High End Vs High Street Cosmetics – Can you tell the difference?

Today I’m going to be comparing two eyeshadow palettes – one from a drugstore brand, and one high end brand.

Reading blogger entries regarding makeup hauls, reviews, and tutorials, one thing I’ve noticed is that drugstore cosmetics seem to be making a comeback. Most high street brands you see in Boots & Superdrug, for example, are leaps and bounds ahead of where they were when I was in my teens. I remember having this awful ice-blue cream eyeshadow from Collection 2000, and I loved it for some reason, even when a teacher at school asked me what I’d done to my eyes, thinking I’d hurt myself. When I was a teenager, everyone, including myself, seemed to be going through this awkward stage with both fashion and beauty. Nowadays, it’s very much the opposite. Most 15 year olds now own the latest iPhone, MAC lipsticks, a Kylie Jenner lip kit and a contour palette. I feel like screaming at them to pay their dues, damnit!

I was in my late teens when I made the switch to high end cosmetics. I’d had trouble particularly with foundation, and after trying pretty much everything out there still not being able to find one that would actually stay put. The first high end foundation I bought was by Dior. It ended up breaking me out in spots, so I quickly switched to another brand (I can’t remember which). Since then, I have firmly stayed with high end, having tried foundations by MAC, Clinique, Elizabeth Arden, Clarins, Estee Lauder, and probably more. I used Estee Lauder’s double wear for a while, still not being completely satisfied with how long it lasted, but it was the best one I had tried so far so I stuck with it. I dread to think how much I spent on foundation at £30 a time for one bottle. After speaking to a friend of mine about foundations, and doing a bit of research about which foundations are best for each skin type (it makes such a difference!), I decided to make the move back to high street and try Revlon Colorstay, as they have a version for Oily/Combination skin. I’ve been using it for around 6 months now, and I have to say, I love it. It only costs £12.99, and it out-performs every other foundation I’ve tried, bar none.

After this discovery, I’ve slowly been purchasing more of my makeup from the high street. I was in Torquay last weekend with a friend, and she told me she’d been using the eyeshadow palettes from Makeup Revolution. For the past couple of years I’ve been religiously using Urban Decay’s Naked Palettes (1, 2, and 3), but at just £6 I couldn’t resist buying the Redemption Palette Iconic 3. My original intention was to review the MR palette on it’s own, and I was halfway through doing swatches and I thought, hold on a second, this is very similar to the Naked 3 palette, so I decided to compare the two against each other.



I’m not going to tell you which row is which – I want to hear which you think is Urban Decay, and which is Makeup Revolution!




As you can see, the colours are pretty much exactly the same. I’m not sure whether the photographs show it that well as it’s quite difficult to capture, but I can see a slight difference between the two, but for the sake of saving £32 I’m willing to make sacrifices. When it comes to application, the Naked Palette went on slightly easier, but once you layer up the MR shades there isn’t much of a difference. And, unless someone is very close to your eyelids they probably won’t notice. I’ve been wearing the MR palette for the past few days, without primer, and it has stayed on all day, as does the Naked Palette. As far as dupes go, this one is incredible.





Now, I can’t say that I won’t ever buy another Naked Palette, however, I will be saving them for special occasions from now on, and using my MR palette for everyday use. Makeup Revolution do have other eyeshadow palettes available, so I’m eager to see how the colours compare to the other Naked Palettes.


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