Best Drugstore Dupes for High End Make Up
You guys know how much I believe in affordable make up. There are tons of great products out there that you don’t have to overspend on! For this reason, I decided to start working on a post about awesome affordable dupes (affordable make up that mimics the formula, color, or performance of a high end product). I took to Pinterest for some inspiration and then took a look in my own make up bag to check out what I have already been using or what I would want to find a dupe for. A lot of these products, both high end or affordable, I have used for years, and some I just discovered. It's a good mix of different kinds of products, and I can honestly say I am so proud of this list! I really feel like I found some awesome dupes for you guys that might just replace some of your all time favorites. And maybe if you’ve been wanting to try out some of these raved-about high end products, you’ll be able to save your money and try your luck with the dupe instead!
The dupes I found are similar to their high end counterparts in terms of color, formula and wear, or both. Details in the description below indicate the terms in which the product is dupe-worthy. This was so fun to create so let me know via comments or social media whether you would like to see a similar post on different products! Without further adieu...
High End: Becca Backlight Priming Filter $38
Dupe: Physicians Formula Spotlight Illuminating Primer $12.99
This is a fairly new discovery for me, and it is so good! This Becca primer is a favorite of many who love a good radiant primer for a glow-from-within type of look. At the end of last year, Physicians Formula came out with its perfect dupe on all counts! The product gives a beautiful, glowy sheen that is absent of glitter and wears perfectly under foundation or mixed into it! Because I have combo/oily skin, I use this product all over the face, then go in with a mattifying primer just in the t-zone. That way I can achieve a radiant finish while still controlling oil.
High End: Benefit Porefessfional Face Primer $32
Dupe: NYX Pore Filler $12.99
The Benefit Porefessional is raved about for a reason. It fills in your pores and allows foundation to lay on top of the skin for a flawless looking face. It's pretty difficult to dupe, but if you want a more affordable option that is, in my very honest opinion, almost as good; go with the NYX Pore Filler. I have loved both of these primers for a long time, and will say that while the Benefit keeps me matte for a bit longer, the NYX still fills in my pores like a dream and plays well with any foundation I apply on top. The products really are so similar, and if you want to save some money I would absolutely recommend the NYX primer.
High End: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer $30
Dupe: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer $6.99
While both of these products have pretty wide shade ranges, I’m referencing this dupe in terms of the formula and wear of the products. Both NARS and Maybelline created products that are so creamy, easily blendable, and comfortably lightweight. Best part about the Maybelline one is that it’s over $20 cheaper! I love this for an everyday concealer, and believe the Maybelline Fit Me is not just a great concealer "for the price." It's just a great concealer. If you love the NARS concealer, I would bet you'll replace it after trying this dupe.
High End: Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer $30
Dupe: NYX Professional Matte Bronzer (shade light) $8.99
Hoola bronzer is a classic favorite. It's creamy and blendable, and is specifically great for contouring because of its neutral tone and its completely matte finish. This NYX dupe mimics the Benefit bronzer perfectly. Tone, finish, blendability - all there. Save your money and go for this dupe instead!
High End: NARS Blush - Orgasm $30
Dupe: Milani Baked Blush - Dolce Pink $7.99
NARS is famous for it's "inappropriate" products names, and this blush has been the source of awkward conversation since the cult classic launched when I was in junior high. It’s a warm, rosy blush with gold shimmer throughout and is still a best seller of the brand to this day. However, Milani has now made it possible to achieve the same radiant flush with their baked blush in Dolce Pink! It’s equally as creamy and pigmented, and provides the same rosy pink tone with golden reflects. It's a perfect match, and over $20 cheaper!
High End: Laura Geller Baked Swirl Illuminator- Gilded Honey $26
Dupe: Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder - Precious Petals $4.99
I was so excited to discover this dupe because LG Gilded Honey is one of my favorite highlights of all time! It’s a beautiful, light golden sheen that’s very wearable. I can use it even when I don’t have much color in my skin because it’s a true champagne-gold rather than a bronze-gold. Well, ladies and gentlemen, Wet N Wild Precious Petals has now stolen the show. This highlight is $5 and provides an identical highlighted effect as it’s high end counterpart. I almost cannot believe how beautiful this product is! This is a dupe in both color and wear - I cannot tell a difference whether swatched or worn on the cheeks. They differ only slightly in formula. The Wet N Wild highlight is a tiny bit more powdery, but this does not affect how it looks on the skin.
High End: Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette $42
Dupe: Wet n Wild Rose in the Air Palette $4.99
This Anastasia palette is one of the best selling items at Ulta, and for good reason! The color selection is a beautiful mix of warm neutral mattes, beautiful shimmers, and saturated berry tones. Wet n Wild recently came out with an awesome dupe for this! The shadows are so similar in their texture and blend-ability. I will say you have to take a little more time blending out the Wet n Wild shadows, but you can absolutely achieve the same look - quality is there. The Modern Renaissance has four additional shadows, but the color selection of this dupe palette is spot on, and there are plenty of shades (almost identical to the high end palette) to create a full look with this dupe.
High End: Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Balm $18.50
Dupe: Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain $9.49
This dupe is specifically in formula, although both have pretty large color ranges and you can easily find a shade match. I love a good balm stain that is pigmented as well as moisturizing, especially during the summer time or for minimal make up days! I've had both the chubby stick and the less expensive balm stain, and honestly I prefer the Revlon balm stain! Does that mean it's better than a dupe? Both products are very comfortable, give a lot of moisture to the lips, and are overall very similar; but I found the Revlon balm to be more pigmented, and that's what ultimately makes it the winner here.
High End: MAC Matte Lipstick - Ruby Woo $18.50
Dupe: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick - Certainly Red $8.49
MAC Ruby Woo will always hold a special place on my heart. It was the first high end lipstick I purchased for myself, to wear to a homecoming dance my senior year of high school (ohhh the memories.) However, if I had known that I could achieve the same look and wear time with a product that was $10 cheaper, I probably would have saved my money! The Revlon lipstick in Certainly Red differs only slightly in the finish, because it is a satin whereas the MAC lip is a true matte. However, the color and wear time of this affordable dupe is spot on!
High End: Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick - Trust Issues $20
Dupe: NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick - Vintage $6.99
With fall coming up, I had to throw a good dark and vampy lip product in here. Anastasia Trust Issues is an iconic deep, cool tone wine shade. It’s a mousy formula that wears for hours and is comfortable on the lips. I would say NYX liquid lips are a good counterpart to the Anastasia formula in general, but the shade Vintage specifically rivals Trust Issues. They are so similar in color it’s crazy! Be on trend this fall without breaking the bank and go for this drugstore dupe!
I hope this post was helpful! Let me know if you try any of these products and love them as much as I do! Have a great weekend, lovelies.