High end vs High street Face Challenge!

Last week Lauren and I clubbed together all our favourite makeup goodies and decided to create a few looks to feature on the blog. We decided to do the high street vs high end challenge as we were both intrigued to see how similar we could make the looks. If you are a follower on my instagram then you will have seen the picture I posted and perhaps had as a guess as to which side was which!? They did both photograph very similarly so it was a hard one, it was probably easier to identify in person but thats would be a bit of a challenge! Here’s the picture I posted of the look:


Quite difficult isn’t it!? I am now happy to kill the suspense and tell you that (looking at the photo straight on) the right side is the high street side and the left is the high end! Did you guess right? In the picture, the most noticeable differences are the eyebrows, blush and lips but in person the eyeshadow pigmentation was quite different too! I’ll show you all the products I used for this look, say which one I preferred (or if it was tie) and also let you know the price difference!


Benefit Porefessional (£24.50) VS The Body Shop Instablur (£14) – (High street WIN)


Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation (£29.50) VS Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation (£7.99) (TIE)


Beauty Blender (£16) VS Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (£5.99) (High End WIN)


Benefit Boi-ing (£17.50) VS LA Girl Pro Conceal (£4.00) (High Street WIN)


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Mood Light Mini (£19) VS Bourjois Java Rice Powder (£9.99) (TIE)


Benefit Hoola (£23.50) VS Bourjois Bronzing Primer (£9.99) (TIE)


MAC Crisp Whites (£20) VS Rimmel Lasting Finish Blush in Santa Rose (£3.99) (High Street WIN)


MAC Strobe Cream Mini (£10) VS NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator (£7.00) (High End WIN)

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer (£17) VS Sleek Solstice Highlight Kit (£9.99) (High End WIN)


Benefit Brow-Zings (£24.50) VS Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Permenant Taupe (£4.99) (High End WIN)


Urban Decay Primer Potion Mini (£8) VS Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Creme D’Nude (£4.99) (TIE)


Urban Decay Naked Palette (£38.50) VS Maybelline The Nudes Palette (£9.99) (High End WIN)


Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘N’ Kohl in Amber Moon (£19.00) VS Maybelline Master Drama in Dark Brown (£4.49) (TIE)


Clarins Be Long Mascara (£21.50) VS Max Factor False Lash Effect (£9.99) (High Street WIN)


MAC Cherry Lipliner (£13) VS No7 Precision Lip Pencil in Fire (£6.75)  (TIE)


Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood (£21) VS Max Factor Colour Elixir Marilyn Monroe Lipstick in Cabernet (£7.99)  (High End WIN)

Total High End: £330.50 VS Total High Street: £123.13 


So what were the big differences and what were the best dupes? Well as I said earlier, the tones of the eyebrows were completely different, Benefits is very warm toned whilst the colour tattoo is incredibly cool. The blushes were significantly different in pigmentation with the Rimmel blush being much more pigmented than MACS! Also the lipsticks were completely different but they were the best red colour match we had. I tend to buy high end red lipsticks and not high street so that did make it harder!

So more importantly what were the dupes?! The setting powders were incredibly similar and you could definitely avoid the expense by using the Bourjois one over the Hourglass! The highlight also cam across very similar actually but if I had to choose which one swung it for me it would be Mary-Lou! The Lipliners were also very very similar but the No7 one was half the price!

So in total there were:

6 High End Wins

4 High Street Wins

6 Ties

What did you think of this post? Are there anymore challenges you would like me to do? Did you guess right?

Much Love


P.s – Maybe if you all leave Lauren a nice comment she might start her own blog!!

6 thoughts on “High end vs High street Face Challenge!

  1. Love the idea of this post! It shows how some expensive products aren’t necessarily better… The only difference I can really notice is that the high end UD eyeshadow looks a little more blended and seamless. But they still look pretty similar! Xxx


  2. I don’t even remember what I guessed on your IG anymore haha! But really impressive that you really can’t tell the difference.
    I really need to try that LA Girl Pro Conceal – I’ve heard such good things about it.
    I have that Bourjois Java Rice Powder and it’s really nice. I need to use it more.
    Great post – really makes you think about if high end is really that much better considering how many high street and ties there were.


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