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Splurge Vs Steal: Best Drugstore Makeup Dupes

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February 02, 2016 · 3.7k Views

A good makeup splurge is always fun and sometimes necessary. But the harsh reality is that top of the line makeup can do some serious damage to your bank account. Luckily, the beauty market is a big one and it’s overflowing with choices. When all of those choices get overwhelming, you can refer to this guide for some handy makeup ‘dupes’ to get the results that you are seeking - for a lot money.


Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional $31 vs. Maybelline Baby Skin instant Pore Eraser $6.99

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream $39 vs. Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream $7.44

Nars Blush in ‘Orgasm’ $30 vs. Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso $8.49

Bare Minerals Original SPF 15 Foundation $28.50 vs. L'oreal True Match Mineral Makeup $13.99

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer $36 vs. Maybelline Face Studio Master Prime Blur and Smooth $9.99

Makeup For Ever HD Microfinish Powder $35 vs. e.l.f. High Definition Powder $6

Check out Splurge vs Steal: Foundation for even more makeup swaps and dupes!


Mac Eyebrows $16 vs Maybelline Define-A-Brow Eyebrow Pencil $6.95

Mac Fluidline Eyeliner $16.50 vs e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner $3

Dior Diorshow Mascara $27.50 vs. L’oreal Paris Voluminous Mascara $7.29

Lancôme Liquid Artliner Eyeliner Pen $30.50 vs. L'Oreal Lineur Intense $6.50


MAC Lipstick in Russian Red $17 vs. Revlon Matte Lipstick in Really Red $7.99

Yves Saint Laurent Couture Satin Radiance Lipstick in Rose Carnation $36 vs. Nyx Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in Lala $4


Kylie Lip Kits Liquid Lipsticks $29 (Sold Out) vs. Nyx Lingerie Liquid Lipsticks $7


NARS Lip Gloss in Turkish Delight $26 vs. Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Sky Pink $7.99


While these products are not identical copies of each other, they are as close you can get! If you don't believe us, test them out for yourself and let us know how it goes. Have a better idea? Post it in the comment section!

For those of you who can't let go of your makeup faves, check out Sephora Coupons & Ulta Coupons to save on your next beauty purchase.


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I'm Florida native who relocated to California in 2014. When I am not exploring the beautiful scenery of the West Coast, I enjoy seeing live music of all types, doing acrobatic yoga, and helping others save money!
lilyangFeb 03, 2016
I LOVE the milani blush in luminoso, it's a perfect everyday peach. The other colors in that line are also gorgeous!
bear45Feb 02, 2016
I swear by the L'Oreal Lineur Intense eyeliner its been my go-to for YEARS!! I rotate between this eyeliner and the Kat Von D!
monster1991Feb 02, 2016
I swear by Milani lol they have really highly pigmented eyeshadows but I have yet to try their blush! A good mention is the Colorpop makeup btw, really highly pigmented eyeshadows at $5 per pot (way cheaper than MAC) plus they have great lippie products too :) they're not available in drugstores though.
MissesSunshineFeb 02, 2016
Milani is great!
bear45Feb 02, 2016
I love Colourpop! I agree cheap and super good quality! :)
DealiciousPieFeb 02, 2016
Super helpful! You can also look for drugstore brands that are owned by department store brands. Chances are they use similar formulas. For example, L'Oreal actually owns L'ancome. Their mascaras are all super similar (except in price).
savingssally78Feb 04, 2016
I knew that L'Oréal owned Lancôme but I don't think their mascaras are similar at all. I've used several from each line and they just don't work the nearly same on me. I think their foundations and concealers are way different too. I wish they worked the same!
urbanafloraFeb 02, 2016
going to ulta to pick up the Nyx Lingerie Liquid Lipsticks asap!
dtran5Feb 02, 2016
so helpful! :)