You know the deal with dupes nowadays. Years ago, it was pure divine magic when a cheaper product managed to emulate and sometimes even surpass a product that was at least twice the price. Nowadays, brands make a living reproducing products that look like higher end purchases, similar to me buying Tesco Weetabix instead of the real thing when we’re on a tight food budget. I’m not going to dissect the whole trend of making such similar copies, but you get good copies and you get down right stinkers. Therefore I don’t cover a lot of dupes posts but this one kind of fell in my lap. For full disclosure, Penneys sent me a voucher to buy some of their makeup of my choice at my leisure and review what I fancied. Yes, I know this is stupidly jammy but it also makes a lot more sense review wise than sending me products blind as it means I can zoom in on products I’m really interested in. So I have a few reviews coming up and these are the first because hey, they’re pretty gorgeous.
Cheap and Cheerful
I have to hand it to the Catrice creative team, they bang out a lot of great little collections every year for dirt cheap. I don’t love all their products (in fairness it’s the same with any brand), but I feel like they’re the most consistently good, (properly) budget brand out there. Their latest offering to our tired, empty wallets is the limited edition collaboration with designer Marina Hoermanseder, the second time she’s come on board for a collection. This time, it’s inspired by her own Spring/Summer collection with an emphasis on belts and pale pink which has filtered through to this release in all sorts of impossibly pretty ways. Lads, it’s ALL sorts of gorgeous to look at so I was dying to get stuck in. Oh and today’s pictures are taken using my brand new lightbox which Lar treated me to which is amazing and actually allowed me to take these pictures late at night, woo hoo! I’m going to review it soon as I’ve been asked about it so keep an eye out if you’re interested.
Would you believe that I haven’t reviewed IsaDora on the blog since 2015? I think IsaDora have possibly suffered from being one of those brands that isn’t quite as sexy and stupendous as a lot of others and, rather unfairly, I’ve neglected them completely. It wasn’t even a matter of dismissing them, I think I’d become blind to their stands altogether. Sometimes as a blogger, being sent products makes you pay attention to a brand or a collection that normally may have passed you by and if I’m lucky enough to discover some great products I wouldn’t have normally stumbled upon, you can be damn sure I’m going to blog about them to make sure you know about them too. So that’s exactly what I’m going to do here.