10 Beauty Dupes

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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 –
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(L-R: NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint, 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 – 

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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 – 

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(L-R: Benefit Watt’s Up, 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 – 

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(Top to Bottom: Makeup Revolution Iconic 1, Naked 1, 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.

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(Top to Bottom: Makeup Revolution Iconic 1, Urban Decay Naked 1)

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!

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(Top to Bottom: Urban Decay Naked 1 – Virgin, Sidecar, Half Baked, Smog, Toasted, Hustle / Collection Nude Bronze – Ivory, Mink, Ochre, Golden Brown, Ember, Nutty)

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 – 

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(Top to Bottom: Dolce Vita – Shade 1, Shade 2, Shade 3 / Rimmel Brixton Brown – Shade 1, Shade 4, Shade 2)

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 – 

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(L-R: Maybelline 24 HR Colour Tattoo (On and On Bronze), MAC Paintpot (Indianwood), Maxfactor Excess Shimmer (Bronze))

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 – 

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(L-R: MAC All That Glitters, 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 – 

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(L-R: Benefit Rollerlash, 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 – 

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(L-R: MAC Creme d’Nude, 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 – 

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(L-R: Clinique Nude Pop, 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!

Aimie xo

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46 Comments

  1. July 24, 2016 / 5:49 pm

    Those Urban Decay dupes were the closest I’ve seen, and for so cheap! You’ve just saved me so much money!!!

  2. July 24, 2016 / 5:50 pm

    Great post and very helpful, thanks 🙂

  3. July 24, 2016 / 5:53 pm

    They are both really good matches and definitely a lot cheaper! Haha I’m glad it helped!! 🙂

  4. July 24, 2016 / 5:54 pm

    Glad it was helpful, thanks for reading! 🙂

  5. July 24, 2016 / 6:30 pm

    Wow! I love every single dupe! They’re actually great dupes! Sometimes you see dupes and your like ehh… But these were great!

    JennyLovesBeauty♥

  6. July 24, 2016 / 6:37 pm

    Great post this will be very helpful when budget is tight, I agree with number 8 for sure I already had the maybelline one and recently just brought the benefit one. I couldn’t believe how much they are the same, apart from the price

  7. July 24, 2016 / 6:40 pm

    Haha yeah I agree, thanks very much! I’m happy with how they came out. Thanks for reading 🙂

  8. July 24, 2016 / 6:43 pm

    Ah thankyou, glad it was helpful! Yeah, I couldn’t believe how similar they were. The Maybelline one is a new favourite for sure. Thanks for reading 🙂

  9. July 24, 2016 / 6:44 pm

    Loved these dupes. I can’t believe how similar the Naked 1 palette and the Makeup Revolution palettes are.
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  10. July 24, 2016 / 6:45 pm

    Mine too really enjoying it at the moment. Your welcome

  11. July 24, 2016 / 6:48 pm

    Thanks! Yeah they are really good value for money and are such a good match. Sure, will do 🙂

  12. July 24, 2016 / 7:40 pm

    Aw thanks! They are both really good products! 🙂 X

  13. July 24, 2016 / 9:39 pm

    Really shocking dupes! Will definitely have a look in Boots for some of them, lovely blog xx

  14. July 24, 2016 / 9:45 pm

    Ah yes do it! Thanks a lot 🙂 xx

  15. July 24, 2016 / 10:04 pm

    Thankyou! Glad you found them helpful 🙂

  16. July 25, 2016 / 12:50 pm

    makeup revolution is so bomb 💜

  17. July 25, 2016 / 1:41 pm

    Haha it is! So many good palettes! X

  18. July 25, 2016 / 7:57 pm

    All the dupes you’ve shown are on point :), amazing products, I myself can’t afford to spend all that much just on makeup so this was a great post idea. If you like you can check out my blog here https://beautyandbrains5.wordpress.com/

  19. July 25, 2016 / 8:17 pm

    Aw thankyou! Yeah some of them can get pretty pricey which isn’t for everyone. Thanks, will do 🙂

  20. July 26, 2016 / 7:26 am

    Thanks very much! 🙂 glad it was helpful, those Naked 1 dupes are really good matches. Thanks for reading 🙂

  21. July 26, 2016 / 1:56 pm

    This was a very useful post 🙂

  22. July 26, 2016 / 2:15 pm

    Thankyou! 🙂 X

  23. July 26, 2016 / 9:51 pm

    This is such a great post:) the makeup revolution palette shades are almost identical and for a much lower price!!!

    I would also really appreciate it if you could check out my blog as I’m new to blogging and any feedback would be so helpful! Thank you:)
    My link is~ https://jess09xobeauty.wordpress.com/

  24. July 27, 2016 / 5:48 am

    Thankyou! 🙂 they are so similar! Sure will do X

  25. July 27, 2016 / 9:39 am

    Thank you:)

  26. August 8, 2016 / 12:48 pm

    Thanks! 🙂 ah awesome, sure will do X

  27. September 9, 2016 / 3:29 pm

    Such an amazing post – I’ve bookmarked so I can look back on my next shopping trip! I’ve been craving the Nars skin tint for ages so will have to try out the L’Oreal one. Thank you for this informative post! Followed 🙂

    Georgia ♡
    http://www.chasingnewyork.co.uk

  28. September 9, 2016 / 3:37 pm

    Aw thanks so much! They are both really good, hope you manage to pick it up! 🙂 X

  29. October 8, 2016 / 9:17 am

    Thank you! Will do 😊

  30. October 30, 2016 / 8:50 pm

    Wow, lovely post! I enjoyed reading so much. Thanks for sharing. I’ve been dying to try the loreal foundation!

  31. October 30, 2016 / 8:59 pm

    Aw thanks! Thank you for reading 🙂 I’d definitely recommend it!

  32. January 5, 2017 / 5:34 pm

    I live this please check out some of mine x

  33. January 5, 2017 / 5:35 pm

    Thankyou! Will do x

  34. January 5, 2017 / 5:36 pm

    Thanks x

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