It’s safe to say that Nars Cruella is a cult favourite.
But I’ve heard rumours in the blogosphere that Maybelline’s Color Drama Lipstick Pencil in Red Essential is a dupe & is threatening Cruella’s throne. So me being me, needed to investigate this for myself (call me Sherlock).
So… is it a dupe or a dud?
Let the beauty battle commence.
Aesthetically, there’s no denying they’re similar although I do think Nars has the edge in this category. It’s Nars packaging, it does something to me.
Nars 1 – 0 Maybelline
Next let’s talk about price. Maybelline’s offering is a measly £4.99 which I’m more than happy to hand over and is probably on the cheaper end of high street lipsticks. However, Nars‘ Pencils are an eye watering £20 – 4 times the price! Sorry Nars.
Nars 1 – 1 Maybelline
In terms of how much product you get from each pencil, Maybelline’s 2 grams is picked at the post by Nars‘ 2.4 grams which is equivalent to 16.7% more than it’s cheaper equivalent (I should think so to!)
Nars 2 – 1 Maybelline
Longevity is one of the main things that every lipstick lover looks for first. I find Maybelline’s offering to be creamier, more satin-like, so tends to slip around – especially when eating. Nars’ Cruella is a true matte formula which contributes to it’s longwearing application with minimal touch ups.
Nars 3 – 1 Maybelline
As far as colour and pigmentation goes, they come in at a draw. If you’re looking for a colour dupe, you’ve found it.
Nars 4 – 2 Maybelline
As you’ve probably guessed by the score, Nars‘ offering is my favourite. If you’re looking for a colour dupe then by all means save yourself £15! But for me when it comes down to longevity and finish, I have to give it to Nars.
Have you tried either of these Lipstick Pencils? Which one is your favourite?
I’d love to hear what you think!
Ciao for now,