Hello everyone! As a long-time follower of beauty blogs and Youtube gurus, I thought it was time for me to add my own two cents into the mix considering I know one of these gurus-(lovesweet)Crystal! I really got into Asian make-up a few years ago and being disappointed with the shipping and some of the mark-ups on Asia-exclusive products, started to find my own budget-friendly dupes of things that I found bloggers and Youtubers raving about. Who doesn’t love a deal right? :D Let’s get started:
L to R: Kate palette in BR-1, Maybelline ColorExplosion in Caffeine Rush and Forest Fury
These palettes are pigmented (the green more so than the brown), long-lasting, and include a super glittery overlay that reminds me of the gold shade in the Kate palette.
Shiseido Anessa Sunscreen vs. Neutrogena Ultrasheer Liquid Sunscreen
It’s liquid-y and easy to spread, with a sunscreen smell that's stronger than the Anessa, but it’s not overly offensive. I also found that it balls up more than the Anessa but this is under $17 while the Anessa is usually $30 (without shipping)…STEAL!!!
KissMe Mascara vs. Clinique high impact curling mascara
Tubing mascaras make Asian lashes longer, which is a big plus and I know these are available at Sephora now and that the Clinique is not THAT much cheaper, but I found the formula of this to be volumnizing AND lengthening, which I can’t say for all Asian tubing mascaras. This comes off more clumpy than the KissMe, which comes off thin and spidery, whereas the Clinique comes off in bigger bunches. It’s hard to describe and it’s a bit inconvenient but if it makes lashes look thicker AND longer, it’s SOOOOO worth it! (Also, this does hold a curl)
Dollywink liquid eyeliner vs. Physician’s Formula Eye Booster liquid eyeliner
The Dollywink liquid eyeliner is so cool because you don’t need to twist or dip anything to get the ink to come out and this Physician’s Formula eyeliner is the same way. It’s actually a Japanese formula so it’s super smooth and easy to use. It’s supposed to help you get longer lashes, which I actually think may be the case. Mine looked a little longer after 2 weeks of regular use.
Sorry I don’t have the black one but you can see the formula is very similar and smooth. I noticed when I was trying to take them off that the Dollywink is harder to remove even with cleansing oil.
-- Now on to the products that are actually released in the US and in Asia, so they’re basically the same thing.
This was #1 for a while in Japan, so it’s legit good stuff. I haven’t personally used it but many can attest to its awesomeness. Basically, many companies have released gel liners now so you have a lot of options, but this is sold and loved in Japan so it belongs in this post (and cause I said so!)