Splurge vs. Steal | A MAC Lipstick Dupe

Hello there, beauties!

It’s common knowledge that MAC lipsticks are tubes of perfection sent from the heavens above.  However, their price is close to the height of heaven itself, so I don’t usually splurge on them.  Don’t get me wrong, I love MAC lipsticks as much as the next girl, but I just love a good deal more.

I get so excited when I discover dupes for high-end products since I am a lover of affordable, drugstore makeup (when it is of good quality, of course).  If you have the same dilemma, I’ll hopefully be able to help you out in that department.  I’ve recently discovered an almost-perfect drugstore match for MAC’s ‘Faux’ -one of my all time favorite lipsticks!

Mac Faux Lipstick Dupe

mac lipstick dupe

Top – Essence 05 Cool Nude \\ Bottom – MAC Faux

Essence’s Nude Long-Lasting Lipsticks are absolutely amazing and I wish I had every shade.  They are super affordable, coming in at just $2.99 a pop!  The shade 05 Cool nude is almost a perfect dupe for MAC’s Faux (which happens to cost $16!).  The formula is slightly less pigmented and just a tad bit darker, but when applied to the lips, you really can’t see any difference.  I may even prefer the dupe to the original!

The formula is creamy with a bit of shine to it.  It’s pigmented and lasts a good few hours.  It does rub off a little when eating or drinking as most satin to glossy-finished lipsticks tend to do, but that is to be expected. It’s hydrating and the shade is very flattering!  I think this color would look amazing on so many skin tones!  It is a cool-toned pink that is on the mauve side.  You guys know how much I love my mauve lipsticks!

Overall, both lipsticks are great.  The formulas are very similar -Essence’s is just a bit more glossy.  The colors are almost an exact match and the lasting power is pretty much the same.  MAC’s does last a little longer, but with a $13 difference in price, I’d definitely recommend Essence’s as the way to go!

mac lipstick dupe

Thank you so much for reading!  What are some great dupes you’ve discovered?



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33 thoughts on “Splurge vs. Steal | A MAC Lipstick Dupe

  1. stashmatters says:

    Pretty darn close! And in fact, I think I prefer the Essence since it’s just a touch warmer. I prefer a warmer MLBB type of shade. Essence lipsticks are great formula and such good value. Thanks for sharing this dupe!

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  2. The Velvet Mary says:

    I’d prefer Mac, not because I don’t like essence but I think that essence didn’t succeed in making lipsticks. They don’t have good durability, that good pigmentation and I usually don’t pay attention to smell and package but essence lipsticks have strange smell and totally awful package.

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    • lipsticklovely says:

      Mac definitely is higher quality! I haven’t experienced any weird smells or problems with any of the lipsticks I’ve tried from Essence, but maybe the nude range has a different formulation than the rest or something like that! That’s too bad that they didn’t turn out well for you! It’s hard to find affordable products that are of good quality!


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