as i’ve slowly worked to transform my makeup bag from chemical-ridden to chemical-free, it’s been a fun challenge to find natural versions of my favorite items. and truthfully, it hasn’t been that hard to do! it really is amazing how many eco dupes there are for so-called conventional cosmetics.
below are the natural product replacements i’ve found for some of my favorite makeup items. i won’t be getting rid of all of these dupes as i detail below, but some of them just have to go.burberry pale barley eye shadow (top) vs rms swift shadow tt-73 (bottom) // pale barley is probably one of the most hyped up eyeshadows in the beauty world. it is a sheer taupe with a hint of shimmer that is perfect for every day wear. the formula is beautiful, but truthfully i’ve always been disappointed in the lack of pigmentation. i much prefer the rms shadow, which is a hair darker than pale barley and still sheer, but in a better way if that makes sense. it is smooth, buildable, and long lasting and i’ve been wearing it every day since purchasing. urban decay naked eye shadow (bottom) and mac wedge eye shadow (middle) vs jane iredale cappuccino eye shadow (top) // i’ve waxed lyrical about all of these shadows before and they basically are all the same. i always have naked hanging around as it’s just that good, and i purchased wedge as a potential replacement when i smashed my previous cappuccino to smitherines. i would say that naked is slightly warmer and more yellow, while wedge and cappuccino are equally cool and slightly stone colored. the price of jane iredale single shadows is $22 which really is expensive, especially compared to the $6 price of mac replacement shadows, but i know it’s worth it. this palette is especially great (also a potential dupe for the urban decay naked basics palette?), even though the price was steep (~ $50). it’s worth it to me to spend money on more natural options, so cappuccino is the winner here for sure.mac painterly paint pot (top) vs gressa neve eye tint (bottom) // now these shadows are clearly not the same, but i find the effect to be nearly identical. i love painterly, really it’s my favorite mac eye shadow, and the fact that it neutralizes and brightens my lids in one swipe of creamy goodness. the gressa shadow works in a similar way for me because of my super fair skin, but i think on darker skin types it might appear too white. i am going to keep painterly around, but i like that neve offers a similar, if brighter, effect. plus the gressa eye tint formula is stunning – there is so much pigmentation in one tap of the product, and it’s a cream to powder that stays put all day with no creasing in sight.clinique chubby stick for cheeks in ample apple (top) vs tata harper lip&cheek in very charming (bottom) // different application, almost identical colors. i am a huge fan of cream blush, and these two are no exceptions. i love the application of the chubby sticks, it really is so easy, but i like the formula of the tata harper offering slightly better. it’s more hydrating while the clinique is slightly more sticky.bobbi brown lip color in sandwash pink (top) vs bite beauty amuse bouche in meringue (bottom) // these are both little samples i got from sephora, but i think i can speak for the full sizes as well. not only are these colors quite similar, but the formulas are as well. both are creamy and hydrating, and offer a long lasting finish. meringue is just a hint peachier, while sandwash pink has a touch more brown/plum. bite fig is also similar, while erring on the pinker side of the spectrum.nars velvet matte lip pencil in bahama (top) vs bite matte lip pencil in glace (bottom) // oh nars, why do your matte pencils have to be so gorgeous, but formulated with parabens?!?!?! fortunately, these two colors are virtually identical. they are both a gorgeous pinky brown, with fantastic staying power. bite is slightly more hydrating, which is definitely a bonus. goodbye nars, i love you. (plus i got the bite stick as a 100 point perk at sephora, so it was free. winner!)nars velvet matte lip pencil in dragon girl (top) vs mahalo red my lips (bottom) // dragon girl is my all time favorite nars pencil. it’s a stunning pinky red that looks amazing patted into the lips. fortunately mahalo’s offering has an identical color tone with that same blotted-in effect. mahalo is a creamier finish but lasting power is, again, amazing and i like that it is slightly more sheer at first, meaning i waste less product compared to the nars, which i basically completely remove for a lighter look. bare minerals original foundation in fairly medium (left) vs rms un-powder in 0-1 (right) // now i only have a sample size of the rms powder, but it’s too obvious of a dupe not to share. i’m a big fan of mineral foundations, and both of these are no exception, with the bare minerals being my first introduction to the category. now this is not to say that the bare minerals has super problematic ingredients, because it really doesn’t. plus it has the perk of sun protection. but for the purists, the rms is a great alternative. this shade is slightly more yellow, but there is a much smaller color range than bare minerals. i love these equally and will be keeping them both in my makeup bag.
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