Sunday, November 15, 2009

A Sculpted Beauty Mark?

Mz. More of the Glamorous Gleam reported one day that she hauled L'Oreal HiP's Sculpted duo because it had been compared to MAC's Beauty Marked. (Have you seen her too cute look with it?) Well, I had Sculpted (still packaged from when I bought it at its debut on the shelves!) and I had recently used Beauty Marked in a look.

I had to see for myself just how similar the two shadows were!

(pan of MAC's Beauty Marked on the left, the darker side of L'Oreal HiP's Sculpted duo on the right)

Which is which? Can you guess?

The top is Beauty Marked; bottom is Sculpted duo's darker side.
I know the flash washed out the swatches a bit, but as you can see the BM has more definite sparkles/glitter flecks while the Sculpted shade is more evenly and densely covered with smaller, more refined flecks, hence its description as a metallic shade.

Here are the shades swatched over NYX's Black Bean jumbo shadow pencil.
BM is swatched over the (lower) left side, while the Sculpted shade is over the right (higher) side.

They are sooo similar right? With the naked eye and sans a flash, it was hard to tell the difference. The flash fools you and makes you think that BM's glitter will really settle the score here and make a difference. Disappointingly, I can hardly see the glitter in BM when applied (even wet!!) as it's looser and spread out in the shadow. For the glitter lovers like me, the Sculpted shade delivers!

The swatch at the very top is Sculpted with its coordinating shade, a metallic, lavender/mauve tinged pink. My eyes rolled in disbelief. I used three colors to get the look I did with BM when the Sculpted duo would have done the job in one compact little pot.... at least I think! Ha!

Do you have either shade? What are your thoughts? Even though I have these, I'm a glitter and purple lover and still have to get my hands on MAC's Young Punk mineralized eyeshadow. I hear it's what BM is supposed to be.... do you all agree?


Connie De Alwis said...

They look pretty similar! I love Beauty Marked but I was determined to find dupes because sometimes BM doesn't show up too well. I found the maroon shade from NYX's Lake Moss trio and I Nuovi's D27 eyeshadow in Velvet

slvrlips said...

Wow! I never ever thought to even compare the two. They do indeed look similar. Thanks for sharing :-)

Dao said...

Lady, you just saved me a ton of money! L'Oreal has a BOGO at Walgreens and I am thinking of lifting some duos to play. Thanks for letting me know of a good dupe!

Mz. More said...

Thanks for the shout out hon! I am so loving the sculpted duo. I received so many compliments on the look! :)

Vanessa M. said...

wow! looks good!!

Ingrid said...

I have both and they are exactly the same. L'oreal and MAC are both owned by Estee Lauder.

I was buying all the HIP duo eyeshadows until I realized that there were so many MAC dupes that I already owned. They're a good, affordable alternative to MAC when they're on sale. I've found some as cheap as $1.99 at the dollar store here in NY.

HeavenLei/Blumoonbabe said...

I don't have, nor was I ever interested in Beauty Marked, but since I have the Sculpted duo, I guess I have a dupe by default. Regarding Young Punk (which I finally got to pop on me without looking like "too much" this weekend", and I definitely thing the purple in it was over hyped... it definitely skews more pink, so no, I wouldn't dare hold it up as being comparable to Beauty Marked. It's beautiful, regardless.

If you wanna fool the eye into making YP appear more purple, I'd go with Artifact or Nice Vice paint pots as a base.

Retrodiva said...

I love finding cheaper dupes that are even better than the original. Isn't MAC owned by L'Oreal these days?

yummy411 said...

@ connie: thanks for the additional suggestions!

@ slvrlips: ur welcome!

@ dao: ur welcome!!

@ mz. more: compliment worthy!

@ vanessa m.: thanks!

@ ingrid: thanks!

@ retrodiva: good question!

Join the Gossip said...

I think they are both beautiful colors =)

Anonymous said...

Guess who else has the Sculpted Duo still in the wrapper unused? As I sat here looking at your swatches I thought to myself, "oh, I don't think I have Sculpted...oh, whoops here it is." I don't have Beauty Marked because I HATED the way it swatched in store.

Thanks for the comparison because now I can use my unused product. whoops.