We can be certain that women, especially those who are certified makeup junkies, already had their fair share of trials and errors, successes and fails with makeup. When a brand’s hype is up, ladies can’t get enough of it fast enough. For some who would rather wait for the hype to die down and be smarter with their purchases, a girl’s best friend are drugstore makeup dupes.
Believe it or not, these dupes work as much as their more expensive counterparts do. Some of them have the same quality but which are much friendlier to your pocket. There are too many kinds of makeup you can apply to your face and simultaneously at that. Here, we have listed seven makeup dupes you can try for yourself and which are also crowd favorites.
1Anastasia “Trust Issues” Dupe: NYX “Vintage”
All makeup lovers would have fallen in love with Anastasia’s products already once, twice or maybe ten times and tried some of the products. But like other great things, Anastasia is not one to escape drugstore makeup dupes. They say girls have two moods: sweet and sultry. For those can’t pull off the soft look, minimal eye makeup and bold lips is always an option. Anastasia’s Liquid Lipstick in Trust Issues could have been a steal for $20 if NYX Lip Suede in Vintage wasn’t in the picture, the latter only costing $6.99.
Liquid matte lipsticks are starting to be more popular now, but if you are not yet fully ready to commit to the matte formula, NYX’s formula should be perfect for you. It doesn’t fully dry on the lips; thus, it has a shorter staying power, but it’s also more comfortable knowing that your lipstick won’t be there forever even after the rest of your makeup is gone. There’s a close call between the colors, and you’d barely see the difference.
Makeup junkies swear by NYX Lip Suede as Anastasia’s dupe. You can avail it NYX’s website, Target, Amazon, and Ulta, among top online makeup shops.
2Kylie Lipkit “Kourt K” Dupe: NYX “Transylvania”
Another NYX product worth being a dupe is the NYX soft lip cream in Transylvania. Kylie Jenner started producing her own lipkits, and ever since the lipstick game has changed for women. The Internet can break from the orders coming in, but if you’re not a huge fan, a Kylie lipkit dupe is still a good choice.
If you’re not into the brand itself, and you’re just after the shade with a lower price to boot, you can opt for NYX in Transylvania, which copies Kylie lipkit in Kourt K’s dark shade of plum. It has raised curiosity among lipstick lovers but has sold out fast. Fret not as NYX is a close call that also has a wide variety of shades. It also lasts long on the lips and is easy to apply because of the doe foot applicator that comes in the package. It provides a comfortable wear and doesn’t easily smudge.
Compared to the Kylie lipkit that costs $29 plus $14.95 for international shipping, NYX is much cheaper for only $6 and with free shipping over $25 per order as per its official website.
3Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector “Champagne Pop” Dupe: ELF Baked Eyeshadow in “Enchanted”
ELF’s Baked Eyeshadow in Enchanted is literally a dupe. Putting it beside Becca x Jaclyn’s Champagne Pop doesn’t give you much difference in the color department. Enchanted may have a more peachy hue to it, but it can be forgiven once you apply it on the apple of your cheeks. ELF’s Enchanted may be an eyeshadow, but who says it can’t double as a shimmer?
Becca x Jaclyn Hill’s Champagne Pop cost as much as $38 whereas ELF’s Enchanted cost as little as $3. How’s that for a real steal? It may not be as pigmented for eyeshadow, but the trick is to wet your brush before putting some product onto it. Doing this can also make the product have longer wear and sometimes a little bit of shimmer on your cheeks at the end of a long day won’t hurt.
4Anastasia Brow Wiz “Dark Brown” Dupe: NYX Micro Brow Pencil “Espresso”
Another Anastasia favorite is the Brow Wiz in Dark Brown. We know how your eyebrows can make or break your face, and it’s one of the makeup tricks you have to perfect, but if you want a more natural look, you might as well consider Anastasia’s dupe – NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Espresso.
In a nutshell, NYX in Espresso is darker, waxier, and cheaper. Compared to Anastasia, which costs $21, NYX is a big steal at half the price of $10. Considering that it’s a drugstore product, it comes in eight different shades, so you have so much to choose from. It has a more waxy finish, which can be useful when you have thin brows or want that bushy eyebrow look. Wax can also last longer than cream or pencil. If you want a quality eyebrow product, but cheaper, you might as well opt for NYX’s Micro Brow Pencil in Espresso.
5Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette “Naked 3” Dupe: Maybelline Eyeshadow Palette “The Blushed Nudes”
Some of us women do not have the time and patience to buy different bottles of eyeshadows, so we opt for a palette. In the world of makeup, we can’t help but compare every dupe products available in the market to see which ones are more stellar than others, including the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette in Naked 3 versus Maybelline Eyeshadow Palette in The Blushed Nudes.
If we’re only looking at the shades, there is barely any difference between the two. Urban Decay’s palette is designed in one long bar whereas Maybelline’s is color coordinated by pairs. This can be helpful if you’re a beginner with eyeshadows and want a quick reference on which colors pair up best.
Maybelline’s eyeshadows are smooth. However, they are not as pigmented, so you’d want to wet your brush before application. But for a few cents shy from $10, you can already buy five of these compared to one Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette, which costs $54.
6Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette Dupe: Makeup Revolution I Heart Makeup Palette
Well-thought packaging always impresses buyers. With makeup, it’s no different. An item can be cheap in price, but it doesn’t have to be tacky in appearance, much as what Makeup Revolution is trying to prove with their I Heart Makeup Palette, what could be the perfect dupe for the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette.
Both products have the same packaging theme but Makeup Revolution looks more like that of a chocolate bar compared to Too Faced. However, the former has a larger mirror in the compact, making it easier to apply your makeup even without a full-length mirror.
As with the colors, the palette placements between the two brands are almost the same, with a minimal difference with some shades. Other than that, they are nearly identical. Makeup Revolution’s eyeshadows have a more powdery texture, but if you’re looking for dupes on the cheaper side, it is a definite must-try for only $13.17 as opposed to Too Faced’s Palette, which costs as much as $49.
7Benefit’s Porefessional Dupe: NYX’s Pore Filler
One product that women often overlook or completely ignore is the pore filler. The essence of putting on makeup is to enhance a woman’s facial features, but your makeup can definitely be more on fleek when you start dabbing on your pore filler before applying your base. Your makeup will also look more dewy and polished.
A particular filler that made its name in the market is Benefit’s Porefessional PRO Balm. Sure, it does its job to minimize your pores, but you don’t need to spend $31 for that product alone. There are many alternatives you can use, such as NYX’s Pore Filler. A bottle contains 20 ml of product for only $13, which is hands down a steal compared to almost the same amount you get from Benefit.
Likewise, NYX also leaves your face with a smooth finish and helps prolong your makeup wear. It is also safe for women who have sensitive skin and are extra careful with the products they use. Overall, NYX’s Pore Filler is a definite Benefit Porefessional dupe.