Duping the vibes is something that I love to do with my eyeshadow collection. Whenever I’m caught up in the moment of wanting a new release I dupe the vibes instead.
By turning my attention away from the new product and back onto my own collection I eventually lose interest in the newness. I realise that I already own very similar shades and can make my own version of that same colour scheme.
I used this technique a lot throughout my 2019 no-buy year. It showed me that I didn’t need to buy new makeup. It worked so well that I’m continuing it into this 2020 year as well.
Today I wanted to quickly show a recent dupe the vibes palette I created. It was inspired by the colour layout of the Natasha Denona Biba palette that I had been lusting after. This palette’s a good example to dupe the vibes of because it follows the same theme of most new releases.
That theme being that a brand will release a palette that I will see as being totally unique and like nothing that I already own. Then when start to dupe its vibes I’ll find that actually, 90% of the palette is generic. Only one or two unique shades scattered throughout.
In reality, instead of the entire Biba palette being amazing and like nothing in my collection, there’s only one shade that I don’t exactly own. That one is sculpture, and I was still able to find a shade that’s close enough to satisfy my desires.
This trend of 90% generic shades I find with nearly all of the latest releases from the major beauty brands. It makes it easy for me to reject the multitudes of new products that are put out into the beauty community.
It’s also the reason I find myself turning to indie brands and the like. Their releases tend to be genuinely unique and interesting. Also I like my money supporting small businesses trying to break into the market.
So below I’ll show you the original Natasha Denona Biba palette. Alongside that is a dupe palette produced by Alter Ego Cosmetics and then my own dupe the vibes palette that I based off both of those.
Duping the Natasha Denona Biba Palette
Overall I’m very pleased with how my dupe the vibes palette came together. I think the colour scheme matches the themes of the original Biba palette. The eye looks that I’ve created from it have satisfied my original need for the Natasha Denona release.
If you’re currently on a no-buy, low-by or just looking to play with some makeup then I would highly recommend you try to dupe the vibes of a palette that you’ve had your eye on for a while. It might show you that you don’t need to spend any money at all.