Splurge or Save? 10 Makeup Dupes and their high-end counterparts.

How often do you scour the Internet looking for makeup dupes? If the answer is never, then you’re in luck! I’ve compiled 10 tried and true products and their drugstore makeup dupes. Don’t get me wrong though—sometimes the splurge is worth it. In addition to sharing ways you can save, I’m also sharing my personal picks on whether it’s worth it to splurge or save.


Splurge: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara ($23)
Save: L’Oreal Lash Paradise ($8)

My pick: save. Up until I started using Lash Paradise, Too Faced was my go-to, but it’s the exact same brush and it works just as great, if not better than the high-end tube.


Splurge: BeautyBlender ($20)
Save: Real Techniques Miracle Sponge ($6)

My pick: splurge. I’ve tried numerous sponges but I always keep coming back to the OG, BeautyBlender. It just works perfectly for blending foundation and CC creams.


Splurge: NARS Copacabana ($30)
Save: L’Oreal True Match Lumi ($11)

Personally, I would splurge because it’s easier to blend the NARS highlighter. The L’Oreal one is runny and doesn’t last as long. That said, it’s all about preference and what ranks in priority. If you’re not obsessed with highlights like I am, you might find that the drugstore dupe works just fine.


Splurge: Kylie Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Koko K ($19)
Save: ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Midi ($6)

My take: It’s a toss-up. I’ve read numerous articles that ColourPop lipsticks are identical in formula to Kylie lip kits, but on the other hand, Kylie lipsticks come with a matching lip pencil.


Splurge: Tarte Double Duty Shape Tape ($27)
Save: Wet n’ Wild Photo Focus Concealer ($4)

My pick: Splurge. I get long-lasting coverage from Tarte Shape Tape.

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