I think everyone loves a good dupe post. I know I certainly do. It’s nice to know you can still get a product you love when you’re pinched for pennies, or even just to save in that area so you can splurge in others.
When I do dupe posts, I won’t just be looking out for colour matches — I’ll do my best to match texture, longevity and effectiveness. If it doesn’t hit at least one of those categories in addition to colour, it’s not a dupe for me.
This time round I’m comparing MAC Powder Blush in Melba and Sleek Blush in Coral.
I think I’ve had MAC Melba just over a year. It was a purchase egged on by seeing various beauty bloggers using it and loving it. It’s a colour I didn’t have at all at the time (I don’t actually own a lot of blusher in general) and thought it would work on my skintone. When I visited the MAC store and tried it on, I loved it immediately. It was almost a no-blush blush look. It warmed up my face without looking like I had a lot of blusher on.
A few months ago, I was in London and stopped by a Superdrug to look at the Sleek blushes. This one jumped out at me. At the time, Melba didn’t cross my mind (and if it had, I don’t think I would’ve thought they’d be that similar). I took the Sleek blush in Coral home and I really do love it.
In the pan, MAC Melba is paler than Sleek Coral. I feel like Melba is a peachy-orange, while Coral is a straight-up orange coral colour. The Melba is a matte shade, while Coral has a slight shimmer to it. It can barely be called a shimmer, really, but it does pick up a gleam (which I like).
Left, Sleek Coral, right, MAC Melba
Swatched, Coral has more of a burnt note in it than Melba, and is slightly darker. You can pick up the slight browns in Coral, and the peach in Melba.
They’re not completely identical on my face. I personally feel like Melba gives a slightly softer look. However, I really like that Coral picks up light, without giving a full-blown shimmer. Sleek Coral’s slightly darker tone means it’s more sculpting than Melba, too. However, to me they’re similar enough to warrant being a dupe.
I think Melba is more finely milled than Sleek, but they both have great colour payoff and are pigmented. I haven’t tested it out rigorously, but I feel like they last equally well on me. They both fade toward the end of the day.
The other obvious comparison is the price point. In the UK, MAC blushes are four times more expensive than Sleek blushes. I’m glad I have them both, but if I hopped into a time machine, I’d probably just buy the Sleek and save myself some money.
What do you think? Have you tried out MAC and Sleek blushes? If so, do you prefer one over the other?