Hi Friends! After much searching & swatching I am back today with affordable dupes for high-end makeup. These are items that are either similar in formula, consistency, and/or shade to higher end products.
Beauty Blender Dupe – $20 vs $8.99
Did you know that the average life span of a Beauty Blender is 3 months? What the heck? I have two beauty blenders, a Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and several foundation brushes. Hence, I never use the beauty blenders on a daily basis.
However, a few weeks ago I noticed that the bounciness on my pink beauty blender wasn’t what it used to be. It wasn’t holding as much water as it usually does, and the overall performance wasn’t the same. So, as always I went to google and realized that you are supposed to switch out the sponge every 3 months.
Since I can’t be spending $20 on a sponge every 3 months (no matter how great the sponge is) I decided to search for a dupe.
Most searches point to the Real Techniques sponge which I already have. And although that sponge is amazing as well, it’s different than the beauty blender. The shape, texture and firmness is totally different.
After some more research I found the Aesthetica Beauty Sponge on Amazon. Most reviews are positive and it’s $8.99 so I went for it.
This little sponge is almost exactly like the beauty blender in shape, texture, firmness, bounciness (are these real words?) and results. I’ve tried a few different sponges over the years and this is the closest I’ve ever found to a beauty blender. The only obvious difference I can find is that the tip is not as pointed and it’s slightly more firm than the pink beauty blender.
I’ve only had it for a few weeks so I can’t speak to the longevity of this sponge, but given the $8.99 price tag, you could get two of these and still spend less than the cost of a beauty blender.
Too Faced Chocolate Bar (Partial) Dupe $49 vs $1.99
Say what? A dupe for my favorite eye shadow palette? Sort of haha. This is a partial dupe because I have yet to find a palette with ALL the shades in this palette. However, I have found an ultra affordable dupe for some of my most used shades.
I picked up this little Wet N Wild eye shadow trio in the shade Walking on Eggshells for $2.99 a few months ago after realizing I didn’t have any drugstore eye shadows that I liked. Once I started using it I noticed the texture and color of the eye shadows were very similar to some in the Too Faced palette.
The Wet N Wild shades don’t have names, but above are swatches next to the Chocolate Bar shades Champagne Truffle, Marzipan and Hazelnut.
If you look at the picture, the shades aren’t exactly the same, but they are close enough that I can do the same look with both. I actually used one in each eye to test whether you could see the difference once applied. You can’t!
Left to right: Too Faced Melted Chihuahua & Wet N Wild Bare it All, Nude Stix in Whisper & Colour Pop Lippie Stix in Oh Snap, Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect & Colour Pop Lippie Stix in Cookie
I have 4 lipstick dupes for you. All of them are a shade dupe, not a formula dupe. But, I love the formula on all of these so ultimately you are getting a great product with any of these.
Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Chihuahua and Wet N Wild Megalast Lip color in Bare It All – $20 vs $1.99
These are essentially the same color. You can see a hint difference in the swatches, but nothing is noticeable once on the lips.
The moral of the story today is try Colour Pop’s lippie stix since you can basically find a dupe for everything.
Also, I am well aware that I have a problem concerning nude lipsticks. I’m sure many of you are thinking all the ones I’m mentioning are the same haha.
Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Bitch Perfect and Colour Pop’s Lippie Stix in Cookie – $32 vs $5
I’m not going to lie, this one hurts a little bit. Literally the only difference between these two is that the Charlotte Tilbury lipstick has a slightly shinier finish than Cookie which makes it look a little bit lighter in the picture.
Ofra’s Liquid Lipstick in Havana Nights and Milani Lipstick Cabaret Blend – $20 vs $4.99
Again, very similar shades, just a slightly different finish since the Milani lipstick has a slight sheen to it. But not very noticeable on the lips!
Leave any dupes you have below!