Again in February, I fell head over heels with Madison Beer’s viral Vogue make-up routine. Earlier than I bought sucked into the frenzy like everybody else, I used to be fairly disinterested in make-up. It’s not like I had a private vendetta towards it or something, however the achievable, pure, but noticeable look demonstrated by Beer’s approach really bought me enthusiastic about make-up once more.
A lot in order that I went straight to Michigan Avenue (within the pouring rain sans umbrella, may I add), to get my palms on two merchandise that actually made my jaw drop when she used them: the Charlotte Tilbury contour wand and blush wand. Critiques referred to as them pigmented but pure, light-weight, and a one-stop store to sculpted perfection. Sadly for me, I wasn’t the one one who had the thought, and I used to be a bit tardy to the occasion—the cons of viral movies that attain me however additionally attain the remainder of the inhabitants.
I busted by way of the doorways at Sephora and slid on over to the Charlotte Tilbury stand to get my palms on the contour and blush wands, solely to search out that they had been fully out of inventory. I used to be a bit salty and really a lot soggy from the rain, however I mentioned aloud, “Regardless of, I’ll test on-line.” And that’s after I realized that the 2 merchandise I assumed I wanted to realize the Madison Beer glow had been fully out of inventory. I signed up for restock lists, Charlotte Tilbury texts that I’m too lazy to show off, and refreshed their web site twice a day, ready for the drop.
However within the sensible phrases of our woman H. Duff, ready for the restock was like ready for rain in a drought: ineffective and disappointing. After months of (im)persistence, I made a decision that it was time to accept the subsequent neatest thing. Nothing was going to cease me from Madison’s signature glow. And the place do I’m going after I want equal elements ethical help and resolution? Ulta.
If I used to be going to try to discover a dupe for the favored contour wand and cream blush, my one rule was that I wasn’t going to spend an arm and a leg doing it. After a fast search on TikTok, I discovered that a number of customers had been sporting the Revolution Eye Vibrant Concealer as a contour wand in order that appeared like an honest place to start out. I couldn’t discover any standard for the Pinkgasm spotlight stick so my plan was to wing it. On the Revolution kiosk, I discovered a concealer in a much-darker-than-my-skin-tone shade that had an analogous applicator to the Charlotte Tilbury Contour Wand and, at a neighboring stand, settled on a cream blush with a doe-foot applicator that had fairly respectable opinions on-line. And the perfect half? They had been each underneath $10—my concept of a great time.
I can’t lie, I didn’t count on an excessive amount of from both of those merchandise. In any case, they had been only a alternative till I bought the actual deal. So think about my shock after I tried Madison Beer’s make-up routine for the primary time with my dupes and truly liked it. It was a make-up look that I bought compliments on (coming from somebody who by no means will get compliments on make-up) and one that actually lasted me all day (notice: on the time of first use, I used to be out of any type of setting spray).
It took me two tries to get the Revolution Eye Vibrant Concealer proper as a result of it dries fairly rapidly. However on my second try of working swiftly to place three dots underneath every cheekbone and buff it in with a magnificence blender, I used to be hooked. It made me look snatched and stayed precisely the place I wished it for hours on finish. And, within the sample of affection at second sight, NYX Candy Cheeks cream blush blew me away too. On my first try, I put method an excessive amount of. These things packs a punch. However after a fast swipe of a make-up wipe and the truth that I’ve since discovered my lesson, it’s in all probability probably the most pigmented, long-wearing blush I’ve ever used.
The high-end choices—well worth the hype?
After two months of loving my makeshift Madison Beer make-up routine, my telephone buzzed with a textual content. You guessed it—Charlotte Tilbury herself (er, her textual content service, if you’ll) alerting me of the long-awaited magnificence wand restock. If I had gotten the identical textual content two months prior, I’d have yeeted to the web site with record-breaking pace. However, for a second, I paused. My make-up routine was full. I used to be pleased with my dupes. However as all basic grass-is-greener-on-the-other-side tales go, I purchased each a $38 contour wand and the same-priced blush stick, principally out of curiosity.
After they arrived to my condo constructing and I unboxed them like a wannabe make-up influencer, I opened them with care. The packaging was stunning. And after months and months of ready, they had been lastly in my palms. I had completely nothing to do this day (not even a Zoom assembly to point out off my face), however you already know—I did full glam solely in order that I may attempt them out.
I prepped my face in the very same method that I had for months. I washed my face, used toner, and went in with a vitamin C serum and a moisturizer. I prepped with a primer after which used my ordinary basis. All was effectively in paradise, so I reached for my brand-spanking-new and long-awaited merchandise.
Up first was the contour wand. I utilized it the identical method that Madison did: a stroke beneath every cheekbone and blended with a magnificence sponge. This system traveled a lot greater than my drugstore dupe and was lots sheerer. It had a dewy end that left me glowing, which I appreciated. I appeared heat however not contoured, if that is smart.
Subsequent up was the extensively liked Pinkgasm blush stick that I had been eager to attempt even earlier than Madison Beer made it viral. The colour was completely beautiful on her, and watching her beat it from her cheeks to the tip of her nostril was really a magical expertise that I watched an embarrassing variety of occasions. This highlighter blush was precisely that. Highlighter + blush. The one problem for me was that I usually like blush however wish to preserve the spotlight on the excessive factors on my cheeks. This two-in-one product doesn’t essentially allow you to obtain that.
I positively appeared hotter and extra completed up after I used the Charlotte Tilbury choices, however I can’t lie: I didn’t love them. Each merchandise unfold lots throughout software, which left me much less contoured than I would love, and the sheer, dewy nature of every product didn’t actually stand the check of time. To not point out that over the course of getting every for a number of months, I’ve forgotten to shut them each in some unspecified time in the future, which resulted in a large mess in my make-up bag. I’ll take the fault for that half although (consumer error). But additionally, it’s nonetheless annoying.
The ultimate verdict
After a number of months of getting each the high-end merchandise and their dupes, I’ve to say that the dupes reign supreme this time round. The Charlotte Tilbury wands aren’t unhealthy. The packaging is fairly, the system is creamy and satisfying to placed on, they usually make you look tremendous glowy, which I can admire. However for $38 every and for them to 1) look nearly fully the identical as merchandise which are nearly 1 / 4 of the worth or 2) not final your complete day, I can’t say that I’ll be repurchasing.
I nonetheless will give credit score the place credit score is due. If it weren’t for these higher-end, cream-based contour and blush merchandise, I’d nonetheless be kicking it with powder merchandise. The viral, dearer merchandise led me to my long-lost loves, their dupes. For that, I’m ceaselessly grateful. I’ll positively use them up till they’re gone, however in relation to changing, I’ll attain for the dupes time and time once more till one thing higher comes alongside—or a minimum of till Madison Beer x Vogue releases an up to date half two sooner or later.