By: Ravina Nakum
Fresh Face Beat for Less. New makeup is being released constantly, and it is challenging to keep up with all of the trends especially financially. Luckily, you have options that allow for makeup to be much cheaper. Drugstores are the perfect alternative to Sephora, Ulta, or similar high-end stores and will not break the bank.
Below are comparisons of drugstore dupes to their high-end versions to help you achieve the same look for less.
Face Products, Primer
|Name||Photo Finish Primer||Photo Perfect Primer|
|Size||1 oz||1.01 oz|
Both products are silicone based that will fill in pores to give you a smooth canvas to start off with.
Face Products, Concealer
|Name||Shape Tape||Concel & Define|
|Size||.33 oz||.11 oz|
Concealer is a must after long nights. Tarte Shape Tape provides full coverage with one swipe, while Makeup Revolution’s concealer may require an extra layer to build up to the same effect. Nevertheless, the price difference is worth it.
Face Products, Foundation
|Name||Studio Fix Fluid||FIT Me Matte|
|Size||30 ml||1 oz|
Both foundations offer a matte, medium-to-full coverage finish, just at different price points!
Face Products, Setting Powder
|Name||Easy Bake Loose Powder||FIT Me Lose Powder|
|Size||20 g||0.29 oz|
Both powders offer a pore-minimizing smooth finish that will last you all day!
Face Products, Bronzer/Contour
|Brand||Benefit||NYX Professional Makeup|
|Name||HOOLA Bronzer||Matte Bronzer|
|Size||.28 oz g||0.33 oz|
Both fine powders offer a smooth, natural contour and overall healthy glow.
Face Products, Blush
|Name||Orgasm Blush||Baked Blush in shade Luminoso|
|Size||.16 oz g||0.12 oz|
The high price-tag of the #1 selling NARS orgasm blush can be intimidating. Fortunately, you can spend only $7.99 for a baked blush by Milani and no one will know.
Face Products, Highlighter
|Name||Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in shade gilded honey||Master Chrome Highlight in molten gold|
|Size||.16 oz g||0.24 oz|
It can be hard to blind someone with your highlight when it costs $26, but Maybelline’s highlight in molten gold offers you the same blinding highlight for less, so girl, blind away.
Eye Products, Eyeshadow Palette
|Brand||Anastasia Beverly Hills||Wet n Wild|
|Name||Modern Renaissance||Color Icon in RosA in the Air|
|Size||12 eyeshadow pans||10 eyeshadow pans|
Modern Renaissance is a staple in any makeup kit, but Color Icon is a close match for those who may not want to spend so much on one palette.
Eye Products, Eyeliner
|Brand||Kat Von D||NYX Cosmetics|
|Name||Tattoo Liner||Epic Ink Liner|
|Size||0.019 oz||0.02 oz|
Winged eyeliner is no joke, so thankfully, there is a cheaper way to get those sharp wings.
Eye Products, Mascara
|Name||Better than Sex||Lash Paradise|
|Size||0.27 oz||0.28 oz|
When the packaging is basically the same, the product should be the same right? Both will give you thick, voluminous lashes that will have everyone asking if they are real!
Eye Products, Eyebrow Pencils
|Brand||Anastasia Beverly Hills||L'Oreal|
|Name||Brow Wiz||Paradise Brow Stylist|
|Size||0.03 oz||0.45 oz|
In order for your brow game to be strong, you really don’t need to spend $21 for the brow wiz. L’Oreal challenges the Brow Wiz with a lower price point.
Lip Products, Lipstick
|Name||Retro Matte in shade Ruby Woo||Mega Matte lipstick in shade Dominate|
|Size||0.1 oz||0.1 oz|
Every girl needs a classic red lipstick. Both of these offer a matte, solid red finish with blue brick undertones.
So how big is the difference really for a full face beat between high-end and drugstore products?
Grand Total High-End Products - $339
Grand Total for Drugstore Products - $99
Next time you want to achieve a glamorous look without spending hundreds of dollars, take a stroll down the drugstore aisle before you go anywhere else. Opting for drugstore alternatives allows you to buy more products/have more variety. Even beauty influencers invest in a combination of high-end and drugstore brands as it is all about the quality. A heavy price-tag does not necessarily guarantee quality and vice versa. It is a trial and error process as to what brands work for your skin type and bank account, so what better place to start than with the cheaper options?