Ok, let's rewind back to the Holiday 2012 releases for a second. You know, right when the first visuals and first bits of product information kick in and you're left to decide what items you'll be investing in for the season.
When that time came for my eyeshadow-loving self this year, to me, it was a clear toss-up between YSL and Chanel. YSL had that über-gorgeous visual of that purple/blue eye makeup, courtesy of the Arctic Night palette, whereas Chanel went for the more traditional gold/berry/brown combination in their Harmonie Du Soir edition. Upon my first swatch of the two palettes, I immediately fell in love with the buttery soft texture of the Chanel - which the YSL didn't even come close to in my opinion. And surely, a purple/blue eye makeup is pretty, but, realistically, how often would I wear that look outside? Eh, it's not like I get ready to go out clubbing every Friday night at my age, so Chanel got the best of me in the end.
Naturally, the urge couldn't be killed just as easily. So, what does one do in order to still get the look, without having to pay a small fortune for it? Yes, you know the answer: "look for dupes".
Now, at first, I managed to dupe the Arctic Night palette quite well with a few of Sephora's own single eyeshadows: namely 2, 18 and 41, but I never got round to purchasing them. And as I was looking at my Sleek MakeUP i-Divine Sparkle 2 Palette the other day, I thought to myself "you know what, maybe this could work too".
Here's the result of my little experiment:
Now, the actual YSL visual is a bit of a hard one to recreate and I'm pretty sure that the Arctic Night palette wasn't the only product used, but I think that my outcome is relatively close, and surely, close enough to kill my lemmings (score!). Note that I didn't use any coloured eyeshadow bases or anything like that, as I wanted to see how far the Sparkle 2 palette would come on its own.
The three shades I used were: Festive, Tinsel and Twinkle. I did add MAC Gesso as a brow highlighter, though, but that was it.
Blush was MAC Blushbaby, whereas the lipstick is YSL Rouge Pur Couture in #1.
At this point, I can safely say that the urge is gone for good, and that I'm happy I could dupe the overall idea (if not the actual look 100%), without making a rash decision! *Happy camper dance* :)
How about you? Have you managed to dupe a promo visual or a new release with something that you already owned? Any good dupe alerts?