Are we just buying the packaging?

Is it really ‘All about the packaging’?

As a makeup artist, beauty blogger, or even makeup junkie. You’ll learn very quickly that makeup and skincare are FAR from cheap. I’ve noticed that whenever I would go makeup shopping for myself, or either to replenish my freelance kit, these prices fall steep!  Granted I have discounts with certain companies, but still they add up! Guess you gotta pay for quality right? How do you guys feel about this?

I’ve noticed everyone going crazy over palettes from BH Cosmetics and Coastal Scents, but as soon as I log on to Amazon or eBay, I would find that same exact palette for literally 3 bucks, lol! Save the fact that they’re all made in China, it’s just the mere fact that these products were the exact same.

When I discovered dupes, It triggered a thought in my mind – Are we just paying for the packaging? Believe it or not, companies utilize the notion of executing great packaging for an ‘okay’ product. But that’s just my theory.

I don’t want my products to look cute, I want them to work!



So my question for you is…


Are we buying the same things over and over, but in just different packaging?

If so, what are your favorite dupes?

  • Shay

    I just had to comment because this is completely true. For instance, the packaging of lime crime lipsticks is beautiful. I personally do not own any as yet, but I am sure there are plenty of dupes for those. But, I have found a great dupe for M.A.C’s cyber and that’s Revlon super lustrous black cherry lipstick. What dupes have you found for high end products? Vice versa.

    • GIRL YES!!!! I felt like the only reason for me wanting a lime crime lipstick secondary to the opaque color, would be due to the cute packaging! When really, I could get the same exact lipstick color for much less lol. My dupes for majority of my mac lipsticks are wet n’ wild. I wanna name them, but there’s so many! Lol you’ll literally find a dupe by just looking at a wet n wild section in Walgreens, CVS or RiteAid

      • Shay

        Exactly! But let’s not forget that the curiosity of what the hype is all about and wanting to find out what it’s texture feels like and all those good stuff, which plays a part too, and once you do that, then you could determine whether or not it’s a item you’d want to keep purchasing. I’ve heard that Wet n’ Wild have some really great dupes also, so I will have to look into that. Can you post a blog about eyeshadow palettes and those that are worth the purchase or not please?

        • Yes, I agree as well. In regards to your suggestion, Most definitely! Subscribe to my website (enter email at the bottom of this page) and you’ll instantly be updated on all of my new findings and reviews! Most importantly, you’ll be the first to know when I post said blog. Thankyou for suggesting that marvelous idea Shay! I’m working on it as we speak! Don’t be a stranger 🙂 <3 xo

  • Shay

    Okay, I just subscribed and Thank you 🙂
    I definitely will not be a stranger because I am a fan of yours and I support you completely. I’m excited to see what you come up with and you’re welcome by the way.