Recently, my Splurge / Steal Beauty post has been getting a lot of attention. It’s been pinned over 30,000 times! A post I wrote two years ago, no less. Anyway, I figured it was high time to write another post talking about more of my favorite makeup dupes.
Makeup dupes are some of my favorite things to discover. I’m kind of addicted to finding them. Heck, I even have a Pinterest Board dedicated to dupes. So, let’s just get this dupe party started. I have used both the high and low end version of each of these products, so I have a pretty good opinion on how they compare.
I’ve owned the iconic Nars blush off and on for years, and it’s one of my favorites. I was on the search for a drugstore dupe, and this Milani blush is my favorite one. It’s not a dead on match for color (the Milani one is more coral, while the Nars is a little more pink), but the Milani blush has my favorite formula and application that is so similar to Nars. For that reason, I highly recommend the Milani blushes. For more of a color match, I definitely recommend NYX Blush in Pinched.
Benefit High Beam is my favorite liquid highlighter. It looks gorgeous on the tops of cheeks! I picked up the E.L.F. Shimmering Facial whip to give it a try to see how it would compare. While I wouldn’t say the consistency of the product is as easy to apply as the Benefit, it’s only ONE DOLLAR and a great alternative!
I was an avid Mac Studio Fix Powder user for years. It’s a gorgeous powder foundation, and it even works great as a setting powder. I think the NYX Stay Matte but not Flat is a really darn good dupe. It goes on and feels almost identical, in my opinion. I love it!
Stila’s kitten is one of the most popular eyeshadows around, and I can see why – it’s absolutely gorgeous and universally flattering! However, there is a dead on dupe at the drugstore. It’s the L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Iced Latte. It’s beautiful! I feel the consistency is more like a pressed pigment, and performs best when applied with a finger. I think it is the perfect eyeshadow for those days you only have the time to throw on one color all over.
When the Benefit They’re Real mascara came out, I bought it and thought it was a pretty decent mascara (even though I hated how it sort of hurt when I applied it… I know, weird), but I just couldn’t justify spending that much money on mascara. I go through mascara so fast (it’s far more hygenic to do so, as well), so I always use drugstore. I feel like the Maybelline Rocket mascara is a pretty darn good alternative to the Benefit – even the rubbery wand is super similar.
MAC Fix + spray is a really great multi-tasking spray. It can be used to set makeup, take the powdery look down and to wet eyeshadows with to make them look more intense. I find that the E.L.F. Makeup Mist and Set can do these same things for only $3!! I love this stuff and I go through bottles and bottles of it, especially during the summer. I wouldn’t compare it to the likes of the Urban Decay All Nighter, as that stuff seriously keeps your makeup from budging. I feel like the MAC/E.L.F. spray is great for keeping you from looking too powdery without making you look too dewy. It’s very refreshing.
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So, tell me. Got any fantastic dupes to share? I must know!!