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Can you pick the $140 pharmacy makeup look from the $1,064 high-end design


If you’ve ever been into a cosmetic store hoping to purchase just one thing, you’ll know how easy it is to walk away with far more than you bargained for.

But are you really making a difference to the makeup look you’re creating by spending thousands?

New Zealand-based Youtuber Shannon Harris shared an almost identical look on her social media channel; one which was made entirely with a drug store brand for $140 and another with high-end labels for $1,064.

So can you tell which one is which?

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New Zealand-based Youtuber Shannon Harris shared an almost identical look on her social media channel (pictured)

New Zealand-based Youtuber Shannon Harris shared an almost identical look on her social media channel (pictured)

The image on the left is the cheaper brand look, whereas the image on the right shows off the expensive makeup.

Of the expensive brands, Miss Harris said most customers were spending their money on the luxe packaging and weighty feel of the item.

While they have an aesthetic exterior, she said you can find ‘dupes’ or copies for most of the expensive primers, foundations and concealers.  

With the products she had on hand Miss Harris created a bronzed and ‘glowy’ peach look with a fierce lined eye and huge false eyelashes.

She used a Guerlain primer, Tom ford foundation, YSL concealer and Hourglass setting powder

She used a Guerlain primer, Tom ford foundation, YSL concealer and Hourglass setting powder

She used a Guerlain primer, Tom Ford foundation, YSL concealer and Hourglass setting powder. 

The colours were extremely pigmented, given they had such a grandiose price point, and that was the main difference between both looks.

The 25-year-old then replicated a similar look with far cheaper products, this time just using the drug store brand CoverGirl.

Nothing from the 11 items she chose to apply was over $21.

The 25-year-old then replicated a similar look with far cheaper products, this time just using the drug store brand CoverGirl

While it was a sponsored video for the American label, Miss Harris said she was 'blown away by the quality'

While it was a sponsored video for the American label, Miss Harris said she was ‘blown away by the quality’

While it was a sponsored video for the American label, Miss Harris said she was ‘blown away by the quality’.

The palettes had a very ‘blendable texture’ but did have some ‘fall out’ – which happens when the pigments of the product scatter onto your face – so Miss Harris recommended doing your eye look before putting foundation on.

‘These are some of the easiest eyebrow shadows I’ve ever tried to blend,’ she told her followers.

How do you create the $140 pharmacy look?

  • Pore Minimising Primer $8.49
  • Vitalist Healthy Concealer $16.95
  • Katy Kat Palette in Cool Kat and Hot Kat $13 each
  • Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation $7.99
  • Tru Blend Contour Palette $19.95
  • Vitalist Healthy Powder $20.95
  • Tru Blend Bronzer $6.47
  • Peacock Flair Mascara $6.25
  • Katy Kat Matte Lipstick in Sphynx $17.95
  • Katy Kat Gloss in Kataloupe $7.95   
Miss Harris' CoverGirl creation (pictured)

Miss Harris’ CoverGirl creation (pictured)

 

How do you create the $1,064 makeup look?

  • Guerlain Meteorites Primer $74
  • Tom Ford Traceless Foundation $85
  • YSL Touche Eclat Pen $38
  • Hourglass Setting Powder $46
  • Kat Von D Contour Kit $49
  • Givenchy Healthy Glow Powder $53
  • Tom Ford Nude Glow Face Palette $110
  • Lilah B Glow Face Mist $48
  • Natasha Denona Palette $239
  • YSL Faux Cils Babydoll Mascara $32
  • Marc Jacobs Lip Pencil $24
Miss Harris' luxury creation (pictured)

Miss Harris’ luxury creation (pictured)

 



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