It’s time for another product showdown! I recently read an article on Bustle.com, where the author described her attendance at the Kim Kardashian and Mario Dedivanovic Masterclass for Makeup Application. Several of Kim’s favorite makeup items are mentioned in the write up.
Since most women are not as financially fortunate as the Kardashians, I went to work at finding product dupes for some of Kim’s go-to makeup items … you know, the ones that Mario uses to keep her looking so impossibly perfect.
The first challenge I took was Kim’s favorite foundation (the Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick) VS a drugstore dupe (Maybelline’s Fit Me Foundation Stick). Since I have oily skin, I purchased Fit Me as soon as it came out, because it promised built-in shine control. I’ve used it a few times, but found that it is somewhat difficult to apply and blend. The final finish is somewhat streaky and dry looking, and it isn’t really good at controlling oil.
Last week I purchased the Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick, and color me impressed! It provides absolutely amazing coverage and is super easy to blend using finger tips or a beauty blender sponge. Another plus? It’s water resistant! It is very rare to find a foundation that stays in place on my oily skin, and forget it if I’ll be out in the hot sun all day. I was amazed that the Bobbi Brown product stayed put and coverage stayed true. I used oil blotting sheets a few times when the inevitable shine poked through, but otherwise it was a great foundation. The only thing that would prevent me from using this continuously is the price. At $44 it’s worth the cost, but I’ll be saving it for special occasions.
WINNER? Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick won, hands down!
Pros (Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick)
- Looks natural
- Wide color selection
- Very easy to blend out
- Water and sweat resistant
- Provides amazing coverage
Cons (Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick)
- It’s very pricey
- Doesn’t really absorb oil
Challenge # 2
Next, I compared the Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Loose Powder with my trusty oil absorbent Mattify Cosmetics Ultra Powder. I’ve been using the Ultra Powder for the past 2 years, and it is my all time favorite product. Pretty sure I have the oiliest skin on the planet. NO other face powder has ever done anything to control the oil, which would result in my other makeup looking streaky and almost wet to the touch, because my skin was so oily. Once I started using the Ultra Powder before and after Dinair liquid foundation, my oily skin troubles vanished.
The thought of going 1 day without my precious Ultra Powder was a bit scary. I used the Bobbi Brown Loose Powder in “white” which looks almost identical to the Ultra Powder. I also applied it in the same manner (before and after liquid foundation). It worked beautifully at first, and my skin looked just like it does after using the Ultra Powder. But… after the first hour, oil was already starting to appear. The Bobbi Brown version would probably be a good setting powder for women who have combination or dry skin. For me, it just didn’t provide enough oil control. Also, the Bobbi Brown Powder contains several ingredients that I can’t pronounce, and I prefer using chemical free products when possible. Another issue I have is the cost – Bobbi Brown’s price seems pretty outrageous at $36 for a small container of powder, especially when it under-performs the $13 jar of Mattify Cosmetics powder.
Mattify Ultra is also perfect for baking your makeup. This technique, made famous by Mario, is used by celebrity makeup artists everywhere. It works especially well on those with hard to cover dark circles or large pores. If you’ve never heard of it, scroll to the bottom of this article for a before & after picture & check out this link: Step-by-step instructions on how to bake your makeup.
WINNER? Mattify Cosmetics ULTRA Powder for Oily Skin
Pros (Mattify ULTRA Powder)
- Pores virtually vanish
- Absorbs oil for several hours
- Provides a fresh airbrushed look
- Sets makeup in place for long wear
- Can be used as primer under makeup
- Does not contain chemical ingredients
Challenge # 3
Last, I compared Too Faced Love Flush Blush in Baby Love with Mattify Cosmetics Long Lasting Blush in Harmony. I’ve been searching for a superior quality blush for almost a year; my previous fave was the Milani Mineral Blush, which was sadly discontinued. I adore both of these blushes! The colors (Baby Love vs Harmony) are almost 100% identical, the only difference is that Baby Love is pressed powder and Harmony is loose powder.
Both colors are beautiful light golden pink shades that look matte when applied. I LOVE this, because so many other blushes contain such an overload of sparkle that my cheeks end up looking like glitter Easter eggs. These provide a natural flushed color without being sparkly. Also, they genuinely stay put and color true all day long. Anyone with very dark skin tones should try brighter colors in either of these product lines, because Baby Love and Harmony are very pale pinks. I liked each of these brands so much that I just couldn’t decide.
WINNER? There is no winner. It’s a tie!
Pros (Mattify Blush)
- Very long lasting
- Stays color-true
- Decent price range $14
- Helps absorb facial oil
- Matte and natural looking
- Company offers low cost samples
Cons (Mattify Blush)
- No cute little bunnies
- Loose powder so it’s a bit messy
Pros (Too Faced Blush)
- Very long lasting
- Stays color-true
- Comes in 6 colors
- Natural looking colors
- Pressed powder – convenient
Cons (Too Faced Blush)
- It’s very pricey $34
So out of all 3 dupes, I found worthy substitutes for 2 – which will amount to quite a bit of savings. Now if I could just get Mario to come over for my own personal makeup application tutorial! For more Kim Kardashian beauty tips, don’t forget to check out the article on her makeup application class: Kim Kardashian and Mario Dedivanovic Masterclass for Makeup Application
An extra beauty tip from Mario!
Exactly what does “baking your makeup” mean? This is yet another makeup technique perfected by the great Mario Dedivanovic. It allows the heat from your skin to melt concealer & powder into place – providing a bright, flawless look that lasts all day.
Click here for Step-by-step instructions on how to bake your makeup. (The article discusses the “baking” technique for concealer, but it can also be done over your regular liquid foundation as well.)
After the concealer step referenced in the article link above, apply Mattify Ultra Transparent Powder to “cook” the product into place for 10 minutes before blending away excess powder. This type of application is ideal for those trying to hide dark under eye circles or large pores around the cheeks and nose!
I tried this the other day, and “baked” my entire face after applying Dinair foundation. It worked wonderfully & my face looked completely flawless for 6 hours before I noticed any fading. Soon I will upload my own tutorial for this amazing makeup trick!
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