Dupe battle | MAC Lucky Green versus Gosh Golden Green

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You know you’re a real beauty lover (or addict) when you’re reading a magazine or a beauty blog and all of a sudden go: ‘’Hey, this nail lacquer looks exactly like Chanel’s new Taboo!’’ or ‘’Nice blush, looks a lot like NARS’s Torrid blush’’. Happens to me all the time. And sometimes even when I’m going through my own make-up stash. Then you get something like: ‘’Damn, this MAC powder looks like two drops of water (or two grains of powder) like my super budget-friendly Catrice powder…’’. It happened again this week when I held my MAC Lucky Green eyeshadow next to my Gosh Golden Green eyeshadow mono. My dupe radar immediately went off. Time for a dupe battle!

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Click to enlarge | MAC Lucky Green (bottom left)

Loyal followers might remember that Lucky Green is one of my favorite MAC eyeshadow colors. Lucky Green is a bright green shade with a tiny bit of shimmer in it. The color reminds me of that of young leaves in the spring, so pretty!

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Click to enlarge | Gosh Golden Green

And this is Gosh Golden Green, a mono that I’ve had for at least two years now. Golden Green is just like Lucky Green a fresh light green shade with a very naturey feel to it. And yep, this one also has a teeny tiny bit of shimmer in it.

I think it’s pretty obvious: there’s not much difference between the two. At least as far as color goes, because the two price tags are definitely not the same. I paid 13 euro for MAC Lucky Green and around 7 euro for Gosh Golden Green at Kruidvat. That’s a considerable price difference, especially if you realize afterwards that both shades are practically twins.

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Click to enlarge | MAC Lucky Green or Gosh Golden Green, which swatch is which?

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Click to enlarge | MAC Lucky Green or Gosh Golden Green, which color is on which eye?

Let me help you: the left swatch and the left eye are Lucky Green, and the right swatch and right eye are Golden Green. But admit it, if I had told you the opposite you would have believed me as well, wouldn’t you? MAC Lucky Green does have more golden shimmer in it than Gosh Golden Green, but both colors are still almost the exact same kind of green. So am I an idiot for spending almost twice the amount of money on Lucky Green while Golden Green cost me less than 8 euro? As far as color goes, maybe (luh-ooh-zurrrr!) but the price difference can (luckily) be justified by the difference in quality. Gosh Golden Green performs fine, has decent pigmentation and stays put with a good primer underneath it. But MAC Lucky Green has a better color intensity (the color doesn’t need to be built much and looks a lot more intense) and stays perfectly put without fading or creasing, even without a primer.

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Click to enlarge | Do you spot the difference?

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Click to enlarge | Do you spot the difference?

So, dupe alert? Definitely. MAC Lucky Green and Gosh Golden Green look very much alike color-wise. But the quality and therefore also the price tag of Lucky Green are higher. I’m sure that everyone who has a soft spot for greens will love both Lucky Green and Golden Green, and if you just look at the color both are perfectly interchangeable!

And you? Do you have any dupes in your make-up stash?

181 thoughts on “Dupe battle | MAC Lucky Green versus Gosh Golden Green

  1. This green tone looks so amazing on you! I really don´t think I would pull of that colour, I would look like a greeny yellow monster I think. I have a few bronzey dupes and taupey dupes.

  2. I have 3 palettes that have golden and browny shades in them. A few days ago I was with a friend and we took my 3 palettes and compared most of the colors.. they were all so similar, and some of them were perfect dupes! This is because I mostly have neutral shades in my eyeshadow collection. Only lately I have started wearing more colors but I feel like neutral looks better on me than anything else. I can’t tell the same about you, you look stunning with this eyeshadow color!

  3. Hi Melissa! I love how green makes your eyes stand out. You look gorgeous.
    I’m not a specialists, but I can’t see a difference between the colours!
    I think this is very helpful for people seeking for budget friendly products with an acceptable quality. Great review!

  4. Ze zijn beide heel erg mooi en het verschil is inderdaad heel erg weinig. Het enige is alleen dat Lucky Green net wat meer die gouden gloed heeft bij de swatch. Ik zou nu dan toch sneller voor de van Gosh gaan en dan vooral door het verschil in de prijs en op de ogen vind ik ze er precies hetzelfde uitzien.

