18 Inexpensive Beauty Products That Are Better Than The Expensive Versions
Saving on beauty dupes means I can just...get more lipsticks.
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asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us their favorite inexpensive beauty dupe that's BETTER than the original version. Here are the beautiful and money-saving results:
"I used to use Jeffree Star lipsticks, but now I buy these. The colors are good dupes of the reds and pinks, and they last all day. Plus they're cruelty-free and vegan too, for a fraction of the price." —
"They're a great dupe for Kat Von D liquid matte lipsticks and are 1/4 of the price." —
Wet n Wild Mega Last Liquid Catsuit Lipstick:
$4.99 at Amazon (available in nine colors).
Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick:
$18 at Jeffree Star (available in 36 colors).
You save: $13.01.
NYX Epic Ink Liner delivers the perfect wing every single time — without letting your money 💸 fly 💸 away like other brands.
"Basically like the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, but better and way cheaper. The only eyeliner where I've been able to get a perfect wing every time. EVERY. TIME." —
"It's the best liquid liner I've *ever* used (and I've been wearing winged liquid liner every day for 11 years, so I've tried quite a few high end and drugstore options). I've had it for three months now, and it hasn't dried out — not even a little bit!" —
NYX Epic Ink Liner:
$6.29 at Amazon.
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner:
$21 at Sephora (available in two colors).
You save: $14.71.
"Honestly, the MVP. They have a fluffier, lighter formula than Tarte's Shape Tape, and I found that they last longer on the face. Tarte is good, but after 8+ hours, it creases." —
Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer:
$7.90 at Amazon (available in 12 shades).
Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer:
$27 at Tarte (available in 30 shades).
You save: $19.10.
Blend your makeup to perfection with
Eco Tools Perfecting Blender Duo — you get two sponges for less than HALF the price of ONE original Beautyblender.
"Literally a better sponge than the Beautyblender or the Real Techniques sponge. Not just a dupe, but a better product. My foundation literally looks smooth as hell when I use them, even on areas where I have tons of texture." —Rachel Broghammer, Facebook
Eco Tools Sponge Duo:
$9.15 at Amazon (for a set of two).
$20 at Sephora.
You save: $10.85.
"A great color dupe for the Becca highlighter in 'Opal!' Great for medium skin tones." —
Colourpop Super Shock Highlighter in "Wisp:"
$8 at Colourpop.
Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector in "Opal:"
$38 at Sephora.
You save: $30.
"I found the most amazing primer in the world, and it's made by the most amazing Korean brand! It's so much better at actually priming your face, smoothing acne marks or scars, making my makeup last all day. It goes with any skin tone, and one tube lasts for months with regular use. Compared to all of the higher-end primers I've tried such as ones from Urban decay, Smashbox, Estée Lauder and others, they don't work half as well as this one. The company Innis Free uses the most amazing natural products, keeping my skin clear. Can't praise their cheap products enough." —
Innisfree No Sebum Blur Primer:
$9.38 at Amazon.
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:
$36 at Sephora.
You save: $26.62.
Milani Lash Trifecta Mascara lengthens, curls, and separates your lashes for a truly clump-free look for a fraction of the price.
"A spot-on dupe for The Balm's Mad Lash mascara (same formula and the brushes are exactly the same), but it's less than half the price!" —
Milani Lash Trifecta Mascara:
$8.15 at Amazon.
The Balm Mad Lash Mascara:
$17.24 at Amazon.
You save: $9.09.
"Legit the best primer I've ever used. I love it more than Benefit's Porefessional, and it's like 1/3 of the price." —
NYX Pore Filler:
$9.79 at Amazon.
Benefit The Porefessional Face Primer:
$32 at Sephora.
You save: $22.21.
The Balm in "Hot Mama":
$9.97 at Amazon.
Nars blush in "Orgasm":
$30 at Sephora (also available in 20 other shades).
You save: $20.03.
