I love makeup, but I hate the prices! I’ve spent years as a beauty guru, and my wallet has certainly suffered. Mainly because I like high end brands because the products are better. I’d rather pay a little more for better quality.
But I’ll tell you a little secret: some drugstore make up products are essentially the same as high end ones! I know, it’s a ripoff. Criminal even!
Lucky for you, I have a breakdown of high end products and their budget-friendly twins.
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder $32
I use this stuff every.single.day. It lasts a while, but $32 is a hefty tag.
e.l.f. High definition powder $6
e.l.f. makes virtually the same exact product for about 1/5 the cost!
Benefit Benetint $29
Another go-to product for me. I use it on my lips and cheeks, but it's hard for me to justify $29 for a such a small bottle.
The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Stain in Rose Pink $8.40
$8.40! I can't even believe it.
MAC Cosmetics Viva Glam Nicki $15
MAC is actually pretty affordable, but $15 for lipstick that I won't use that often isn't worth it.
CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in Temptress $6.99
CoverGirl makes the same shade for much cheaper, and you can pick CG up at pretty much any drugstore.
Stila Stay All Day Liner $20
I hate that I've spent $20 on an eyeliner. Granted, this stuff really does stay on. But there are more affordable products.
Maybelline EyeStudio Master Precise $7.99
Once I realized how stupid $20 eyeliner was, I switched to this. It's my favorite eyeliner ever. EVER.
NARS Orgasm $28
Okay, NARS Orgasm really is my favorite blush in the world. I will always buy it, but there are other options!
Milani Baked Blush Luminoso $7.49
Milani makes a pretty spot-on dupe for Orgasm. This color is flattering on nearly every skin tone so it's a steal for under eight bucks!
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer $49
I used to be under the impression that primers have to be expensive to work. High end primers are awesome, but there is a much, much cheaper alternative.
Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Gel $5.99
No I'm not kidding about this. It literally has the same formula as most primers. And it's like six dollars. Trust me, it works.
What are your favorite drug store brand products? Do you know of any dupes? Tell me in the comments!