Beauty dupes are products that are way cheaper and give the same, if not better effect of the high-end “original.” For those just starting out in the makeup world, all of the choices, expensive prices and functions of these products can be intimidating.
For a beginner paying $60 for a blush palette is team too much. Paying those kind of prices for makeup is something you have to grow into gradually as you become an expert on your own routine. Trust me you’ll get there.
I know when I was just starting out in the makeup game, I too was intimidated by all the things I mentioned above, but clear concise information helped, which is why I am providing the “Summer Makeup Beauty Dupes.”
A ton of makeup in the summer isn’t necessary, but being shimmery, bronzy and glowy is definitely needed. Check out these amazing makeup dupes below!
Summer Makeup Beauty Dupes:
The NARS Cheek Palette is nice and all, but ELF’s Blush Palette is an all-time favorite of mine. I get the shade dark which is perfect for my skin tone and it comes in light and dark. The colors are super pigmented and I love the look it gives especially for $6! You can’t beat this. The dupe wins!
I love, love, love NARS concealer. Whenever I try another concealer, I think about NARS and how I like it better. But the cons are it’s $30 and if you wear makeup on an everyday basis it will be gone in less than a month. Spending $30 every month for concealer can get rather annoying. Recently, Colourpop, a cult-fave brand debuted their No Filter concealer for $6! The great thing about this product is you get a lot of uses out of it and it performs especially well. I hate to say this but the dupe wins!
The Beauty Blender is a staple in tons and tons of people’s beauty routine. For the longest time it had no competition, because the knock-offs were just not it. However, after buying three or four over a year, I decided to try the big orange Real Techniques sponge. I can say for sure, I’m never going back to a beauty blender! The RT Sponge just beats the BB in every way — price, size, function and durability. This dupe wins easily!
Illuminating primers are fairly new on the beauty market, but I believe they are here to stay. You put primers on before your makeup and these primers start the glow from step one, instead of the end with your actual highlight. There is a huge price difference, but for me, I’m going to have to go with the original. e.l.f.’s is okay, but the glow doesn’t blend that well for me and I feel like a disco ball (even though I’ve got tons of compliments with this primer). With Smashbox’s primer the glow is distributed evenly and it’s just the right amount of glow that still looks natural. The original wins!
I love liquid lipsticks! The matte finish pulls any makeup look together whether natural or glam. A nice liquid lip in the summer pops, but these trendy little things typically cost about $20. Awhile ago I asked a friend what liquid lip she was wearing because it looked so good, surprisingly she said Wet n’ Wild liquid lip in exorcism. I went to Target and bought it for $5 and I liked it. It’s not drying and it has nice color payoff, but I don’t think I could choose it over Kat Von D. The original wins this case!
I absolutely love Sugar’s lip balm in the color rose. It’s so hydrating, and the subtle red tint is perfect, but I really loaf on paying $24 for basically chapstick. I decided to give Chapstick’s moisture + tint a try and I think they are comparable, but Sugar is just hands down better and takes the cake. The original wins!
Remember a dupe is a product that performs the exact same for less than half the cost. Of course some products are worth the splurge, because you get what you pay for, but sometimes the cheaper version is just as good or better. I hope you learned something. What dupes do you use? Let me know in the comments!