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Wednesday Ramblings | Splurge or Save Urban Decay VS Loreal

7th January 2015 by naffy

Welcome to a new feature specifically for budget month. Over the past month, I looked through my stash and went to see if there were any drugstore dupes to some of my favourite high end eye shadows and lipsticks.

First up, is gold eye shadow, for as long as I can remember Urban Decay Half Baked has been my favourite gold shadow. Highly pigmented, rich, long lasting exactly what you would expect from Urban Decay. I have no hesitation in saying I would buy this on it’s own once I hit pan. However I recently came across an offering from Loreal that I feel is just as good and is for a fraction of the price.

I came across the Loreal Mono Eye shadows and fell in love with the richness and colour payoff they provided. I was instantly drawn to the shade Gold Mania which is a gold that I would wear regularly as I tend to gravitate to them more. When I first applied it, the formula reminded me of that from Urban Decay, buttery, soft, easy to blend, works well with other shadows. (In fact it inspired the idea for this feature)

As you can see from the swatches the colour match is not exact. The Loreal Mono shadow is a bit more out brighter but as you can see the pigmentation is exactly the same. On the lids, there is very little difference in the way they look.

Would I save or splurge? that is a toughie, mainly because I like collecting make up and I am also attached to the shade half baked but if make up is just a small passion rather than a big huge hobby as it is for me or you are just looking for a gold shadow to wear, maybe you’re a student and don’t want to spend £12 on an eye shadow for just £5.96 the Loreal Mono Eyeshadow will treat you right. 

Lots of love
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17 COMMENTS
  • 7th January 2015 / Reply

    I absolutely love half baked from the Naked palette but have never tried any of the Loreal eyeshadows – great post and love your blog!

    Ashleigh | ashleighailsa.blogspot.com

  • 7th January 2015 / Reply

    Oh I love half baked and I think that I would splurge because I know its a great shadow and lasts a long time plus the colour for me is just a spot on gold. Great post though, I love posts like this xx

    Charli | Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger at CHARLI B

  • 7th January 2015 / Reply

    Great post with very good comparison, definitely going to help girls to choose sensibly :)
    GlamupGirls

  • 7th January 2015 / Reply

    I have to say I prefer Urban Decay from your swatches x

  • 7th January 2015 / Reply

    Thanks for the dupe difference I do love Urban Decay one though.

    Sophie
    xx
    http://www.pocockins.co.uk

  • 7th January 2015 / Reply

    These types of comparisons are always great, as I think many people may feel pressured to spend more when they don't have to. At the end of the day, the more subtle differences in a shade are so minor once blended out on the face.

    Looking forward to seeing more of these. :]

  • 7th January 2015 / Reply

    That's a pretty close dupe! I would personally splurge though I love half baked!

  • 7th January 2015 / Reply

    OMG where was this shadow all my life??? Half Baked is my favorite gold shadow ever and this is so similar and even warmer! it's on my list now!
    xo
    Alice | Alice's Beauty Madness

  • 7th January 2015 / Reply

    I have never tried either of these shadows but I am not a high end brand buyer so I would definitely reach for the L'Oreal eyeshadow before I reach for Urban Decay however both of the shadows are gorgeous and pigmented (:

  • 7th January 2015 / Reply

    I haven't tried Loreal eyeshadows but this one sounds great, I might check them out! xxx Thou Shalt Not Covet

  • 8th January 2015 / Reply

    Good suggestion :)
    http://www.sparklingsmakeup.com/

  • 8th January 2015 / Reply

    Both look gorgeous! :)

  • 8th January 2015 / Reply

    I love L'Oreal shadows, but one of them is like 10 EUR which is a lot. I usually go for palette as in the end its cheaper then buying single shadows. x

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

  • 8th January 2015 / Reply

    I adore Half Baked, I love wearing it as a liner shade! Nice to have a more affordable alternative, the pigmentation of the L'Oreal shadow looks spot on :)

    Jess xo
    http://just-jesss.blogspot.co.uk

  • 8th January 2015 / Reply

    I really enjoy looking for dupes. I also do enjoy buying branded ones. I'll check L'Oreal's eyeshadow one of these days.

  • 8th January 2015 / Reply

    Love comparing to get the best value, great write up!

  • 9th January 2015 / Reply

    I have to agree with you that the L'Oreal mono eyeshadows are amazing quality, I have several of them and they're all fab!