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The Best Makeup Dupes To Save You Money

The Best Makeup Dupes To Save You Money
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You can’t beat discovering a holy grail product. You know, that one mascara, face cream or foundation that is so good it gives you a covergirl-worthy look. Unfortunately, these products aren’t always affordable. So, if you can’t justify splurging on the original or just need a cheaper copy-cat version to see you through until payday, here are some of the best makeup dupes out there.

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The Best Makeup Dupes You Need Right Now

1. Foundation – NYX vs Estée Lauder

estee lauder double wear dupe

I’m willing to bet that every woman in the UK has used Estée Lauder’s cult Double Wear foundation at some point in her life – and it’s no surprise why! Long-wearing and comfortable, it not only airbrushes away blemishes but boasts some serious staying power. The only downside is its price tag of £34.

That’s where NYX comes in. Just like Double Wear, their Can’t Stop Won’t Stop foundation doesn’t budge. In fact, it’s probably one of the best affordable foundations out there, giving you long-lasting coverage that still looks flawless at the end of the day. Plus, it’s only £15.

2. Eyeshadow Palettes – W7 vs HUDA, Urban Decay & Anastasia Beverly Hills

makeup palette dupes

When it comes to eyeshadow palettes, there’s pretty much an affordable copy-cat version for every cult one out there. When it comes to the best makeup dupes, though, you can’t beat W7.

  • Huda Beauty’s Desert Dusk vs W7’s Dusk Till Dawn

While Huda Beauty’s iconic Desert Dusk palette retails at £56, you can buy an almost exact replica for just £9.95. Featuring a range of rich and intense colours, including 7 mattes and 7 glittery foils, you honestly can’t tell the difference between the original and W7's Dusk Till Dawn dupe.

makeup dupes huda desert dusk

buy the W7 Dusk Till Dawn palette - buy the HUDA Beauty Desert Dusk palette

  • Urban Decay’s Naked Heat vs W7’s Blazin

Why would you splurge on the original UB palette for £42, when you can get W7’s Blazin palette for just £9.95. Filled with 12 hues that range from natural nudes to warm orange and browns hues, the shades are almost perfect matches. Better yet, the pigments are really blendable and offer a great colour payoff.

best makeup dupes urban decay naked heat

buy the W7 Blazin palette - buy the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Modern Renaissance vs W7’s Delicious

Every makeup lover will tell you that ABH’s Modern Renaissance palette is a must-have. Of course, £43 can be a bit of a stretch, so if money is a bit tight, I’d recommend getting W7’s Delicious palette for just £9.95. Boasting 14 shades that range from nudes to browns, pinks to plums and creams to oranges, it is ABH’s practically identical twin.

best makeup dupes modern renaissance palette

buy the W7 Delicious palette - buy the ABH Modern Renaissance palette

3. Mascara - Too Faced vs L’Oréal

Better than sex masacara dupe

Too Faced’sBetter Than Sex Mascara has earned a cult following (particularly in the US). If you’re a fan of thick mascara brushes that makes your lashes look fuller and curlier, then you’ve no doubt had this mascara recommended to you before now. Retailing at £19, though, it is a little on the pricey side.

A great alternative? L’Oréal’s Paradise Volumising Mascara which costs £11.99. While Too Faced’s mascara is enriched with collagen to create fuller and thicker lashes, L’Oréal’s mascara uses castor oil to achieve the same effect. Both define and volumise every lash without causing any clumping or flaking. The only major difference is the price tag.

4. Gel Eyeliner – Bobbi Brown vs Maybelline

Bobbi Brown Eyeliner Dupe

When it comes to gel eyeliners, it doesn’t get much better than Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner. A multi-award-winning product, it comes with a thin brush that allows you to create a sharp and precise look.

If you don’t want to spend £20 on Bobbi Brown, though, then Maybelline’s Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner is one of the best makeup dupes you can get. It’s just as long-lasting, doesn’t smudge and comes with a similar easy application brush. At £8.99, I can’t recommend it enough.

5. Blush – NARS vs Sleek

NARS Orgasm dupe

I couldn’t talk about classic products and their best makeup dupes without mentioning NARS’s emblematic blush Orgasm. A beautiful pop of colour that really brightens your whole complexion, it’s no surprise that it’s a favourite among beauty bloggers and celebrities. Retailing at £25, though, it takes quite a large chunk out of your bank account.

Luckily, Sleek have provided us with their gorgeous Rose Gold blush which is an almost perfect match. Highly-pigmented, it has a truly breath-taking colour payoff that sits beautifully on your skin. Better yet, it’s only £4.49.

And there you have it Glossies, the best makeup dupes that will save you a lot of money without compromising on quality. Sounds pretty great right?

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