Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Mac Virgin Isle Dupe

Hi Girlies,

So I was going through my makeup stash the other day and realised I have a really similar product to Mac's Virgin Isle cream colour base. I love Virgin Isle so have to share this discovery! It's Max Factor's Miracle Touch cream blush in Soft Candy (07) and although it's not a perfect dupe it's definitely in the running. 

Here's the comparison...

and swatched...
L-R: Max Factor's Soft Candy applied heavily and blended and Mac's Virgin Isle applied heavily and blended 

Soft Candy does look darker in the pan but once applied they are alike. Soft Candy has more of a red tone whilst Virgin Isle is a bit more coral toned.  Virgin Isle is more pigmented which isn't necessarily a bad thing as you do have to be careful not to use too much product or hello clown cheeks! One of the differences between these two is the finishes. Soft Candy has a glossier, dewier finish when applied to the skin, both products provide that great glowy look to the skin. Although their finishes are different the colours are really similar especially once they are blended into the skin. I would give Soft Candy a B in duping, what do you think?

So if you can't get your hands on Virgin Isle or want a cheap alternative I would recommend Soft Candy for that great corally pop of colour!

Much love, 


  1. Great swatches. I do think they're mostly similar.

  2. These look really similar to each other :) I love finding dupes, its fun :) Thanks for sharing :)

    Love Christine ♥

  3. Ooh, great dupe! Thanks for sharing :) I love Virgin Isle CCB! xx

  4. Awesome!! Yay for cheaper alternatives. :D

  5. Hello! I've just stumbled across your blog and I love it! You are absolutely gorgeous, and so is your profile picture makeup. So I had to ask... what lipstick are you wearing in it? Do you remember? It is such a vivid shade of pink! It really flatters you :)

  6. @JC - Glad you agree :)

    @Christine - Finding dupes is great, i love it :)

    @Joy - Me too, it's such a perfect coral blush

    @tiffyama - Cheaper alternatives rock!

    @Buzzed for Beauty - Thank you so much! I am wearing Mac Pink Nouveau lippie which I absolutely love. Here is a FOTD post from my profile picture -

  7. aw this is a great dupe, and i'm completely obessed with colors like that! but for some reason I think that they stopped carrying Maxfactor in the states :/