Skin Food = Dior dupe?

I was a Skin Food virgin up until last night. I went out to dinner with a friend and noticed that a Skin Food store had opened up  recently nearby. I mentioned to my friend that I wanted to take a peek inside after dinner, but I really didn't know what to expect. When I went inside, I felt like a kid in a candy store.

It reminded me a lot of LUSH because they had a ton of skincare, haircare, and bath and shower products inside, and what caught my eye the most was the super cute packaging and the abundance of different lines geared towards different skincare needs! It separates itself from LUSH in that it also has makeup and nail polish. Obviously, I gravitated towards the makeup :)

They had a few different lipstick formulas, but the one that caught my eye was the Vita Tok line, which retails for $16 each and promises watercolor-type of pigmentation that is shiny, bright, and bursting with vitality. Yes, please!

There were a few different shades I would've gone for but in the end, I chose the shade PK03, a lipstick that I believe is going through a bit of an identity crisis at the moment, and I'll tell you why:

Shade PK03 is called Sakura Peach (although it doesn't actually say Sakura Peach anywhere on the lipstick). In the bullet, it appears to be a medium, bright coral with very, very subtle silver shimmer; in other words, not peachy at all. When swatched, it doesn't appear peachy like the name or corally like in the bullet. Instead, it appears as a light to medium, warm-toned pink with just a touch of coral. And while the tiny, subtle silver shimmers are still slightly detectable on a hand swatch, it's really not detectable at all on the lips.

Skin Food Vita Tok Lipstick in PK03 (left) and Dior Addict Lipstick in 465 Singuliere

Once I got home, I swatched my new lipstick next to my new favorite sheer, balmy lipstick: Dior Singuliere. What I found was very exciting (to me, anyway!) :D While they look completely different in the bullet, when swatched, it's a whole different story:

Skin Food PK03 (top/left) and Dior Singuliere

Compared to Singuliere, Skin Food PK03 is a bit warmer and has just a touch of coral. Singuliere is a bright, cool-toned, bubblegum pink. Both lipsticks are the sheer (but neither are super sheer), balmy types, although PK03 is creamier while Singuliere has more of a lip balm texture. I also wanted to mention that while Singuliere is scent-less, PK03 smells like fruit snacks :)

Both have about the same amount of shine, although I'm tempted to say that Singuliere may have a bit more shine once on the lips.

While the two lipsticks are not exactly the same, the shades are shockingly similar and once applied to my lips (it may be different on other people depending on their lips' natural color), I find that the two end up looking almost the same. Singuliere ends up looking just a smidgen brighter and pinker. You can see me wearing Singuliere here.

I'm wearing PK03 Sakura Peach today!

Origins VitaZing
Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette
Maybelline Dream Matte Powder in Sand
Benefit Hoola
Benefit Sugarbomb

MAC Paint Pot in Rubenesque
MAC Pigment in Melon
MAC e/s in Era (crease)
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Whiskey
L'Oreal Voluminous mascara
Covergirl Lash Blast Volume mascara

Skin Food l/s in PK03

My lovely friend Danielle sent me a sample of MAC Melon pigment a few weeks ago, and I finally got around to wearing it today after my other friend J. tweeted and reminded me that it looks amazing over Rubenesque Paint Pot! I forgot to swatch them side-by-side, but they're basically the same color, a super shimmery, pinky-peachy gold, but with different formulas, obviously! I love Rubenesque but I can't help but be a little disappointed every time I wear it - it seems to just blend away on my lid and the color doesn't appear nearly as vibrant or shimmery as it does when I swatch it on my hand :( Luckily, with Melon on top, the color is completely amplified and as a result, absolutely gorgeous

Have you tried anything from Skin Food?


  1. I love Skin Food! The lipstick looks amazing against your skin!

  2. YAY!!! we wore the same EOTD today!!! i wore melon as a highlight too and it looked amazing, wore MAC peaches blush w/ bronzer and felt great!!!! Sakura peach is so pretty! wish there was a skin food here! i have tried their peach skin care line which was ehh and a few of their BB creams which are a bit thick for me

  3. Gah sorry, hit enter on accident! this is GORGEOUS! i'll be spending the rest of the night googling and youtube searching skinfood lipsticks hahahha. i've really been wanting to purchase some things from asian brands lately, but wasn't sure what to get. this is such a pretty color and i love sheer shades :). oh, also this is Caitlin (Chrysanthemum) for some reason your comment thing is making me show up as my email adress even though I signed in with my google account!

