I’M SO GLAD THAT THIS VIDEO + BLOG POST ARE FINALLY SEEING THE LIGHT OF DAY.
I’ve been working on this since February. That’s right, February, as in five months ago. Basically, finding dupes takes time, and every time I thought I was done, Sephora kept coming out with more VIB Rouge exclusives! Not to mention all the traveling and the fact that I work full-time. Even at the time I’m posting this, there’s been at least one more item added, continually out of stock, and I’m NOT waiting another five months! I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me… I’m sure you understand the dreaded “out of stock” message anyway!
VIB Rouge exclusive products are certain shades of popular products that are exclusive to VIB Rouge members. I wanted to see how “exclusive” these shades really are. Plus, it sucks seeing something you can’t buy, whether you’re a VIB Rouge and missed out on some of these, or you’re not VIB Rouge and can’t get any of them! But no need to worry–I spend entirely too much money at Sephora, and so I felt it was my duty to buy every single VIB Rouge exclusive product I could find and do some experimenting. Totally selfless motives 😉
Seriously, though, I dug through my collection and made the rounds at the drugstore, Ulta, and Sephora to try and see everything that’s out there. However, there’s always a chance I missed something, so by no means am I going to claim that what I found are the ONLY dupes or close matches out there. If you think I missed something, please share it in the comments below!
For each shade, I tried to find both dupes and close matches. Close matches are not going to be the same finish or have a slightly different tone to them. As you’ll see, it was easier to match some shades more than others. I also kind of did mini-reviews of these VIB shades, so check out the video for the full scoop.
If you want to skip around…
- Lipsticks 2:05
- Blush 19:20
- Nail polishes 21:00
- Sum-up 22:15
Whew! That’s a lot of lipstick. I was so happy to see brands adding other products, too. Let’s take a look at the swatches in a more still format, shall we?
BITE for VIB Rouge Lipstick
With NARS Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella
Marc Jacobs Lipstick in So Rouge
With Revlon Matte Balm in Standout
Sephora Luster Matte Longwear Lipcolor in Guava
With Wet ‘n Wild Lipstick in Coral-ine, and Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Venizia
BITE Beauty Lipstick in Lilac
With Smashbox Lipstick in Michelle (from their lipstick palette), Too Faced Melted Fuchsia, Revlon Balm Stain in Lovesick, Maybelline Vivid Rose Lipstick, Maybelline Color Whisper in Cherry on Top
Too Faced Melted Rainbow
With Smashbox Lipstick in Michelle (from their lipstick palette), Maybelline Vivid Brazen Berry Lipstick
(I completely forgot this swatch in the video!)
Bobbi Brown Lipstick in Pale Mauve
With Maybelline Color Whisper in Mocha Muse, Maybelline Matte Lipstick in Daringly Nude
Tarte Lip Paint in FOMO
With Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Patina, Revlon Matte Balm in Sultry, Maybelline Matte Lipstick in Touch of Spice, Wet ‘n Wild Lipstick in Wine Room, Jordana Lipstick in Matte Classy
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Firenze
With Kat Von D Lolilta, MAC Whirl Lipstick, Smashbox Lipstick in Matthew (from their lipstick palette), Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle
Dior Addict Lipstick in Wild About Pink
NARS Blush in Goulue
With NARS Dolce Vita blush, Tarte blush in Grateful, Morphe blushes from their blush palette
The nail polishes were pretty self-explanatory in the video, so I’m not repeating them here.
Ah… Finally I can bring this blog post to a close. I’m so glad I was able to wrangle this together, and I hope it’s been helpful to you in some way. Please let me know what you think in the comments!