MAC Dupes: Can You ID These MAC Colors Or Tell the Difference?

December 31, 2009

I don’t write much about MAC because I find that since there are so many MAC experts out there, I don’t feel like I would be contributing much by writing about the line. But I actually do like MAC products quite a bit. To me, they are definitely the most fashion-forward with trends and I love that they have such a wide range of colors, textures and finishes for all their products. Because there are so many colors, I think that just about anyone can find something they like.

One of the things I’m not crazy about though is their frequent discontinuation of colors to make room for new ones, but if your favorite product has been discontinued, there are chances it may be re-promoted with a new collection or that a very similar color will be released under a different product name.

All the products above are different colors, and while they aren’t 100% the same, they are so close that once you apply them on the skin, you can barely tell the difference. Can you ID these or tell the difference?

  1. Pink Swoon Sheertone Blush
  2. Pink Glow Matte Blush (discontinued around 2007)
  3. Dark Edge Satin Eyeshadow (LE with N Collection, January 2008)
  4. Rummy Satin Eyeshadow (LE with D’Bohemia, May 2005)
  5. Bendel Girl Lipglass (Henri Bendel exclusive in September 2007)
  6. Light That Fire Lipglass (LE with Warm & Cozy 2009 Collection)
  7. Sugarshot Lustre Eyeshadow (LE with Sugarsweet, March 2009)
  8. Light Ray Lustre Eyeshadow (LE with Turquatic, July 2006)
  9. Cherry Blossom Lipglass (LE with Cult of Cherry, August 2008)
  10. Cultureclash Lipglass (LE with Electroflash, July 2008, will be re-promoted in Feb 2010)
  11. Trifle Lipglass (LE with Antiquitease, October 2007)
  12. Tongue-in-chic Lacquer (discontinued, unsure of date)
  13. Flash of Flesh Lipglass (LE with D’Bohemia, May 2005)
  14. Bare Necessity Dazzleglass
  15. Camel Eyeshadow (discontinued in 2000?)
  16. Modelette Eyeshadow (released with MAC Warm & Cozy 2009)

My New Years Resolution is to use up more and buy less (we’ll see how well that actually goes). All of these from my stash are still good, I normally don’t throw out things according to the standard expiration dates.

That being said, it still doesn’t stop me from wanting MAC to repromote Maroon pigment, Brass Pigment, Coco Pigment, Pleasureflush MSF, Shrimplette Lipstick, Sharp Beige Lipstick, Fringe Eyeshadow, Heavenly Bliss Eyeshadow, Camel Eyeshadow, those cute Diana Ross pink makeup brushes and a bunch of their original blushes that they discontinued. The closest thing I’ve found to MAC Camel is the new Modelette Eyeshadow, but it’s still a tad bit different. Close enough for me to be happy right now though.

I wish MAC would do an “Originals” collection every year and repromote discontinued products from the past as a collection.

Have you found any MAC dupes?

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  • Happy New Year Lina!

    Wow! That's a pretty amazing collection of dupes – if you didn't tell me Light that Fire and Bendel Girl were two different lipglosses… I totally couldn't tell. O_O

  • Shoobe

    I have a pretty big stash of Mac eyeshadows and pigments. I got caught up in the excitement of LE collections and convinced myself each new collection had a few items I "needed" and would regret missing out on.

    This year due to various reasons I could no longer indulge in buying items from the huge array of collections Mac had.
    I've realised that there are only so many variations of the same shade but different name items you can own (see Sunnydaze and Subtle pigments). Mac do release some gems that are worth the hype but I will definitely continue to be more discerning in my purchases and not get caught up in the excitement of an LE collection. It's so tempting to see a beautiful colour you think you need before it transpires you already own it. However, I challenge anyone to find a permenant dupe for Magnetic Fields eyeshadow from the Neo Sci Fi collection. I adore it and am so glad I didn't miss out on that beauty.
    Heres to New Years Resolutions. I think I'll attempt to take more photos of my stash in the elegant style that you do Lina. I think it will help me realise I already own many beautiful items.
    How do you and KarlaSugar do it?


  • I have found an exact match for Pleasureflush MSF, Laura Geller does a blush with highlighter (Blush 'n Brighten in Boysenberry with Amaretti) and the highlighter is the exact same shade as Pleasureflush and has the same soft, silky texture. The blush is a gorgeous pink colour, very pretty. The highlighter is a bit over a quarter of the whole compact which is the same size as an MSF. You can buy these blushes on eBay for $15, so much cheaper than paying $160 for a Pleasureflush MSF – which is what someone is trying to sell one for on eBay at the moment! – even if you take into account that you only get a quarter or so of the highlighter. I have 3 of them now and might buy more as I love the blush too! πŸ™‚

  • Sigh, I'm so over MAC. I do wish they would repromote Coco pigment, too! I'd definitely get a jar – I covet my sample!