  4. JessicaGettingCheekyJune 18, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    LOVELY lipstick! I've been intrigued by Skin Food for quite some time (25FLONDON had a post on her blog ages ago), and I don't think I even knew they made makeup!

    ♥ Jessica

  5. I've only tried their Eggplant Shadow Sticks - which I was impressed by, but for me essential performed the same as the Nyx pencils. I've been dying for that red orange mask you used a while back!

    As a sidenote, I LOVE that top!

  6. Gorgeous color! You're so lucky to have a Skin Food store where you live. I've wanted the brand for so long, but can only purchase their items online. :( Their skincare is amazing by the way. I really recommend it!

  7. ooohh i should visit xD i feel like the prices would be double what they are in korea xD but if you can, you should try their masks. they smelll sooooo yummmyy. i love the banana yogurt. and i wanan try the hot sesame mask 

  8. WillWorkForMakeupJune 18, 2011 at 10:03 PM

    Thanks Emily! What have you tried and liked from them? I'm completely new to the brand!

  9. WillWorkForMakeupJune 18, 2011 at 10:04 PM

    Thank you and thank you for Melon - I wish Rubenesque was as pigmented and vibrant as Melon is...I want Melon in cream form!

  10. WillWorkForMakeupJune 18, 2011 at 10:05 PM

    Ah, good to know. I think I'm the only person in the world who has no desire to try BB creams right now - what's wrong with me?! I'm going to try Melon as a highlight now too...sounds great!

  11. WillWorkForMakeupJune 18, 2011 at 10:10 PM

    Hmm...what red orange mask? And thank you about the top...I got it at H&M :D

  12. WillWorkForMakeupJune 18, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    Ooo...which skincare products in particular do you recommend? There's so many things to choose from that I wouldn't even know where to start!

  13. WillWorkForMakeupJune 18, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    Ooo, banana yogurt?! Sign me up :D They actually gave me a sample of a face mask...I haven't tried it yet and I can't remember what it's called now. Is it an affordable brand in Korea? It wasn't terribly expensive over here but not drugstore prices either.

  14. Their nail polish top coats are really chip resistant, and I love their skincare. I tried their caviar serum for a while and it is amazing! Expensive, though :( 

  15. WillWorkForMakeupJune 19, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Thank you so much!

  16. WillWorkForMakeupJune 19, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Yeah, it's a bit pricey :( I still think I'll give some of it a try sometime, though. Thanks for the recommendations!

  17. Argh Im not too sure about Skin food. I recently bought skinfood bb cream and that broke me out real bad!! But i am absolutely loving the lipstick! ;)

  18. Looks like a great dupe! Rubenesque paintpot looks so good on you! Sometimes I feel like it doesn't look very natural on me, but it is so beautiful in the pot.

  19. Yikes. I like the look of the lipstick. Looks like I'll be hitting Skin Food after work today! *tee hee*

  20. WillWorkForMakeupJune 20, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    LOL! Have you tried any of their other makeup before?

  21. I think I picked up some of their nail polish before, but that was quite a while back. I did go check the lipstick out, but in the end I didn't make a purchase because it retails at RM45.60 here in Malaysia! Considering a MAC lipstick only costs RM65, I thought it was a little pricey for a brand like Skin Food. =(

    Oh, I like their powder puffs though. LOL. 

  22. Wow!  I hear so much about Skinfood but I had no idea stores had opened up in the US!  The website doesn't seem to show its US stores...  do you know any close to LA?

  23. Wow! Those seem to be the perfect nude lipsticks! I have to try them

  24. WillWorkForMakeupJune 23, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    My Skin Food lipstick was $16 and a MAC lipstick over here is only $14.50 :-/

  25. WillWorkForMakeupJune 23, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    Sorry, I have no idea! :(

  26. WillWorkForMakeupJune 23, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    They're not nudes but yup, they're pretty great :)


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