Okay. Before you begin, let me just say that these are MY thoughts. I am posting this because I am GRAVELY curious and I want to know if any of you have noticed the same.
If you’re really willing to read this, okay PUSH, ‘TEH!
Despite my desire of getting over-the-top highend brands, as a budgetarian beauty enthusiast mudra, I look for good eyeshadow palettes that are within my budget.
I know dupes are quite controversial, because the original brands didn’t work hard on their concept just to be copied by other smaller brands. But I, myself, am guilty of getting dupes because I also want to experience some makeup items without having to splurge.
Dupes, by the way, are different from knock-offs. The latter is an actual replica of a particular item – from the box to the logo to the shades. They are usually made by unknown companies, that’s why they’re unsafe since you can’t get any information on the manufacturer. In case something bad happens, you won’t know who to go after.
Dupes are usually created by smaller indie companies, whose color story may be similar to a high end product, but bearing different shade names, palette name, and design.
I got really excited when more and more local companies started coming out with their makeup lines. One of these companies is Hello, Gorgeous! I discovered their IG account when I was looking for a rainbow highlighter. I bought their Rainbow Dash Eyeshadow and Highlighter compact, then later purchased their cute Unicorn Brush Wash.
Months later, I saw them on TV and I was genuinely happy to see them finally getting a bigger exposure. However, during the interview, they were described as INNOVATIVE, and they graciously embraced the word. My initial thoughts were: “But theirs weren’t the first cat eyeliners or the brow cushions or the magnetic eyelashes! Were they?” Such big claims were a huge letdown.
Then there’s this palette:
My initial thoughts were: “Was that a dupe for Huda Beauty?”
This is Huda Beauty Rose Gold Edition:
Then in the comments section on a Facebook post, someone compared Hello Gorgeous and Focallure. I didn’t know Focallure back then, so I Googled it and found out that it was from China, like Ashley Shine. Some foreign YouTubers have already tried them and they got theirs from AliExpress and Ebay.
(By the way, there are websites shopfocallure and focallurecosmetics, which I DON’T REALLY KNOW MUCH ABOUT, but are SAID TO BE shady. The prices are way higher and the services are said to suck. I just read those, okay? So, yes, medyo chismis ang isang ito.)
The palette in question was this:
The color story and even the shade names are exactly the same! But DO take a closer look of the shades GOLD MINE and ROSE GOLD which are both on the first row on both palettes.
But… to make it even more confusing… Here’s the same Hello Gorgeous palette posted on Shopee:
And then there’s this product:
I was like…
What the heck is going on here?
Whether or not Hello Gorgeous Mermaid Cult palette is a repackaged Focallure, I think it is still better to create something that would set them apart from others. Something they REALLY creatively and originally thought of and worked on.
Especially for such a price! I’d get myself a Morphe or a JCat or a BH Cosmetics palette. At least I could peacefully say I got my money’s worth.
I support local brands, but I give a much higher respect to those who work hard for originality.
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