Sometimes a product completely knocks my socks off. So much so in fact, that it also knocks the socks of their competitors, their predecessors and the originals. Whether they’re superior in form, function or there’s just something that you can’t quite put your finger on; we’ve all been there right? Welcome the ‘Better Than The Original’ Edit:
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector < Dior Glow Maximiser Light Boosting Primer. I’ll keep it brief, because a rave about this ol’ one from Dior only popped up round these parts yesterday. The BECCA is all kinds of awesome, but the Dior? It’s just glowier. I didn’t think it was possible, but it manages somehow with this peachy pearl liquid to brighten up even my dullest of complexion days. A winner by just a smidge of a sheen.
Tangleteezer < The Wet Brush. I didn’t think anything could beat the Tangleteezer for me; I’ve been a dedicated user for the past two years, but when Lily told me the Wet Brush was taming her locks in no time at all post-wash I listened up. I raised my brow when she suggested it, but dayum – she’s right. I’m not quite sure what makes this perform better but it glides through my locks and combs out the tangles without a pull or a watery eye in sight. Hard to find, but worth it.
Laura Mercier Metallic Creme Eye Colour < Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Paint. This is another Lily-induced purchase that I finally got round to purchasing after months of me asking her what was on her lids and her replying this. I’ve never been much of a Laura Mercier fan when it came to their cream eye colours – they crease like a beyatch on me – but in terms of their liquidy texture there wasn’t anything else like them in my collection. Enter the Rimmel version with its long-wearing, crease-resistant and ‘just the right nod to shimmer’ formula. It wipes the floor with its competition.
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler < Japonesque Power Curl Lash Curler. Now here’s a shocker – a pair of lash curlers that beat the most coveted, talked about and loved pair in the word? Crazy talk. But it’s true, I haven’t touched the Shu Uemura ones since I gave the Japonesque a fair test. If I’d discovered them before I filmed my 2013 Favourites Video, I would have stuck them in there. That’s how much I love them. It’s one of those ‘can’t quite put my finger on it’ cases again, but I think the Japonesque just fits my eye shape that little more snuggly allowing me to get right in to the root of my lashes and get curling directly from the base.
Laura Mercier Lip Glacé < Maybelline ColourSensational Lipgloss. This is a recent find, but a good’un. Now it’s not that I don’t love the Laura Mercier gloss offering – they’re some of my favourites that I own – it’s just they get a little bit messy. With continued use gloop collects in the lid and I end up with a fist full of sticky-stuff (*shudders*) after each application and so far I’ve yet to come across this problem with the Maybelline offering. They’re very similar in pigmentation, texture and application – but for packaging? The Maybelline ColourSensational’s have the edge.
Any you’d like to add to the list?