Trying to pinch the pennies in the lead up to the Christmas period? Hate splashing out hand over fist for makeup that only lasts a few months? Or after a product not available to us in the UK?
There are plenty of amazing alternatives to high-end beauty products and we’ve created a list of our top 10 makeup dupes.
W7 Palettes – Urban Decay Naked Palettes
£9.95 vs £39.50
The world famous Urban Decay Naked Palettes offer up an unbeatable collection of nude shadows in various tones. But at £39.50 a palette trying out various versions of the Naked palettes can become expensive. W7 have released a range of almost identical palettes, our favourites include the Smokin’ palette (a dupe for the Naked Smokey) and the Blazin’ palette (a dupe for the Naked Heat).
Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer – Tarte Shape Tape
£4 vs £22
Shape Tape became an instant hit with Instagram influencers for its full coverage which allowed for precise sculpting, strobing and spot coverage. But when Revolution launched its Conceal & Define concealer the makeup world went even crazier. Revolution’s concealer is just as full coverage and lightweight and is £18 cheaper.
NYX Tame & Frame Brow Pomade – Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade
£6.50 vs £19
Anastasia’s Brow Pomade became a staple product for many brow lovers around the world. It’s waterproof and smudgeproof formula allowed for natural hairlike strokes to be created in order to build full brows.
NYX’s Tame & Frame does exactly the same thing. It’s also waterproof and smudgeproof whilst still being creamy. Although NYX has less shades its only £6.50 compared with Anastasia’s £19 price tag.
L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara – Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
£11.99 vs £19
If you want full, lengthened lashes Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara has it covered, but splashing out £19 every three months for a new mascara can add up. L’Oreal’s Voluminous Lash Paradise is definitely worth checking out. It also features a fluffy wand to give volume and length to lashes and is only £11.99.
Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser – Benefit the POREfessional
£7.99 vs £27.50
POREfessional is a classic primer that features in many makeup bags. Designed to minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines whilst being oil free this is a saviour product, especially for those with oily skin. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, try out Maybelline’s Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser. This product also fills in pores and leaves skin looking smoother, softer and more refined.
Maybelline FIT Me Concealer – NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
£5.99 vs £24
NARS’ Radiant Creamy Concealer is a must-have for makeup artists thanks to its luminous finish and luxurious texture. Thanks to its buildable coverage it allows you to blur imperfections, reduce redness and cover dark circles whilst still looking natural. A great dupe for NARS’ concealer is Maybelline’s Fit Me Concealer. This product also conceals without feeling heavy or looking cakey. It conceals imperfections whilst looking natural and feeling breathable and is around a quarter of the price of the NARS concealer.
L’Oreal Infallible Shaping Stick Foundation – Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation£8.99 vs £25
Stick foundations are an ultimate base multitasker. Anastasia’s stick foundation was a hit with bloggers. Providing a highly pigmented and buildable coverage, this cream formula leaves a natural matte finish to the skin. Due to its intense pigmentation a little goes a long way and they can be used as foundation, sheered out to be a tinted moisturiser or for highlight and contouring. L’Oreal have created a more affordable alternative with their Infallible Shaping Stick Foundation. Also super blendable and super buildable, this 24-hour wear formula leaves a matte finish to the skin and can also be used for various tasks.
Misslyn Shaping Queen Highlight & Contour Stick – KKW Crème Contour & Highlight sets
£9.50 vs £24.80
Kim Kardashian West knows about highlighting and contouring. That’s why there was so much excitement over her sculpting products, however, it’s almost impossible to get them here in the UK. Misslyn have offered an alternative to Kim’s contour & highlight set with their Shaping Queen Highlight & Contour stick. This product is a dual-ended stick with one end featuring a matte contouring shade and the other containing a shimmering highlighting shade. Now you can highlight and contour just like Kim at a fraction of the price.
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge – Beauty Blender
£5.99 vs £17
Invented by Hollywood makeup artists Rea Ann Silva and Veronica Lorenz the Beauty Blender has become an iconic tool. It’s shape and material make makeup application foolproof and blends products flawlessly. However, coughing up £17 for a sponge can be a little bit painful. Thankfully Real Techniques have their own makeup sponge. The Miracle Complexion sponge by Sam Chapman, also a pro makeup artist, allows you to blend your makeup flawlessly and its 3 distinct surfaces mean you can blend all over your face effortlessly.
Elf Dewy Setting Mist – Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist
£9 vs £37.30
Tatcha’s Luminous Dewy Skin Mist has become a must-have for anyone looking to create that beautiful luminous glow. However, not only is it expensive, but it’s also difficult to get in the UK. Thanks to elf we don’t have to forgo that glow though. Their Dewy Skin Mist is an ideal alternative, the coconut infused mist hydrates and conditions the skin meaning you look glowy and healthy all day long.