Friday, 15 February 2013

Mac Rebel vs Sleek Smother


I thought I'd just like to mention a little dupe I'd found recently. After deliberating one day in Superdrug over whether to buy Sleek's Cherry or Smother I eventually settled with the latter, and after getting home and applying it, it really reminded me of another recent purchase..

In the bullet both lipsticks look like a scarily dark, vampy purple but are really buildable colours which is what I love about them as they are multi purpose- they can be used as a subtle stain or applied heavily for a more intense finish. These lipsticks are interesting because in poorer lighting they come up as a fairly dark burgundy colour, but under the light a bright, more fuschia shade, with the sleek lipstick being very slightly more on the purple side.

The formula? Mac's Rebel is a 'satin' finish whilst Smother is a 'sheen'. Rebel doesn't apply as smoothly but once on it creates an even, velvety semi-matte finish which I love. 'Smother' is creamier and slightly sheerer so is a bit more 'slippery' and can easily smudge round the edges of the lips. 

Both lipsticks seem to cling to the dry bits of my lips and highlight them, although I'm not going to blame this on the lipsticks just yet as my lips are especially bad at the moment, even with religiously lip scrubbing and moisturising daily- the real test will be when it comes to summer. Rebel definitely has better staying power and is overall the better lipstick in my opinion but at £14 you get what you pay for, with 'Smother' costing around £4.99. 



Excuse the swatches- as I said they're a lot brighter in the light, but I thought I'd give you an idea of just how similar the colours are..  I did attempt to take a photo of them on the lips but wintery, dry cracked lips + still trying to figure out lighting = awful shots! (I will get better at this, eventually)

Lastly I'd just like to thank all of you that have followed my blog so far, plus anyone who's commented or even just read my previous post! I'm trying to come up with ideas of what to post about at the moment so if you have any suggestions feel free to comment :)

What's your favourite high end lipstick dupe?



21 comments:

  1. The look so similar,like they are the same lipstic!
    Great post doll.xx

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  2. The colour looks almost identical. My lips are incredibly flaky and dry at the moment too. So the only thing that's on my lips at the moment in vasoline! I love all the natural collection lipsticks, they are surprisingly long lasting. xo

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  3. Oh my, they really do look like the same lipstick! If anything, I think I prefer the Sleek one. I've got Rebel in December but I'll definitely check this one out for a "top up" during the day. Lovely blog too, new follower :)

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    1. That's exactly what I do, if I lose it or damage it its not as much harm done, and if I put rebel on in the morning it usually lasts quite long until I need to top up :) although you have to make sure you're careful applying the sleek one as it can slide all over the place! Thanks for following xx

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  4. i own MACs Rebel too and that colour is so close to it!
    great post. :))

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  5. Very nice colours. I really like your blog ♥

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  6. I adore your blog, definitely following now. Stay in touch xx

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  7. Wowww great find! Those colors look identical.

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  8. You have found such an amazing dupe! I need to pick up the sleek one!

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    x

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  9. They look so similar! I really love the colour as well!

    Rose xo

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  10. OOOh the colors look so similar! Good find!
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  12. I've just bought the sleek lipstick after seeing this post!
    Love your blog, now following :)

    Jess xo

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  13. Great post
    Amazing blog

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  14. Looks like a good dupe..
    Great post, Thanks for sharing!:)

    You have a lovely blog!<3

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    Hugs, Brittany, xx

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  16. Lovely post! I love Mac Rebel and the smother is such a good substitute! Thanks so much for the lovely comment on my blog. I love yours - newest follower :) if you're ever passing back through mine feel free to follow back if you want! :) Megan x

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    1. Thank you! And it says I'm following you! :) x

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  17. Your blog is lovely! I own Rebel and it's my go-to shade for the colder months, but it's sooo annoying that it ends up everywhere ... x

    Živa | Nothin' Fancy. Really.

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  18. Such comparable shades..gorgeous too. Definitely staying tuned for more posts from you on this lovely blog. Keep them coming!

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    Gen xo

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  19. I love finding dupes of great products - especially if they are a lower price. Thank you for sharing this one!

    Lou x
    Bluebird | Beauty and life blog

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