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MAC v Essence – a dupe for a dupe?

MAC v Essence – a dupe for a dupe?

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

 

 

After doing that review, a blush I used to use quite a lot caught my eye.

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

My inner dupess (yes, it is a word, as of now) chanted like a Proteas fan at a T20 match, “swatch, swatch, swatch”!

 

Looking at the pair in the pan, MAC Springsheen Sheertone Shimmer Blush looked much darker in the pan. My heart sank but I swatched it any way.

The Essence Silky Touch Blush in 30 secret it girl was slightly chalky and a lighter pink than MAC Springsheen.

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Being a serial dupist (yes, that’s also a word now) I had to blend them and yoh, yoh, yoh! Haibo! Shut the front door, stop the press, and forget about the 70% off sales, in one word I was GOBSMACKED!

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I called my friend and asked him to look at it, he couldn’t tell the difference. I demanded he remove his contact lenses and put on his glasses (I don’t know why) and he still couldn’t tell the difference. These two blushers were very close sisters

MAC Springsheen Sheertone Shimmer Blush has 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!

 

I will say that the MAC blush wears longer than the Essence one.

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

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

 (I know, the math is almost embarrassing!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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