real' mascara, 8.5g - £17.50 at Lookfantastic Lacura 'Aloha' bronzer, 8g (cruelty-free) - £5.99 (sold out online) Benefit 'Hoola' bronzer, 8g - £20.40 at Lookfantastic Lacura 'Illusion Touch' 2in1 concealer & foundation, 2g/30ml - £7.99 Lancôme Teint Visionnaire Foundation, 30ml - £40 at Feel Unique Lacura 'Snapshot Ready' primer, 30ml (cruelty-free) - £7.99 (sold out online) Smashbox photofinish primer, 30ml - £26 at Smashbox (vegan & cruelty-free) Lacura exfoliating mud mask, 50ml - £5.99 Glamglow super mud mask, 50g - £42 at Lookfantastic Lacura daily cleansing wipes, 60 - £2.49 (not available online, check in store) NIP + FAB's £13.59 Glycolic daily cleansing pads, 60 - £13.59 at Boots Lacura hot cloth cleanser, 200ml - £3.99 (not available online, check in store) Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish hot cloth cleanser, 100ml - £15 at Boots Aldi 'Aloha' bronzer vs Benefit 'Hoola' bronzer As you can see, Aldi's duplication of big brands even goes so far as to mimic the appearance of the packaging. Reviews on Aldi's page are mostly positive, though it seems the Nars blush dupe is the least convincing, according to reviewers. From the feedback we've seen, if you're a Benefit or Liz Earle fan, it might be worth checking out Aldi's alternatives as you could save up to 71% by downshifting to Lacura. Sadly, Aldi’s £5.99 ‘Naturals’ eyeshadow palette – a look-alike of Urban Decay’s ‘Naked’ palette (norm £40ish) recently sold out online (though some may still be available in store), which perhaps shows how many people out there have caught the bug for downshifting. Aldi also has a £5.99 line of 100ml perfumes that look and smell suspiciously like Jo Malone fragrances – which are also usually much pricier, at £90 for 100ml. See our Cheap perfume guide for more smell-alikes. Unfortunately, a lot of Aldi’s beauty dupes aren’t available year-round as they’re labelled ‘Special Buys’, so you may need to keep your eyes peeled each time you shop there. Boots dupes - incl £7 CYO shimmer oil vs similar £46 Fenty 'luminizer', 85% saving If you don’t want to wait for Aldi’s offers to come back in stock or are looking for something different, it’s worth checking out your local Boots stores as we’ve heard there are quite a few dupes available. Product at Boots Similar branded product Botanics All Bright Radiance Balm, 50ml*, £7.99 MAC Strobe Cream, 50ml - £25 at MAC CYO Gift of Gold Bronzing shimmer oil, 30ml*, £7 Fenty Beauty Lava Luminizer, 90ml - £46 at Harvey Nichols Sleek MakeUP Copperplate highlighting palette, 9g*, £9.99 Huda Beauty 3D Highlighting Palette, 30g - £40 at Selfridges Sleek MakeUP Matte Me liquid lip*, £4.99 Kylie Jenner liquid lipstick, 3.25g - $17 at Kylie Cosmetics (about £13 before delivery) CYO Shimmer Switch bronzing & highlighting palette in 'In the Clouds', 7.2g*, £2.50 (out of stock online, check stores) Bobbi Brown shimmer brick, 10.3g - £30.17 at John Lewis Boots CYO 'Shimmer Switch' vs Bobbi Brown 'Shimmer Brick' Superdrug dupes - incl £4 MUA pressed powder vs similar £28 Nars pressed powder, 86% saving I’ve taken a look at feedback online, and tried a few of these products myself, and these are some of the best dupes I’ve come across at Superdrug. It’s own products often match or exceed the cruelty-free and/or vegan status of the expensive brands they appear to be emulating. Product at Superdrug Similar branded product ELF Mineral face primer, 14ml* - £7.50 at Superdrug, or 30ml for £12.50 at ELF (vegan & cruelty-free) Smashbox photofinish primer, 30ml - £26 at Smashbox (vegan & cruelty-free) B Pro makeup setting spray, 50ml* - £6.99 at Superdrug (vegan & cruelty-free) MAC Prep and prime fix, 100ml - £19 at MAC B Blending sponge, each* - £3.32 at Superdrug (vegan & cruelty-free) Beauty Blender, each - £17 at Space NK MUA Professional pressed setting powder, 9g*, £4 (cruelty-free) Nars Cosmetics pressed powder in 'Transparent', 7g - £28 at Feel Unique Revolution Conceal & Define concealer, 3.4ml*, £4 (vegan & cruelty-free) Tarte Shape Tape, 10ml - £22 at Tarte (vegan & cruelty-free) Nip+Fab highlight palette in 'Stroboscopic', 20g* - £10 (vegan) Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in 'Sun Dipped', 29.6g - £41 at Anastasia Beverly Hills (vegan & cruelty-free) Most similar to discontinued 'Ultimate Glow' Superdrug 'B' blending sponge vs Beauty Blender Superdrug's own beauty dupes can often be subbed for other vegan and cruelty-free products, like the Smashbox photo finish primer and ELF mineral face primer. All Superdrug B's products are vegan and cruelty-free, and all Superdrug-branded items are labelled as being suitable for vegans or vegetarians. Some dupes are hard to compare if they're vegan and/or cruelty free and the alternative isn't, but there are a lot, like Superdrug, that now label what is and isn't suitable. Do I get the same amount? Looking at the sizes of products, in most cases the beauty dupe is a smaller size than the big brand – but even if you were to buy multiples to get the same amount, you would almost always spend significantly less. .
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