Don’t you love a good dupe for a high-end product?
A couple of months ago I was in Space NK with one of my friends, happily swatching away, when I came across the much-hyped By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Misty Rock. I immediately loved the brown/taupe shade with a dramatic sparkle, and liked the fact it was in a luxurious creamy eyeshadow stick formula; ideal for carrying around in your handbag. However, what I did not like was the £29 price tag. No sir.
When I heard that Kiko Cosmetics did a very similar product in the form of their Long Lasting Eyeshadow Stick in Rosy Brown (for only £6.90!!) I decided that would be a much wiser investment for my bank account’s sake. Often dupes are cheaper because the quality is decidedly less good, but this is really not the case here… The shadow sticks look virtually identical!
The colour of Rosy Brown/Misty Rock is a lovely cool-toned brown, and it can be built up to as much vibrancy as you like. I personally like to apply it all over my eye lid, then use my MAC 217 brush to blend it out and make it look a little more smudged. This is perfect for those nights when you don’t have a lot of time on your hands, but you still want quite a “made up” look, as you don’t really need to add anything else. Just a touch of mascara and you’re good to go. The formula is also really long lasting and doesn’t start to melt off as the night goes on like a lot of cream eye shadows I’ve tried.
I definitely recommend picking this Kiko pen up if you aren’t prepared to invest in the By Terry version. Of course, the packaging isn’t quite as pretty, but you can’t expect too much considering it’s a quarter of the price. There’s also a great range of other shades if you’re not keen on browns… And technically, as you’re budgeting with a cheaper product, you can buy 4 right?? That’s how it works in my head anyway…
Have any of you guys tried the By Terry or Kiko eyeshadow sticks? What did you think?