There's no denying that we all love a good bargain, whether it's falling in love with a $7 mascara, or discovering an amazing DIY hair mask recipe you can whip up from pantry staples. With that being said, we're also more than willing to splash out on makeup items that do amazing things for our features (and our confidence). Which leads us to product dupes. We read all about them on the net, but what actually lives up to the hype? Don't get us wrong, we love a good drugstore find more than anyone, (we get more excited for a Priceline sale than Christmas, just quietly), but should we really be swapping out our favorite highlighter for something cheaper? Our beauty writer, Emily, does the leg work.
Keep scrolling for our honest opinion.
Dupe: Nyx Micro Brow Pencil, $10
I have gone through two ABH Brow Wiz pencils in my lifetime, which is no easy feat considering about three billion brow products land on my desk every week. I do like Nyx products though, and this pencil was definitely impressive. Like the ABH version, it's often sold out online (a good sign), and it filled my sparse brows in flawlessly. The only difference? ABH does 10 colours, whereas Nyx does seven.
Product: Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, $30
Dupe: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, $6.49
This is a major comparison to me as the Nars concealer blew my mind from the very first use. It's creamy, pigmented, but looks completely natural. In my opinion, the only concealer that even gets close to Nars is this one by Maybelline. It's not as thick, but works a treat under eyes. I actually sometimes prefer Fit Me in shade 20 to Nars because of the amazing yellow undertone (goodbye, blue circles). Seemingly, the internet agrees. Honestly, I think it's worth having both.
Product: Nars Blush in Orgasm, $30
Dupe: The Balm Hot Mama, $10
Nars blush in Orgasm is iconic. The peachy hue suits everyone, and the shimmer is glowy not disco-ball. Recently, my very own Nars ran out, but I was not feeling frivolous when it came to purchasing a new one (I had just smashed and thus re-purchased my Laguna bronzer). So, after reading some reviews online, I opted for a similar version from The Balm. To my trained eye, it looked visually very similar, and the application was pretty damn close, too. The only difference other than the price is that The Balm's version is slightly more shimmery.
Product: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, $64
Dupe: The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation, $25
I love everything about Luminous Silk other than the fact that they don't have a colour to suit my winter complexion. The coverage is luminous, lightweight, and healthy looking, so I'm willing it pay $64 for it. But when I heard The Body Shop have a dupe, my interest was piqued. Like Luminous Silk, The Body Shop's Fresh Nude Foundation is light, glowy, and builadble. The finish is not quite as beautiful as the Armani, but for $25, it's not a bad option at all. Also, the shade range is quite good.
Product: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, $25
Dupe: Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara, $4
Better Than Sex is my second-favourite mascara ever (Benefit They're Real! will always be my number one), so was it really possible that a $5 Amazon buy could replicate it? The answer is, kind of. The Rimmel dupe did give me full, fluffy lashes, but after a few coats, it was a little clumpy. So the difference between these two is definitely in the application.
Product: RMS Beauty Living Luminizer, $38
Dupe: Luma Cosmetics Luminating Highlighter, $26
I know I say this every time, but RMS Living Luminizer is one of the best beauty products I own. There hasn't really been natural luminiser on the market like it either until Luma Cosmetics launched a similar product a few years back. The packaging on the latter is equally as chic, and the product inside boats a coconut oil base, just like the RMS version. So is it as good? Personally, I found the Luma version slightly less dewy than RMS, but it still left a beautiful glow on my cheekbone. I think Luma is a great pick for oilier skins, and it also has a range of three shades (pink, champagne, and bronze). Although, as long as RMS is in stock at Mecca, I'll keep buying it.