9.09.2010

MAC Club Eyeshadow Dupe...Or Not.

MAC Club eyeshadow is a gorgeous green-brown duochrome shade with slightly red undertones. It's been described by many as the perfect eyeshadow for an "only one eyeshadow" look as the duochrome creates enough depth and visual interest that you wouldn't need to use a separate crease color. I'd have to agree :) It was one of the prizes I received from Justine in her giveaway, and I mentioned in yesterday's post that I had a more affordable dupe in my collection that I would share with you. Are you ready??


MAC Club and Bella Sugar Cosmetics Chocolate Covered Blueberries

Introducing Chocolate Covered Blueberries by Bella Sugar Cosmetics. (For those who are unfamiliar, BSC is a small company that sells makeup on Etsy...Don't worry, I'll link you up to everything at the end of the post!) As you can see in the pan, these two look almost identical. The main visible difference here is that Chocolate Covered Blueberries has a much softer texture than Club, thus it looks a bit more "crumbly" in the pan.

L to R: Club and Chocolate Covered Blueberries

When swiped on each finger, Club looks mostly brown with only a tinge of green duochrome while Chocolate Covered Blueberries has a much stronger green-brown duochrome effect with much more sheen.

In the following swatches, Club is on top and Chocolate Covered Blueberries is on the bottom...
They look almost identical here.

Chocolate Covered Blueberries has very obvious red undertones.

Photo taken at an angle to show that Chocolate Covered Blueberries has a strong sheen/frost to it.

The final test was to actually use each color on the eye since they are eyeshadows after all :) (Only one eyeshadow was used on each eye, ie. no crease or highlight colors. Also, please don't mind the corpse lips...I'll explain that in the next post.)


On your left is Club
On your right in Chocolate Covered Blueberries

Totally different, right? When applied and blended out on the eyes, Club maintains its green-brown duochrome color while Chocolate Covered Blueberries tends to expose its red undertones more and more with each swipe of the blending brush.

Let's take a closer look...
MAC Club

BSC Chocolate Covered Blueberries

Overall, I'd say that these two are not dupes, contrary to what I initially thought. While they look almost identical in the pan and swatched on the back of my hand, the only thing that truly matters is how an eyeshadow looks on your eyelid and in this case, they look different enough where I wouldn't feel comfortable leaving the house as it looks obvious that I have two different eyeshadows on.

And for those who are wondering, a single Bella Sugar Cosmetics eyeshadow (not the pan form shown here) will set you back a mere $5 on Etsy plus $2 for shipping.

For Bella Sugar Cosmetics swatches, click here.
To shop Bella Sugar Cosmetics on Etsy, click here.

20 comments:

  1. they look really similar. i just kinds don't like the red undertone on the other one. but other than that, it looks really good.

    Carrie
    http://readmylifeascarrie.blogspot.com/

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  2. Thanks for this post, Tiffany! I think Chocolate Covered Blueberries (don't you think Cherries would have been a better fruit choice? lol) is actually a good dupe of Lounge by Urban Decay, which has red undertones as well.

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  3. they do look the same! haha :)

    http://vivalabreee.blogspot.com/

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  4. I use Club almost everyday... by far my favorite eyeshadow ever. Not sure I'm a fan of the red undertones of chocolate-covered blueberries, but I'd be willing to try it for that price!! Thnx for sharing.
    Missy

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  5. Ohh I added a new eyeshadow to my wish list Club is gorgeous. I want.

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  6. they look kinda similar besides the undertones isn't it? I absolutely adore club though :)

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  7. HEY I REALLY WANT CLUB....IT'S SUPERB!!
    CHOCOLATE COVERED BLUEBERRIES IS ALSO NICE...KINDA UNIQUE.
    http://rakhshanda-chamberofbeauty.blogspot.com/

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  8. I have club and a really good dupe for it is from a UK brand called MUA. Number 12 i think? and its only £1 (:
    Great find though will go check them out! xx

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  9. The truth is that they look really similar!

    http://becksmakeupcorner.blogspot.com

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  10. hmmmm, close dupe but club is a little more green. that is a great match though! thanks for posting!

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  11. Very simmilar. I love Club but I think I prefer Chocolate Covered Blueberries. I don't have it so it's going on "to buy" list. You must be wearing gosh darling on your lips.

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  12. This looks great! thanks for sharing! I love reading these dupe items! : )

    Don't forget to enter my giveaway for a COACH wristlet! :)

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  13. love this post! I really like the Bella Sugar eyeshadow. It looks great and the price is great :)!


    Love,
    Jennifer & Sherry

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  14. i think my bestfriend just bought this.,
    i love the color.
    it looks so gooorgeouss.<3

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  15. @ dontcallmejessie: Great idea! Yes, I do think that Chocolate Covered Cherries would've been a more suitable name :)

    @ Get Gawjus!: Yeah, they're really similar until you start blending them out, then the red in Chocolate Covered Blueberries really starts to unveil itself :)

    @ LaurenStephanie: Wow! That sounds like a great deal. And I thought mine was an affordable dupe, haha :)

    @ Ansa: Surprisingly, no! I'm actually wearing e.l.f. Natural Nymph which looks like concealer on my lips :( I wish I had access to GOSH, though!

    @ julianne: I really love it too...so pretty!

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  16. Club has been on my MAC wishlist for awhile now, but I'm really liking the redness to the other shadow!

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  17. This looks great! Thanks for swatching these! I really like club, very great for an evening makeup :) xxxx

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  18. I like the blending of your eyeshadow.

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  19. there really IS a difference! i dont think i can pull of the reddish undertones, i like MAC Club better :)

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  20. @ Caitlin: I like it too! They're not dupes but I think both are unique in their own way :)

    @ Kirsty: No problem!

    @ Toni: Thanks so much!

    @ Jenny: I do think that the strong red undertones may be a bit more difficult to pull off, but I still think you could do it :) Club is gorgeous though!

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