17 Best Drugstore Dupes for Expensive Beauty Products
17 Best Drugstore Dupes for Expensive Beauty Products
If you’ve ever bought an expensive beauty product—and by expensive, we mean something you stalked and obsessed over for at least two weeks before finally mustering up the courage to spend a dumb amount of money on it—you probably understand better than anyone the nuances of a love-slash-hate relationship. Like, yes, you love your money-sucking product as dearly as a newborn, and the formula definitely helps justify the cost, but at the same time, you hate that you’ve fallen in love with the money-sucker, because it’s literally draining your funds.
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And though we dream of having drawers overflowing with the most luxurious, cult-favorite products, it’s not always possible—or, as we’ve come to realize, even necessary. Because there are actually tons and tons of shockingly excellent drugstore products out there that are almost exact dupes of your all-time favorites at only a small, itty bitty fraction of the price. No, really; they’re that good.
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And to really prove it to you, we spent an exorbitant amount of time trolling beauty forums, makeup artist and hairstylist recommendations, and comparing ingredients lists of drugstore products to that of high-end products (yes, we really did that) to find you the very best of the best drugstore dupes. Keep reading to find your new favorite beauty swaps, and give your wallet a little breather this month.
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Just like the Nars concealer, this full-coverage formula is surprisingly (like, very, very surprisingly) lightweight and hydrating, meaning it won't sink into fine lines or cake over pimples when you dab it on.
This soft pink, iridescent blush is infused with flecks of gold and bronze, giving you the same incredibly sexy, just-fooled-around flush that made Nars Orgasm so iconic.
It sounds weird—and no, it has nothing to do with your vagina—but this anti-chafing skin gel has the exact same active ingredient (dimethicone) in it as Smashbox's cult-favorite primer, giving it the same silky-smooth staying power at a quarter of the cost.
Normally, we’re skeptical of generic-brand products that are supposedly “just like” their high-end partners, but this silky, fragrance-free moisturizer seriously feels like the real deal, and it won’t leave you riddled with breakouts or shine.
This acne-fighting primer has the same active ingredients as its Cover FX counterpart—two-percent salicylic acid (which gently clears out bacteria-clogged pores) anddimethicone—so it glides easily over skin to keep makeup from sliding and zits from popping up all day long.
Similar to the super-hydrating Giorgio Armani Silk Foundation, this lightweight liquid foundation is made with 40-percent pure water, meaning it will lock in hydration for a smooth, dewy finish.
Dust this sheer, talc-based powder over your T-zone to stave off midday shine just as well as the cult-favorite Laura Mercier setting powder.
NYX Cosmetics Studio Finishing Translucent Finish, .99; at
Just like Too Faced's best-seller, this carbon-black mascara has an hourglass-shaped wand that grips literally every single lash for hardcore volume and length.
Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Retroglam Mascara, .99; atWalgreens
This matte bronzer is super blendable and finely milled, just like Benefit's iconic Hoola bronzer, making it easy to contour your skin without leaving any harsh, obvious lines.
NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder in Sunny, .62; atTarget
This carbon-black liquid liner has an ultra-skinny, felt-tip brush, making it easy to swipe a bold line across your lash lines. Not only is it the best drugstore dupe for Kat Von D's liner, but it also truly doesn't budge or flake.
M.A.C. Lipstick in Ruby Woo, ; at
If you've used Ruby Woo, you know that its key feature is its true-redness. Not orange-y red, not purple-y red, but true, true red. And trust us when we tell you that Wet n Wild—yes, Wet n Wild—hits the mark so closely with this blue-hued lipstick that we feel like we're cheating on M.A.C.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Opal, ; at Becca
Never heard of TheBalm? Then you clearly aren't part of the huge community of cult-followers who swear by this champagne-hued luminizer as a total Becca dupe.
TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer in Champagne, .91; at
Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Setting Spray, ; at
This lightweight setting spray locks in makeup as effectively as Urban Decay's All Nighter spray without feeling heavy, greasy, or—worst of all—pore-clogging.
Pixi By Petra Makeup Fixing Mist, ; at
This dual-ended brow definer has a super-skinny tip that rivals that of Anastasia's Brow Wiz, making it easy to bulk up sparse brows by drawing in the tiniest of hair-like lines.
L'Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Definer, .99; at
This creamy, non-drying facial cleanser is formulated with aloe to soothe irritated skin while removing every trace of makeup, just like Philosophy’s favorite facial cleanser.
Phisoderm Fragrance Free Cream Cleanser for Sensitive Skin, .69; at
Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil, ; at
Just like Josie Maran’s iconic argan oil, this all-natural formula is filled with all of the good stuff (hello, vitamin E), and none of the crappy stuff, like preservatives, silicones, or fragrances.
Physicians Formula Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil, .99; atPhysicians Formula
Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 Anti-Aging Lipid Replenishment Treatment, 5; at
Similar to Skinceuticals’ rich night cream, this anti-aging face cream is formulated with the best of the best skin saviors, like ceramides (which restore your skin barrier) and peptides (which work to reduce fine lines and wrinkles).
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