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Drugstore Makeup Dupes You’ll Swear Are Luxury Brands

  • November 22, 2018
  • By Stephanie, The Roving Fox
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Drugstore Makeup Dupes You’ll Swear Are Luxury Brands

Drugstore Makeup Dupes You’ll Swear Are Luxury | Best Makeup Dupes:

If you love looking classy af but don’t want to spend all of your hard earned money on makeup, there are several drugstore makeup dupes to consider.

Drugstore makeup dupes are essentially “duplicates” of high end luxury items. If you’re looking to build up your makeup arsenal, you can have a few great high-end staples, like a really great foundation or primer, and then work in dupes to stretch your budget. Of course, you’re probably going to use that saved money to buy more makeup, because, duh.

What you might not know is that a lot of these drugstore brands have more famous and powerful parents. By that, I mean that the drugstore brands are often owned by luxury brands, and the products are produced at the same factory. That’s why sometimes you’ll see packaging that’s really similar to high-end brands. So while the packaging and name might be different, inside the tube it could be the same formulation.

So let’s check out some drugstore makeup dupes that could pass as luxury brands. We’ll explore the best eyeshadow palette dupes, best drugstore lipgloss, foundation dupes, and more!

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1. MARIO BADESCU SEAWEED NIGHT CREAM INSTEAD OF LA MER CREME DE LA MER

MARIO BADESCU SEAWEED NIGHT CREAM ($22) instead of LA MER CREME DE LA MER ($175)

La Mer is literally the crème de la crème of all crèmes. It’s known to repair and beautify skin with their proprietary blend of nourishing ingredients. If you’re looking for something similar without the hefty price tag, try the Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream as a dupe. Reviewers rave about how it absorbs quickly, improves tone, and brightens skin.

La Mer Mario Badescu drugstore makeup dupes

2. PHYSICIANS FORMULA ARGAN WEAR ULTRA-NOURISHING OIL INSTEAD OF JOSIE MARAN PURE ARGAN OIL

PHYSICIANS FORMULA ARGAN WEAR ULTRA-NOURISHING OIL ($15) instead of JOSIE MARAN PURE ARGAN OIL ($48)

I’ve been a huge fan of face oils for years. I started using Argan Oil about 8 years ago and credit that to my skin staying young. My dermatologist told me she thought I was in college during my first appointment (brush shoulders off). I use it as my moisturizer after cleansing, toning, and a serum. You can try the Josie Maran version, but a more affordable option is Physician’s Formula, made in Morocco.

Josie Maran Physicians Formula argan oil drugstore makeup dupes

3. MAYBELLINE FACE STUDIO MASTER PRIME MAKEUP PRIMER INSTEAD OF SMASHBOX PHOTO FINISH FOUNDATION PRIMER

MAYBELLINE FACE STUDIO MASTER PRIME MAKEUP PRIMER ($10) instead of SMASHBOX PHOTO FINISH FOUNDATION PRIMER ($36)

Maybelline Master Prime Makeup Primer is one of the great drugstore makeup dupes out there. It can stand in with gusto for the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer.

Smashbox Maybelline primer drugstore makeup dupes

4. L’ORÉAL STUDIO SECRETS MAGIC LUMI HIGHLIGHTER INSTEAD OF YVES SAINT LAURENT TOUCHE ECLAT RADIANCE PERFECTING PEN

L’ORÉAL STUDIO SECRETS MAGIC LUMI HIGHLIGHTER ($12) instead of YVES SAINT LAURENT TOUCHE ECLAT RADIANCE PERFECTING PEN ($38)

I am basically obsessed with anything L’Oréal. I think they make amazing products that can stand against luxury brands with ease. You might be able to tell that this Yves Saint Laurent concealer pen is in the L’Oréal brand family by comparing the packaging to L’Oréal Studio Secrets Lumi Highlighter pen. Both cover imperfections and wake up the look of your skin.

Drugstore Makeup Dupes Loreal Studio Secrets Magic Lumi Highlighter YVES SAINT LAURENT TOUCHE ECLAT Radiance Perfecting Pen

5. L’ORÉAL TRUE MATCH LUMI HEALTHY LUMINOUS MAKEUP INSTEAD OF GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY POWER FABRIC LONGWEAR HIGH COVER FOUNDATION 

L’ORÉAL TRUE MATCH LUMI HEALTHY LUMINOUS MAKEUP $12) instead of GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY POWER FABRIC LONGWEAR HIGH COVER FOUNDATION ($64)

L’Oréal True Match Lumi Makeup foundation is one of the most well-known drugstore makeup dupes out there. It’s produced by the same parent company as the more luxe Giorgio Armani Beauty Power Fabric Foundation. Both come in a range of colors and have SPF, but only one comes with a budget-friendly price tag!