Coty Airspun Translucent Powder never looks cakey and trounces expensive brands' setting powders — looking at you, Laura Mercier and Kat Von D.
"Totally kicks the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder's ass!"
"It's amazing! I loved it way more than the Kat Von D setting powder that cost $30, which made me cakey as fuck." —
Coty Airspun Translucent Extra Coverage Face Powder:
$6.84 at Amazon (available in six shades).
Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder:
$38 at Sephora (available in two shades).
You save: $31.16
"I know it's been said a thousand times but in my opinion, Colourpop Ultra Matte is super similar to the Kylie Lip Kit." —Hailee Carolyn Hohlbaugh, Facebook
"Colourpop in 'Beeper' instead of Kylie Cosmetics in 'True Brown K.'" —
"Far better than most high end brands. 'Mama' is a perfect dupe for Smashbox's 'Out Loud.' They have a wide range of colors and they're SO CHEAP!" —
Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip:
$8 at Colourpop (available in 50 colors).
Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick:
$17 at Kylie Cosmetics (available in 33 colors).
You save: $9.
"Very creamy and easy to apply. I'm a middle-aged lady who does not want to pull on my eyelids to apply a liner! I use the
Soft Nude color to apply on my lower waterline, which gives the effect of opening my eyes and making me look awake! Very comparable to Urban Decay eyeliner pencils which cost $20 apiece." — lizb61
Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Pencils:
$5.25 at Amazon (available in eight colors).
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil:
$22 at Sephora (available in 36 colors).
You save: $16.75.
BH Cosmetics Palettes deliver huge pigment payoffs (even better than the Naked Palettes) for almost $40 less.
"Amazing. They're not drugstore, but range from around $10-$20, when Naked palettes that are just as pigmented, if not even less, are around $55." —
BH Cosmetics Hanging in Hawaii Palette:
$16 at BH Cosmetics.
Naked 3 Palette:
$54 at Sephora.
You save: $38.
"It has become my holy grail of mascaras and is an even better and less expensive version of Roller Lash from Benefit. I have very fair lashes and am always looking for the ultimate mascara with a lot of volume that stays put all day. Even the washable version of Lash Sensational needs a good eye makeup remover to take it off at the end of the day. I've never had my lashes look so long and lush!" —
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara:
$6.78 at Amazon (available in three colors).
Benefit Roller Lash Curling Mascara:
$25 at Sephora (available in two colors).
You save: $18.22.
"Just as good as the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow wiz! It's literally half the cost. I use the color 'taupe' in the NYX version, and it's exactly the same as the color 'taupe' in ABH. It's just as precise with just as much color payoff. This product has saved me so much money and my brows still look awesome." —
"A perfect dupe for Anastasia Brow Wiz. The NYX version is about half the price as the Brow Wiz, and from years of experience using both, the NYX pencil lasts over twice as long as the Brow Wiz, and the colors are so much better for me."
NYX Micro Brow Pencil:
$6.14 at Amazon (available in eight shades).
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz:
$23 at Sephora (available in 10 shades).
You save: $16.86
Colourpop Pressed Blush:
$8 at Colourpop (available in 17 shades).
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush:
$29 at Sephora (available in 13 shades).
You'll save: $21.
"Just as good as Urban Decay's eyeshadow primer! It only costs a few dollars, and the only difference I've found between the two is the packaging." —
e.l.f. Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer:
$3 at e.l.f. (available in two shades).
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion:
$24 at Sephora.
You'll save $21.
Milani Stay Put Brow Color will stop you spending all your cash on Anastasia Dip Brow pomade — it's just as good AND actually comes with the spoolie and brush applicator.
"WAY better than Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow!" —
"The best dupe for Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade...the best find ever!" —
Milani Stay Put Brow Color:
$6.59 at Target (brush included; available in five shades).
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow:
$21 at Sephora ( brush sold separately; available in 11 shades).
You save: $14.41
When you realize if you buy everything on this list instead of the expensive version, you'd save over $350 total:
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