Truth be told, I didn’t have another drugstore makeup dupe post planned, but I was so inspired by a product I tried for the first time over Memorial Day weekend that I had to share these with you. Get ready to get beautiful for cheap! (And do note that I’m not getting paid to endorse anything here ever, so you can trust that I actually believe in these products.)
1. Love Makeup For Ever HD or Lancôme Teint Idole? Try this: Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation
For years I’ve sworn by and blown tons of money on Lancôme Teint Idole and Makeup For Ever Ultra HD foundations. While they’re both fantastic, Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation does the same job for $5.99. I’d watched some YouTube reviews raving about it and decided to give it a try, and holy Hell: On a weekend in which I was breaking out like crazy, three people complimented my skin. Not my makeup, but my skin. This wears beautifully, covers like magic, and lasts until you remove it (I went a good 10 hours without a primer or setting spray). I cannot say enough good things about this makeup. The only slight caveat is that it smells a little like paint when you open the bottle, but I’d honestly rather have that than an artificial fragrance, and the smell goes away almost immediately upon application.
2. Love NARS blush in “Orgasm?” Try this: NYX Cosmetics Baked Blush in “Foreplay”
NARS blush in “Orgasm” is the standard for a universally flattering flush, but it’s expensive! (Still, it lasts forever.) If you’re in the market for a cheap dupe for every day wear, try this one.
3. Love Smashbox Photo Finish Light Primer? Try this: Monistat Complete Care Chafing Relief Powder Gel
This has nothing to do with your lady bits! Both the Smashbox Photo Finish Light Primer and Monistat Complete Care Chafing Relief Powder Gel have the same exact active ingredient (dimethicone), so it’s up to you how much you want to spend here.
4. Love Kat Von D Tattoo Liner? Try this: Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner stays put and looks awesome, and the tip makes application easy — but at $20 a pop, it can be a bit much. At less than half the price, Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner makes for a great budge-proof dupe.
5. Love NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils? Try this: Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon
The NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils are beautiful, but you can get three of the Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayons for the price of a single NARS pencil. And if you’re like me and tend to lose a lot of stuff in the abyss of your purse, that’s a big deal.
6. Love Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray? Try this: L’Oreal Paris Infallible Setting Spray
I’m an Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray junkie, but I only ever buy it (and in bulk) during Sephora’s annual sales because it gets pricey — though one bottle will last a long time. If you don’t use setting spray often enough to splurge, try the L’Oreal Paris Infallible Setting Spray. You can less per bottle, but if you’re not into it, it’s not really a waste, and it still works well.
7. Love the Bobbi Brown Skin Stick Foundation? Try this: NYX Professional Makeup Mineral Stick Foundation
I love a stick foundation for on the go, and Bobbi Brown Skin Stick Foundation has been my go-to for my difficult-to-match skin tone forever. However, at $46 a pop, it gets expensive! If you need a cheaper alternative, the NYX Professional Makeup Mineral Stick comes in a ton of shades that you can stash in your purse for quick touch-ups or spot concealing. You can also get deeper and lighter shades for contouring and highlighting if you like using creams.
8. Love the Anastasia Brow Wiz? Try this: L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer
Anastasia is the standard for any eyebrow-related makeup, but the L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer is less than half the price of the Anastasia Brow Wiz, and the results aren’t that much different.