High End Makeup Products and their Drugstore Brand Dupes

If you’re the kind of girl who uses makeup everyday or if you’re a beauty enthusiast then you know that, in makeup, higher price usually does mean better quality. However, high end products aren’t easily accessible to everyone. Here’s a list of 10 high end makeup products and their drugstore dupes that will help you stretch your budget for makeup a little bit more without compromising quality.

  • Gel liner: Bobbi Brown vs Maybelline – eyeliner is important for defining your eyes and framing them. To be honest, I personally see no point in purchasing a high end gel liner because all gel liners are virtually the same. Bobbi Brown’s Long-wear gel liner ($23) doesn’t run, smudge or fade for hours. It’s easy to apply and the consistency is flawless. Now who wouldn’t want that, right? Well, let me tell you who would want that. Women who don’t have $23 to spend on a small pot of gel liner wouldn’t want that. Lucky for them, there’s the Maybelline Gel Liner ($7.99) that does just as well.

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  • Eye shadow primer: Urban Decay vs Essence – if you plan on wearing your eye makeup all day, you should definitely get your hands on an eye shadow primer. Urban Decay’s Primer Potion ($20) was super hyped up about when the first Naked palette came out and they’ve been selling like hotcakes ever since. Essence I Love Stage Eye Shadow Primer ($3.49) basically does what the Primer Potion does: it makes your shadow stay on longer, prevents flaking and prevents creasing all at a cheaper price.


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  • Neutral eye shadow palette: Urban Decay vs Sonia Kashuk – Naked palettes are all about neutral colors that you can use every day and the first Naked palette has definitely nailed that one except for the price. Naked palettes sell at $52 a pop. The colors in the palette are gorgeous, the pigmentation is great BUT it’s just too expensive. A great dupe for this is the Sonia Kashuk Eye Couture Eye Palette in Eye on Neutral. At only $19.99, it’s a steal! It has 12 colors, great color choices and variation, and wonderful pigmentation just like the Naked palettes.

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  • Blush: MAC vs Milani – blush gives you that rosy glow that just about completes your whole makeup look. It’s a very pretty way to brighten and liven up your face but looking for the perfect blush that’s not too dark nor too light can be difficult, especially if you don’t know what color works best for your skin tone. That’s why MAC’s Mineralize blush ($25) is so well-loved. Aside from being just the right color for any complexion, it’s also well pigmented so a little goes a long way. Other blushes have a hard time living up to this standard that MAC has set but not Milani. Milani’s Baked Powder Blush in Luminouso ($6.37) is almost the exact same as MAC except that this one has a soft and dewy finish which some really love.

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  • Highlighter and concealer: YSL vs Maybelline – the YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch ($40) was quite the hype for some time because it combined concealer and highlighter in one pen with a very convenient applicator tip. And then people realized how expensive it is. If you’re one of those looking for an inexpensive dupe for the said product, try the Maybelline DreamLumi Touch Highlighting Concealer ($6.63). it’s more affordable and it gets the job done just the same.

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