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Drugstore Dupes You’ve Been Missing Out On

Drugstore Dupes You’ve Been Missing Out On

I remember spending my Saturday afternoons strolling the aisles of Sephora at the mall. My mom used to own stores in the mall so I would take a “5-minute break” and somehow always end up in the bright lights of my favorite striped store.

I loved looking at all of the new compacts, liners, and lipsticks. It didn’t even phase me that there was practically no diversity in 2005 makeup advertisements. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the (too light for my skin) “peony pink” lipstick that the beautiful white model wore on the life-size cut-out.

I was obsessed with makeup, the problem is… I was a teenager and had no money.

See in immigrant families we didn’t get an allowance for doing chores or working at our parent’s stores every weekend. They liked to call it a barter for the lodging and meals I was provided while living at home.

Years later, I still love a good drugstore find. While I may be able to splurge on a designer mascara, I don’t just want the most expensive product – I want the one that works for me. As with everything, there are things you should splurge on and things you should save on. That my friend is what is post is about. Here are my favorite drugstore dupes that you’ve been missing out on.

What exactly is a makeup dupe?

A makeup dupe is when two makeup products are similar. The word “dupe” is short for “duplicate” in this context. A dupe is a makeup product at a lower price point that provides a similar experience as the original product. It is not the same formula as its more costly counterpart but can provide a similar experience with regard to shade, texture, and pigmentation.

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Best Drugstore Makeup Products

The drugstore is filled with great makeup products, but decision paralysis can kick in really quickly. With so many options, it’s difficult to know where to start. Here are some of our favorite drugstore makeup items that are similar to costly brands at a fraction of the price.

Eye Makeup Dupes

You may want to drop some serious cash on an awesome makeup palette, designer mascara, elite eyeliner, and brow pencil – but your wallet may not be as into it. Finding the right dupe for certain eye makeup products can help you get the look you want. These are our drugstore eye makeup favorites.

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Lipstick Dupes

  • Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk ($35) – Yes, we all probably already own way more lipsticks than we’ll ever use, but we always want more. So, why not spend a little less and still have all the fun? This is a cult favorite for a universally perfect nude. Our team is a variety of skin tones, so we put it to the test. Most people said they liked the shade and would wear it again – although the shade does appear more pink than nude on darker skin.
  • MAC Satin Lipstick in Rebel ($23) – Rebel is a beautiful rich berry tone that makes any woman look badass and elegant. It is a total vibe, but can we find it at a more affordable price?

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Face Makeup Dupes

Contour, bronzer, blush, and highlight are all items that can enhance a makeup look. Choosing the right product will make all the difference.

  • Marc Jacobs O! Mega Bronzer in Tan-Tastic ($34) – This beautiful silky bronzer is coveted for a reason. It gives a smooth silky effortless glow but… the price however doesn’t feel so effortless so let’s take a look at an alternate option.
  • Iconic London Prep Set Glow Spray ($29) – It shouldn’t have to cost that much to feel like a bronze statue. The Iconic London Prep Set Glow Spray is designed to hydrate and reflect light that makes anyone glow like a goddess but sometimes we mortals just gotta budget.
  • Iconic London Illuminator ($40) – Mega, super, and extreme radiance. It is a tiny bottle that packs quite the shine, unfortunately, the price does too. The market however has other options that will help you get your glow on at a more affordable price.
    • Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighters ($5) – For less than $10 you can get the same shine. The liquid highlighters are versatile and easy to use. Don’t forget your cupid’s bow when you use it.
  • NARS Orgasm Blush ($34) – This iconic blush gives you more to talk about than just its saucy name. “Orgasm” is a cult favorite and it’s been around for a long time. I know this because I stole my sister’s blush when she was in high school. She had spent her birthday money on her very first Sephora purchase and she definitely thought she lost it. Oops, sorry, Sal!
    • Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso ($11) – Milani again to the rescue! The blush offers a satin finish that adds to the glow. The pigment is also buildable and absolutely stunning.
  • NARS Blush/Bronzer Duo ($42) – This is the most convenient product duo for your daily makeup kit. It minimizes the hassle and simplifies the process, what if I told you, you can get it for cheaper too?
    • e.l.f. Cosmetics Aqua Beauty ($6) – NARS is famous for its bronzer + blush duo, but this compact from e.l.f. will give you a run for your money. To be fair, readers have complained that the e.l.f. option is a fraction of the product size, but also of the price. Do what you want with this information.
  • Becca Pressed Highlighter ($42) – Listen up you need this dupe not because of the price, but recently Becca announced they are closing their doors, here is the best option to replace your favorite highlighter.

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Base Makeup Dupes

Base makeup can include anything from primers, setting powders, foundations, and concealer. It is essentially your “base”. Imagine your face as a beautiful canvas. The base makeup will get you prepped to add color (in the form of blushes, bronzers, and highlighters) later.

Now that our vocabulary lesson is done, let’s share our favorite drugstore base makeup.

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Final thoughts on drugstore dupes

Affordability is key. In today’s world, good makeup is available at every price point, it just takes a little time to find the best fit. Finding the dupe for your favorites or trying out dupes because you like the look of a high-end product is a great way to keep up with trends while staying within your budget.