Drugstore Makeup Dupes Foundation GIORGIO ARMANI Power Fabric Longwear Foundation loreal true match lumi healthy luminous makeup

6. MILANI BAKED POWDER BLUSH IN LUMINOSO INSTEAD OF NARS ORGASM BLUSH

MILANI BAKED POWDER BLUSH IN LUMINOSO ($8) instead of NARS ORGASM BLUSH ($39)

Everyone loves the look of the NARS Orgasm blush, but not everyone loves shelling out almost $40 for that glow. That’s where Milani comes in. You can replicate that same glow with their Luminoso blush!

Drugstore Makeup Dupes Milani Baked Powder Blush in Luminoso NARS Orgasm Blush

7. NYX MINERAL MATTE FINISHING POWDER INSTEAD OF TOO FACED BORN THIS WAY ETHEREAL SETTING POWDER 

NYX MINERAL MATTE FINISHING POWDER $10) instead of TOO FACED BORN THIS WAY ETHEREAL SETTING POWDER ($33)

To set your face, try the NYX Mineral Matte Finishing Powder instead of the Too Faced Ethereal Setting Powder. Both will leave your face matte to face the day without a greasy glow.

Drugstore Makeup Dupes NYX Mineral Matte Finishing Powder TOO FACED Born This Way Ethereal

8. COLOURPOP DOUBLE ENTENDRE PRESSED POWDER SHADOW PALETTE INSTEAD OF URBAN DECAY NAKED3 PALETTE

COLOURPOP DOUBLE ENTENDRE PRESSED POWDER SHADOW PALETTE ($16) instead of URBAN DECAY NAKED3 PALETTE ($54)

Urban Decay’s Naked Palette has been the go-to neutral eye kit for years. Now, you can duplicate the same range of luxe colors with Colourpop’s Double Entendre eyeshadow palette dupes. The perfectly neutral palette can blend up a variety of looks from daytime classic to smoky-chic.

Drugstore Makeup Dupes eyeshadow COLOURPOP Double Entendre Pressed Powder Shadow Palette URBAN DECAY Naked3 Palette

9. NYX EPIC INK LINER INSTEAD OF KAT VON D TATTOO LINER

NYX EPIC INK LINER ($9) instead of KAT VON D TATTOO LINER ($20)

Another excellent drugstore dupe you can try is the NYX Epic Ink liner in black or brown. It’s a perfect stand-in for Kat Von D’s well-loved tattoo liner!

Drugstore Makeup Dupes eyeliner NYX EPIC INK LINER KAT VON D Tattoo Liner

10. L’OREAL VOLUMINOUS LASH PARADISE MASCARA INSTEAD OF TOO FACED BETTER THAN SEX MASCARA 

L’OREAL VOLUMINOUS LASH PARADISE MASCARA ($9) instead of TOO FACED BETTER THAN SEX MASCARA ($20)

Another L’Oréal product tops the list with their Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara. It can take the place of Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Mascara with ease.

Drugstore Makeup Dupes mascara Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara

11. NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP SLIM LIP PENCIL INSTEAD OF CHARLOTTE TILBURY LIP CHEAT LIP LINER

NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP SLIM LIP PENCIL ($4) instead of CHARLOTTE TILBURY LIP CHEAT LIP LINER ($22)

Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillowtalk is quickly becoming one of the industry’s best makeup dupes as a nude lip liner. Luckily for us, NYX creates a great makeup dupe, the Slim Lip Pencil in Peek-A-Boo Natural.

Drugstore Makeup Dupes lipliner NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Slim Lip Pencil Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner

12. COLOURPOP ULTRA MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICK INSTEAD OF SMASHBOX ALWAYS ON MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICK 

COLOURPOP ULTRA MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICK ($6.50) instead of SMASHBOX ALWAYS ON MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICK ($24)

One of my favorite lip products is the Smashbox line of Matte Liquid Lipsticks. Colourpop offers an affordable alternative with their matte liquid lipstick in nearly a dozen shades from subtle to bright and bold.

Drugstore Makeup Dupes COLOURPOP Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick SMASHBOX Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick

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By Stephanie, The Roving Fox, November 22, 2018
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  • Alex DiBacco
    November 26, 2018

    I love NYX!! It’s seriously a better brand then any of the luxury pieces. The lip pencil is so perfect for winter!

    Alex
    Chasingdaisiesblog.com

    • Stephanie
      November 26, 2018

      I agree! I also have a few of their eye pencils and eye sticks that I use as highlighter (white and a champagne color).

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