For all you makeup fanatics out there, reeling in your spending habits on luxury beauty items can be quite a challenge. To make things a little easier on your bank balance, we’ve found some fab products sold on the high street that are perfect dupes for all your cult beauty products.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation vs Revlon Colourstay:
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation is a product that has been hyped about by beauty bloggers all over the world for years. Unfortunately, with a hefty price tag of £31.00 for 30ml, it’s not the best for student budgets. Revlon offer their Colourstay Foundation for less than half that price, at £12.99 for 30ml. In terms of coverage, Double Wear is a full coverage foundation. Notorious for its amazing staying power, it doesn’t look cakey despite providing a flawless and airbrushed finish. Colourstay is more of a medium coverage foundation but can be built up to provide fuller coverage. Again, it doesn’t look chalky and easily blends, although the staying power is not quite as good. For a whole £18 less, however, it’s an extremely good dupe!
YSL Touche Eclat vs Maybelline Dream Lumi:
Brightening under eye concealer is an absolute essential in any student’s make up bag (not everyone can look alive for their 9am lectures naturally). YSL Touche Eclat is a classic choice; it is extremely brightening, the packaging is beautiful and it blends seamlessly. However, it would also set you back a costly £25 for one small tube. Dream Lumi from Maybelline does the same job for nearly £10 less at £6.99. Although a little greasier, it’s nothing that can’t be fixed with a bit of powder.
Nars Orgasm Blusher vs Sleek Rose Gold Blusher:
Both Nars and Sleek are very reliable and respected brands in the beauty world. Nars’ Orgasm blush is a cult classic, which has now expanded into a whole ‘Orgasm Collection’ of lipsticks, blushes and more. Orgasm is a gorgeous rose-pink colour that is easily blendable and highly pigmented, costing £22.50 for 4.8g. Sleek’s version, however, is a whole 3.2g heavier for a much lower price of £4.49. Despite it having a slightly more gold tinge, Sleek offer nearly a complete copy for a much more affordable price. As Sleek is now available in most Boots stores, there’s no excuse to be wasting so much money!
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow vs W7 Bronzer:
At a mammoth £49, Charlotte Tilbury’s Filmstar Bronze and Glow is a massive luxury buy. It is a beautiful product with a gorgeous champagne highlight and contour, but would also make a huge dent in your bank balance. W7 offer an almost identical product for just £4.95. Although no-where near as pigmented, the w7 option is much more affordable and still does the job well with a good brush and a little more product.
Anastasia Brow Whiz vs NYX Micro Brow Pencil:
Anastasia is a brand famous for its amazing eyebrow products such as its pomeade and brow whiz pencil. This ultra-fine pencil is really pigmented, meaning you don’t have to use much product to achieve a full and thick brow. It also includes a spooley to brush through the hair with, and comes in 10 different and unique shades. With a reasonable price tag of £15.50, some of you lucky/working students might be able to afford it. If that’s pushing your budget still, NYX do a very similar product for £7.00. Still with a very fine tip, the NYX pencil allows you to create a natural yet full brow, and provides a brush. For under half the price it’s an absolute steal!
Urban Decay Naked Palette vs W7 In the Buff Palette (Lightly Toasted):
Everything about these two palettes is extremely similar. The pigment is extremely difficult to tell apart, the rich, creamy texture is replicated perfectly, and the colours are even lined up in the same order. Urban Decay’s brush quality is slightly better, but that is to be expected. The main difference? Urban Decay’s famous Naked palette will set you back £37, but w7? £9.95. With a massive saving of £27.05, this is an amazing dupe for any student budget.
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner vs Maybelline Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner:
A strong, black eyeliner is a staple in anyone’s makeup kit. That killer cat eye or clean cut wing can totally finish off a look, and gel eyeliner is the most durable of all the types of eyeliner. Bobbi Brown offer an amazingly pigmented, jet-black gel liner. The staying power of this product is insane; it can last for whole days at uni and even into the early hours of morning after you’ve been dancing around in Camel all night. Again, the price tag isn’t too bad at £18.50, but that could get you a few more drinks, right? Maybelline’s gel liner is just as good. The pigment is very similar plus it comes with a small brush, something that even makes it slightly better than Bobbi Brown. At £7.99, this is a really good option on offer on the high street.
Lancome Hypnose Mascara vs L’Oreal Million Lashes Mascara:
Lancome Hypnose Mascara is no a clumping, all volume product. Containing SoftSculpt, a technology that produces up to six times the normal amount of eyelash volume, it’s a product that delivers massive volume and length but keeps lashes soft and subtle. At £23.50, its definitely a luxurious product and maybe one to put on the Christmas list. If you’re in need of a new mascara ASAP, L’Oreal Million Lashes Mascara is a great option for a cheaper item to go in your makeup bag at £10.99 Although the volume delivered is not quite as impressive, it still does a great job at plumping and lengthening lashes without drying them out or making them clumpy.
Mac Lipstick vs Wet and Wild Lipsticks:
MAC Lipsticks are a classic product. They’re all amazingly pigmented, long lasting, and the shade range is endless. At £15.50, they’re a little on the pricey side. However, we’ve found some brilliant Wet n Wild dupes, most of which cost under £2 each.
MAC Velvet Teddy: A gorgeous nude/brown shade, Velvet Teddy is one of MAC’s most popular lipsticks and is in their Matte range. However, found on Amazon for an amazing £1.49, Wet n Wild’s ‘Bare It All’ Matte lipstick is an identical colour. With long lasting formula also, this is a really good dupe for the real deal.
MAC Rebel: Another one of MAC’s classic shades, Rebel is a sultry deep plum colour perfect for the autumn/winter season. Wet n Wild’s colour, ‘Sugar Plum Fairy’, may not have as much coverage but is undetectable as a dupe in terms of colour and staying power.
MAC Ruby Woo: Considered the perfect red lipstick, Ruby Woo is one of MAC’s bestsellers. It’s a gorgeous bright red shade and is super, super pigmented and creamy. It’s staying power is amazing; in fact, it is often near impossible to remove. ‘Spotlight Red’ from Wet n Wild however DOES actually come off with remover, but still provides a bright, vibrant colour for a fraction of the price.
Urban Decay Setting Spray vs e.l.f Setting Spray:
Setting spray is an essential if you want your makeup to last all night whilst you’re out on the town. Urban Decay setting spray comes in two different formulas; ‘chill’ for normal-dry skin and ‘de-slick’ for oily-combination skin. Whilst it does the job, it does come at a pricey £22.00 for something that is basically a hairspray for your face. Brand e.l.f however offer a very similar product. Their Makeup Mist and Set is an affordable, brilliant setting spray that doesn’t smudge when applied. Sometimes e.l.f can be hard to get hold of in the U.K but it is readily stocked on eBay and Amazon. At around £7, it is a truly great dupe.
Hopefully this collection of dupes will have helped some of you struggling students to try and manage your spending on makeup. If you REALLY want some luxury makeup, just ask Santa! Christmas isn’t too far away!