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Designer vs. Dupe: Are Top Makeup Brands Worth It?

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March 20, 2019 · 5.3k Views

Makeup can be a wonderful collection to your vanity, but beauty expenses can add up quickly. In addition, beauty products tend to expire within a year or so, therefore, the need to replace our beauty favorites routinely can also break the bank. That is unless you're careful. Luckily, we've compiled a list of top designer makeup dupes that are just as good as their expensive counterparts!

For major savings, you may opt to get your makeup from dollar stores like Dollar Tree or Dollar General; however, be careful as their cosmetics may not be safe, could be expired or even fake since these stores are not certified retailers. While e.l.f. cosmetics are stepping up their beauty game, we have more drugstore options for those who want to try out new makeup.

Here is our list of favorite drugstore makeup that you can get from your local Target, CVS or Walmart without breaking the bank or potentially breaking out.


When to Throw Away Your Makeup

  • 2-3 Months: Mascara

  • 3-6 Months: Liquid/pencil eyeliner

  • 6 Months - 1 Year: Concealer, Setting Spray

  • 1 Year: Foundation, primer, blush, highlighter, bronzer (powder)

  • 2 Years: Lipstick & lip gloss, eyeshadow

Note: Although expiration dates on the actual makeup item are good guidelines, look out for anything weird in your makeup, especially during extreme weather conditions. When in doubt, throw it out!



Designer: Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, 1 oz. ($36.00)

Dupe: Maybelline FaceStudio Master Prime Blur + Smooth Primer, 1 oz. ($9.99)



Designer: Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation, 1 oz. ($64.00)

Dupe: L’Oreal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup, 1 oz. ($11.99)



Designer: Tarte Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer, 0.33 oz. ($27.00)

Dupe: e.l.f. 16HR Camo Concealer, 0.2 oz. ($5.00)


Setting Powder

Designer: BareMinerals Original Loose Powder Mineral Foundation, 0.28 oz. ($31.00)

Dupe: Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Loose Powder Foundation, 0.19 oz. ($13.99)


Setting Spray

Designer: Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, 4 oz. ($32.00)

Dupe: L’Oreal Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray, 3.4 oz. ($16.99)


Eyebrow Pencil

Designer: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, 0.003 oz. ($21.00)

Dupe: NYX Professional Makeup Micro Brow Pencil, 0.003 oz. ($7.00)


Eyeshadow Palette

Designer: Dior BACKSTAGE Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00)

Dupe: Catrice Fresh Nude Collection Eyeshadow Palette ($8.99)


Liquid Eyeliner

Designer: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, 0.019 oz. ($20.00)

Dupe: NYX Professional Makeup Epic Ink Liner, 0.03 oz. ($6.30)



Designer: Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara, 0.27 oz. ($24.00)

Dupe: L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara, 0.28 oz. ($9.99)



Designer: Nars Blush, 0.28 oz. ($39.00)

Dupe: Milani Baked Blush, 0.12 oz. ($7.99)



Designer: Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer, 0.28 oz. ($30.00)

Dupe: Ulta Bronzer, 0.29 oz. ($10.00)



Designer: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter, 0.28 oz. ($38.00)

Dupe: Wet N Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder, 0.19 oz. ($4.99)



Designer: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick, 0.13 oz. ($38.00)

Dupe: L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Lip Color, ($8.99)


What do you think? Are top designer brands worth it? Leave a comment below!

DiMamedova15Mar 20, 2019
I love designer brands simply because my skin is very sensitive and unfortunately cosmetics like NYX, Rimmel, e.l.f. are irritating it very much (burning sensation). My absolute faves are Dior (both skincare and makeup), MAC and Kate Von D.
But I've heard that Catrice eyeshadows are really great, so maybe one day I'll give it a try.
Jascha, thank you for article!
berrygreatMar 22, 2019
You're welcome! Hopefully, you'll enjoy the Catrice eyeshadows.