There’s a lot of good reasons to not want to spend an arm and a leg on cosmetics. Whether you aren’t convinced the look is “you” yet, you don’t think you’ll use the product that often, or you are simply looking to save the money, a “drugstore” product may be a great way to go, darlings.
Designer products are obviously beautiful, but there are plenty of “drugstore dupes” to get similar looks at a fraction of the cost. Here are some top-selling designer cosmetics and drugstore finds for you to consider to get the look.
Urban Decay and Wet ‘N Wild
Urban Decay Naked3 Palette and Wet ‘N Wild Eyeshadow Palette in Nude Awakening
Laura Mercier and e.l.f. Studio
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder and e.l.f. Studio High Definition Powder
Setting powder is applied after your makeup is complete to give it a matte look. The powder absorbs oil to reduce shine throughout the day. Laura Mercier has one of the top-selling setting powders in the business, but e.l.f.’s costs less than a fourth of the price of Laura Mercier’s and gets rave reviews. For a less than fourth of a cost it might be worth it to see if e.l.f.’s works for you.
Tom Ford and L’Oreal Paris
Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Nude Dip and L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Dual Effects Eyeshadow in Perpetual Nude
The colors that make up Tom Ford’s eye color quad in Nude Dip are stunning and versatile, but L’Oreal Paris has almost the same look with their four shadow set in Perpetual Nude. Each palette features complimentary eyeshadow shades designed to achieve multiple looks including a smokey eye.
Too Faced and Rimmel London
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and Rimmel London Retro Glam ScandalEyes
Both Rimmel London Retro Glam ScandalEyes and Too Faced Better Than Sex are black mascaras that are meant to volumize, but the dupe is really in the brush. Both mascaras feature an hourglass shaped brush that is supposed to achieve maximum volume and coat the lashes.
What do you think, dear readers? Are you going to go designer or try the dupe?