I Shouldn’t Be Allowed To Buy Lipsticks
What started out as a review on Candy Doll lipsticks I bought recently turned into an exercise of soul-searching. Well, as much as one can about beauty products. I realized that I have a whole lot of dupes in my lipstick collection — no wonder I feel like I’m always reaching for the same thing(s)!
I think I forget what I have when I shop and it’s obvious that I’m drawn to certain types of shades so I keep buying them. Does that ever happen to you?
Check out the similarity between Candy Doll Ramune Pink 1E (left) and Rimmel Marshmellow Lipstick 003 (right). They look almost identical!
When swatched, the Rimmel (right) is a touch lighter and is more nude than the Candy Doll one (left) which looks more baby pink.
Revlon’s Matte Lipstick 12 (right) is also a dupe for Candy Doll’s Apricot Beige (left).
When swatched, Revlon (right) is a bit darker than the Candy Doll one (left).
What do I think of Candy Doll lipsticks? Well, for 1260JPY I felt like I couldn’t ask for a lot. I definitely prefer the Apricot Beige to the Ramune Pink because the warm undertones do suit my skin tone better. I pair it with Visee’s Smacky Glam Limited Edition Bitter Lipgloss, which is a warm nude, and it looks fabulous with a smokey eye. For the Ramune Pink, I look a bit dead and need to use a cherry red lipgloss to brighten it up.
They are both too light for my natural lip colour and I have to be careful with the lip line so that my lip colour doesn’t show up at all, but that is what I face with any nude matte lipstick. So I prefer using a lip brush because it prevents that over-applied chalky look that matte nude lippies can give.
The texture is quite creamy and I would say it’s definitely a cheap alternative to more expensive matte lipsticks. Edit: I forgot to mention that I still prefer the Revlon matte lipsticks in terms of texture which are creamier than the Candy Doll ones.
So back to my horrible double lipstick shade buying habit…
Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Lip Color 28 Rose Brown (left) is a deadringer for MAC’s Amplified Cosmo (right).
The Bobbi Brown one (right) is a just a tad darker but they both look the same on my lips. Would you believe I bought these two lipsticks on the same trip? I felt like an idiot. I bought the MAC one on the way to SF and the Bobbi Brown one on the way back from SF. But I do love this mauvy shade and I wore these two lipsticks day in and day out, as you can see from the pictures, they are very well worn out.
Here I have Clarin’s 02 Rouge Hydra Nude (left; gifted) and MAC’s Sheen Supreme Gotta Dash! (right) .
They are very similar in shade but quite different texture-wise. The Clarins one is much sheerer (right) and moisturizing and I had to swatch the lipstick about four times to get the colour to come out in the photo.
Time to stop buying the same shades – argh!!
Do you have any lovely pink lipsticks to recommend? I’m on the market for a wearable pink-brown lipstick from a designer brand. Or just let me know what is your most reached for lipstick!
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