It’s been so long since I’ve shared a “Dupe or Dud” post, but today I finally have two products to share with you that appear very similar….but are they really?? Let’s find out! Something unique about today’s post is that they’re both from the drugstore! Ready to see if e.l.f.’s smudge pot is a dupe or dud for a cult-favorite shade from Maybelline’s Color Tattoo pots?
If you missed my previous posts, I compared a LORAC eyeliner to a more affordable one from Physicians Formula, and I’ve also compared the It Cosmetics Tightline mascara to one from NYX. Click the links to see if they were a dupe or dud! 🙂
Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in Bad to the Bronze — $6.99 — Color Tattoo’s ink technology creates the most saturated shadow. Cream gel smooths on for vibrant, crease-proof color that never fades.
e.l.f. Smudge Pot in Cruisin Chic — $3 — This smooth gel formula glides on perfectly. Use it as a long-lasting eyeshadow or eyeliner! Enriched with Vitamin E to nourish and hydrate the delicate eye area.
Pigmentation — Applied on your fingers or your lids, the colors look identical. In the picture above one appears to have more of a shine, but that is only because the light is hitting it right. In person, it’s near impossible for me to tell them apart.
Consistency — They both are a cream/gel formula, but the ELF feels like it has more moisture in it. The Maybelline feels pretty dry brand new, and as the months go by it only gets dryer. I’ve owned the ELF smudge pot for about a year now and it feels as creamy and smooth as the day I bought it.
So, is it a Dupe?
Yes! While it may not seem a huge price difference, in my opinion I love to save money whenever I can. $4 is totally worth saving, and you get more product in the cheaper alternative. And, honestly, I find that I reach for the ELF Smudge Pot way more than the Maybelline Color Tattoo, as I like the smoother, more creamy, consistency.
Do you own either of these products? Have you ever realized that they’re dupes for each other?
If you have any other high-end products that you want me to find dupes for — or even test out what pinterest might ‘claim’ as a dupe — let me know in the comments below. I would love to give them a try out and see if they’re a dupe or dud!
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The products mentioned above were purchased with my own funds. I was not compensated in any way for writing this post. All thoughts are 100% my own. Some Affiliate Links Used. 🙂