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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Max Factor Fantasy Fire - Clarins 230 (Unicorn Pee) Dupe?

First off, this isn't a brand I usually buy anymore since it's not on my Cruelty-Free list (Max Factor is owned by Procter and Gamble) - not that there's much chance of me buying it because it's not available in the US. But when this came up, it didn't even occur to me, until after my friend in the UK (THANKS JO!!!) was already sending it to me, to check on Max Factor.  So there's my disclaimer.

But since I now have Fantasy Fire I decided to show it to you because there's been so much hype about whether it's a Clarins 230 (Unicorn Pee) dupe.

Is it?  I'll just show you photos first and then I'll let you know what I think.

The obligatory bottle shot... (which is TINY)

Fantasy Fire
Max Factor Fantasy Fire


I was wearing Zoya Kelly, so I used this as a base.

Zoya Kelly
Zoya Kelly


I took lots of photos trying to capture all the different "looks" - it flashes green, gold, copper, bronze and red. I used one coat with no top coat.

Fantasy Fire
Max Factor Fantasy Fire

Fantasy Fire
Max Factor Fantasy Fire

Fantasy Fire
Max Factor Fantasy Fire

Fantasy Fire
Max Factor Fantasy Fire

Fantasy Fire
Max Factor Fantasy Fire

Fantasy Fire
Max Factor Fantasy Fire

Fantasy Fire
Max Factor Fantasy Fire

Fantasy Fire
Max Factor Fantasy Fire

Fantasy Fire
Max Factor Fantasy Fire

So is it a dupe? Well, actually, it's the closest thing I've seen so far. I had Clarins 230 once upon a time and didn't really like it that well. (I know, I know - that's CRAZY TALK!) True. But I didn't feel like it applied evenly enough. This one, on the other hand, goes on even in one coat with no streaking and I didn't feel the need to go over and over it like I did with Clarins 230. (But don't get me wrong, I do love me a great Clarins creme.)

But this one was just so much easier. From what I remember, it flashes all the right ways to remind you of Unicorn Pee. So I'm calling it. YES. I think it's a great dupe. I will, of course, try layering it over other colors eventually. *rubs hands together with glee*

What do you think? Does it look like Clarins 230 to you?

I'm hearing that it's getting be be very hard to find in the UK now. Good luck scoring a bottle (or three) if you're after it!

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17 comments :

  1. jumps through computer screens snatches and run is how I feel right now! I love this and how can I get one!

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    1. Visit the UK or sweet-talk a friend in the UK to scour the country for it! (That's what I did. She was such a sweetheart to go looking for it for me!)

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  2. Oh well now I don't even want to use mine. You just made it seem more wondrous than I already knew it was. Droooool!!!

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  3. omg! DO want that one! SO pretty! Loved it! <3
    *Hugz*
    B.

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  4. haha, I'm one who scored 3 bottles. Should try it out soon but the weather here just sucks... You took some awesome pictures here, it's really difficult to capture the different 'looks' ^ ^

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    1. Thanks! It was hard to capture, especially since I'm no photographer!

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  5. It is pretty close!
    The closest I've seen.
    really great color!

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  6. I can't wait untill it gets to my country! Only a few months of waiting for this beauty!LOL It's soooo pretty!!!

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  7. I'm scouring the UK for this one. Trust me, when I find it I'll be buying in bulk!

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  8. Okay.. so this post is late.. But I just got Fantasy Fire, and I was wondering what colors to layer it over!! Kelly is amazing by the way!

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    1. I'm partial to purples and reds for the base for FF. But it looks pretty good over anything mi-toned to dark!

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  9. Awesome pics! Kelly looks great under this!

    I'm in rural Australia, and I just went to the Max factor area in the local "Big W" store. They have a slot for Fantasy Fire, though it was sold out at the time... so they obviously have/had it in sometimes, and other Big W and Aussie stores might have some! Worth a look if it's still on anyones lemming list.

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  10. I have a couple of the teeny little bottles of Fantasy Fire and love it. I also have a bottle of Nfu Oh 51 which is also similar but not as close as Fantasy Fire is.

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