MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick vs Primark Golden Rose #74. In-Depth Review, Ingredient Analyses and a Chemist’s Verdict. Is it a Dupe?

Cosmetics can leave a big mark on your purse, both literally and figuratively. It is said that an average woman uses around 16 cosmetics a day (although this number changes from study to study) which can be expensive.

As a result, finding a dupe (= a product that gives the same results or looks the same but is cheaper) is very interesting for many. Additionally, with so many cosmetic brands and products out there, it is almost expected that some might be similar or even the same.

One of the trendy dupes at the moment is a lipstick from Primark which is said to be a dupe for the iconic Mac Velvet Teddy. With a price saving of £14.5 it is no surprise why some would consider switching.

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So let’s have a detailed look.

Is the Primark Golden Rose lipstick in shade #74 a dupe for the Mac Velvet Teddy lipstick and are the ingredients any good? Should you switch?

Here’s my chemist’s verdict:

 

Colour

The Mac Velvet Teddy has a light brown with a violet tone colour whereas the Primark Golden Rose #74 is a darker brown with a red tone to it. Of course the actual colour is relative as it will appear slightly different on your lips, due to our different skin tones and natural lip colour.

However, no matter what colour the lipsticks actually are on you, when something is labelled “a dupe” the colours should appear almost identical when you swatch them on your hand. This is clearly not the case here, in fact the colours are very different both under studio and day light (see pictures below).

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Swatches under studio light
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Swatches under day light

The colours are so different that in fact it made me wonder if this is just a marketing play, especially since not long ago the £5 Primark foundation, that posed as an Estèe Lauder dupe, was a sucess. At least that one though, even though I would also not call it a dupe, was a close match! These lipsticks are just different colours.

If you missed that post check out: Estée Lauder Double Wear vs Primark My Perfect Colour Stay foundation. Ingredient Analysis and a Chemist’s Verdict – Is it a Dupe?

Winner: There is no winner here the colours are just different, choose the one you like best for the look and occasion.

MAC Velvet Teddy 0 VS Primark Golden Rose #74 0

 

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Texture and Finish

These two lipsticks have a different texture too. The MAC Velvet Teddy has a creamy buttery texture, which feels gorgeous on the lips, and a matte finish. The Golden Rose #74 on the other hand, has a thinner more lustrous type of texture and a shinier, but not glossy, type of finish.

They both look nice on the lips and also feel nice. Neither of them dries up the lips.

Winner: Again there is no winner here, it’s a personal preference or even a look preference as to which texture and finish you prefer.

MAC Velvet Teddy 0 VS Primark Golden Rose #74 0

 

Smell and Taste?

The MAC Velvet Teddy has a buttery-vanilla, sweet type of scent that is actually really lovely for a lipstick. The Primark Golden Rose #74 lipstick has a more cosmetic fragrance type of scent, which is also pleasant, and is also a lot more subtle thant the MAC one.

I’ve added a taste category here too, but please don’t eat your lipsticks. The category is here simply because practically whether you want to or not, it’s not uncommon to lick your lips or somehow taste the lipstick off your lips. Anyhow, neither of the two lipsticks had a strong or bad taste and both were…typical lipsticks.

Winner: Again whether you prefer a buttery-vanilla type of scent or a more subtle fragrance type is a personal choice. I personally can’t get enough of that buttery-vanilla scent and texture so I’d give this category to the MAC. For fairness though, the score is equal.

MAC Velvet Teddy 0 VS Primark Golden Rose #74 0

 

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Longevity

The MAC Velvet Teddy is one of the most long lasting lipsticks out there and even though it comes off with drinking and eating, your lips will never look bare. The colour will just fade a little but you can always re-apply if you wish.

The Primark Golden Rose #74 lipstick also survived drinking and eating but much less so than the Velvet Teddy.

However, I am not sure whether the shorter lifetime of the Primark one is due to lipstick quality (I’d have to try out more colours out of the range to judge that),  it might just be due to the texture. Matte lipsticks, like the MAC Velvet Teddy, last longer (they “grip” better to your lips) than the more lustrous-shiny finishes and so the difference might be from that.

Additionally, the Primark Golden Rose #74 lipstick lasts for 18M whereas the MAC Velvet Teddy lipstick strangely doesn’t come with a xM label. This is not the first MAC product that I’ve seen without a xM label, less brownie points for MAC!

Winner: Nevertheless, the MAC lipstick had a superior longevity.

