As a makeup enthusiast, I’ve broken my wallet on several Sephora trips buying high-end foundations, concealers and powders. Years ago, I would’ve sworn to you that the price difference between a Becca foundation and a Maybelline one directly correlated to the quality of the product. But now, I know better; you can drugstore-shop your way to healthier spending habits without lowering your makeup standards. There are plenty of high-end foundation makeup dupes that will still give you that flawless coverage without looking caked on, and here they are.
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer (Compare to: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer)
I can personally attest that Maybelline’s Fit Me Concealer is just as good (if not better than) NARS’ Radiant Creamy Concealer. As someone with easily irritated skin, I tend to avoid drugstore makeup in fear of breaking out. However, I’ve never had that concern with the Fit Me products because not once have they ever clogged my pores or caused a pimple. They look great on your skin and feel fresh and matte, and with a price difference of $25 (NARS concealer being $30 and Maybelline’s Fit Me being $5), this makeup dupe is one of the best out there.
L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation (Compare to: NARS All-Day Luminous Weightless Foundation)
Sorry NARS, but there’s yet another drugstore product that is just as good as your overpriced ones: L’Oreal’s Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation. I will never buy another Sephora or Ulta foundation after discovering this drugstore gem, and here’s why: it’s lightweight, easy to build-up in trouble spots, long-lasting and truly matte. I am very picky with foundations because of my oily and sensitive skin, and my face loves this stuff. It wears great for a long workday or crazy night out. I would recommend this product to anyone!
Rimmel’s Stay Matte Pressed Powder (Compare to: MAC’s Studio Fix Powder Plus foundation)
If you can’t spot the difference between the two pressed powders in the photo, you’re not alone. In terms of coverage, graininess, and longevity, these two powders are almost identical…besides the price! MAC’s powder goes for about $35 while Rimmel’s goes for around $7, so you tell us which one you think is the better purchase.
Rimmel’s Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder (Compare to: Benefit Hoola Bronzer)
Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer is a favorite because it compliments almost every skin tone. However, makeup enthusiasts swear that this Rimmel dupe is just as universally flattering. With all the hype that this product gets, I would bet that this drug-store bronzer is worth a try.
e.l.f.’s Baked Cosmetics Eye-shadow in Enchanted (Compare to: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter Pressed Highlight in Champagne Pop)
If Becca is known for any kind of makeup, it would be their highlighters. “Champagne Pop” is, perhaps, the most famous highlighter out there. But, it costs a whopping $35 just to get one compact of it! However, there is a dupe that’s only $3 that works just as well, and that’s e.l.f.’s. The only catch is that it’s e.l.f.’s eye-shadow in “Enchanted” rather than their highlighter, but people say that the color match is almost identical.