31 August 2015

The MAC Velvet Teddy dupe

A picture of MAC Velvet Teddy and Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil in Nude Perfection
There's a few lipsticks from MAC which have recently become hugely popular and one of those is one of the first nude shades I ever picked up from MAC, as well as my go-to nude for any occasion, any time of year. That lipstick is of course MAC Velvet Teddy

Velvet Teddy is a beautiful warm nude with a matte finish that makes it incredibly flattering for any occasion. It is one of the deeper nudes in my collection, a shade which has become extremely popular over recent months when the warmer nudes have taken over the beauty scene. It's a shade which could easily be worn alone as the pigmentation is amazing; one application gives a really opaque colour, but I sometimes opt for a lip liner if I know I'm going to be out a while. For a matte finish the formula itself is very soft, creamy to apply and stays put for a good few hours before needing to reapply. It's my favourite nude, and one of my favourite ever MAC purchases.

Whenever a celebrity makes a product more popular, I feel like there's this huge pressure on people of all ages to get those same products and I suppose in a way, relate to that celebrity. Shades such as Velvet Teddy have become more popular recently due to the dark nude lip look that people like Kylie Jenner have become known for, and whilst I love the look myself and can see why it is appealing to so many people, MAC is something not within everyone's means. I'm a big fan of a budget-friendly range which has often been compared to the NARS lip pencil range, and when I added a nude shade to my beauty stash a couple of months ago, I never expected it to be comparable to MAC, too. 

The Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil range is a high-street range of reasonably priced lip pencils with a great variety of shades that compliment a huge range of complexions as well as having shades which would work any time of year. I've been on a nude binge for a good year or so now and was drawn to Nude Perfection, which as you might expect, looked like the perfect nude. It has a very soft creamy formula, a touch softer than Velvet Teddy but still applies precisely for an opaque finish. The finish is demi-matte, not quite as matte as MAC's matte range but only slightly different, and has just as good lasting power when teamed with a lip liner. 

Nude Perfection is pretty much an exact dupe for Velvet Teddy shade wise. There is only the tiniest, minuscule difference between the two with Velvet Teddy being very, very slightly warmer, but the difference is only noticeable when swatched right next to each other. If you stood two lovely ladies next to each other, one wearing Velvet Teddy and one wearing Nude Perfection, you would not be able to tell the two apart! 

MAC lipsticks cost £15.50, and although I personally feel that MAC is worth the splurge and always my go-to brand for lipsticks, Nude Perfection is such an amazing dupe and at a fraction of the price; the Maybelline Velvet Lip Pencil range is just £4.99 and often on offer at Boots! If you've been lusting after Velvet Teddy but MAC is a little bit out of your price range, go for Nude Perfection, because honestly? They're like twins.

MAC lipsticks cost £15.50 and are available at www.maccosmetics.co.uk.
Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils cost £4.99 and are available at www.boots.co.uk.

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24 comments

  1. I'd love to try out the velvet teddy lipstick but I find lipstick never looks good on my lips! Like the inside of my lip never holds the lipstick or something? Idk haha

    Renee | Lose The Road

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    1. Have you tried applying lip liner first? And all over the lip, opposed to just lining the lip? xo

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  2. Such a good dupe! I will be trying out the maybelline one x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

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    1. It's an amazing dupe, probably the best dupe I have ever come across to be honest xo

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  3. I've just lost my Nude Perfection pencil and feel a 'lil bit lost without it. It's one of my favourite go to products, I didn't even know it was a dupe for Velvet Teddy, it's just such a nice shade. Every time I go to get another, it's either sold out or the products have all been open and swatched... they need to seal them, the amount they must waste by products becoming unsellable is ridiculous!

    Laura x
    www.shortsoul.com

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    1. Ah, even more reason to replace it then!! :) I ordered mine online from Superdrug, as like you I struggle to find many of the shades I want in store. Obviously a very popular range :) xo

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  4. That's a great dupe, I think I'll be picking up the Maybelline version when I'm in town x

    laurenwearsmakeup.blogspot.com

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    1. I hope you'll love it as much as me! xo

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  5. I need to try the Maybelline pencils, I've heard nothing but good things about them. I've heard there is also a fab dupe for Nars cruella in the range!
    Coleoftheball xx

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    1. It's such a fantastic range, I have a few now and adore them all xo

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  6. I love finding cheap alternatives for Mac lipsticks, I already own velvet teddy but I'll be trying out this maybelline pencil soon! x

    Ciara Rose | Ciara Rose | AllureImpassionedGoddess

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    1. Dupes for MAC products are always handy! xo

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  7. Everybody loves a good dupe don't they?! I love Velvet Teddy - it's my go to lipstick for work as I'm not allowed to wear more adventurous shades. I may have to give this dupe a go though when I eventually run out of my MAC! xo

    Emma-Louise | Dino's Beauty Diary

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    1. I love Velvet Teddy so much, it literally works every season for any occasion xo

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  8. I love these lip pencils! Might have to try Nude Perfection out next!

    Laura | lauzylouu
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    1. Let me know what you think if you decide to give Nude Perfection a try xo

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  9. Who doesn't love a good dupe! I'm still yet to try Velvet Teddy - maybe I should pick up nude perfection first!

    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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    1. Definitely pick up Nude Perfection first, I honestly don't think there's a need for both xo

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  10. I love these pencils but have never tried this colour, I'm gutted I just bought velvet teddy and now I've heard of this dupe!

    Infinity of fashion// Lucy Jane

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    1. Oh no! But at least you have the beautiful Velvet Teddy :) xo

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  11. I'll definitely be trying out this dupe, thanks for this post! xx

    Graceblogslife.blogspot.com

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    1. Most welcome Grace! Let me know how you get on with Nude Perfection xo

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  12. Thanks for this tip. I've just found the lip pencil, bought it and love it.

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  13. Ahh thankyou for this! Been needing a great nude shade for a while but couldn't justify MAC's prices!

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