16 Dupes For High-End Makeup

Beauty junkies have likely never met a cult beauty product they didn't like. But even though they've all been proven to be worth their higher price tags, sometimes we can't or don't want to shell out quite so much. Which is where drugstore dupes for high-end makeup comes in. Whether you want to test-drive a certain shade that you aren't sure will flatter your skin tone, or want to see if a style or finish of product will fit in with your beauty routine, drugstore dupes are a great way to feel out colors and formulas without having to let go of extra, hard-earned dollars.

And with the beauty world as expansive as it is, the good news is that there's a dupe for just about everything. But which are the best? While there are blogs and Instagram accounts dedicated to finding the newest and best dupes, if you want to know some of the closest and most highly-recommended drugstore dupes of long-time favorite, high-end products, look no further. Here are 16 more affordable options of classic, beauty all-stars that have the same shade, formula, or both. And hey, in some cases, you may even find the dupe out-performs the cult favorite.


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Try: e.l.f. Mineral Face Primer, $5, Amazon; Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, $36, Sephora

Regardless of how much you spend, you'll still be able to create a smooth canvas for foundation.

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Try: L'Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Foundation, $9, Target; Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, $64, Nordstrom

Since Giorgio Armani Beauty is owned by L'Oreal, it's not too surprising that the L'Oreal Paris brand actually has some pretty good drugstore alternatives to the luxury makeup brand's offerings. Take this foundation for instance.

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Try: NYX HD Studio Finishing Powder, $10, Amazon; Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Loose Setting Powder, $36, Sephora

If you want to try an HD setting powder but aren't sure how it'll work with your skin, here's an option that's more easily found at the drugstore.


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Try: Revlon Insta-Blush in Rose Gold Kiss, $9, Amazon; NARS The Multiple in Orgasm, $39, Sephora

Cream blush sticks are so convenient for travel and quick application. For an inexpensive version of a cult-favorite shade, try this drugstore option.

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Try: Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips, $9, Amazon; Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick, $48, Sephora

Who doesn't love a multipurpose product? Get more bang for your buck with a five-color powder that can be used on the cheeks or eyes. Get even more bang for your buck with a drugstore dupe.

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Try: Wet n Wild Shimmer Palette in Boozy Brunch, $9, Amazon; Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop, $38, Sephora

Although these highlighters look pretty different in the pan, on the skin, the peachy glow is identical.

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Try: NYC Smooth Skin Bronzer in Sunny, $4, Amazon; Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer, $29, Sephora

This drugstore bronzer is just as popular as its high-end counterpart. And for good reason. Both will help you bronze and contour without needing any additional products.


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Try: L'Oreal Paris Infallible 24H Eye Shadow in Iced Latte, $7, Amazon; Stila Eye Shadow in Kitten, $18, Sephora

Get that perfect champagne shimmer all over your lids with the cult-favorite shadow or its drugstore dupe.

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Try: Sonia Kashuk Eye Couture Eye On Neutral Palette, $20, Target; Viseart Eyeshadow Palette Neutral Matte, $80, Sephora

Everybody needs a neutral matte palette to star in or assist any eye look. If you don't want to splash out for the cult-favorite version though, try this more affordable, drugstore dupe.

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Try: Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner, $8, Amazon; Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, $27, Sephora

Finding a good gel eyeliner can be difficult, but both of these options are creamy, jet-black, and long-lasting.

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Try: L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara, $7, Amazon; Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, $23, Sephora

This is one of those times where it's OK if the packaging fools you. Whichever mascara you reach for, you're going to end up with some va-va-voom lashes.


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Try: e.l.f. Studio Eyebrow Kit, $5, Amazon; Benefit Brow Zings Eyebrow Shaping Kit, $32, Sephora

If you're a powder and wax kinda gal when it comes to your brows, there's a perfect way to fill 'em in whether you want to splurge or save.

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Try: NYX Micro Brow Pencil, $10, Ulta; Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, $21, Sephora

For a perfectly feathered or sculpted arch, look wherever you please. You'll find the tiny pencil you need at the drugstore and department store.


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Try: Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon, $8, Target; NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, $27, Sephora

Even though both of these crayons need to be manually sharpened, they still offer lightweight, matte, pigmented goodness.

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Try: NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Soft-Spoken, $7, CVS; Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita, $20, Sephora

Yep, this cult-favorite shade does indeed exist in a drugstore liquid lippie as well.

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Try: Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Color in Born With It, $6, Amazon; MAC Lipstick in Angel, $17, Nordstrom

The perfect pink lipstick? You can find it at the department store or the drugstore.

And just think of all the extra makeup you can buy with the money you saved from trying dupes!