Drugstore Dupes to Some of My High-End Favorites

The Lash Dupes

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that I’m devoted to my Diorshow Maximizer 3D Volume Plumping Lash Primer $29.50. For three years this has been the only lash primer that has worked for me. I tried the Lancome Cils Booster XL and although it’s a good primer, it doesn’t replicate the effect of the Diorshow Maximizer.

Again, L’oréal came out with a spot-on dupe. The Voluminous Primer Mascara $5.84 is one of the best dupes I’ve come across in a long time. Like the Dior Maximizer the Voluminous Primer holds a curl, doesn’t clump, and dramatically lengthens the lashes. Mascara applies like a dream on top of it. If you’re considering trying out a lash primer, skip the $$$ Diorshow and snag this one instead.
dior lash primer, too faced better than sex, loreal voluminous primer and lash paradise mascara

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara $23 and L’oréal Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara $8.97 are perhaps the two most talked about mascara’s of 2017, for good reason–they are both excellent and are dupes! It took me a long time to give the Better Than Sex Mascara a shot because as I’ve said before, I’m dedicated to my drugstore mascaras. In my opinion, high-end mascaras are a cash sink. To my dismay, I love the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara–it really is as good as everyone says it is. It plumps, thickens, lengthens, holds a curl, and it is black. I purchased the miniatures for myself and was close to getting the full size when L’oréal released the Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara. I bought it before reading any of the hype surrounding it and was blown away by how good it is. The formula is drier than Better Than Sex, but it has a very similar effect. I actually enjoy the more because of the volume it gives. My biggest gripe with Better Than Sex is that it doesn’t layer as well as I want it to, but the Lash Paradise layers incredibly well without clumping.

marc jacobs fineliner maybelline master precise skinny eye liner dupeThe Liner Dupe

It’s hard for me to imagine that anymore innovation is possible when it comes to plain black liners, but Marc Jacobs Fineliner Ultra-Skinny Gel Crayon Eyeliner $24 proves me wrong. The fine-tipped shape and gel-based pencil work wonders together to do precision work and tightlining. The formula is intensely pigmented, smooth, and gel-like.

Maybelline came out with a really wonderful dupe that I featured here which is equally pigmented, smooth, and gel-like. This gel-pencil hybrid is one of my new favorite kinds of eyeliners because of how easy it is to work with. I tightline my upper waterline everyday with this one of these eyeliners. If you are intrigued by the Marc Jacobs Fineliner give the Maybelline Master Precise Skinny Gel Eyeliner $6.48 a chance!

YSL touche eclat Loreal magic lumi highlighterThe Highlighter Dupe


YSL Touche Eclat Radiance Perfecting Pen $42 is a cult-classic for a natural highlight. It brings life to the face without shimmer. I use it often to lift my cheekbones and slim down the bridge of my nose. I also love it to clean up an over-blended contour. It’s a great little handy pen, but it’s incredibly expensive for what you get. Enter, yet again, L’oréal. The L’oréal Group actually owns YSL Beauty and Maybelline. It’s no shock that L’oréal’s drugstore offerings are often dupes of YSL’s beauty products. The L’oréal Magic Lumi Highlighter $9.29 is 4x cheaper than Touche Eclat, and works just as well. The formula of both products is a lightweight cream that blends seamlessly onto the skin. They both have small light reflecting particles that bring life to the face without shimmer. The coverage is sheer and should not be mistaken as a concealer–this is for radiance only. The Magic Lumi has a touch more coverage when swatched, but blends out the same as the Touche Eclat.

tom ford bruised plum swatch essence long lasting lipstick tres chicThe Dupe of All Dupes: Tom Ford Lip Color in Bruised Plum Dupe

Tom Ford Lip Color in Bruised Plum $54 is the most dynamic lipstick I have in my collection. The particular formula in this lipstick is a gel-cream hybrid. This is one of those lipsticks that has a totally different appearance depending on application. One of my favorite ways to wear this is as a stain. Lightly applied and smudged with a finger, this gives that drinking red wine berry stain to the lips. Apply it heavily for a true dark purple. It’s a comfortable, hydrating formula, but it doesn’t feather or budge. I think it’s worth the money, but I’m always on the hunt for dupes at cheaper price points.

One of the cheapest makeup brands out there, Essence, makes a solid dupe. I discovered this dupe completely by happy accident. Essence Long Lasting Lipstick in Tres Chic $2.99 is indistinguishable from Bruised Plum. Très Chic shares a similar formula to Bruised Plum, but lacks the gel-like aspect. It can give the same stain effect, but you’ll need to work a bit more to blend it out sheer. For $2.99 I’m considering melting it down and repotting (re-tubbing??) it into my Tom Ford case when I finish Bruised Plum. You can’t go wrong with a $2.99 lipstick that dupes Tom Ford! It really doesn’t get better than that.


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