It’s almost the end of the week and I’m dreading it. I’m already broke for the month so weekends mean sitting at home watching series. Wait, that’s kinda my thing lol. Can the weekend come around already? I hauled a few makeup items from Clicks not too long ago with quite a few of them from Wet n Wild.
I’ve not really been a fan of the brand apart from my complete obsession with the Comfort Zone palette I reviewed here. I’ve had it for almost 2 years and I’m still loving it just as much. I did purchase their Megalast lip colours last year and it was dreadful. More on that later. I’ve also been reading a few posts on one of the lip colours being a dupe for MAC’s Velvet Teddy. I decided to pick it up and do a comparison myself because Velvet Teddy is my favourite MAC shade of all time.
MegaGlo Contouring Palette Contour in Caramel Toffee
This product was an absolute fail. I got the shade Caramel Toffee because it was suited to darker skin tones. I usually set my undereyes using a translucent powder but I wanted to try the banana shade since the Ben Nye Banana powder was too drying for me. I swatched it in store and the product is very finely milled so I was optimistic. Once I tried it, that was short lived. The highlight powder is just as drying and looks horrific. It accentuates my skin lines and has a lot of fallout. The contour shade feels a tad more buttery and suits my skin tone perfectly. Regardless of what brush I used, it was disasterous. It didn’t blend well and looked muddy even though there wasn’t as much fallout. I’d definitely say give this one a skip if you were thinking of getting it. Retails for R129 ($5*).
Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette in Melrose Face
This is a great eyeshadow palette. It has the same great quality formula and is very affordable. As with all the Wet n Wild palettes, they are great for beginners. The shades each have an embossing on what it is used for. It also has an image on the back of the palette showing you where each colour should be placed. The shade selection in the Melrose Face palette is very neutral. This is a limited edition palette so it won’t be available for long. It’s perfect to use everyday and can be deepened from a day to nighttime look very easily. The white base shade is quite stark so it makes the eyelid colour pop and I like using it to highlight my brow bone. The actual brow bone shade is pretty if I lightly dust it on. If I add too much, the yellow shows up too much and looks strange. The eyelid colour is gorgeous and pops even more when used wet. The crease shade contains gold micro glitter and has more of a satin finish. I prefer using a matte shade but this is so easy to blend and if I go in a bit harder the glitter disappears. The definer shade has a semi-matte finish. It is not dry or chalky and is very easy to blend. All the shades in the palette are decently pigmented but for just R10 more you can get the Comfort Zone palette which has a larger variety of colours. Retails for R99 ($4*).
Lash-O-Matic Fiber Extension Kit
I went out specifically for this item. It was a recommendation by fellow makeup addict Nerissa. She sent me pictures of what it did to her lashes and I was sold. The duo comes in two tubes and is labelled in order of how you must use it.
Step 1 is to ‘prime’ the lashes using the black tube of mascara. The mascara is well formulated in that it is not too thick or too runny. It just creates a base for the fibers to catch on to so I wouldn’t use it on it’s own. The brush is thin and densely packed with bristles so it is essential to use this mascara. A thicker formula would create clumps and any other brush would need to be able to separate the lashes just as well.
Step 2 is to go over the lashes while the mascara is still wet. If you take too long, the mascara will dry and the fibers won’t have anything to cling to. This step was iffy for me at first because the fibers can irritate the eye if it gets in at all. So a little trick I do is to run over with my fingers and pinch the fibers to the wand. This doesn’t affect the transfer of fibers on to the lashes at all. I find the best thing is to also rotate the wand as I’m applying it from base to tip of the lashes for maximum effect. At this stage it looks like someone threw your lashes full of powder so the last step is crucial.
Step 3 is to go over the lashes one last time with mascara to seal the fibers in. It creates volume and length much more than any regualr mascara would do. The lashes need to be coated from the top and bottom to mask any whiteness showing through from the fibers. Once everything is dry and in place, I did not experience any flaking or smudging with this kit and it lasts the whole day. It is not waterproof so it comes off quite easily with an oil-based makeup remover at the end of the day. Retails for R179 ($8*).
Silk Finish Lipstick in Java
I picked this shade up as a recommendation from a friend and I absolutely love the colour. It is a tan brown with a neutral undertone. The problem for me is the formula. The lipstick is very pigmented and comfortable on the lips because it’s meant to be moisturising. The staying power is pathetic though. In less than an hour it’s gone from my lips without any eating or drinking. It’s like my lips just eat up the product. Or I do unknowingly. For the price I’d rather stick to the Essence Long Lasting lipsticks which are also hydrating and just as pigmented. Retails for R43 ($1*).
MegaLast Lip Color in Bare it All, Pinkerbell, Stoplight Red and Cherry Bomb
I’ve had a rollercoaster ride with these lippies it’s not even funny, but at least it has a happy ending. So I purchased Pinkerbell, Stoplight Red (I’ve written spotlight almost 10 times already) and Cherry Bomb almost a year ago. I store my lipsticks in holders upside down so I can read the name of the colour at the bottom for easy access. A month after bringing these babies home, they had dropped from the inside and squashed into the lid. I store my lipsticks away from heat and sunlight so I was very disappointed. I’m a hoarder so it kinda just stayed like that for a good few months. After hearing that Bare it All was a MAC Velvet Teddy dupe, I bought it. Because I wanted to take pics and share my experience with these lipsticks, I stuck the damaged ones back and cleaned it to look presentable. It fit back quite snugly and I’m able to use them again. I’ve been storing them upright and it’s so much better.
The formula of these are quite impressive. All of them are semi-matte and super long-lasting. They are not drying on the lips and are very pigmented. I’ve really been enjoying these and think they’re great quality at an affordable price. Retails for R49 ($2*).
So is Bare it All really a MAC Velvet Teddy dupe?
Well for me it seems that ‘dupe’ is a word thrown around too loosely. For something to be an exact dupe in makeup it must mimic the colour and finish of the said product. As the dictionary says “exactly like something else”. A lot of products have colour dupes but then lack the same finish which isn’t necessarily what the buyer wants. Which leads me to my conclusion. Bare it All is similar but definitely not a dupe.
Bare it All is lighter. Velvet Teddy is darker.
Bare it All is more pink. Velvet Teddy is more mauvy-brown.
Bare it All is less matte. Velvet Teddy is a drier matte.
Bare it All doesn’t last as long but considering the price difference, I’d say it would work. I wore Bare it All on one side of my lips and Velvet Teddy on the other side. 90% of people I asked couldn’t tell that there was a difference with the naked eye. So if you don’t want to break the bank, it’s up for consideration. If you want long-lasting colour in packaging that is durable to last you for years, then MAC Velvet Teddy will have a special place in your heart like it does mine.
Since I missed my wishlist post yesterday, I thought I’d let you know I’ve been coveting items from Wet n Wild that they have yet to bring to our shores. The MegaGlo highlighters that are continually sold out as well as the white and pink brushes strewn all over social media. I think I’ll have to place an order online with them soon.
All products are available at Clicks stores nationwide and * prices quoted in dollars can be sourced off the Wet n Wild website here.