I can’t actually remember the last time I did a dupes post which means I had forgotten how satisfying they are. Dupes are gold dust in blogging and it’s actually relatively hard to find a genuine 24 carat one, so I tend to rely on the dedicated bloggers out there who are essentially dupe hunters. Nowadays, budget brands saturate and often specialise in recreating cheap versions of luxury buys but, as you know yourself, a few are great, some are decent and some are down right shite. The very odd time, you’ll hit the magical unicorn dupe, the rare time when a dupe isn’t’ just as good, it’s better. So lo and behold, that’s what I have for you today.
The Benefit They’re Real Double the Lip and Catrice Ombré Two Tone Lipstick are (you guessed it) ombré lipsticks which is a new fad that looks a little edgy and exciting but possibly full of hot air. It’s not promising anything life changing, more that it’ll enable you to skip the lipliner and instead rely on this angled lipstick that has a darker contrasting pointed head that will both line and fill your lips seamlessly at the same time, creating a soft ombré effect. I was a little skeptical as soon as I saw the product shots from Benefit before the lipsticks themselves had even been released and even when I was sent the Catrice version I initially dismissed it as gimmicky. Then I actually tried both and realised they were both decent and both achingly similar and dying to be compared. Just to clarify, the shades here aren’t dupes for one another, I’m talking purely about the product itself.
Catrice Ombré Two Tone Lipstick (€5.50) VS Benefit They’re Real! Double the Lip (€22).
On first Inspection
Benefit’s version is fun and sleek and definitely looks the more expensive and impressive of the two. The Catrice version is a little black, clunky and slightly boring on first inspection. When you open both up though, both lipsticks are instantly appealing and stupidly similar, Catrice just have a bigger angled wedge of lipstick compared to the more slimline teardrop shaped Benefit offering. Catrice have 6 shades in their release compared to Benefit’s 8 (I’d love to see if I could get two shades that were spot on with one another), with 2.5g of product in each Catrice lipstick and a slightly measly 1.5g in the Benefit version.
Both here are nice, with a lightly glossy, satin finish. The Catrice version is ever so slightly glossier so it applies a little easier but the Benefit version warms up quickly when you use it. The ombré effect is subtle and flattering and isn’t hugely noticable but does give a more distinct outline. Doing the bottom lip and turning them upside down is slightly faffy but overall, both looked lovely on and had enough hold to stop them wearing off too quickly. As They’re Real is slightly drier, it lasted a little longer but there wasn’t much in it.
What you’re looking at here with either option is a nice lipstick. Both give some slight liner-like definition which makes it a nice choice to use alone but I wouldn’t go shelling out money on these specifically for that reason as they aren’t life changing, just good, attractive lipsticks you’d be very happy to use. I enjoyed both but Catrice for me is the clear winner here. It’s a quarter of the price for nearly twice the product, the finish and formula is great, the colour was bright and pigmented and it outperformed Benefit because the bullet size and better angled shape was easier to use. Overall, I’d happily use both and it’s good to see Benefit have a nice release out that I’m feeling positive about, but here all you’re going to do is pay 4 times the price for the same product with better packaging. I’ll need to compare all the shade choices and that may sway you one way or the other, but my money is on Catrice because basically you can buy 4 for the price of one Benefit lipstick.