Drugstore Makeup Dupes!


Karla Pazos, Copy Editor

Ever thought about getting into makeup but don’t feel like breaking the bank? There’s a simple solution to that, just buy makeup dupes!

A dupe in makeup refers to a product that resembles a more expensive “high-end” product. A drugstore dupe performs similarly if not better than their luxury brand counterpart, the only thing that sets them apart is their price: in general, drugstore versions are 1/3 to 1/5 the cost!  

By purchasing more affordable makeup products, you will be able to achieve the same results without having to sell a kidney.  Moreover, most drugstore brands are now cruelty free, which means they are not tested on animals. So you can feel good about looking good. 

How we generated this list:

Many of these products have been reviewed by makeup artists such as Manny Mua, Roxette Arisa, Laura Lee….and myself!


Hourglass Veil Primer ($45 ) / NYX Angel Veil ($15.99)






Smashbox Photo Finish Primer ($36-39) / NYX Studio Perfect Primer ($13)





Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer ($52) / e.l.f. Poreless Putty Primer ($8)






Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation ($64) / L’Oreal Lumi True Match Foundation ($9)





Tarte Double Duty Foundation ($39) / Neutrogena hydro boost hydrating tint ($15)





Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation ($40) / Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-IN-1 Foundation






Nars Radient Creamy Concealer ($30) / Maybelline Fit Me Concealer ($7)





Tarte Shape Tape Concealer ($27) / e.l.f. 16Hr Camo Concealer ($6)





YSL Perfecting Pen ($38) / Maybelline Dream Lumi Highlighting Concealer ($8)






Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz ($21) / NYX Micro Brow Pencil ($9.99)






Benefit Gimme Brow Eyebrow gel ($24) / Essence Make Me Brow Gel ($2.99)





Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade ($18) / e.l.f. Lock on Liner and Brow Cream ($4)






Fenty Gloss Bomb ($19) / Maybelline Lifter Gloss ($8.99)






Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner ($22) / NYX Lip Liner Pencil ($4)






MAC Velvet Teddy ($17) / Milani Matte Naked ($5)







Too Faced Better Than Sex Macara ($24) / L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara ($9.99)





Lancôme Definicils  High Definition Mascara ($27) /L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Mascara ($9.99)





NARS Climax Mascara ($24) / Essence The False Lashes Mascara ($4.99)






Benefit Roller Liner ($22) / Maybelline Eyestudio Hyper Easy Liquid Eyeliner ($6.99)





Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner ($22) / Wet n Wild Proline Felt Tip Eyeliner ($3.99)





YSL Eyeliner Effect Faux Cils Bold Felt Tip ($34) /Milani The Tank Liquid Liner ($9.99)







NARS “Orgasm” Blush ($30)/ Milani Baked Powder Blush in “Blossomtime Rose” ($7.50)





NARS Blushes($29) / e.l.f. Blushes (3)





Benefit Blush “Dandelion” ($28) / L’Oreal Blush “Baby Blossom” ($8)





Benefit Hoola Bronzer original ($30) / Rimmel Natural Bronxer “Sunlight” ($4.49)





Fenty beauty match Stix ($35) / NYX Wonder Sticks ($12)




NARS Bronzing Powder “Laguna” ($40) / NYX Matte Bronzer “Deep” ($10)





IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder ($52) / RIMMEL Stay Matte Pressed Powder ($3.99)





MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Pressed Powder ($38) / Essence Fixing Compact Powder ($3.99)




Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder ($39) / e.l.f. High Definition Powder ($6)




Do you have any holy grail suggestions of products that weren’t mentioned ? Feel free to comment below!