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I actually have done exactly that. I bought Loreal Infallible Eyeshadow in bronzed taupe and just loved everything about it but I could do with a little more complexity in my color. So I’ve been looking for something with the same consistency and color but with more variety in the pot, like if they made those Armani ETK in that exact same bronzy taupe color it would be so perfect.

YES!!! I want to find CG Tapestry Taupe, with more complexity. Haven’t found it yet. I also want more complexity with my color. It is my HG eyeshadow. Like a ‘your lipcolor but better’, its my ‘your eyelid shadow, but removes unsightly shadows and better’!

I haven’t tried MAC’s satin taupe, but I do have Le Metier de Beaute’s Corinthian. Corinthian is beautiful and complex but just so much coolor toned, and the powder formula of Corinthian doesn’t have as good payoff as the infallible shadow. Don’t get me wrong I love Corinthian, but it’s not a twin so much as a cousin to bronzed taupe. Thanks for the tip about Satin Taupe though.

I know exactly what you mean. Some eyeshadow colors just have this magical quality and look 10 times better on you than any other color.

I’ve picked up drugstore products which looked kinda cool, then thought “Nope, don’t buy it, go find something better quality!”

I’ve been slowly “upgrading” my stash, so several DS products have been replaced with HE items, starting with shades I use most often. I sometimes purchase less expensive items in shades I want to try, but don’t want to make as big a financial commitment if they don’t work.

My current HG blush is L’Oreal Mauvelous, but I intend to replace it with NARS Sin in the near future. It’s not so much that I like Sin more, but for storage purposes, it’ll fit better with the face products I use regularly.

Umm… I use Boots No 7 Illuminating Lotion from Target, I think $12.99. Instead of Benefit’s High Beam. Or is it suppose to be the other way around? But I love that highlighter. If I have a bad and sleepless night and look like h3LL in the morning, I mix a drop with my liquid foundation. I don’t look half dead. Awesome product.

I have wondered if there’s a high-end version of the L’Oreal Caresse lipsticks, because I really like the formula but think it could stand a bit of improvement. But I haven’t found one that I know of.

Yes! I am currently searching for a high end dupe of Revlon’s Peach Parfait lip butter WITHOUT THE GRITTY TEXTURE. I mean, I’d take a drugstore dupe too… I just want the color without all that glitter.

I got Tarte gel liner after reading somewhere that it’s just like Physicians Formula’s but better (being that it’s costs about 3-4 times more…) sadly, I was disappointed because it was nothing alike and I still like PF better.

I hadn’t used gel liner in quite some time, pulled out some of my PF gel liner and…fell in love with it again. Great stuff, less than high-end.

I have a lipstick which I love the colour of but the formulation is pretty rubbish, so I keep meaning to take it into Mac with me next time I go and try and find a dupe in there!

I’ve done it a few times. Most recently, I brought a Nyx blush to the department store and Sephora trying to find the same colour but in better quality. I settled on a Laura Mercier dupe.

Most memorably, I had a Cover Girl eye shadow quad that I loved the lightest shade in. I used it up, couldn’t dupe it, bought the whole quad again, used up the shade again, still couldn’t find anything like it in any price range. Of course the quad was discontinued by the time I used up 2 pans. It’s an elusive colour the exact undertone of my skin but a shade lighter and with a slight sheen. The basic shades like that are the hardest to find!

Yes, an old discontinued Max Factor eye-shadow. tried to ages to find a Mac equivalent and finally found a reasonable dupe in Chanel Fauve

I’m still on the lookout for a dupe of my favorite Max Factor product (a creamy pure white stick concealer). I’ve tried many but most are not white enough or they are not creamy enough. And the silly thing is that I knew Max Factor was being discontinued in the US and I didn’t stock up on their products.

I checked quickly to see if it was available in the UK but I can’t see it on the website. Have a quick look and let me know if they are still making it. We can see if we can get it over to you.

Thanks, I will check it out. I’m also probably going to try MAC’s white foundation since the PRO products are going to be sold in all their North American stores now.

Not really but maybe I should for some products ? I often go high end except for nail polishes ( I have budget ones and high end ones but I never look for high end dupes in fact )

I have tried this and been successful, just can’t think of any examples in particular. I use to purchase a lot of high-end lipsticks, but Rimmel has so many wonderful shades and great prices, that’s all I have been purchasing lately.

