I remember back in the day (what an annoying phrase) when we started blogging, dupes were really popular in the blogosphere. Everyone went mad for the MUA dupe of MAC's Club and the L'Oréal Infallible shadows which are definitely distant cousins of the Armani Eyes to Kill! These days, we don't talk about dupes so much, possibly because the 'drugstore' bracket of makeup has expanded vastly in the past couple of years, both in terms of shade range and quality. When I received this lipstick and swatched it, though, it was so identical to Show Orchid that I just had to show you all!
So, a bit about Show Orchid: It's a Pro colour which I picked up when it came out as a limited edition with some collection or other last year. It's a blue-toned, cool magenta with a touch of extremely fine shimmer. Don't let that put you off, though, it's a seriously special colour if you're into bold lips, plus the blue tone makes teeth appear really white!
As well as being near-impossible to get, MAC Show Orchid is €18.50 when it does show up here. This NYC Expert Last Colour in Blue Rose* is one-seventh of the price and a dead ringer for Show Orchid appearance-wise. The formula lasts extremely well on the lips, too - I got a good four hours or so, and that included plenty of tea drinking.
It's a bit thicker than the MAC Amplified formula so you need to be careful when applying it, but it's no biggie. I am a total lipstick junkie and snob and really enjoyed wearing this. My only gripe would be that the packaging is a little flimsy and messy, but for the same price of my bus fare, I'm really not going to complain!
|L: Show Orchid R: Blue Rose|