Luxury products don’t always mean quality is guaranteed. When you are able to find dupe makeup brands it can feel like a big win since its much easier on your bank account. Whether you want to save some money on personal care here and there or after lower-priced eco-friendly alternatives, dupes can be an excellent way to create a more practical makeup routine. Here are 10 of the best drugstore dupes for more expensive makeup products.
Benefit The POREfessional Pore Minimizing Primer vs Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser
A known drugstore alternative for Benefit Porefessional is the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser. This primer is a great option for a lightweight primer with a smoothing, blurring effect. Although is not cruelty-free or silicone-free it’s unscented and works extremely well for its low price point. It has more of a matte finish and is suitable for all skin types. Remember you can always follow up with a dewy foundation if you’re aiming to achieve a more glowing look.
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation vs. L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation
When you think of drugstore makeup dupes foundation can be a hit or miss and when it comes to matte makeup it becomes even more tricky. Finally, a matte foundation that doesn’t leave skin looking dull and dry. This lightweight, demi-matte drugstore alternative to the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation offers a full-coverage, buildable and flawless finish every time. Its long-lasting formula is perfect for day-to-night looks and since its full coverage blemishes are hidden with ease.
Glossier Cloud Paint vs. Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel
Can’t get your hands on the coveted Glossier Cloud Paint? This Sheer Cheek Gel from Pixi is the perfect replacement in a pinch. While both the drugstore and high-end products are cruelty-free, Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel will save you a couple bucks and add a youthful touch of color to your cheeks for a natural, fresh look. It’s a bit more translucent than Glossier, but it’s buildable so you won’t overdo it on the first go. You can also use it as a lip tint. Its fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, long-lasting, and super hydrating on the skin.
Becca Ever-Matte Primer vs. Covergirl Full Spectrum Matte Ambition Primer
Hurray! This drugstore makeup brand is certified cruelty free! Covergirl’s Full Spectrum Matte Ambition is a skin-smoothing primer that also includes SPF 20 so your skin will stay protected from the sun’s rays and your makeup stays put while you’re out and about. The primer is perfect for all-day wear, has a matte finish, and is transparent so you can wear it on its own with any transfer. It’s a great dupe for cult-favorite Becca Ever-Matte which has unfortunately been discontinued since the brand closed down last September as a result of the pandemic.
Dior Backstage Rosy Glow Blush vs. Revlon 032 Wild About Violet
Wild About Violet is a dupe for the viral Dior Rosy Glow that dominated social media earlier last summer. This pigmented yet buildable muted berry blush is made with a microfine powder and adds that pop of color to any makeup look. Lift your face and highlight your cheeks for a more dramatic look or lightly dust for a fresh-looking glow.
Benefit Hoola vs. NYX Professional Makeup Powder Matte Bronzer
Hoola is a cult favorite and for good reason. It’s a neutral-toned bronzer that suits many and is perfect for adding warmth to the face or contouring because it won’t leave you looking ashy. It is also an ideal take on the go and the adorable retro packaging is well-liked. But NYX’s Powder Matte Bronzer might just give it a run for its money. These bronzers are available in more shades than Hoola so you can find a suitable shade if you have a deeper skin tone. It’s certified cruelty free and buildable so you can go for a more sculpted look or a natural bronze effect.
Stila Stay All Day Eyeliner vs. Maybelline Master Precise All Day Liquid Eye Liner
Maybelline’s Precise All Day Liquid Eye Liner is one of the best dupes Stila Stay All Day. Although it isn’t cruelty-free, it’s both waterproof and smudge-proof with an ultra-precise tip so a sharp winged liner is a breeze. Its long-wear formula is dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested so there’s no need to worry if you wear contacts or have sensitive eyes.
Dior Addict Lip Glow Oil vs. Undone Beauty Poppa Gloss
While not a drugstore brand, Undone’s low price point makes it an easily accessible substitute to Dior Lip Glow Oil. Its clean, hydrating formula is ultra-smooth without being sticky and its extra-large applicator makes for quick application. It’s vegan, paraben-free, cruelty-free, and less than a third of the price of the Dior lip oil. It uses Cloudberry seed oil to moisturize and nourish lips and is comfortable enough for extended wear.
Benefit They’re Real Mascara vs. Covergirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara
Benefit They’re Real is a favorite to many beauty lovers because it adds both volume and length. While it gives a flirty doll-like, lifted effect to the lashes, its larger wand, and slightly clumpier formula are certainly not its strong points, especially for novices or those with sensitive eyes. Covergirl’s Full Lash Bloom uses a clump-free mousse formula that includes beeswax so your lashes won’t feel super stiff but have volume, length, and hold their curl. It also has a petal-shaped wand that helps with its lifting and lengthening effect. Its formula is also ophthalmologist tested so it’s ideal for those who wear contact lenses or have sensitive eyes. Its also free from parabens, sulfates and phthalates.
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner vs. e.l.f. Intense H2O Proof Eyeliner Pen
When it comes to drugstore beauty products e.l.f. is definitely a go-to for many because of its exceptional quality, low price point, and the fact that the brand is vegan and cruelty-free. Its Intense H2O Proof Eyeliner Pen is a dupe for Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner as it’s an eyeliner that has a precise tip great for thicker or thinner lines with an excellent color payoff and a matte finish. This liner dries quickly and lasts all day. Its smudge-proof and is infused with nourishing Vitamin E.
There you have it, 10 of the best dupes for high-end beauty products including those sought-after items that always seem to be out of stock. Do you have a go-to product that wasn’t listed here that’s an awesome dupe for a beauty community cult favorite? Leave a comment about your favorite makeup dupe below.