With the new tax plan now in place to ruin all of our lives, we all need some extra cash in our pockets (that hopefully we’ll all use later to donate to charities that will surely be hurting now that the standard deduction has doubled). Here are a few beauty products you can stop splurging on and get cheap dupes for instead. This is especially wise considering that makeup doesn’t last forever.
1. The Beauty Blender. I get it, it’s great. But it’s also really expensive for a goddamn sponge ($20) and has to be replaced every three months, so screw that. ELF has a decent dupe, and so does NYX. The Real Techniques Diamond Sponge is also killer.
2. NARS Orgasm blush. It’s universally flattering, but it’s also pricey. To be fair, a little goes a long way, but you know what else does too? Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Blush in Pearlescent Pink, which I daresay even blends a little bit more easily. One is $30. One is $2.99. Don’t be an idiot.
3. Any designer mascara ever. Mascara has to be replaced every three months unless, of course, conjunctivitis is part of your aesthetic. That said, why would you pay $29 for DiorShow when Maybelline Falsies is $10?
4. Eye palettes. Stila charges $49 for these admittedly lovely 12 shades. Shany has 120 shades for $18. If you don’t wear eye makeup every single day, this may be much more worthwhile since it has to be tossed every 1-2 years anyway.
5. Lipstick. NYX has a great matte dupe for Kylie Cosmetics’ infamous, overpriced lip kits, and theirs is only $7. Revlon’s SuperLustrous lipstick won’t dry your lips out and is only $5. Other options with huge color ranges: Maybelline, CoverGirl, and Milani.
6. Concealer, powder, and foundation. I’ll give an exception to those of you who have skin tones that are difficult to match, because I’ve been there—for a long time, only Makeup For Ever carried a foundation that matched my pale olive skin. But if you can find a match, Wet n’ Wild, Milani, and Iman have amazing foundations (Iman also has a lot of shades for deeper skintones), and I swear by Maybelline’s Age Rewind concealer for under my eyes. Need a spot concealer for blemishes? Use the dried foundation from the bottle and you’re guaranteed a match. As for powder? Coty Airspun, hands down.