A Budget-Friendly Dupe For NARS Dolce Vita, Plus COTW!

I'm not sure if any dupe is perfect, but this one is pretty good.
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I'm not sure if any dupe is perfect, but this one is pretty good.

I recently got my hands on my very first NARS lip product: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita. I actually didn't have to spend a cent on it because I used a gift card, but I'm already dreading the day that I run out and have to fork up the $27 for a new one. Obviously I really like it; it's matte but creamy and it has a gorgeous color that's become my daily go-to. Unfortunately it doesn't last long on my lips and I'm running through it really fast. 

So I've been layering it over NYX Retractable Lip Liner in Nude ($5). It's more drying than a NARS Lip Pencil, but it's also more pigmented (though it's slightly darker and more brown that Dolce Vita) and it lasts way longer.  

nars versus nyx

Top, left to right: NARS Dolce Vita before and after half an hour of wear. Bottom, left to right: NYX Nude before and after half an hour of wear. 

So it's not a dupe in the sense that the color matches perfectly, but the NYX liner is perfect for layering under the NARS pencil to make it last longer (and it's not a bad option on its own if you can't afford the NARS). 

Now, without any further ado, here are your Comments of the Week!

1. I love a good cleanser recommendation, especially if it's under $10! Thanks to "Miss N.Thrope" for this dupe/hack hybrid.

"I've been using a sort-of-but-not-really-but-good-enough dupe for [GlamGlow Powercleanse]: Freeman's Sparkling Pear Pore Cleansing mask. It has clay, willow bark and pear (just pear, not prickly pear) extract, but the clay is whipped so it's lighter, fluffier, and less drying than a regular clay mask. I double-cleanse: first, I use the Nuance cleansing oil, then I use the Freeman mask like face wash--it foams a bit and spreads easily over the face. And it's like six dollars at Rite Aid."

2. I feel pretty confident that I'll be able to look back 20 years from now at my current eyebrows without shame, but this prediction from "Wayward Rose" still managed to stress me out.

"I find it pretty entertaining to read about lots of women complaining about how they over-plucked their brows in the '90s and how they looked SO bad--surely the trend for thick eyebrows will change soon and people will cringe about how thick their eyebrows were in the 2010s?"

3. Tamara had a great hot pink lipstick roundup, and now I want to add this dupe suggested by "calico" to my collection (luckily Topshop does ship to the US!).

"For those with access to UK makeup, Topshop lipstick in All About Me is a dupe for Schiap and lasts forEVER. I love it."

4. If you don't want to spend the money on your own Click N Curl Styling Set, "SallyStormborn" has a good alternative for getting a perfect blowout.

"Ooh I've had a blow dry like this at my hair salon--the stylist used two round brushes to dry my hair and left a section wrapped around brush 1 while she she dried the next section with brush 2, then took brush 1 out and left hair wrapped around brush 2 and just moved around my head like that. It looked a little beauty pageant at first but then it settled into a beautiful, voluminous-with-flicky-ends style. So if you have drying skills, you could probably do this with two round brushes."

5. Finally, I read all 186 comments about forbidding kids to wear makeup, and I loved every one. However, I think the top award has to go to "edotwoods" for her awesome parenting skills (and duh, her kid's makeup skills--future xoVain contributor?).

"I let my kid start wearing makeup at 7, because she wanted to and I couldn't think of a good reason not to. She's almost 10 now, and so far the benefits have been awesome: She's working on starting a YouTube tutorial channel, so she's writing scripts, editing them, learning how to use computers and cameras. She's washing her face every night because she does on makeup days so it made a nice habit. She colors her eyebrows blue, does polkadot liner looks, glitter ombres her lips, and is generally suuuuuper creative. She does her makeup maybe 3 times a month, when she has time to really sit down and do something fun, and the rest of the time loves her lil baby face."

  • Do you have any good beauty dupes or hacks to share with the class? 
  • Anyone know of a perfect lip liner color-match for Dolce Vita? 
  • I'm curious: How do you think you'll feel about your eyebrows (or any current look that you're rocking) in 20 or 50 years?