Splurge or Save? Top 10 Best Makeup Dupes

How often do you scour the Internet looking for makeup dupes? If the answer is never, then you’re in luck! Scroll down for all my favorite dupes!

Top 10 Best Makeup Dupes featured by top MD beauty blogger, The Beauty MinimalistI’ve compiled 10 tried and true products and their drugstore makeup dupes. Don’t get me wrong though—sometimes the splurge is worth it. In addition to sharing ways you can save, I’m also sharing my personal picks on whether it’s worth it to splurge or save.


Mascara Dupe

Splurge: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara ($23)
Save: L’Oreal Lash Paradise ($8)

My pick: save. Up until I started using Lash Paradise, Too Faced was my go-to, but it’s the exact same brush and it works just as great, if not better than the high-end tube. Too Faced has also been clumpy after a couple months of using. I don’t have that problem with Lash Paradise (but I always replace every 3 months).

Makeup Sponge Dupe

Splurge: BeautyBlender ($20)
Save: Real Techniques Miracle Sponge ($6)

My pick: save. For a long time, I was convinced the BeautyBlender was always the better option but I’ve found the RT sponge works just as well and as long as you take care of it, will last for the full three months. Keep an eye out for Target beauty sales. You can usually get a value pack of sponges so you don’t have to restock as frequently.

Illuminator Dupe

Splurge: NARS Copacabana ($30)
Save: L’Oreal True Match Lumi ($11)

Personally, I would splurge because it’s easier to blend the NARS highlighter. The L’Oreal one is runny and doesn’t last as long. That said, it’s all about preference and what ranks in priority. If you’re not obsessed with highlights like I am, you might find that the drugstore dupe works just fine.

Lipstick Dupe

Splurge: Kylie Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Koko K ($19)
Save: ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Midi ($6)

My take: It’s a toss-up. I’ve read numerous articles that ColourPop lipsticks are identical in formula to Kylie lip kits, but on the other hand, Kylie lipsticks come with a matching lip pencil.

Concealer Dupe

Splurge: Tarte Double Duty Shape Tape ($27)
Save: Wet n’ Wild Photo Focus Concealer ($4)

My pick: Splurge. I get long-lasting coverage from Tarte Shape Tape.

Eyeshadow Dupe

Splurge: Urban Decay Naked3 Palette ($54)
Save: Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Eyeshadow Palette ($7)

My pick: splurge. The Maybelline palette is clever (the shadows are organized by a combination of duos, trios and quads) but there’s a lot of fallout. The Naked3 Palette price point is steep, but totally worth every penny.

Primer Dupe

Splurge: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer ($16)
Save: e.l.f. Mineral Face Primer ($5)

My pick: save. I really don’t notice a difference between the Smashbox version and e.l.f.

Foundation Dupe

Splurge: Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick ($46)
Save: Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Stick ($7)

My pick: save, unless you can’t find a shade that matches your skin tone.

Bronzer Dupe

Splurge: Benefit Hoola ($29)
Save: Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer ($15)

My pick: save. I’m obsessed with the drugstore one (smells like paradise) and it works great for contouring.

Blush Dupe

Splurge: NARS Orgasm Blush ($30)
Save: NYX Powder Blush in Pinched ($7)

My pick: splurge. But I’ve been obsessed with this NARS blush for years so I’m a little biased but Orgasm just looks amazing on my skin tone.

You can shop my high-end and drugstore makeup dupes below!


What about you? Do you have a favorite drugstore makeup  dupe? Let me know in the comments!



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