Best Makeup Steals to Replace Common Splurge Items
In a modern gal's world, sometimes it comes down to rent or a fresh mascara, and no one should sacrifice fabulousness. These inexpensive makeup products stack up against their pricier, splurge counterparts and even leave you money leftover for your morning latte! Find the best makeup for your face and pocketbook.
I suspect M.A.C.’s Strobe Cream is what inspired the whole strobing movement as of late. But you can steal the look for under half the price! L’Oreal’s Magic Lumi Primer does triple duty, acting as a luminescent primer, a glowy boost when mixed into your foundation, and a liquid highlighter when worn on top.
Everyone deserves to have a strong brow game. But a $21 brow pencil like Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Brow Wiz, albeit super-awesome, is a tough pill to swallow when you have fall boots to buy, too. Rumor has it, NYX Micro Brow is the closest dupe yet, possibly made in the very same factory. You can’t beat the $10 price tag!
Peachy Pink Baked Blush
Yes, Too Faced’s packaging couldn’t be cuter, but if you could achieve the same look for $21 less, wouldn’t you? Milani makes great quality baked blushes, very similar to Too Faced’s Sweethearts. Try Rose d’ Oro and Luminoso. Baked on Italian terra-cotta tiles, Milani’s Baked Blushes add a radiant flush to cheeks that looks like it costs three times as much!
Take a look at the labels on your lip liners. Chances are they’ll say made in Germany, the Czech Republic, or possibly Italy. There are only a few factories in the world that manufacture pencil liners; therefore many high and low end products come from the same place. NYX Slim Lip Pencils are scary-close dupes for M.A.C.’s lip liners.
Cream Shadow Base
M.A.C.’s Paint Pots make great eyeshadow bases or stand-alone shadows, but, at $22.00 each, you may not be able to own every shade you want. Maybelline’s Color Tattoo shadows are super-similar, wear flawlessly without creasing, and only cost $7 each. That way, you can afford every color you need for fall!
Matte Lip Pencil
Tarte makes some great high-pigment lip pencils in both glossy and matte finishes, retailing for $24 each. But at that price, you might feel restricted to a just a few colors. Revlon’s Matte Balms come in gorgeous shades, wear comfortably on the lips without drying, and have a nice mint scent, just like Tarte’s. All this for under 10 bucks!
Rosy Neutral Eyeshadow Palette
If you’re a serious rose gold fan but not at $54, Coastal Scents has got you covered. Their Revealed 2 palette has not only nearly identical shades to all the Urban Decay Naked 3 palettes but several extras as well! You can grab one for less than $20, and once you experience the shadow quality, you’ll never look back.
Black Gel Liner
No woman’s makeup arsenal is complete without a black gel liner. But you don’t have to drop $16.50 on M.A.C.’s Fluidline when you can spend $9.50 for Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner. The pigment and wear time are very similar, and both come in little glass jars.
Lip & Cheek Stain
Made of steeped rose petals, Benefit's Benetint has long been the go-to, multipurpose lip-and-cheek tint. But it's $30 for this precious glass bottle, and if you're on a budget or not a rose fan, TheBalm's Stainiac gets the job done for a fraction of the cost.