  5. Wauw wat zie je er weet prachtig uit! Ik vind beide kleuren super mooi en tja voor de hleft van de prijs zou ik waarschijnlijk gaan voor gosh :)


  6. Wat een geweldige ontdekking zeg en zeker als je de kleur vaak gebruikt. Ik moet zeggen dat de look in combinatie met de kleur je ook echt ge-wel-dig staat! Ik vind die van Mac nét iets mooier door de gouden shimmers, maaar ach, het is bijna niet te zien, dus ik zou het lekker op Gosh houden!

    • Ik heb mijn wenkbrauwen lang echt gehaat. Ik heb een unibrow (ze loopt dus gewoon door in het midden) en de haartjes zijn dik en groeien enorm snel. Ik epileer ze elke dag bij. Best veel werk dus, maar als ik het goed bij hou, dan is de vorm wel goed.

  7. They are really so close, if you didnt tell it, I didnt recognize either! But, since is more shimmery, I prefer Lucky Green maybe!:) Though the Golden Green is very nice too!:) Have a good day! xo

  8. I wouldn’t say I was keen on the colour when I first saw it, but it looks amazing on you! I’ve got brown eyes, so maybe I should try!
    Mafalda ❤

  9. Hello darling, I do the same with fashion items :-) these shades are identical indeed!! I’d like to try this colour (I don’t experiment much usually) because it gives your eyes a unique intensity. You look fab!!!

  10. Qua kleur ziet het er echt helemaal hetzelfde uit als het aangebracht is op je oogleden, super:)
    by the way, ik vind je haar er prachtig uitzien!

  11. Ik zie niet veel verschil! Mooie ooglook heb je er mee gemaakt! Staat je goed! :) Gelukkig heb ik geen oogschaduws die heel veel op elkaar lijken.

  12. De momenten wanneer je een deja vu hebt over make-up, check. Prachtige groene kleuren. Gosh zou ik verkiezen boven Mac afgaande op de prijs, maar die gouden glans in Lucky green is wel erg mooi. Hele knappe look!!

  13. I love green eyeshadow on other people but I’m too shy to do it myself! Maybe I could rock a deep green eyeliner haha that would be the extent of it. I love this look on you though!

  14. yep, green really looks great on you. and it really does go really well with brown eyes, maybe i should try that sometime, never had the guts to do it up until now… cool, i think i’ll have to go to a MAC place soon-ish :)

  15. Je ziet echt géén verschil op je ogen!
    Ik heb een wenkbrauwpotlood van MAC dat exact hetzelfde is dan een potlood van Catrice, en dat van Catrice gebruik ik zelfs liever :)

  16. Wow crap, it’s almost the same! Die van MAC vind ik net iets groener, net iets intenser en net wat mooier, maar als ik naar de prijs kijk.. GOSH! xD Love de look ook. :) Gorgeous.

  17. This is really the perfect Mac dupe. I can’t see any difference and this green looks fabulous.
    Yes I have a few Mac dupes too. Some eyeshadows from Catrice are almost the same as the ones from Mac. I forgot the names.

    xx Mira

  18. Wow, I love how thorough your articles are! I don’t believe I have any dupes in my stash, obviously all 127 colors are distinctly different shades ;)

  19. I’ve actually never seen this green before, and I am glad you put it on because if you didn’t, I would of guessed it was an ugly color. It looks very pretty on and I like the color now.


  20. wow, Melissa. Great post. I must go have a look at all my colors now.. haha! I can see the difference when you have the swatches on your hand, but I seriously can’t when it’s on your eyes :O at least not on the photos! Both are great colors though.. and I love the shimmer that MAC has (on your hand/arm)… and green really brings out your eyes!

  21. Love it! That’s a gorgeous picture :) Your eyes pop out so much! Green is one of my favourite colours to wear but I’m not sure how that looks makeup wise on me :( I may have to check it out!! I think the most makeup dupes I have are lipsticks that are bright pink..can’t resist them..

  22. Qua kleur lijken ze veel op elkaar, al vind ik de MAC oogschaduw toch mooier.. ik heb nu eenmaal een zwak voor shimmery oogschaduws ;-) groen staat je wel gorgeous trouwens!

  23. wow dit is een prachtig kleurtje, echt iets voor mij. Op je arm(?) swatch zie je wel verschil maar in de look verwerkt helemaal niet meer. Prachtige look btw, heel mooi. Ik wil lucky green nu ook hebben

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