Whether it’s bags, clothes or even makeup, society has this preconceived notion that the more expensive a product is, the better it must be. Luxury goods have taken a toll on our wallets and the way we live. The products that we put on our faces are no exception! Instead of falling prey to consumer capitalism, here are some makeup alternatives (also known as dupes) to high-end beauty products that you might want to consider buying next:

Primer:

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Benefit Pore Professional ($54) VS NYX Studio Perfect ($17.50)

NYX’s studio perfect has a balmy finish which is similar to POREfessional and provides a mattified finish for easy makeup application for all skin types.

Both products quickly minimise the appearance of pores and fine lines, making you look flawless! NYX’s wider range of primers, in clear, green and purple, for better colour correction.

With almost half the price tag gone, be sure to try the NYX primer, next time you do your face!

Foundation:

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 Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation ($70.00) VS Maybelline™ Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation ($19.90)

Both foundations offer a sunscreen protection of SPF 10 and promise full-coverage. Estee Lauder’s heavy duty foundation is not ideal for an everyday use, especially considering its price tag.

So if you are looking at a foundation that offers maximum usage all day long, then maybe it’s Maybelline!

Concealer:

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NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($46) VS Maybelline Fit Me Concealer ($12.70)
One of the most famous dupes for the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, Fit Me’s oil-free formula makes dark circles, redness, and spots disappear in an instant!

Although Maybelline’s pigmentation is slightly lighter than NARS’. Both concealers are very breathable and easy to apply.

Beauty Blender:

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Beauty Blender ($32) VS Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge ($16)
Long are the days when makeup brushes were miracle workers. Instead of using numerous brushes to wear makeup, we have found a way to minimize the effort and maximize one sponge to create a full face.

The infamous Beauty Blender (which comes in Pink, Black and other colours) is the six-time Best of Beauty Award–winning tool. The egg-shaped sponge allows ease of blending foundation, concealer and bronzer. This makes sure that your makeup looks equal in all angles.

The Miracle Complexion Sponge also resembles the Beauty Blender shape. It has a flat side, which makes baking and contouring a breeze. However, it also has a pointed tip for squeezing into all the crevices of your face.

Mascara:

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TOO FACED Better Than Sex ($35) VS L’Oreal Paris Lash Paradise ($14.90)

Although TOO FACED’s Better Than Sex is the talk of the town. Most beauty vloggers have been raging about the dupe, Paris Lash Paradise. Both are waterproof, easy-to-apply, and guarantees almost no smudging!

So if you have always wanted to try the TOO FACED mascara, but felt as if it was too pricey for you… you are better off going to a drugstore and purchasing the half-priced L’Oreal one!

Eyeliner:

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KAT VON D BEAUTY Tattoo Liner ($32) VS Innisfree Always new auto liner ($13.90)

KAT VON D’s Tattoo Liner is water and smudge-proof; the felt tip also ensures ease of application making it almost effortless to do the perfect cat eye wing. Although Innisfree’s shade is lighter than KAT VON D’s. It boasts other features such as:

  • Built-in sharpener
  • Multi-purposed pencil (can also be used as a highlighter, concealer, lip liner and blusher)
  • Contains Vitamin E

So although it may give off a softer look, the price is also softer on your wallet!

Eyebrow:

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Benefit Gimme Brow ($42) VS Essence Make Me Brow ($4.50)
Essence Make Me Brow contains fibres that will volumize your brows and also fill in bald spots. This has been widely recognised as a product that is almost equivalent in quality and texture to some renowned brow products from high-end brands, but at a fraction of the price.

The price difference in the two products is astounding, especially since the results are almost 100% similar!

Highlighter:

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BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter ($58) VS Colourpop Super Shock Cheek Lunch Money ($10)
If you ask any girl out there, they would tell you that BECCA never fails in the Highlighter department. However, at its price, it shouldn’t. So whether you are a struggling student or just someone who likes to save, ColourPop’s Super Shock Cheek in the shade of Lunch Money resembles the soft light gold finish that BECCA highlighters can give off!

Shine bright like a diamond, without paying one’s worth!

Bronzer:

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Benefit Hoola Bronzer ($51) VS NYX Matte Bronzer ($18)
NYX’s Matte Bronzer in Medium is a highly-pigmented, yet a super blendable option that will get you that healthy, sun-kissed glow. Plus, if this shade doesn’t work for you, there are five variations to better match your skin tone.

Hoola on the other hand only offers one shade of bronzer, which may or may not match your skin tone. So instead of following the crowd, try the $18 bronzer that will make you look like a thousand bucks!

Setting powder:

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Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder ($49.90) VS L.A. Girl HD PRO Setting Powder ($11.93)

Baking does not need to take a lot of money (just a lot of time) both when talking about face & food. Having the right setting powder will help ensure that your makeup stays intact no matter what activity you delve in. Especially if you are getting photographed (you don’t want your T-zone to be glimmering!)

Laura Mercier’s Loose Setting Powder has a soft-focus effect that blurs out any fine lines that the concealer might have missed. Similarly, L.A. Girl’s HD PRO Setting Powder is able to achieve the same effect at a much lower price.

Both products mattify the skin without making the face look too ‘cakey’.

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She recently graduated from Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) with a Diploma in Mass Communication. She graduated as a writer for npTribune, section editor for HYPE magazine and also the captain of the Touch Football women’s team.She has gained transferable skills from various industries through her extensive exposure in renowned companies such as Shell, Marina Bay Sands, and Red Bull.Through her passion for literature, Anika participated in Singapore Writers’ Festival 2017 and regularly attends spoken word events. During her free time, Anika likes to do Crossfit, watch Netflix and document everything her Pomeranian puppy Leio does. In the near future, She is looking to further her education and acquire a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, and hopefully, one day, become a lawyer.

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