Do you try to recreate or dupe something of interest before purchasing?

Given the nature of what I do here on Temptalia, not so much, but I think if I was a “normal” consumer that I would definitely be inspired by color stories and concepts but be willing to explore them with products I owned first!

— Christine


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kjh Avatar

Unfortunately, procrastination and other bad habits killed my tracking of dupes for palettes or recent issues. Then I would pull the shades, often singles, as I depot a lot, and put them in the Ofra ‘easel’ palette. I would recreate the palette’s shades, so could approximate a look from that palette, but never sought to recreate any specific looks. This was a spin off of using the dupe list to rule out purchases. If I could dupe a product sufficiently, then there was no need to buy it, and I still could do similar looks to that palette.

Deborah S. Avatar

I rely heavily on the dupe list and check it for every product. I have also been known to purchase every single product in order to reproduce a well loved look. I have done that several times for looks that Christine has posted here on the blog and at least a couple of times for Karima McKimmie and Alana Davison on YT. I am always stunned by how many different shadows Christine can get on her eyelids and feel like in real life she must have two inch square eye lids!

Lesley Avatar

I try to create the look using what I have that seems closest. I am slowly learning that even when shades are not dupes according to The Dupe List, the finished look is close enough once the shadows are on my eyes. I expect it’s a combination of small eyelids and wearing glasses. I am not sure what this means for future purchases.

Eileen Avatar

I’m not interested in a dupe list as a way of saving money. I do, however, look at what I’ve already got in my stash when I’m drawn to a look that is a departure from what I’m currently wearing and I want to see how it works for me before committing to a new purchase. I’ll play around a bit and see if I like the concept while knowing the actual new product will look somewhat different from what I’ve cobbled together. If I don’t like it, money saved. If I do like it, then I’ll go ahead and purchase the actual pallet.

Fatma Alici Avatar

I use the dupe list to more double check myself out of purchasing. I try to keep my purchasing under control by being super aware of what I have and what I use.

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