9 Drugstore Dupes for Your Favorite High-End Products

Updated 09/08/17

Graphic by Cristina Cianci

Holy grails, cult favorites, desert-island musts—whatever you call them, these are the products that are celebrated for being effective, high-end and covet-worthy (think: Nars Orgasm blush, DiorShow mascara, and Clé de Peau concealer). But sometimes a girl's gotta save before she can splurge. And that's where drugstore dupes come in. Whether you can't afford the originals or want to stock up on some knock-around alternatives to the real thing for travel and life, there's a dupe for that, and today, we're sharing the best! Keep scrolling to save!  

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer ($36) is a gold standard when it comes to makeup primers, and NYX Studio Perfect Primer ($13) carries the same cachet in the drugstore world. It glides on like silk and leaves a smooth, even, plumped-up canvas for perfected makeup. 

Beauty and bronzer devotees worship Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Powder Bronzer ($37) for the natural, luminous glow it provides, perfectly balancing pigmentation with shimmer. Rimmel Natural Bronzer ($5) creates the same sun-kissed effect with an easily-blendable matte finish that, most importantly, is far from orange. 

Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation ($43) blows people away with its ability to blur imperfections for a flawless, soft-focus finish that looks airbrushed. Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Effect Makeup ($12) is a full-coverage liquid foundation with light-reflecting particles that give skin a similar poreless, flawless appearance. 

Mention dark circles and there isn't a makeup artist, beauty editor, or product junkie around who won't immediately recommend Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Radiant Touch ($42). Unfortunately the high-performer comes with a hefty price tag, and Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer ($8) is the reigning drugstore dupe for concealing and brightening the under-eye area like the magic retoucher that is Touche Éclat. 

It's the universally flattering peachy-pink hue that makes Nars Blush in Orgasm ($30) such a power player, and Milani Baked Powder Blush in Luminoso ($6) is a close copy that errs slightly more on the peach than pink side. 

Celebrity makeup artist Amy Orseman (otherwise known as the woman behind Emma Roberts' always next-level looks) let us in on this little secret. Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara ($9) has a similar fat, bristly brush to that of Dior Diorshow Mascara ($25), to coat lashes with insane amounts of lush volume.

Lancôme Artliner Precision Point Eyeliner ($31) has a soft, foam tip that makes achieving a saturated, crisp cat-eye a cinch. L'Oréal Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner ($9) has a similar fine-point felt tip that glides seamlessly and enables comparable precision. 

We've heard many a makeup artist proclaim Cle De Peau Beaute Concealer ($70) one of the best (if not the best) concealer they've ever come across. At $70, you definitely get the quality you're paying for (and who can really put a price on making dark spots and blemishes disappear?). But if it's not in the cards, Boots No7 Stay Perfect Blemish Cover ($12) is an affordable favorite with a creamy texture and the ability to hide imperfections. 

 Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm ($17) offers moisturizing color with subtle sheen, making it a favorite among beauty insiders. Revlon ColorBurst Balm Stain ($7) delivers a similarly soft, stained color in an emollient balm. 

Keep scrolling to shop all of the individual products—dupes and originals—below!

NYX Studio Perfect Primer $13
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Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer $36
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Milani Baked Powder Blush in Luminoso $6
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Nars Blush in Orgasm $30
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Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation $43
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Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Effect Makeup $12
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Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer $8
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Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Radiant Touch $42
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Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara $9
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Dior Diorshow Mascara $25
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Rimmel Natural Bronzer $5
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Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Powder Bronzer $37
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L'Oréal Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner $9
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Lancôme Artliner Precision Point Eyeliner $31
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Boots No7 Stay Perfect Blemish Cover $12
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Cle De Peau Beaute Concealer $70
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Revlon ColorBurst Balm Stain $7
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Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm $17
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