Have you ever intentionally bought a dupe of something you own?

I know I’ve purchased Nivea’s cream, which is often listed as a dupe for La Mer, for my mom (she doesn’t agree but says Nivea’s–German version–is a distant cousin and one of the better moisturizers she’s tried).

— Christine
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I will intentionally buy a dupe if I’m low on the expensive product and want to compare it to the cheaper dupe instead of just relying on my memory of the original product/first impressions of the dupe. I’ll also buy dupes if I loved an LE product that is no longer carried and want to find the best dupe for that limited-edition product before I completely run out of it!

Yes, I’ve bought dupes of lipstick to get the same shade in a different formula. The first example that comes to mind is when I bought NARS Stefania because it was a creamier dupe for MAC Flat Out Fabulous.

All the time. A lot of dupes are not formula dupes. Formulas are something each person has decide what works best on them.

Absolutely. I do it often. I bought Sephora’s Fall Leaves e/s because you had it listed as a dupe for ABH Marina, which was LE in the Mario palette. I plan on getting Marc Jacobs’s Brav-O e/s tomorrow in the VIB sale because it’s listed as a dupe for UD Casterly Rock. So, yeah – when a product is LE or discontinued but I love it, I will purchase a dupe.

I like finding lipstick dupes of limited edition or discontinued products, even if I’m not out of the original lipstick yet.

I also will sometimes go looking for a dupe if a single eyeshadow if I really like one color in a palette but don’t want to take the whole palette with me every time I travel.

Maybe this sounds like overkill, but I will even sometimes intentionally buy a dupe of a cheek color if I know the color works for me but I want a different formula (cream versus powder, for example).

Right? We’re all like, “Well OBVIOUSLY I would do the reasonable thing and buy the dupe if I needed to compare it to my DCed HG mauve nude lipstick before it ran out so I could compare them and decide if I had found a suitable replacement.” 😂

I agree with Nancy’s answer. I would only purchase if it out performed the original. I think in my case specifically, I am not going to finish even a tenth of my makeup collection in my remaining life span and so having two of a product that I am not going to finish anyway, doesn’t seem to be effective financial management and also, it means I can buy other things that I want and don’t have in my collection.

Sort of.

But I’m 100% sure I own more than a few unintentional dupes across various products because I have a serious weakness for rosy mauve lipsticks, shimmery golden coral blushes and soft gold and champagne eyeshadows… I’ve also purchased something knowing that it’s already listed as dupe here on Temptalia for something I already own but because I think it’s going to be different enough formula or texture wise my my personal preferences (eg, the difference between a cream lipstick and matte liquid lip) but that’s more of an “as well as” rather than “instead of” dupe purchase.

Absolutely! I developed allergies or irritation to a lot of my lipsticks so I’m always on the lookout for dupes of my favorite colors in different formulas.

Intentionally isn’t quite the word but I do sometimes knowingly purchase near dupes because I find certain types of products (super blue red and mid-tone berry lipsticks, light taupe and pinky brown eyeshadows) hard to resist even though I know they aren’t functionally different. I’m trying to do it less because one usually ends up the favorite rendering the other a waste. Better to use what I already have up then decide which I need.

Actually I do try to dupe DCed products too come to think of it. I like to search for the dupe before I’m 100% out of the original. Happens a lot with perfume. I’m currently looking for a dupe of TF Shanghai Lily and have had zero success. 🙁

You might have luck on Bois de Jasmin – a great perfume blog and community. There’s a regular “Reccomend me a Perfume” thread where you can ask for dupe reccs and get suggestions from a really well informed group of sister perfumistas. good luck!

I’m not sure whether or not this counts as buying a dupe of something I own, but all I can think of is Tom Ford’s Neiman Marcus-exclusive lipstick shade Liev. I’m planning on buying it, but I already own a dupe of it-Revlon Super Lustrous Black Cherry, which I bought a while back. Liev was the one I wanted all along, but I bought Black Cherry to make sure Liev wouldn’t be too dark for me-for the record, it doesn’t look like it will be too dark.

I bought Essence Pure Nude Highlighter, Be My Highlight 10 as a dupe for my Cle de Peau Luminizer – I love it except the cheap plastic compact it came in broke almost immediately so I had to depot it.

I got the Urban Decay Electric palette full price and when it dropped to $25 a year later I bought it again even though I will probably never hit pan on it and mostly use them as eyeliner. Totally worth it.

Yes! I’ve been looking for a dupe for Perricone MD’s Chia Serum (or oil which used to be less expensive) and the now discontinued lip plumper in a tube. Never found a good dupe for the lip product unfortunately. After many months of using Bela Doce Botanicals Blue Velvet Serum, I can say it’s a way better deal and it even works, with none of the chemical stink or gnarly ingredients that’s at the bottom of every Chia Serum bottle I ever bought. As far as color cosmetics… Yup, I’ve almost unknowingly purchased dupes galore. I’ve found so many dupes of pricey popular brands from Mehron and Ben Nye although they’ve been around for a longer time.

Christine,

I’m not sure if this is even a dupe for your mom. Has she ever tried Spa Ritual Infinitely Loving Body Butter? I like Chinese Jasmine but unscented would be nice. It’s been a long long time since I used that Nivea cream she likes so I no longer remember what I liked about it. {As a body product junkie I’ve used tons of products.} Whenever I treat myself to a little Spa Ritual body butter (more like a cream that absorbs than a solid butter), I’m surprised by how smooth and doll-like it makes skin.

She uses it on her face, and she doesn’t like strong scents, so I’m not sure that would work, but I appreciate the rec! 🙂

Yes. I’ll sometimes buy dupes of lipsticks or eyeshadow palettes that were LE. E.g.: I bought OCC Lip Tar in St. Sebastian specifically because it duped TF Stavros, of which I only have a mini. I bought the Sleek Acid Palette when it came out specifically to dupe my UD Electric Palette for travel, because at the time it would have been harder to find dupes for Electric, and it would have been more of a struggle financially to rebuy Electric if it got broke or lost. (Now I have a back-up Electric palette.) I’m sure there have been a few others, but I can’t think of them off the top of my head.

I’ll also sometimes buy dupes of a more expensive item to see if the cheaper one works just as well. If it does, I’ll often switch to the cheaper dupe.

With color products, yes, because certain colors just draw me in every time. I can never have enough yellow and orange eyeshadows, or pale pink and purple lipsticks. Even though I have them already. Lol if someone shows me a new one, I will buy it again.

Twice, that I can think of: I purchased the Maybelline click concealer that’s supposed to be a dupe of the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat pen, but it didn’t work as well as I had hoped so I ended up buying the YSL pen and was much happier.

The other one was an indie lipstick that I really really liked the color of, but couldn’t get past the texture; I read somewhere that it was a dupe for a department store brand lipstick, so I got the pricier version and it worked out much better for me.

I know some people think of “dupes” as automatically being a less expensive product, but I take it to mean “duplicate,” all other factors aside. Just wanted to explain why my “dupes” story had me buying MORE expensive products, rather than LESS — in my world, they’re still dupes.

Of course! If I didn’t buy a dup, I couldn’t buy anything at all! Kidding aside, I often buy duplicates because there is something wrong about the beloved item, a good color but streaky, a good formula but too bright, etc. It’s the next purchase that will be perfect.

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