If you’re anything like me, you’ve learned a quick trip to Sephora to pick up foundation and bronzer can be an expensive errand, usually resulting in leaving the store overwhelmed. Like the budget-savvy, makeup-loving gal I am, I’m always looking to try new products without breaking the bank. After trying countless brands and products, I’ve found that drugstore makeup is just as good — if not better — than most luxury brands. Here are nine tried-and-true makeup dupes for your favorite products.
9 Drugstore Makeup Dupes Under $16
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, $54, versus NYX Angel Veil Primer, $15.99
I’m a huge believer in primer for many reasons. As an oily-skinned girl living in the Deep South, primer is the only thing that keeps my makeup from sliding off my face in the summer months — and it helps protect my skin from the sun. I’ve used the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer for several years, and although it keeps my foundation in place for hours and protects my skin, it can get expensive. If you’re looking for a less costly option that still keeps oil at bay, try the NYX Angel Veil Primer. It has the same consistency and coverage of Hourglass’s primer.
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup, $43, versus L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation, $10.59
Another important — and usually expensive — component to any makeup routine is foundation. I like a full-coverage foundation that is still lightweight and oil-free. The Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup provides total coverage and helps skin stay shine-free for hours. A great dupe for this, however, is the L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation. For $10.59, you still get all the benefits of the more expensive brand at a fraction of the cost.
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, $30, versus Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, $6.49
A good concealer is the easiest way to feel put together even if you only have five minutes to put on your makeup. When searching for concealer, you want to find one that is lightweight while still providing creaseless, full coverage application. I like to use my concealer to contour as well, which is why I loved the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, but I recently made the switch to a fantastic dupe — Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. Other than the price, it’s hard to tell the difference between these two products.
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, $39, versus RCMA No-Color Powder, $12
Set that makeup! While the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder is highly rated and reviewed, there is one powder that’s far superior and less expensive. Although you can’t find it at a drugstore, this dupe is still one worth sharing. The RCMA No-Color Powder is used by professional makeup artists and passes my oil control test with flying colors. This is a must-have in your beauty arsenal.
Laura Mercier Blush Colour Infusion, $30, versus Milani Rose Powder Blush, $8.99
Having the right shade of blush for your skin undertone is more important than you might think. If you’re not sure what color works best for you, this is a great resource to find out. I love a soft pink matte blush to add a slight flush of color to my face. The Milani Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose is a great dupe for the Laura Mercier Blush Colour Infusion in Chai. The main difference is there is more of a shine to the Laura Mercier blush, so if you like the hint of glow it gives, add a highlight (see a great dupe for this below) to the Milani product.
Guerlain Terracotta Sunkissed Natural Finish Bronzing Powder, $54, versus Rimmel Natural Bronzer, $3.99
I love bronzer all year long, especially for contouring. While the Guerlain Terracotta Sunkissed Natural Finish Bronzing Powder is beautiful and certainly luxurious, I prefer the Rimmel Natural Bronzer dupe. This bronzer makes you look like you just left the beach! It goes on smoothly over foundation and holds all day long.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter, $38, versus e.l.f. Baked Highlighter, $4
A good highlighter can elevate your look by accentuating the high parts of your face where the sun naturally hits. Even if you don’t have a full face of makeup, a highlighter is a must for a dewy, natural look. The cult-favorite, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Moonstone, is highly pigmented and easy to apply. One of the best drugstore comparisons is the e.l.f. Baked Highlighter in Moonlight Pearls coming in at only $4! Test it out yourself this summer.
Lancôme Ôscillation Vibrating. Infinite. Power Mascara, $36.50, versus L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Original Lengthening Mascara, $8.44
Never underestimate the power of mascara. No matter what my makeup routine looks like for the day, I always make sure to swipe a few coats of mascara on. It helps my eyes look wider and brighter, regardless of how much (or how little) sleep I got the night before. My holy grail mascara is hands down the L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Original Lengthening Mascara in carbon black. This mascara compares to the high-end Lancôme Ôscillation Vibrating. Infinite. Power Mascara but at a fraction of the cost. L’Oreal’s lengthens, strengthens and separates my lashes, making them look full and long.
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Urban Decay All Nighter Spray, $33, versus Milani Make It Last Prime + Correct + Set Spray, $8.99
End your makeup routine with a setting spray to lock in that gorgeous look. Most setting sprays offer either a dewy or matte finish, so choose which one appeals to you the most. Since I have to combat an oily t-zone, I opt for matte. While Urban Decay boasts a great setting spray with their All Nighter product, I’ve found the most effective spray is the Milani Make It Last 3-in-1. This spray ensures my makeup looks great for 16-plus hours with minimal touch-ups! I also love it because you can use it as a primer when you travel and want to limit how many products you pack.
Luxury Brands = $357.50 vs. Drugstore Buys = $79.48
That’s a savings of $278.02! So go save some money and look great while doing it!
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