I am a huge a fan of Illamasqua hydra veil £32. I did a full review of this hydrating gel primer back in December. I won’t go into too much detail about that product now as I would just be repeating myself. If you want to read that indepth review you can do so here. What am going to talk about today though is a budget dupe I have for the primer.
The Skin Define Hydro Prima MUA £5 is a great purse friendly alternative to the Illamasqua’s cult primer.
Now I’m going to get the flaws of opting for the budget alternative out of the way first. You aren’t going to get the same skin care benefits of the original from the MUA offering but it is 1/6 of the price.
However If you are looking for a hydrating aqua based primer that performs in a similar way then this will do just that.
It feels just as light and refreshing on the skin and plumps up those fine lines so you have a perfectly smooth base for applying foundation.
In terms of longevity it isn’t quite as good as the Illamasqua primer but not enough to stop me using this for work on an everyday basis. Let’s be honest here for special occasions I will always reach for the original.
Visually and texture wise the product is very similar. Both have a very jelly like texture that settles back smoothly in the jar after being disturbed.
The MUA packaging is very basic looking in comparison but then if it had super fancy packaging it would cost a lot more than £5.
The MUA Skin Define Hydro primer is a budget dupe definitely worth trying out if you can’t justify spending out £32 on Illamasqua hydra veil.
Have you tried either of these primers before? If you have tried both do you agree with me? As always share your thoughts in the comments.
It’s no secret that I love a brow product and I probably have more in my collection than is healthy for one girl to own. This still doesn’t stop me gravitating towards the brow product section when I first check out any makeup brands display stand. This will be how I stumbled across what I think is a really great dupe for the brilliant but slightly too pricey Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil £18.50.
So what is this supposed dupe then?
Meet No7’s Beautiful Eyebrow Sculpting Pencil £8. At over ten pounds cheaper we are already onto a win here, and the products are so similar. Well, let’s forget about the difference in packaging, Benefits offering is very fancy pancey next to the No7 pencil.
Both products though have a very similar wind up tip and a super handy sculpting brush. Please note my benefit pencil is missing the brush as it is a luxury sample size I received in a beauty box.
Both products have a similar waxy feel and are equally easy to apply. When swatched the shades are very similar. Benefit has that extra edge in the creamy texture feel though.
The top swatch is No7 and the bottom swatch Is Benefit shade 03 medium.
The No7 pencil unfortunately only comes in three limited shades brown,black or grey. Not great then if you have fair hair. Fortunately as a medium toned brunette brown is just right for me.
In comparison Benefit offers five shades ranging from a light to deep.
So if you are a fan of Benefits Goof Proof Brow Pencil, but like me can’t justify parting with £18.50 every couple of months check out the No7 Beautiful Eyebrow Sculpting Pencil. At over £10 cheaper it performs equally well it’s just not as Insta-pretty.