MAC Velvet Teddy 1 VS Primark Golden Rose #74 0

 

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Price

The Mac Velvet Teddy retails for £17.50 for a 3g lipstick whereas the Primark Golden Rose #74 lipstick retails for £3 for a 4.2g lipstick.

Winner: The difference is huge and the category winner is clearly the much cheaper Primark Golden Rose.

MAC Velvet Teddy 1 VS Primark Golden Rose #74 1

 

Packaging

Both lipsticks come with black matte outer packaging. Neither of them looks particulalry nicer than the other.

The actual lipstick packaging is plastic and both look like fairly simple and standard lipsticks. The MAC lipstick has the iconic bullet shape whereas the Golden Rose has a more typical squared shape.

The MAC bullet is decorated with a simple silver line and the silver MAC logo whereas the Golden Rose has a thicker gold decoration in the middle and the Golden Rose on the top lid.

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On first appearance neither lipstick looks cheaper than the other but when you pick them up and use them, it is obvious that the Golden Rose lipstick is cheaper. It feels much lighter (3g lighter actually) and the golden logo writing started fading after 2 uses.

Both lipsticks open by pulling the lid off and twisting the lipstick bullet up.

Winner: The MAC lipstick is slightly superior as it noticably heavier, doesn’t feel “as cheap” and is also more durable.

MAC Velvet Teddy 2 VS Primark Golden Rose #74 1

 

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Hydration

Both lipsticks feel hydrating, to an extent, on the lips and neither dry them out. That’s a much bigger compliment for the MAC lipstick though as matte lipsticks can often feel a little drying whereas the Golden Rose has a much easier time with its slightly more lustruous-shiny finish.

Read the ingredients section below to find out whether the ingredients in these lipstiks are actually hydrating for your lips.

Winner:  The MAC Velvet Teddy deserves this category more due to it’s “harsher” finish.

MAC Velvet Teddy 3 VS Primark Golden Rose #74 1

 

Practicality of use – user experience

Both lipsticks are very easy to use and neither feel easier or harder.

There is nothing special about either of them, they are fairly standard, in a good way though.

Winner: Equal.

MAC Velvet Teddy 3 VS Primark Golden Rose #74 1

 

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Skin compatibility

Lip skin compatibility is not as detailed or researched as much as our face skin, so one can only assume that these are suitable for all. Avoid using any cosmetics if your skin is broken or has open wounds.

Winner: Equal.

MAC Velvet Teddy 3 VS Primark Golden Rose #74 1

 

Other

Here’s what the brands say about their lipsticks.

MAC Velvet Teddy:

M·A·C Lipstick – the iconic product that made M·A·C famous. This creamy rich formula features high colour payoff in a no-shine matte finish.

Primark Golden Rose #74:

Golden Rose Lipstick – This is an excellent lipstick that provides good coverage for hours. Contains moisturizers which make the lips smooth and soft. Creates brilliant, shiny lips with non-smudge and good coverage formula enriched with Vitamin E.

Winner: No winner in this category, just some extra information.

MAC Velvet Teddy 3 VS Primark Golden Rose #74 1

 

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Results

Both lipsticks are good and last for a while. However, the MAC lipstick is slightly superior in longevity. The colours did not match and therefore, the Primark Golden Rose #74 is not a dupe for the MAC Velvet Teddy, the colours even have different undertones.

Both are good lipsticks to wear and both contain some good ingredients, see ingredient section below.

Winner: With superior longevity the MAC lipstick gives better results.

MAC Velvet Teddy 4 VS Primark Golden Rose #74 1

 

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Ingredients

Overall, the Primark Golden Rose lipstick has a lot more ingredients than the MAC (29 vs 18) but that is neither good or bad.

In general, the MAC lipstick is “safer” as it has 12 ingredient positives, 0 ingredient negatives and only 4 potential irritants. The Golden Rose lipstick on the other hand, has 14 ingredient positives, 4 ingredient negatives and 12 potential irritants. The fact that the latter has more ingredient positives, negatives and irritants is also relative as it overall has more ingredients to begin with!

Both lipsticks contain vitamin C and E as well as some good skin conditioners.

Overall, I expected the Golden Rose ingredients to be a lot worse than they are, due to it’s price. This makes a great example of the fact that you could make a good lipstick (or makeup in general) for much less money without it being specifically harmful. If nothing else, this alone wins a lot of brownie points for Golden Rose.

