Drugstore vs high end 

It’s round 2 of my drugstore vs high end match. If you haven’t seen the first one, you can find it in my beauty posts!

Today I’m comparing lipsticks. You would think that all lipsticks are relatively the same, but they are faaaaar from it. Every brand has a different formulation, which can lead to stronger colours, better staying power and more comfortable wear. It’s easy to assume that high end lipsticks will be better quality due to the expensive ingredients they use and the name printed on the tube. However, this is not always the case. 

So, I found two drugstore dupes of the famous Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick in shade Exaltee. It’s a hot pink/fuschia shade with a really bold pop of colour and matte finish. I compared it with Revlon Colourburst matte balm pencil in shade Unapologetic And Bourjouis rouge edition velvet in shade ole flamingo.

Looking at the lipsticks in the tube, they all look about the same colour, but once applied are slightly different because of the differing formulations. 

The top swatch is the Chanel lip stick, followed by the Bourjois and finally the Revlon. You can instantly see the pigmentation quality in all 3 products, with all of them creating a solid colour. All of them have blue-ish undertones (which is great for making you teeth look whiter, FYI!) but the Bourjois and Chanel both also have a slight red tone too. This makes them look a lot warmer and more flattering on most skintones. The closest match is definitely the Bourjois, though the application is more like a gloss, it dries to look almost exactly the same as the Chanel, If anything it was actually bolder! I actually liked the Bourjois  formula more too. It’s really moisturising but dries to a beautiful velvety matte finish. Plus, for nearly a quarter the price of the Chanel, I think it’s definitely worth it! 


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