Yes! I’ve been on the lookout for a HE dupe of Revlon’s blush in Blushed – I absolutely love that shade for a neutral cheek/contour, but it doesn’t last as long as I’d like. It’s a very light, sheer nude shade, but doesn’t have any plummy or pinky tones, unlike for example Tarte Exposed or NARS Douceur. I’m wondering if the aforementioned Burberry Earthy might be close.

No, it seems to have slipped my mind, but it might be exactly what I’m looking for (I just looked it up online and the swatches look promising)! Thanks for your suggestion, Xamyx! 🙂

I have never done it–yet. One of my favorite eyeshadows of all time is the warm brown in Wet N Wild’s Vanity palette. Since they no longer make that palette, I’m afraid I’ll be going high-end to replace it. From all of my research, I think MAC Soba should be a good dupe.

Thank goodness I bought two when I saw them at the supermarket. That is my favorite palette of all time! All matte, all great! You’re right about the color, I originally bought the palette because that color looked like the oat color in Bobbie Brown’s warm palette from last year. They never made it a regular color, and all her light browns are very cool. The third darkest color is Clinique’s Teddy Bear quad is close, but Clinique’s eyeshadows tend to go on so lightly, even on very fair skin. I’ll be looking at the MAC counter with you!

My favourite lipsticks when I was in my 20’s were inevitably Revlon. Cherries in the Snow and Fire and Ice are two I immediately recollect. As I got older with more disposable income it occurred to me it would be nice to find dupes in higher end formulas.

Cherries in the snow is my ALL time favorite lipstick! Like you said I could probably find a high end dupe of it, but for some reason having the Revlon tube with cherries in the snow on it has been super important to me. My great grandmother,my grandmother, my mother,and I have all worn it!

They brought all those colors back- and I agree about the cases Granny and Nana had for those lipsticks! I can remember when Revlon was still in department stores, it contended with Lauder and Arden as THE brand. I use Color Stay Foundation because it’s the right color, but I need to mix it with pricey Luminizer to thin it down. But they still make some great makeup, just not so much eye shadow.

Nope. I’m not such a makeup snob that if I find a drugstore product that works well (skin care or body care), I feel the need to spend more for the same sort of performance just to have the Chanel interlocking “C’s” or the MAC label on it. If it was a product that was discontinued, sure I’d look for it in higher end lines, but otherwise, I’m just happy to be saving the dosh.

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I know the reader who asked the question was referring to a drugstore product that you liked but didn’t love – maybe a great color but a really bad flavor 🙂 It wasn’t “OMG, this is a great product, but I want it to be high-end.”

Okay, that didn’t really come across in the wording of the question. Absolutely, if I found something I liked but I had a bad reaction to it or couldn’t abide the smell, etc., I’d look for a dupe but high end is no guarantee of a great smelling or scent free product – look at lippies by Guerlain and Clarins – very scented so for anyone with scent sensitivities, even those higher end products would be duds.

Hi, this isn’t what I meant, but was the same response that I got on a make up forum. I don’t look for the high end dupes (or mid range dupes like MAC) because I am a Make up snob, I do it because some drug store products have issues with them, like scent or flavor. I have a hard time wearing lip products that have a strong scent scent, especially if the scent lasts for a long time. I also have a sensitivity to foundation that has a medicine smell (like the ones for acne prone skin). Often products with strong scents cause me to break out in a rash or hives. And of course any HG product from the drugstore is promptly discontinued a short time after I discover it!

I have for the longest time! I have been looking for a high end dupe of Wet N Wild’s bare it all (902c). So if anyone knows of anything close let me know. This has been my favorite lipstick for so long and it is sometimes hard to find.

hmmm I think Mac’s Viva Glam Gaga 2 looks pretty similar, that and the Nyx lip cream in London. Those are the only two I can think off. Good luck!

I used to use Revlon’s Colorstay in clear as a base for all of my lipsticks – they wouldn’t budge when I used that, and at the time it was $8. Then they discontinued it, so I’m stuck buying Paula Dorf’s perfect Illusion for $22 when it does the EXACT. SAME. THING. I won’t wear lipstick without it though.

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