Winner: It’s a close category and since the most major difference is the amount of ingredient negatives and potential irritants, I would give this category to the MAC. However, the Golden Rose lipstick is good too and there is no reason why you shouldn’t use it.

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In terms of actual ingredient match these two are a 38% match which also shows that they are not real dupes or copies of each other.

Here’s a more detailed list of ingredient positives, negatives and potential irritants. While the potential negatives and irritants are all listed, the ingredient positives lists are limited to “skin nourishing” potential. To keep this post short the formulation roles of the ingredients are ignored.  The “May Contain” ingredients are also ignored.

 

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Ingredient positives:

Ingredient positives for the MAC Velvet Teddy lipstick:

  1. Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil – Moisturiser and skin conditioner.
  2. Tricaprylyl Citrate – Skin conditioner.
  3. Isononyl Isononanoate – Skin conditioner which leaves a silky feeling on the skin.
  4. Paraffin – Skin conditioner.
  5. Phenyl Trimethicone – Skin conditioner.
  6. Ethylhexyl Palmitate – Skin moisturiser.
  7. Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride – A skin conditioner and replenisher. Can enhance the delivery of vitamins, pigments and other ingredients.
  8. Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cera Carnauba/Cire De Canauba – Skin conditioner and protector.
  9. Ascorbyl Palmitate – Form of Vitamin C. Anti-oxidant, helps bind other vitamins. This form of vitamin C penetrates the skin faster. Collagen builder and free-radical scavenger. Anti-ageing. Works synergistically with vitamin E. For more details see post “Vitamins C & E – do they work in skin care?”
  10. Tocopherol – Refers to a class of compounds with similar activities to vitamin E. A skin conditioner, anti-oxidant and fragrance agent. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
  11. Vanillin – A fragrance and anti-oxidant.
  12. Stearyl Stearoyl Stearate – Skin conditioner.

 

Ingredient positives for the Primark Golden Rose #74 lipstick:

  1. PPG-3 Hydrogenated Castor Oil – Skin conditioner.
  2. Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate – Skin conditioner.
  3. Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride – A skin conditioner and replenisher. Can enhance the delivery of vitamins, pigments and other ingredients.
  4. Synthetic Wax – Can act as a humectant (=locks water in).
  5. Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate – Skin conditioner.
  6. Cera Alba – Skin conditioner that can be particularly beneficial to dry skin as it can create a barrier and lock water into the skin (=humectant). Can also be a source of vitamin A.
  7. Butyrospermum Parkii Butter – Skin conditioner. Helps retain moisture by forming a barrier and reduces the appearance of rough patches and dry flakes. Anti-flammatory, soothes itchy, irritated or sunburnt skin. Absorbs UVB, anti-oxidant, emollient, skin replenishing.
  8. Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate – Skin conditioner that can calm irritated skin and also provide anti-oxidants.
  9. Tocopheryl Acetate – A more stable form of vitamin E. A hero anti-oxidant molecule. A skin conditioner that also enhances the ability of sunscreens. Can help with inflammation. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
  10. Octadecyl Di-T-Butyl-4-Hydroxyhydrocinnamate – Anti-oxidant.
  11. PEG-8 – Humectant.
  12. Tocopherol – Refers to a class of compounds with similar activities to vitamin E. A skin conditioner, anti-oxidant and fragrance agent. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
  13. Ascorbyl Palmitate – Form of Vitamin C. Anti-oxidant, helps bind other vitamins. This form of vitamin C penetrates the skin faster. Collagen builder and free-radical scavenger. Anti-ageing. Works synergistically with vitamin E. For more details see post “Vitamins C & E – do they work in skin care?”
  14. Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) – This is the natural form of vitamin C, a hero anti-oxidant molecule that can sooth the skin (although it can irritate some) and improve the appearance of the signs of ageing. It can brighten the skin and reduce hyperpigmentation and age spots. It can boost the immune system, help and protect cells and aid in the skin’s collagen production. Science supports the wonders of applying vitamin C to the skin and therefore is a must have in your skincare. For more information check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?

 

Ingredient negatives:

Ingredient negatives for the MAC Velvet Teddy lipstick:

N/A

 

Ingredient negatives for the Primark Golden Rose #74 lipstick:

  1. Alumina – Although it is approved by the FDA and BDIH, the metal itself can bioaccumulate and it is a neurotoxin. However, it is believed that it does not penetrate the skin.
  2. Parfum – This ingredient represents an undisclosed mixture of compounds that give the product scent. There’s more than 3000 molecules that fall under this category and I personally do not like that there are some ingredients that are undisclosed and hidden under this general name. A lipstick doesn’t need fragrance, it is really unnessacary, especially considering that one or some of the compounds in this mixure could cause sensitisation.
  3. Octadecyl Di-T-Butyl-4-Hydroxyhydrocinnamate – Some claims that this compound is bioaccumulative.
  4. Hydroxycitronellal, Cinnamal, Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool – A fragrance ingredient that is a known human irrants/allergens.

