Have you ever walked past a Sephora and looked inside knowing that you don’t have enough money to buy any of it? Well lucky for you, many drug stores have quality affordable makeup that most people don’t know about. If you are struggling to find balance between the things you choose to spend money on, this article is for you. From mascara to lipstick to everything between, we found some amazing dupes that we would like to share with you.
We compared L’oreal Lash Paradise ($7.99) and Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara ($23). We found that they have very similar appearances like the metallic light pink packaging and the hourglass shape of the wand with full bristles. While Better Than Sex gives the lashes more length and volume, it has a dry formula that can cause clumps. Lash Paradise is able to build up to the length and volume of Better Than Sex after many coats and has a wetter formula that is easier to apply. In conclusion, we found the mascaras to be very comparable and to look the exact same after there were more coats on the Lash Paradise side. Although we prefer Better Than Sex because of the better quality, Lash Paradise is a very close dupe.
We compared Maybelline Master Fix Powder ($7.99) and Makeup Forever HD Powder ($35). A huge con of the HD powder is that it is three times as expensive and it is a very similar powder. These powders can be used all over the face, under the eyes, or any where you want because it is a translucent powder. They are both silicon based which gives them similar finishes. All translucent powders will give you a white cast when a flash picture is taken so both of these have that as well. After a day of wearing the powder, both powders look the exact same which makes this a great dupe. We completely recommend this powder.
We compared the Real Techniques Sponge and the Beauty Blender. These are sponges that can be used to apply foundation or concealer in a smooth way using bouncing motions. The real techniques sponge is much cheaper at only $4.99 and the Beauty Blender is $20. Both of these sponges are the same size but not the same shape. The Real Techniques sponge has a flat side that we prefer for undereye concealer. Both apply equally as well, both very smooth. The thing that makes the Beauty Blender better in our opinion is that the Real Techniques sponge retains water and can absorb makeup which could cause you to waste makeup. The Real Techniques sponge is still a really great sponge and a great dupe for the price.
We compared Maybelline Master Precise Eyeliner ($7.99) and Kat Von D Tattoo liner ($20). In this comparison, the Master Precise was a wetter formula and easier to apply. The Kat Von D liner was sticky when dry and chunks would fall off. The Kat Von D liner was opaque and precise but harder to apply because of the dry formula. After the application process, they both stayed on the same throughout the day and held up well. We recommend this dupe because we preferred the Maybelline Master Precise, which is much cheaper.
We compared Velvet Teddy Lipstick by Mac ( $17) and Wet and Wild Bare It All (7.99). The colors of these two are the exact same and both held up very well through the day. We found that Velvet Teddy dried down easier and stayed very matte. Bare it All was shinier and creamier with slightly more transfer. Overall, these lipsticks are very comparable and while we prefer the Mac lipstick because of the matte formula, the Wet and Wild dupe is very similar.
Our goal was to find the best of the best makeup dupes for affordable prices. We found a few face product we thought would be useful to someone who doesn’t wear a lot of makeup, but wants to find some cheap makeup. These products will be good for anyone who feels like their money would be better spent on other things and not on makeup. Anyone can benefit from this because these products are comparable to the products that are expensive, so you can find good quality products for less money.
By: Devyn Yocom and Lily Conway