Spend or Save: Makeup Dupes

For years I’ve been guilty of spending tons of money on high-end makeup products because I thought drugstore dupes just didn’t work the same. Boy was I wrong. Of course there are definitely instances when that is the case, but for the most part dupes are just as awesome as the expensive counterparts! I’ve definitely changed my outlook on drugstore products. In fact, some of my all time FAVORITE makeup products are from the drugstore! Not only do makeup dupes save you tons of money, but they also get the job done and still make you look as fab as ever. So if you’re interested to see how to get a full face of makeup/products for only $69.96 (vs $301.50) I got you covered!

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1.ย Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencilย $26 vs Sonia Kashuk Velvet Lip Crayonย $7.99

Both apply smooth. Both extremely pigmented. Both have gorgeous color range. It’s a no brainer! If you’re into spending almost $30 on a lip pencil, Nars is the way to go because it really is a great product. On the other hand, if you aren’t feeling the price of the cult favorite, Sonia Kashuk’s option is just as wonderful, and less than half the price!!

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2.ย Beautyblender $20ย vs Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge $6.99

An airbrushed, smooth look is something we all desire when doing our makeup, and honestly BOTH of these products can achieve that look. Beautyblenders have taken the makeup world by storm when they were released in 2002! They have been more popular and raved about by beauty gurus across the world in the past few years. Real Techniques’s attempt at recreating the fan favorite and Allure Best of Beauty Winner is totally spot on. Using both products, they both give flawless coverage, and make your makeup look so natural and beautiful. In this case, I would recommend the beautyblender since it is such a great product, but honestly it’s dupe is just as great!

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3. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer $36ย vs Milani Prime Perfection Face Primer $9.99

Primer is key in a makeup routine to make sure it stays in place looking awesome all day long. So of course, the perfect primer is necessary to keep your looking fresh from start to finish. Smashbox’s Photo Finish Primer has a clear, smooth consistency blurring pores and imperfections making your makeup apply nice and smooth. The Milani primer works like a charm too, for a fraction of the price. When I use Milani’s primer, my makeup doesn’t move. Of course it wears off after a long day, but it still does its job which is all I ask ๐Ÿ™‚

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4. Lancome Miracle Cushion Foundation $46.50ย vs L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation $16.99

Okay, so I’m going to go a little rave crazy for this one. I’ve been using the L’Oreal Lumi Cushion for about a month ever since I saw Jaclyn Hill talk about it on her YouTube channel and I completely fell in love. I always reach for this when I want medium to light coverage and my skin to glow. This gives off such a gorgeous glow and makes your skin look so healthy. I have not tried the Lancome Miracle Cushion myself. I’m sure it’s an extremely fantastic product, but the L’Oreal dupe is insanely awesome for wayyy less!

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5. Clรฉ de Peau Beautรฉ Concealer $70 vs No7 Stay Perfect Blemish Cover $12

If you guys followed me on my previous blog sunflowersforthesoul, you would know that I am completely in LOVE with the brand No7. All their products are just fantastic, and for really affordable prices. It’s a win-win brand and don’t we all love those?? The No7 Stay Perfect concealer does exactly what it is made to do. No one is perfect obviously, but this concealer makes you feel confident, beautiful, and hides any imperfections you may be insecure about. Dark circles? Gone. Blemishes? Donezo. Pair this baby with the No7 Stay Perfect Foundation ($15.99) and you are set for a flawless look. Because of the price of the high end concealer, I have not personally tried it. I know that famous makeup artists swear by it, and many have deemed it the absolute best concealer on the market. I would absolutely love to give it a try, and I’m sure it is phenomenal, but unfortunately a $70 concealer is not in my price range at the moment.

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6. Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Bronze Perfect Tan $49 vs NYX Matte Bronzer $9

I’m a very fair-skinned girl, therefore bronzer is my bff. Finding the right bronzer is essential for me to achieve a natural sun-kissed glow that doesn’t look too overdone on my pale face. The NYX Matte Bronzer is absolutely perfect for creating definition, and giving a natural glow for an extremely affordable price. It’s compatible with many different skin tones, and it has a wonderfully smooth consistency!

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7. Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette $54ย vs Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 Palette $7

I am and have been an avid Urban Decay fan for years. I am in love with their eyeshadows and other products as well, but the Naked 3 palette has to be my favorite. I love love love all the pinks, creams, browns, and the romantic looks they create. When I found out that there is a palette that is so similar for only $7 I was shocked. Urban Decay will always have my heart, but Makeup Revolution hit the nail on the head with this one. All the colors in the Iconic 3 palette are basically identical to the Naked 3 colors. For a $7 palette the shadows are pigmented, last for around 10 hours or so (depending on your skin type), apply super well, and overall give the same look as the Naked 3!! I know not everyone has $54 to shell out for eyeshadow, so if you’ve been dying to try the Naked 3 palette but hesitated over the price Iconic 3 is the absolute best alternative!!

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There you have it, a full makeup look for only $70!! That’s the price of one Clรฉ de Peau Beautรฉ concealer! Makeup is something lots of us are guilty of splurging on. It’s so hard to resist a product with really cute packaging that has 5 stars on Sephora and every beauty guru raves about it, but we have to stay strong. Of course it’s perfectly acceptable to treat yourself whenever you can, but it’s also nice to save some cash for even bigger more important things ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope this post helped you guys find some new favorite products! If you know of any dupes I didn’t mention, be sure to let me know by leaving them in the comments!

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8 Comments

  1. Heather Sconza
    November 2, 2016 / 8:21 pm

    Love this! I’m due for new foundation. No7 is what you use? I will get it!! Your skin always looks perfect!! I want that!! Lol.

    • onebrokeblondeblogg
      November 2, 2016 / 8:40 pm

      Thanks!! You should def try it it’s sooo awesome!! ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’— if you get it let me know what you think ๐Ÿ˜˜

  2. November 3, 2016 / 9:06 am

    I swear by the NYX bronzer too! Pale girls unite lol Love this post ๐Ÿ™‚

    • onebrokeblondeblogg
      November 3, 2016 / 10:15 am

      It’s so awesome! And thanks so much ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

    • danafiori
      November 5, 2016 / 9:33 am

      Thanks so much! I would love to check out your post! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Ana
    November 10, 2016 / 6:05 am

    Makeup revolution has several amazing pallettes that are spot on does at unbelievable prices! I must have at least 15 of them myself, from eyebrows and eye shadows to highlights and bronzers! Love this list, great tips!
    Who do you prefer for mascara?

    • danafiori
      November 10, 2016 / 9:06 am

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this post, Ana! Makeup revolution does have amazing products I can’t believe they’re so affordable! As for mascara my go-to is the Tarteist mascara by Tarte! It’s not too pricey, and it’s worth every penny!

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