MAC v Essence – a dupe for a dupe!


Sometimes I channel by inner dupist (yes that’s a word) without wanting to.

I recently raved about MAC Springsheen Sheertone Shimmer Blush being a dupe for NARS Orgasm blush, one of the most sought-after blushes in the make up world.

 

MAC Springsheen is sheer, has a golden glow and is universally flattering.

MAC Springsheen Sheertone Shimmer blush is a peachy gold shade.
MAC Springsheen Sheertone Shimmer blush is a peachy gold shade.

After doing that review, while looking through my blush collection, a blush that I really like (I retired it for a bit) caught my eye.

It was the Essence Silky Touch Blush in 30 secret it girl.

The dupe (right) and the duped.
The dupe (right) and the duped.

My inner dupess (yes, it is also a word) chanted, “swatch, swatch, swatch”!

 

Looking at the pair in the pan, MAC Springsheen Sheertone Shimmer Blush looked much darker in the pan. But I swatched it any way. Hey, you know I like to play.

 

Those shades look like 45th cousins, no?
Those shades look like 45th cousins, no?

When I swatched them, the Essence Silky Touch Blush in 30 secret it girl appeared slightly chalky and a lighter pink. It still applied smoothly.

I didn't have much hope
I didn’t have much hope

Well, you win some and you lose some, or so I thought . . .

Being a serial dupiest, I had to blend them and yoh, yoh, yoh! I was speechless and coming from a motor mouth like me, that’s saying something. Had I found a dupe for the MAC Springsheen? Yes, the Essence Silky Touch Blush in 30 secret it girl was a dupe!

I found a dupe for MAC Springsheen!
I found a dupe for MAC Springsheen!

 

But I managed , barely, to muster  the strength to call my friend and ask him to look at it, he couldn’t tell the difference. I asked him to put on his glasses and he still couldn’t tell the difference. They looked almost identical. Not identical twin sisters, but sisters, close sisters.

 

These shades are definitely not true to pan when blended out.

While MAC Springsheen Sheertone Shimmer Blush swatched as having more of a golden sheen, the Essence Silky Touch Blush in 30 secret it girl is less opaque, but when blended out, the colour and shimmer is dead on!

 

To be fair, the MAC blush wears longer than the Essence one. The MAC blush also has that something special about it that I still love.

 

That said, Essence is creamy with decent wear time and excellent colour pay off.

 

I don’t mind spending a little more on a blush because it’s quite rare to hit pan over a short time. Unless you pack it on because it makes your heart sing, that’s cool, different blush strokes for different folks!

However, if you’re looking for a great coral /peach blush on a budget or just want to try out a new shade, the Essence Silky Touch Blush in 30 secret it girl is definitely worth buying.

 

Price: Essence Silky Touch Blush in 30 secret it girl around R70 for 5g of product

Where to buy: Essence counters (Most likely to find at Dischem and Clicks)

 

Price: MAC Springsheen Sheertone Shimmer Blush for 6g of product.

Where to buy: www.maccosmetics.co.za or MAC counters nationwide

Price: R235

 

 

 

 

 

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