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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!
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!
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.
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.
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?