Makeup Knock-offs & Drugstore Dupes

Some people are under the impression that you have to spend a LOT of money on makeup to get amazing, flawless results and quite simply, that’s not the case anymore. Like fashion pieces, makeup products can easily be mixed.  Pairing high-end and low-end products can give you results that are both fresh and fashionable.

These low-end matches to high-end makeup products are sometimes referred to as drugstore dupes or knock-offs, but whatever you want to call them, they are easy on the wallet and readily accessible at both drugstores and department stores.

Don’t get me wrong, there are LOT of makeup products that are just plain crappy. Eyeshadows that crumble. Glosses that are syrup-y. Mascaras that flake and run, etc. but, there are also hidden gems that might surprise you and online product reviews are a great way to discover them.

If you are ever in a pickle while traveling and realize you forgot your favourite product at home and need an inexpensive replacement, or if you have a daughter who wants to start to “play” with makeup, but you don’t want her using your products, or if you are a budget friendly girl, these are for you!

Here are just a few of my favourites (prices are approximate from websites):

Mac Pro Longwear Paint Pot – Bare Study $24 vs Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal 24HR Cream Gel Shadow- Barely Branded $4.88 MPX804color-tattoo_barley-branded_pack-shot

This product is a great cream base and pairs perfectly with any eye shadow to give you a long-lasting effect. I use my ring finger to gently pat the product onto my eyelid. It doesn’t crease or smudge and is great if you need a little something to brighten your eye and go!

Geisha Ink Liquid Eyeliner – Black $30 vs Essence Super Fine Eyeliner Pen – Black $3.99 GEIS-0001-1Unknown

Although I do swear by Geisha Ink as my all-time favorite, worth-every-penny, I’d-use-it-on-everyone-if-I-could-product, for most people, $34 is a lot to spend. I personally prefer a liquid liner that is dispensed from a felt or pen-like tip, rather than a narrow brush, as it is easiest to control in terms of the width of the line you want. Essence’ eyeliner is truly inexpensive liner that really does the trick.

Dior Diorshow Mascara – Black $31 vs Loreal Voluminous Mascara - Black $6.72 s651323-main-heroCos36a_1_Large

The Diorshow mascara brush has a fairly wide brush that really coats the lashes and gives an instantly thick and full effect. For fractions of the price, Loreal’s voluminous mascara has consistently been a favorite of both the girl next door and Makeup Artists everywhere. Be sure to slowly wiggle the wand out of the tube to wipe excess mascara from the brush, then work the wand from your lash’s roots to the tips in a zig zag motion.

02.10.2014    Leave a comment    Makeup, Makeup Artist Tips

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