My Best Beauty Dupes!

Wednesday, 21 May 2014


Hi Honeybee's

Its no secret that Make up can be super expensive - often we are just paying for a brand name or packaging (I'm guilty of this - total packaging sucker right here!), but fear not!! I have hunted out the best beauty dupes so that you can look beautiful and have enough money left for a Starbucks Frappuccino, too ;)



There are so many different make up brands out there, so there are bound to be a few dupes about. But isn't it nice when you find an extremely affordable double for a much more expensive piece you've been lusting after? Well, I have found a few that I wanna share with y'all, so, lets explore my favourite 10!

1. Primer
Every girl needs a good primer in her make up kit. It helps make up apply flawlessly and stay put all day.
Smashbox offer one of the most popular primers around, but at £25 a pop, it is a little out of my budget, so I was super happy when I discovered that Maybelline's baby skin 'pore eraser' primer was its twin sister! It applies smoothly, no greasy feeling and makes my skin suuuper soft <3

2. Foundation
In my never ending quest for a perfect foundation, I was bound to feel a little dismay that I couldn't afford one of the best brands around - M.A.C. Their reputation is second to none and everyone has heard of them! But, what's a girl to do when her lemonade budget just wont stretch to that champagne lifestyle?!
Look to Revlon of course!! I don't own much Revlon make up, but to me, they have always seemed like the high end of drugstore make up. I am pleased to say that the Revlon photo ready foundation offers everything that the M.A.C pro longwear foundation does, but at half the cost.
At £12.00, it is on the high end of my budget. But with the long-lasting, lightweight, flawless performance it gives, I don't mind!

3. Beauty Blender
With that gorgeous new foundation in your make up bag, you're going to want to make sure you apply it properly, right?!
Cue the beauty blender. A cult favourite around the world, but to be frank, an overpriced piece of sponge.
If you want the real thing, you're looking at spending the best part of £15. There is, however, a way to get more for your money - hello eBay!!
I LOVE eBay! Anything you can find in the stores, you can find on eBay, and for a fraction of the price! I found a 'beauty bender' dupe on eBay for 99p - it did take 2 weeks to arrive as it was from Hong Kong, but if you don't want to wait, you can grab one from eBay UK for just £3.50! They come in an array of shapes and colours - so take your pick and revel in the fact that you can buy at least 4 of these hidden gems for the price of 1 authentic beauty blender!

4. Mono eyeshadows
To me, there is nothing nicer than standing in a drug store (or at a make up counter) and swatching a rainbow of eyeshadow shades up your arm. My mind wanders into the looks I could create and how well they would blend with other shades! But then again, there really is nothing nicer than finding that one shade you love at a third of the price!
M.A.C paint pots come in a gorgeous array of shades and a sweet little pot but the will also cost you a pretty penny at £15.00 per shade!
But, don't panic, there is an affordable alternative! Introducing Maybelline Color Tattoo eyeshadows! They.are.amazing!! The colour pay-offs are just dazzling, they last for what feels like an eternity (or until you take them off!), and they don't crease, all this plus the fact that they are just £4.99 a piece!
Maybelline are one of my favourite drugstore brands and they certainly haven't disappointed with this little creation!

5. Eyeshadow Palettes
Its so nice to pop open a palette and have a variety of beautiful shades looking back at you! They are great for travelling, you can create endless looks with them and they come in lovely packaging, too!
When Urban Decay released their Naked 2 palette, it immediately became a staple for make up lovers, but at £37.00 it, unfortunately, wasn't within every make up lovers budget.
But no matter, as Drug store brand Make Up academy have solved all your worries with their 'Undress me too' Palette! It is a perfect dupe for the Naked 2 palette, the colours are a perfect match, they don't flake and the colour pay-offs are great. All this, plus the fact that it will only set you back £4?!
 You're welcome!

6. Bronzing Duo
A good bronzer is a wonderful addition to your make up bag - it can enhance your tan and it can make you look much healthier when applied correctly.
NARS offerings in the bronzing duo world, come in the form of this beautiful sleek compact with shades 'Orgasm' and 'Laguna'. They compliment each other perfectly, but that does come at a cost. £30.00 to be precise.
Step in, ELF, budget beauty extraordinaire! The lovely people at elf have come up with this amazing NARS dupe! If your wanting the exact dupe, opt for the 'St Lucia' palette which will give you the exact same look for just £3.95!

7. Liquid Blusher
Feeling a little flushed? Let's add some blusher!
Liquid blusher is a growing trend. It blends well, lasts ages, and you really only need a tiny bit to make the apples of your cheeks oh-so rosy!
Make up forever are offering their version of this product with HD blush, it comes in a variety of shades but it is £21.50 for just 1 shade!
But, no worries, as you can pick up a much more purse friendly alternative at ELF, they offer a great range of shades in a very similar product bottle at just £4.50 per shade! Perfect!

8. Highlighter
Its important to highlight to make your face look less flat and to catch the sunlight perfectly!
There are hundreds of highlighters available, but one of the most popular ones around is Benefits' 'High beam', it is a gorgeous pearl pink shade but it comes in at £19.50 per bottle - so it is on the higher end the budget scale!
There is a way around this though! ELF have answered budget savvy girls prayers with their 'shimmering facial whip'. If your looking for an exact high beam dupe, then pick up the shade 'lilac petal'. The packaging doesn't have as much of a wow factor as the Benefit option, but at £1.95, I'm sure we can excuse that ;)

9. Lipstick
Lipstick is a wonderful finishing touch to any make up look, it can be bold or subtle, but it really does make a statement, so its nice to be able to buy-and-try a few shades and find what you love!
M.A.C Lipsticks have a great reputation, but at £15.00 each, they aren't exactly cost-effective, so I love to pick up the ELF alternative! They cost £1.95 each, so you can pick up 7 shades for the price of just 1 MAC lipstick!
Tip; Pick up ELF's shade 'classy' if your looking for an exact dupe of M.A.C's 'Angel'!

10. Setting Spray
Now that you've got an expensive looking make up look, it'd be nice to keep it in place all day, right?
Urban Decay offer a great setting spray to keep your make up slide-free for hours - but it comes at a steep £20.00 per bottle.
You could always switch for the ELF dupe, though, it does the same great job and will cost you only £3.95! It is light and refreshing and will keep your make up perfect for hours and hours! 

I hope you enjoyed my Dupe list! These are my favourite but there are many more available, so go discover and let me know what you find!!


1 comment:

  1. Can you do a blog post for highlighting and contouring for darker skin tones. Also make up every woman should have in their bag and where to use it. Like I have blush and bronzer and concealer and I use the concealer and bronzer for contouring and highlighting but instead of the one on your earlier posts can you do one for different skin tones or like other brands you could use instead off such and such :)? So if there is bronzer by Mua but you can also use a blush by collection to get the same effect that kinda thing. And how to build up from an everyday when your at work to a quick evening change. :)

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