There are so many beauty products out there that have earned ‘cult beauty’ status and a firm place in everyone’s make up collection. They are the types of products that are highly raved about and for good reason – they are usually great quality and live up to expectations while doing what they claim to do. But sometimes with this great quality comes a bit of a hefty price tag. Not everyone can justify spending over the odds on makeup and cosmetics, and not everyone has the means to do so. I have found some really good dupes that are at a lower price point and are similar to their high end counterparts – so I decided to put together the 10 best alternatives to the cult beauty products that I could find. Some of these dupes are already quite well known, and some of them I have found on my travels or in my collection. Not all of these dupes are exact matches, but they are similar in either colour or formula, and are what I consider to be a good alternative product. If you are interested in seeing these dupes, keep reading!
1. NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint VS L’Oreal Infallible 24HR Matte Foundation –
I consider these foundations to be similar in terms of formula and finish – they are both considered to be matte and blend out to be a medium to buildable coverage. I find that although these are both a matte finish, they are still luminous without looking too flat. I love both of these products but found that the L’Oreal foundation lasted that little bit longer which is a bonus for the lower price tag.
NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint – £30.00
L’Oreal Infallible 24HR Matte Foundation – £7.99.
(You save £22.01).
2. Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder VS Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder –
The Laura Mercier Mineral Powder is a medium coverage powder that can be used as a finishing powder or on its own as a foundation. It offers more pigmentation than the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, but they both have a very similar mattifying formula and both sit well on the skin. The Rimmel Stay Matte powder is a great cheaper alternative and is a really good quality powder for its much lower price point.
Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder – £31.00.
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder – £3.99.
(You save £27.01).
3. Benefit Watt’s Up VS No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter –
I love highlighters in stick form as I find them so easy to use and blend out. If you’re a fan of the Benefit Watt’s Up then you’d love the No7 Instant Radiance – it’s so creamy and pigmented and offers a little bit more of a natural glow than the Watt’s Up which has more of a champagne tint to it. I am a fan of both but think I prefer the No7 Instant Radiance a little bit more.
Benefit Watt’s Up – £24.50.
No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter – £9.95.
(You save £14.55).
4. Urban Decay Naked 1 VS Makeup Revolution Iconic 1 VS Collection Nude Bronze –
If there’s one eyeshadow palette that’s caused a massive hype in the beauty world, it’s the Urban Decay Naked 1. It’s a hugely popular product and is considered to be one of the best, so it’s no wonder that other cosmetic companies have come out with some similar palettes with identical tones and colours. The palette that is a blatant dupe of the Naked 1 palette is the Makeup Revolution Iconic 1 – they have also brought out the Iconic 2 & 3 to rival the Naked 2 & 3 palettes. The Naked 1 is a mostly warm-toned palette with some well known colours which the Iconic 1 palette has managed to replicate. I found that the colours were very similar but were a little less pigmented. But for the price of the Makeup Revolution palettes, you can’t really complain.
Another dupe that I’ve discovered is from Collection; a brand with very cheap prices but great quality. The Nude Bronze palette only contains 6 colours instead of 12, but they are so similar in terms of colour and pigmentation. The colours are pretty identical and have the same shimmery formula – such a great dupe if you’re not looking to spend a fortune!
Urban Decay Naked 1 – £38.50
Makeup Revolution Iconic 1 – £4.00
Collection Nude Bronze – £3.99
(You save £34.50 / £34.51).
5. Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette VS Rimmel Brixton Brown –
The Dolce Vita shadows are such amazing quality and are so smooth and blendable, but some might say that the Charlotte Tilbury palettes are a little overpriced for the amount of shadows and the size of the pans that you get. I think that a great alternative to this is the Rimmel Brixton Brown palette – you don’t get a match to all of the shades but the Rimmel palette is a really good dupe for the warm tones that you get in the Dolce Vita, particularly the warm russet red colour. The pigmentation is not as strong, but they are still good quality and for a fraction of the price.
Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita – £38.00
Rimmel Brixton Brown – £6.99
(You save £31.01).
6. MAC Paintpot VS Maybelline Colour Tattoo VS Maxfactor Excess Shimmer –
Cream eyeshadows are great for adding a wash of colour or for building a smokey eye look. MAC Paintpot in Indianwood is beautiful and so easy to blend out. But if you don’t want to spend a lot, the Maybelline and Maxfactor cream eyeshadows are a great alternative. Although they are different in colour, they are all similar in texture and formula. I found that the MAC Paintpot was the most long wearing eyeshadow out of them all, but the others are just as good quality.
MAC Paintpot – £16.00
Maybelline 24HR Colour Tattoo – £4.99
Maxfactor Excess Shimmer -£7.99
(You save £11.01 / £8.01)
7. MAC All That Glitters VS Maybelline Copper Fizz –
Although these eyeshadows aren’t an exact match in terms of colour, they are a great match in formula and texture. They are both a kind of champagne shade with a beautiful shimmer. MAC’s All That Glitters is one of their most popular eyeshadows in their collection, so it’s great to find a cheaper alternative that is similar in its finish but a lot cheaper.
MAC All That Glitters – £10.00
Maybelline Copper Fizz – £4.99
(You save £5.01).
8. Benefit Rollerlash VS Maybelline Lash Sensational –
I have been using the Benefit Rollerlash everyday for well over a year now, so it’s taken a really great product to rival it. I love the curved wand of the Rollerlash as it’s amazing for building and separating lashes with no clumps which i’d not found in any other mascaras until the Maybelline Lash Sensational. The curved wand of the Lash Sensational mimics the Rollerlash – they both give great separation of the lashes and add so much volume. A definite beauty steal.
Benefit Rollerlash – £19.50
Maybelline Lash Sensational – £7.99
(You save £11.51).
9. MAC Creme d’Nude VS Topshop Nevada –
MAC’s Creme d’Nude is a light nude in a Cremesheen finish which is soft and hydrating and quickly became one of my favourites. I couldn’t help but notice that one of my Topshop lipsticks that I owned was very similar in formula. Topshop’s Nevada is a more peachy-toned nude that is very smooth and buttery and felt very similar to the MAC Cremesheen finish. When I swatched the two colours together, they slightly differed in colour but were identical in finish. If you want a good quality lipstick for less then I definitely recommend the Topshop lipsticks.
MAC Creme d’Nude – £15.50
Topshop Nevada – £8.000
(You save £7.50).
10. Clinique Nude Pop VS Bourjois Rouge Edition 39 –
The Clinique Pop lipsticks are a really great range and are very nourishing and full of pigment. I love the finish and found a similar colour in Bourjois Rouge Edition in colour 39. They are both a rose pink nude with a slight sheen to them. The Clinique Nude Pop swatched slightly darker, but on the most-part they are pretty similar!
Clinique Nude Pop – £16.00
Bourjois Rouge Edition 39 – £7.99
(You save £8.01).
I hope this post has been helpful to those on the lookout for dupes to some popular high end products! There are plenty more dupes out there to be found.
Thanks for reading!