Growing up I thought price always equated quality. There had to be a reason why Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda always purchased Manolos and Jimmy Choos instead of shopping at Payless. TV shows and magazines are littered with images of glossy and pristine department stores, and a tour around Harrods is bound to make you feel a little inferior when you can’t drop thousands of dollars on one item. But, when it comes to makeup, I’ve realized that price does not equal quality, and there are some great drugstore dupes for high end makeup products that will satisfy your needs.
Drugstore Dupes for High End Makeup Products
BECCA COLOR CORRECTORS — $30. I absolutely love the BECCA Color Correctors I have, but a great affordable option are the NYX Cosmetics Concealer in a Jar ($5). They have some great colors like Yellow, Lavender and Green that are great for color correcting.
MAKE UP FOR EVER FINISHING POWDER— $35. There are some expensive finishing powders on the market, but I find the ELF HD Translucent Powder ($6) works just as well. Minus the messy container, this powder does all the right stuff.
CHANEL SOLEIL TAN DE CHANEL — $50. I know I rave about this cream bronzer a lot, but it’s one of those bronzers that just does what it’s supposed to do. Plus, you get a heaping load of product! But, not everyone wants to shell out $50 on one product, which is why the Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Creme Bronzer ($11) is a lovely alternative. It’s smooth, creamy, and so easy to blend out, similar to the Chanel bronzer.
REAL TECHNIQUES BOLD METALS BLUSH BRUSH — $19. Sometimes I purchase things just because they’re beautiful even though there’s a less pretty version that does the same thing. The ELF blush brush ($3) is the same exact shape as the Real Techniques Bold Metals Blush Brush, but it’s a fraction of the cost at just $3. You just can’t beat that bargain.
BIODERMA MICELLAR WATER — $17. I used to be deathly afraid of running out of my 2 500 mL bottles of Bioderma that I brought back from Paris, and that’s why I would rarely use it. Fast forward 2 years, and not only is Bioderma easily available in the States thanks to Beautylish, but a lesser expensive, and more accessible dupe has now hit the drugstore shelves– I haven’t looked back. The Garnier MIcellar Water ($7 for 300 mL) works exactly the same, but is much cheaper! I love it so much.
MAC TWIG — $17. MAC lippies are some of my favorites, and most of their matte lipsticks are extremely creamy and comfortable, but sometimes you don’t want to shell out $17 for a lipstick. In that case, head to the drugstore and pick up Maybelline’s Creamy Matte lipstick in Touch of Spice ($6)– a much cheaper, but still amazing quality, dupe!
TARTE INNER RIM EYELINER — $20. Some mornings my eyes need some extra help because I quite possibly stayed up until 4 am watching Breaking Bad on Netflix, and only ended up getting 3 hours of sleep.. oops. On those days, a nude eyeliner is a must because you can fake looking awake. The NYX Wonder Pencil ($4-5) is a less expensive dupe that gets the job well done.
BITE BEAUTY LIP MASK — $26. Lip masks are my new favorite thing, and the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask is essentially a thick lip balm that I slather all over my lips before bed to keep them hydrated and fresh. A similar, but unique, drugstore alternative would be the Nugg Beauty Lip Mask ($9). This is a lip mask you leave on your lips for about 20 minutes, wipe off, and it leaves your lips nourished and healthy. It’s not a complete dupe, but it’s definitely a great, and much cheaper, alternative.
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