When it comes to our favourite high end brands and products that we’d love to own, it can sometimes be a little disheartening when you can’t afford it. It’s especially tough when everyone you know is talking about how great it is.
So to tackle the high end blues I thought I’d share my best substitutes. If you’ve got some amazing dupe recommendations, share them in the comments for everyone to try!
Giorgio Armani vs L’Oreal
When it comes to foundation I tend to steer away from really mattifying products. I have quite dry skin and matte foundations aren’t the best mix with that. For a fresh-faced luminous look, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is a fantastic medium to full coverage option, with a stunning finish. I love a foundation that can cover the imperfections but isn’t caked on like a doll.
One brand I have found that do beautiful alternative luminous foundations is L’Oreal. For £10.99 I honestly can’t fault this product. Its smooth, glowy and has really fantastic coverage. It doesn’t last as long as the luminous silk but with a saving of £31 I don’t really mind. It’s a fantastic alternative if you want a high end look without the price tag.
Buy Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk here
Buy L’Oreal Lumi Magique here
NARS vs Maybelline
I feel like concealer is one of the hardest make up products to get right. Whether its shade range, formula or coverage, everyone has such different requirements from their concealer; which I think makes it harder for brands to get right. One concealer I am absolutely in love with is the Nars radiant creamy concealer. The formula is lovely, it doesn’t dry my skin out and the coverage is nice. I love the sleek packaging as well and we all know packaging makes a difference. Overall, it’s a lovely product and I’ve used it for ages so it’s a definite staple product in my make up bag.
Well it was a staple until I came across Maybelline Fitme concealer. This concealer is almost identical to the Nars one! Its the same consistency and seems to have a very similar coverage too. Thank goodness it doesn’t dry my skin out, and as far as dark circles go they are covered all day long. My only criticism of this colour range is really poor. I am a big supporter of inclusive make up, fashion and everything in between. I think there are about 4 shades which is a really poor effort from Maybelline.
Buy NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer here
Buy Maybelline Fitme Concealer here
Tarte vs Elf
I love a blush palette! The option to mix it up and create a different your make up look each day is something I really enjoy. One brand who kills it when it comes to blushes is Tarte! Their products aren’t exactly cheap but I would say they are good value for money – plus they smell gorgeous! The blush bazaar palette is a particular favourite of mine. The colour range is lovely and they wear really well. In the past I have found Tarte blushes to be a bit patchy, but this palette is lovely.
Nevertheless, £42 for a blush palette is a little steep for my liking, and if there is a high-end option there’s a high street alternative! My favourite dupe for the Tarte bazaar is the Elf light blush palette. The palette comes with four different shades, all of which I think are really wearable. The formula is nice and it lasts a good amount of time considering how much cheaper it is. I get the same sort of vibe from both of these palettes so I think the Elf one wants a fantastic dupe.
Buy Tarte blush bazaar palette here
Buy Elf light blush palette here
Anastasia Beverly Hills vs Barry M
As a general rule ABH are famous for their eyeshadow palettes. They produce high end, luxury products. From their eyeshadow to their lipsticks to everything in between they are consistently great quality. One product they brought out that did receive a mixed reaction was their subculture palette. The first ‘batch’ that were released were reviewed to be extremely powdery and the quality was reported to not be the usual standard. As far as I am aware ABH worked on the formula and improved the product. I personally love the colour range and think the looks you can create are endless.
Not too long ago I was getting ready at a friend’s house and was surprised to discover her Barry M ‘Fall in Love’ eyeshadow palette. The first thing I thought was how similar it was to the subculture palette. Again, the colour range was lovely and I was so surprised by how creamy the shadows are. They blend a dream and definitely performed much better than I expected – one of the best dupes I’ve come across actually.
Find Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Subculture’ Eyeshadow Palette here
Find Barry M ‘Fall in Love’ Eyeshadow Palette here
Anastasia Beverly Hills vs Soap & Glory
With so many eyebrow products on the market it can sometimes be a little overwhelming to try and decide which one to try. ABH have always had good eyebrow products but i feel like the price is far too high in comparison to the results. Don’t get me wrong, the product works well but i have used hundreds of eyebrow products, a lot of which work just as well as the brow wiz. One brand who have managed to produce a fantastic dupe to the brow wiz is Soap & Glory.
Their archery brow pencil has taken much of the beauty world by storm and for good reason. For £8.50 i can honestly say i couldn’t tell the difference between this one and the ABH one. It’s creamy and applied really easily, the additional spoolie is just like the brow wiz and i can’t really say i noticed any major differences. Sometimes i find that cheaper eyebrow products dry out quicker or can be a bit clumpy if thy are a cream base, but this isn’t something i experience with the archery pencil. 10/10 from me!
Buy Anastasia Brow Wiz here
Buy Soap & Glory Archery 2-in-1 Brow Filling Pencil & Brush here
Urban Decay vs NYX
I’ve actually struggled with setting sprays for a while. With a lot of products, I just don’t notice to effect and my makeup definitely doesn’t stay on any longer. With both the Urban Decay and the NYX setting spray I always notice a huge difference. Both products set my makeup beautifully and keep it all in place for so much longer than any other alternative I’ve used. The NYX spray is £7 which you just can’t argue with. The price is more than reasonable and I’ll happily pay that for a product that works. Urban Decay is also a really fantastic product but at £24 I can’t see a reason not to use an equally good dupe.
Buy Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray here
Buy NYX setting spray here
That’s it for my favourite make up dupes. There are of course lots of other brands who produce really lovely products cheaper than the high-end alternative but these are just a few of our favourites.