The M.A.C. ones were selling for 70% off. Sounds too good to br true right? I suspected that they might be Singapore items but they claimed that it came from Canada. I should have trusted my gut when I saw the concealer palette as I am sure that M.A.C. has never released anything like that. It came from North America alright, however as I found out through reasearch, they were still dupes. This was how their booth looked like, with hundreds of dupe items haha:
I bought a lot of items to which now I am really disappointed. You see, I'd rather buy something unbranded than to go for a knockoff. I've tried the blushes thoug and surprisingly, they were really pigmented. The "mineral" was a little too glittery though. I'd probably use it at night only. For PhP 300 each, they were not bad at all.
I also got myself a Wonderwoman eyeshadow palette because I need something shimmery for Liz's wedding in March. It was selling for PhP500. If you plan to the real thing, you need to know two things: 1) M.A.C.'s Wonderwoman palette only contains 4 shadows and 2) their eyeshadows never come with an applicator. I haven't tested this yet but I'm hoping taht it would not turn out chalky as I really like the colors.
This one I don't really care if it's not real. I need a shadow to be used to don the smokey eye look. It was selling for PhP150.
To end the M.A.C. dupe purchase, I got a lipstick and a lip gloss. I needed a lip color to suit the heavy eye make-up look so this fitted perfectly because it was really muted. The gloss was kind of flavored.
Now to the legitimate purchases. Digital Traincase, which is where I get my round lippies, had a booth there but I found out that The Makeup Store were selling them for 10 pesos less. I got three colors: Indian Pink, Fig and Hermes. Of the three, I fell in love with the perefect pink shade of Fig. Indian Pink was more in the coral family while Hermes was in the neutrals.
|Fig, Hermes, Indian Pink|
So I'm still hald and half with my purchases. Though the dupes work, I still can't get over the fact that they were not authentic. It's just as bad as using fake Louis Vuitton and Longchamp purses. I actually cringe when I see people carrying those because when you own one, you can easily identify the fake ones. It's just a good thing that cosmetics are something that you do not really flaunt. But if your cosmetics are actually working, why guise it in the name of a known but expensive brand? Why not brand it some other name instead? If it works and it's a hell lot cheaper, I'm sure it will gain patronage.
My two cents.