A couple of years ago when I just was starting out with beauty, I wasn’t into investing a lot of money into my beauty products. So whenever I fell in love with a ridiculously luxurious beauty bit, I’d go on the hunt to find an affordable dupe. And even though I’ve now started investing more in beauty, I still think that dupes are a brilliant way to test whether you actually like a product before dishing out the big bucks. Not to mention that sometimes dupes can actually be even better than the high-end options. So today I’m sharing all my favourite beauty dupes, along with a little verdict of which do I think is better; the dupe or the original.
MY FAVOURITE BEAUTY DUPES
Lancome and L’Oréal are actually both owned by the same company. So it’s no wonder that several of their products are straight up dupes of each other. I originally fell in love with the L’Oréal cushion foundation due to its easy application and gorgeous glowy finish. So naturally I had to try the Lancome option as well.
Both foundations have a beautiful natural dewy finish, but I find that the Lancome has a bit more coverage and staying power. Lancome also wins hands down with the packaging. Not only is the silvery compact absolutely gorgeous, but it’s also refillable.
WINNER | Lancome Miracle Cushion Foundation
I actually loved the Creme Puff blushes way before I even knew about the existence of the Hourglass blushes. These little pots of magic have a blusher marbled with a shimmery highlighting powder, that gives your face a gorgeous glow. The Hourglass blushes are very similar, with perhaps a tad more pigment and sturdier packaging. Even some of the shades are exact dupes, like the pictured Mood Exposure & Nude Mauve. It’s almost impossible for me to pick a favourite among these two. But I can’t deny the sheer beauty of the Hourglass option.
WINNER | Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush
Anastasia Brow Wiz | NYX Micro Brow Pencil
These tiny brow pencils are brilliant since they give you the option to have really natural, or sculpted and precise brows. I also find them much easier to apply than traditional brow pencils, thanks to the soft waxy texture. I originally tried the much hyped Anastasia option. But since these skinny pencils run out it in a matter of weeks, I just couldn’t afford to be dishing out that much money on a regular basis. Luckily the NYX pencil is an exact dupe down to the packaging, and comes at a much more affordable price.
WINNER | NYX Micro Brow Pencil
Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Bitch Perfect | H&M Cream Lip Colour Seashell
This one came as complete surprise to me when I was clearing out my beauty stash and swatching all my lipsticks. Bitch Perfect is one of my favourite nude lippies, a peachy beige with a comfortable creamy formula. The H&M Cream Lip Colour is Seashell is a pretty much exact match both in shade & in formulation. It also has a pretty gold packaging and is only about a third of the price.
WINNER | Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Bitch Perfect
Micellar waters are something I simply couldn’t remove my makeup without, and I’ve tried my fair share from different brands. They’re a lazy girl’s best friend since they remove all makeup and grime from your face with just the swipe of a cotton pad. Bioderma is obviously the most known and loved micellar water out there. But I’ve found that the Garnier version is just as good, with only half the price.
WINNER | Garnier Skin Micellar Cleansing Water
Lancome Parisian Lips Le Stylo | L’Oréal Paris Infallible Matte Max Lipstick
Another L’Oréal – Lancome dupe. With the exception that with these lipsticks the drugstore option actually came first. They’re both lip stylos with a matte pigment in the lid, that’s applied to the lips with a tear shaped cushion. While Lancome’s stylo has a lovely rose gold packaging and a sheer creamy lipstick at the other end. The L’Oréal lipstick has plenty of shade options to choose from, and the formulation feels less dry and draggy on the lips.
WINNER | L’Oréal Paris Infallible Matte Max Lipstick
Do you know any great beauty dupes?