Save Your Money With These Beauty Dupes

We all LOVE a good beauty dupe. Whether your favorite product was discontinued or you want to save a few bucks, there are so many lower priced alternatives to luxury beauty items. That is not to say investing isn’t worth it, but sometimes finding a cheaper product that does the same thing is also worth it.

And yes, there are hundreds if not thousands of beauty dupes floating around the interwebs. From saving a few bucks to cutting down your cost by 65%, beauty dupes are God’s gift to the beauty community on a budget. If you love a high end product and can afford it, then go all out. I love department store beauty as much as the next girl, but sometimes I also love a drugstore find so I can buy double the amount of makeup. What can I say? I am a bit of a beauty hoarder.

So today I collected some of my absolute favorite beauty dupes that will allow you to achieve the same look as your favorite investments, but for a fraction of the cost.

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Nars Orgasm Blush has been a staple in the beauty community for years. It is a peachy pink with a subtle gold shimmer that wears beautifully on all skin tones, and it is duped perfectly with the Wet n Wild Color Icon Blush in Pearlescent Pink. Although the Wet n Wild blusher comes with a less than desirable brush and no mirror, the shade and the quality are practically identical. And cutting your costs from $30 for 0.16 oz down to $2.99 for 0.21 oz is a steal.

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The Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder is like heaven for those that love a finishing powder. It is so finely milled, looks amazing all day, and seems to be loved by just about everyone. But for 1 oz you have to spend $38. And for many that is worth it, but if you want that same finish for a lower price, you may want to look into the Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder. This one comes in 8 shades and costs less than $6. So whether you want a more affordable powder or require a deeper shade than what translucent allows you, this may be the beauty dupe for you.

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Now this may be my personal favorite. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara has been a clever and perfectly volumizing option for even those with the shortest and most stubborn lashes since it first launched. And at $23 for this curvy brush that somehow separates and fans out each and every lash, people went crazy for it. But this last year L’Oreal Lash Paradise has come barreling around the corner and into beauty lovers’ collections around the world. And at the affordable price of only $8.99 women who have been loyal to Too Faced for years now are indulging in a bit of a drugstore experience.

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We all love Mac lipsticks, right? Of course we do, but sometimes spending nearly $20 for a lipstick can feel like too much. So two of Mac’s most popular shades are Whirl and Velvet Teddy. They both offer a natural mauvy shade. Mac Whirl is matte with more brown hues, feeling a little more 90s. And Maybelline Nude Nuance is the perfect dupe, only in my opinion, it is a bit more comfortable on the lips. Mac matte lipsticks although crazy pigmented can feel a little bit drying, but Maybelline has perfected their matte formula in the most creamy way possible. Another long loved shade is Mac Velvet Teddy. It is also a matte lipstick, but it has a touch more peach and lightness. It can be easily duped with Wet n Wild Bare It All, which costs under $3. So whichever color floats your beauty boat keep in mind that you can get your hands on both shades at a fraction of the price.

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Although I am much more of a brow powder gal myself, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz is a holy grail eyebrow pencil in the beauty community. With its precise and petite pencil point and color selection it works for everyone, even those with the thinnest of brows. And as this pencil seems to be used up quickly, the NYX Micro Brow Pencil can be a great way to cut the price in half. It also has a teeny tiny point and is equally dry and creamy. The only part that may be a deal breaker is that NYX offers fewer shades than Anastasia, so as long as you can find your shade match you should be good to go with this beauty dupe.

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If you love a solid kohl eyeliner Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil is perfect. As the name says, it glides on with ease, but sets and stays put all day. And if you want a range of colors to choose from there are more than 30 shades including unique ones like electric pink and purple. But if you reach for more neutral colors like brown, navy, and black Rimmel Scandaleyes has such a similar formula, but for only about $4.

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Now skincare can be pretty difficult to dupe because it really works so differently for everyone, especially overtime. As face masks are meant to show an improvement in your skin with one use, I did find a dupe for the Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask. This glorious face mask has rose clay to help refine pores and smooth the skin, helping it to look radiant. It also has small jojoba beads to exfoliate your skin which really helps it feel baby soft. But the downside, this mask is nearly $30. If you are looking for similar effects, with only $10 the L’Oreal Pure Clay Red Algae Exfoliate and Refine Clay Mask is the closest I found. Although the ingredients, color, and packaging differ quite a bit, the effects are widely alike. This mask comes in a jar, which is less sanitary, but it also contains three pure clays along with a relaxing spa-like scent that soothes the skin and leaves it with the same smooth and blurred texture as the Origins one. Now you are getting about half the amount of product with the L’Oreal option, but are saving more than 65%.

What do you think of these beauty dupes? Are you going to try them out and see if they live up to their pricey alternatives? Are there anymore dupes you know of that we should look into? I don’t know about you, but I love a good dupe. Anytime I can get the same outcome for less cost I’m a happy beauty lover.


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