Mac Beluga Dupe

I have never done a dupe post before but when I spotted how similar these were I was quite excited. The price difference is crazy. In my collection I have quite a few cute Maybelline Mono Eyeshadows which I bought from the Poundshop a couple of years ago. I noticed shade 742 was almost identical to Mac’s Beluga shadow.

Mac Beluga Dupe

Beluga Dupe

The Maybelline Mono Shadow is almost identical to Mac’s Beluga. I’d say the Maybelline shadow is  slightly more pigmented but you do get a little fallout. They’re both a dark charcoal brown shade with shimmer running through them. I have to say I like the Maybelline one slightly more as I think it is easier to blend and you get better colour payoff, but as suspected the Mac Beluga lasts longer which you would expect from the price tag.

Mac describe Beluga as a dark charcoal with multi-dimensional pearl (with a Veluxe finish), I think in some lights both shadows look like they have a green undertone and a gold shimmer. Its very pretty.

Mac Eyeshadow Dupe


Left – Maybelline 742 / Right – Mac Beluga


Top – Maybelline 742 / Bottom – Mac Beluga

Mac Beluga is a Veluxe finish and I find it to be quite dry, not smooth on the eye, but the colour is pretty. With a primer it applies much easier and  the same goes for the Maybelline Mono shadow.

Beluga was part of the Indulge Collection so is no longer available but the Maybelline 742 is often available on eBay & Amazon. I have seen it a few times in the Poundshop as well. If you see it I urge you to buy it, you won’t have a shade like it in your collection.

Do you have either of these shadows in your collection? Or something similar?

Try Before You Buy

I love it when companies offer you samples before you commit to purchasing the full size esp when it comes to base products. When you try to colour match yourself in store the lighting is all wrong and you normally have makeup on. I like to apply it myself at home, your base is such an important step to get right & we all apply our foundations differently with different brushes and with the lighting in department stores / shops is so off. It’s hard to tell if it is a good match.

I applied online to try the Maybelline FIT Me Foundation and was sent this great sized sample.

Maybelline FIT Me Foundation

This is a nice light coverage foundation. I have the colour 125 Nude Beige and that’s perfect for my winter skin. I would need a darker shade in the summer. Despite this being quite a sheer coverage it evened out my skin nicely. Maybelline claim ‘Exclusive translucent base and lightweight pigments allow skin’s natural highs and lows to show through.’ 

This is true, I like the lightweight feel to this foundation. It gives enough coverage to make your skin look bright and cover any uneven patches. It makes you look fresh and I like that my freckles are still visible. I hate covering them up. I like this so far – I think it would make a great summer foundation as it is quite sheer but leaves your skin with a lovely luminous finish. I do powder over the centre of my face. But I do that with all my foundations. I hate a shiny forehead / chin.

Nude Beige 125

For a drugstore foundation this has quite a good colour range so that’s great to see. It also has factor 18 sun protection.  The only downside for me is that this isn’t very long-wearing. I’ve combination oily skin and it lasts 6 hours. So that’s not too bad for a drugstore foundation. I haven’t used it yet with a primer so will try that and see if that makes it last a little longer. I am hoping so.

Have you tried this foundation. What do you think? I like finding new foundations – I think this one will be my go to summer base.

Maybelline Chart

When this sample is finished I will be buying the full-sized and I will be trying their concealer too. I will see if the chart they sent with the sample works.

Maybelline FIT Me Foundation is available from Boots £7.99 and also Superdrug for £7.99. Also here is the link to the free sample page. Not too sure if there are any left but you can try.


It’s All In The Eyes

As some of you may know I’m a real neutral eyeshadow addict. I’m drawn to them like a moth to a flame. I seem to wear them the most. I rarely go for anything too bright & I think that a lovely brown / warm eyeshadow suits me best. So I won a giveaway a little while back and this Maybelline quad was one of the prizes & I have to tell you its a great quad

Maybelline Eyestudio quad eye shadow Coral Drama

I don’t own too many Maybelline products. I’ve a few nail polishes and I’ve tried a couple of their mascaras but it’s not a brand I tend to pick up. I think this quad has persuaded me to give Maybelline a second chance . I’ve found myself reaching for this Coral Drama quad  day after day. The shadows are so creamy soft and easy to apply and blend. Before I was sent this I hadn’t seen anything about these quads anywhere & now I discover they have a few different colours available. I will be picking up a few of the other ones too.

I’d describe the shades as a Soft Champagne , Light Gold, Peachy Pink, Copper Brown.

The only downside to this quad is there isn’t a matte shade but apart from that there isn’t a bad thing to say. These have a little shimmer to them and the peachy pink and the copper brown shades are my favourite. They just pop on the eye and they aren’t powdery at all. I’m seriously impressed with this. It is so handy to take with you on the go, its such a compact quad & really versatile.

Have you tried any of these quads? Let me know how you liked them or if there are any other Maybelline products I have been over looking.

You can pick this up from Superdrug for £7.19 – Although I have seen it on this site for £4.29.