 

Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:

This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.

If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.

With that being said, the following compounds present in the MAC Velvet Teddy lipstick have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Octyldodecanol, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Ethylhexyl Palmitate (might cause irritation around the eyes if you use the lipstick as a liner or shadow), Acrylates Copolymer.

With that being said, the following compounds present in the Primark Golden Rose #74 lipstick have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Octyldodecanol, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Citric Acid, Hydroxycitronellal,  Hexyl Cinnamal, Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool.

 

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Full list of ingredients: 

Mac Velvet Teddy Lipstick

Octyldodecanol, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Silica, Tricaprylyl Citrate, Ozokerite, Isononyl Isononanoate, Paraffin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Microcrystalline Wax/Cera Microcristallina/Cire Microcristalline, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cera Carnauba/Cire De Canauba, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Vanillin, Acrylates Copolymer, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Stearyl Stearoyl Stearate (May contain: Mica, Titanium Oxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxide (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Carmine (CI 75470), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 21 Lake (CI 45380), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Yellow 10 Lake (CI 47005)).

 

Primark Golden Rose #74 Lipstick

PPG-3 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Cera Microcristallina, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Synthetic Wax, Octyldodecanol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Silica, Cera Alba, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Alumina, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Octadecyl Di-T-Butyl-4-Hydroxydrocinnamate, PEG-8, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Hydroxycitronellal, Hexyl Cinnamal, Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool (May contain: Mica, CI77891, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 45410, CI 19140, CI 15850, CI 17200, CI 15985, CI 16035, CI 42090, CI 77000, CI 45380, CI 12085, CI 73360, CI 77742, CI 47005, CI 75470, Tin Oxide).

 

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Final Verdict

With an overall score of MAC Velvet Teddy 5 VS Primark Golden Rose #74 1 it’s clear that the MAC lipstick is still a better option. Is it 5 times better than the Golden Rose to be worth the price difference? (£14.50 price difference/£3 price of the Golden Rose = 4.83). According to the score, it is exactly that!

As much as I’d love to save everyone some cash I just cannot conclude that these two lipsticks are the same. The MAC Velvet Teddy is clearly of higher quality and the colours are not even the same or even very close.

The Primark Golden Rose #74 is NOT a dupe for the MAC Velvet Teddy neither in colour, texture or longevity. However, the ingredients of this lipstick are much better than I expected which illustrates nicely that the price you pay for some of the higher end brands, is largely based on branding. It might not be a dupe, but this Primark Golden Rose lipstick shows that you can make/sell lipsticks with reasonable quality and ingredients for much cheaper. If you find some Golden Rose lipstick colous that you like, go ahead and purchase them, they are amazing for their price, but don’t expect them to be as good as your MACs and don’t expect the Golden Rose #74 to match the MAC Velvet Teddy colour.

Not a dupe but a good lipstick option for lower budgets.

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8 responses to MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick vs Primark Golden Rose #74. In-Depth Review, Ingredient Analyses and a Chemist’s Verdict. Is it a Dupe?

  1. Great review, very detailed. 🙂 They’re definitely not dupes. But apparently WnW Bare It All is a great dupe.

    But I don’t think Primark had anything to do with marketing the GR shade as a MAC dupe because Golden Rose is not Primark’s brand. It’s a Turkish brand owned by Erkul Cosmetics.

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    • They are not a Primark brand but they are sold at Primark which means they are also making money from it. But yes, I don’t think that this was done on purpose, it’s just what it felt like since the two were so different. I just don’t get how could anyone think they are dupes. Thanks for reading!

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  2. thelexiedit says:

    OMG this is one of the most in-depth and thorough reviews I have ever ever seen! YOU are incredible! I love MAC Velvet Teddy and totally agree that the two lippies are so different! Amazing job on this post! I can’t wait to read more! XO!

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    • Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m very glad you enjoyed it. If you enjoyed this there’s more reviews like this one found at the top menu of the page then click Beauty In Depth reviews (all articles here) or for science infused articles click Bonds of Beauty (all articles here).

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