Makeup fanatics know all too well that makeup dupes make you jump for joy. When you chance upon one you can’t help but pat yourself on the back for discovering something that closes in on the quality of a high end product.
The good thing about the makeup world is that cheaper alternatives to expensive brands exist. You just have to take the time to do some research and go around a bit more to end up with amazing finds.
If you are craving for high end brands but the price tags make you cringe, it’s time to give dupes a try.
We want to help you make the most of your money by giving you a list of the best makeup dupes for 2018.
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4 Of The Best Foundation Dupes
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup
This weightless foundation is the perfect makeup dupe for NARS Sheer Glow foundation ($47.00) because the flawless, luminous glow effect is almost identical. Neutrogena is known to seriously take users’ skin’s health so you are assured that this foundation’s blend of antioxidants will improve your skin’s tone and texture.
Price – $13.99
Maybelline New York Dream Satin Liquid Mousse Foundation ($6.26)
This lightweight and breathable medium coverage foundation replicates the feels and effects of Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation ($40.00).
Maybelline liquid mousse can be your everyday go to makeup base so you don’t have to shell out $40 every time your bottle empties.
If you want to achieve the look of a flawless skin with air brush finish try out this dupe that promises to deliver beautiful results.
Price – $6.26
L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 24 hr Foundation ($12.99)
Looking for an alternative to your Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup foundation ($42.00)? L’Oreal Pro-Matte foundation will provide the same long lasting demi matte finish for 1/3 the price of the original.
It has the same close to nothing feel that Estee foundation brings. You’ll be amazed by its staying power too. We find many drugstore foundations to be ultra-matte, but this dupe gives a dewy finish with just the right amount of shine.
Price – $12.99
Maybelline New York Fit me Matte + Poreless Powder ($5.50)
Don’t we all adore Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation ($52.00)? However, the price might sting!
Worry no more because you can get the same results from a cult favorite drugstore makeup.
Maybelline Fit me Matte looks and feels identical that you’ll be confused what you applied on your face the first time. It blurs outs pores and frees your face from shine for hours just like its more expensive counterpart.
Price – $5.50
8 Types Of Dupes To Add To Your Makeup Kit
There are other makeup dupes that you may want to try. We went around the market to look around for the best for each type:
Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer ($5.17)
When Revolution concealer was launched earlier this year, the net had a feast because vloggers, editors and makeup aficionados just discovered an alternative to the much loved Tarte Shape tape contour concealer ($27.00).
This lightweight concealer provides full coverage with a matte finish. Say goodbye to your dark circles because this dupe will hide them for hours without creasing. Just like Tarte, it brightens the skin and gives it a lifted look.
Price – $5.17
Sleek Blush in Rose Gold
The iconic NARS Orgasm Blush ($39.00) is really unbeatable when it comes to faking a lit from within kind of glow. There are many dupes that we tried and the closest match that we found is this one.
Both brands have that pinkish shimmer with gold flecks. NARS looks more natural and leans toward coral hue. Sleek blush is as flattering as NARS so if you’re looking for a less expensive makeup this is highly recommended.
Price – $4.99
Eyebrow Makeup Dupe
Sleek Brow Kit
We have discovered Benefit Brow Zing’s ($32.00) twin. The powder and wax combo comes in exactly the same type of packaging including the two miniature brushes which we find too tiny for comfort.
Other than that, we love how well it mimics Brow Zing’s amazing touch on the brows. It doesn’t look fake at all plus it lasts long too. This dupe will save you a lot of money if you use eyebrow makeup on a daily basis.
Price – $10.99
Eyebrow Gel Dupe
Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara ($2.99)
This is almost identical to the well-loved Benefit Gimme Brow + Volumizing eyebrow gel ($24.00). It does a good job of covering the gaps and grooming your brows without stiffness and flakes. You will be able to maintain your brows’ natural look for only $2.99. What a steal!
Price – $2.99
MUA 12 Shade Undressed Palette
Almost every shade in MUA Undressed palette matches the ones in Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow palette ($54.00). Both makeup are highly pigmented, super blendable and smooth.
The difference lies in the texture of MUA matte shades because they are more powdery and the eyeshadow brush, fails in comparison to Urban Decay. Other than that your eyes will be as dazzling with this eyeshadow dupe for only a fraction of the price.
Price – $14.99
L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes
Mascara needs to be replaced every three months so if you are a fan of YSL Baby doll Lashes ($32.00), spending on a regular basis can take its toll on your makeup budget considering it’s not the only product you need in your stash.
It would be wise to alternate your favorite high end brand with a dupe. Luckily we found its match in L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes. It can magically turn your lashes from blah to lustrous the way YSL does.
Price – $8.99
Wet n Wild Proline Felt Tip Eyeliner ($3.99)
You can duplicate the perfect wingtip that Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner ($22.00) delivers with this great drugstore find. Its felt tip which is finely pointed will allow you to line your lids effortlessly so don’t worry about messing it up. We love that it didn’t budge at all and stayed on all day.
Price – $3.99
Women can’t live with a single lipstick on hand so thank heavens for dupes because we have the option to collect to our hearts’ content. Here are the ones that made it to our most coveted list:
Best Matte Lipstick Dupes
Wet n Wild Megalast Liquid Catsuit Lipstick ($4.68) & NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream ($5.99) can pucker up your lips in the same way Kylie Jenner Lip Kits ($29.00) do without tearing your wallet into pieces.
Having one KJ lipstick is never enough. One can’t help but get one after the other. Let dupes save the day and horde the mega affordable lipsticks instead.
Best All Day Liquid Lipstick
Rimmel London Provocalips 16Hr Kissproof Lip Colour ($6.99) will firmly stay on your lips like Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick ($24.00) without drying. Drink and eat without worrying about getting your lipstick on every utensil your lips touch.
Best Bullet Lipstick Dupes
MAC lipsticks ($18.50) are adored for high quality, intense pigmentation and wide range of bewitching shades.
Luckily Wet n Wild Megalast Lip color ($2.49) offers a wide range of shades that closely matches the ones in MAC lineup. You can actually buy 7 pieces for the price of one MAC!
Best Crème Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Crème Lip Colour, ($37.00) is truly a treat for your lips. This lipstick is just on another level that’s why it’s really expensive.
We discovered a great alternative to Chanel’s Rouge lipsticks, the L’Oreal Colour Riche Balm ($7.95) is the next best thing. Although the shades of Chanel and L’Oreal do not match exactly, the luxurious texture and balmy feel on the lips are strikingly similar.
Dupe hunting is truly exciting. However, you need to lower your expectations a bit because a perfect dupe or clone simply doesn’t exist. Do not rely on Instagram or Pinterest hype alone.
Make sure to do your homework, throw in a lot of online research, create a makeup dupe list and then test the products yourself.
Otherwise, you’ll end up wasting money repeatedly and feeling regretful because it would have been better if you spent the money on the expensive version instead. Just be careful so you won’t end up penny wise, pound foolish.
Is buying a dupe worth it? 100% yes! You’ve got to try it to fully understand why beauty junkies are thrilled whenever they go on a hunt for the best makeup dupes. The experience is truly exhilarating in a way that only makeup aficionados can fully relate to.