The Affordable, Cruelty-Free ‘Faux’ Lipstick Dupe

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If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know that I’ve become quite the fan of the minimal lifestyle. I like owning few things, but the few I do own, I love very much. This has now spread to my beauty collection. I don’t really see the point in owning/using TONNES of different products at once, and rushing to use them before they go out of date. It’s extensive, wasteful, and just not for me.

So… I decided to make my entire collection cruelty-free.

One morning, I sat down and really did my research. I discovered that a majority of my collection contained products/were from companies who support animal-testing. Thus, I was completely ruthless, and got rid of €200+ worth of make-up. The beauty addicts of the world might call me mad, but it felt really, REALLY good. Which brings me to the point of this post… I no longer support/buy from MAC Cosmetics (as well as all other brands that aren’t cruelty-free), because of this statement, which can be found on their website here:

Does M•A•C test on animals?

Even though we don’t test on animals ourselves, but because of requirements by law, our products or ingredients can be tested on animals in places like China.”

Today I’m bringing you a ‘Faux’ lipstick dupe, which was my favourite MAC lipstick. I held on to this lipstick for the point of this post, but I’ve since given away/disposed of all of my make-up that isn’t cruelty-free. My collection is now a lot smaller, but it contains products that I always use and truly love. Which is exactly how it should be.

So, the moment you’ve all been waiting for… The ‘Faux’ lipstick dupe! It’s ‘05 Cool Nude‘ from the Longlasting Lipstick Nude collection by Essence Cosmetics. As you’ll hopefully be able to tell, the swatches are essentially identical. I don’t even know how I realised that they were essentially the same, but when I swatched them side by side, it confirmed it. ‘Faux’ is a satin lipstick, meaning it has a semi-matte finish. The dupe shares the same finish. And works especially well with your favourite nude liner.

And, the best part… MAC lipsticks retail for €19.50 a pop, whereas this little treasure cost me a mere €2.89. And everyone loves a bargain, so don’t even try to deny it! It’s an absolute gold-mine find, and the fact that Essence are cruelty-free makes the deal that little bit sweeter. Essence Cosmetics can be found in Penneys/Primark stores, and a variety of pharmacies nation-wide.

Are you a fan of MAC lipsticks? Or are their dupes your preference?

You may also like: Wet N’ Wild Spring 2016 Lipstick Collection* and Review: Urban Decay featuring Gwen Stefani #UDxGwen

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