Anyone else like a good cheap(er) dupe?
Obviously, if you’re loyal to these products it may be hard to stray on the cheaper side of things if you’re a die-hard fan. BUT, if you are on a budget, some drugstore/cheaper brands could do you some favors in the long run during your beauty routine (and for your bank account)!
You want: Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipsticks $18.00
Instead, buy: Wet n’ Wild Liquid Catsuit $2.99
I will admit that I do think the quality strays a little on this comparison. Straight up, this product does take an extra coat of application, as well as the fact that is isn’t as hold-proof as Jeffree’s formula. Other than that, the colors Wet n’ Wild offers for this collection are lovely, and the packaging is similar to the high-end dupe, even down to the doe-foot applicator. If you aren’t willing to make the investment for the expensive version, this is definitely the next best thing. I am currently wearing the shade “Berry Recognize,” as I type this!
You want: Too Faced’s Better than Sex Mascara $23.00
Instead, buy: L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara $9.99
I feel like mascara is the most frequently replaced item in my beauty bag. So why would I spend extra if you had something just as good? Honestly the packaging on these two are even similar. The big ticket item you are purchasing anyways is the brush (the applicators are very similar), and if you don’t mind the fact that L’Oreal isn’t cruelty free this could be a good switch on products.
You want: The Original BeautyBlender $20.00
Instead, buy: Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge $5.99
I understand that there are people out there that refuse to use anything but the $20 sponge that is the BeautyBlender. I bought it once and never will again though, mainly because I have found just as good or better alternatives for less money. I could buy 5 of these and use an Ulta 20% off coupon for the same price as ONE, one BeautyBlender. Just let that sink in.
You want: MAC Eyeshadow Singles $16.00
Instead, buy: NYX Hot Singles Eyeshadows $4.49
I normally am not a “single” eyeshadow type of girl. I buy palettes, and go from there. I first encountered the NYX eyeshadows after receiving a few of them in Ipsy bags. Surprisingly, I really liked them! The shadows are buttery-feeling and are pigemented. If there is just one shade you like in a palette somewhere, then you might be able to find a similar one in this brand.