The best skincare and makeup dupes of cult favorites
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When it comes to your skincare and makeup regimen, you shouldn’t be afraid to spend big bucks on quality products. I firmly believe that when it comes to makeup and skincare, you get what you pay for. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t love a makeup dupe as much as the next beauty lover.
Sure, some makeup dupes might be hit or miss, but there are a few internet favorites (thanks, TikTok) that are just as good, if not better than their luxury counterparts (ahem elf cosmetics!) and are up to the mark. half the price tag.
Ahead, we’ve rounded up 11 of the best skincare and makeup dupes (there’s even a La Mer dupe) so you can get the best bang for your buck.
The best makeup and skincare dupes to buy
If you want: Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk, $49
If there’s one lipstick color everyone should own, it’s Charlotte Tilbury’s cult shade Pillow Talk. And if you can’t own it, you can definitely try Flower Beauty’s near-perfect dupe. It promises to be long-lasting, non-drying and deliciously creamy. Thanks to its nourishing oils, it is also formulated to nourish your lips while you wear them.
If you want: Tarte Tape Concealer $60
Try: elf cosmetics 16 Hour Camo Concealer $10.25
Tarte Cosmetics Tape Shape Concealer has long been every beauty lover’s favorite crease-resistant concealer. However, this comes at a rather high price. Cue: elf cosmetics 16hr Camo Concealer. According to TikTok, Elf Camo Concealer is an almost exact dupe for Tarte Shape Concealer because it offers the same crease-free matte finish and long-lasting coverage as Tarte Concealer (and will only cost you $10). It also has a doe-foot applicator, so you can maintain that precision application.
If you want: Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation $105
Try: L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup$8.03 (currently on sale)
While Armani Beauty’s Luminous Silk Foundation is famous for its silky, weightless texture and buildable coverage, L’Oréal Paris’ True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Foundation is just as luxurious and less than a quarter of the price. It’s also formulated with antioxidants and vitamins C and E to keep your skin glowing and hydrated all day long.
If you want: La Mer Cream of the Sea, $250 (30ml)
Try: Nivea Moisturizing Cream, $6.99
If true, this one is a massive call, but TikTok users swear by it. Apparently, Nivea’s moisturizer is an almost perfect dupe for La Mer, and excuse me while I test this theory. Although Nivea does not contain the algae and acids that La Mer touts as its powerful properties, the ingredient lists between the two are very similar. Nivea is a perfect option for people who don’t need all the buzzy ingredients, just an intense dose of hydration.
If you want: Kevyn Aucoin Volume Mascara $43
As far as makeup dupes go, I can confirm that MCo Beauty’s XTENDLASH Mascara is the near-perfect dupe for Kevyn Aucoin’s The Volume Mascara. Its tubular formula guarantees flake-resistant, clump-free and smudge-proof lashes every day. It is also easily removed at the end of the day with lukewarm water.
If you want: SkinCeuticals CE ferulic, $218
Try: La Roche-Posay Pure Vitamin C Face Serum $71.95
If you’ve ever searched for the best vitamin C serum, SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic is at the top of almost every beauty editor’s list. Known for its anti-aging and anti-pigmentation formula, it is as effective as it is expensive. However, late last year, La Roch Posay released its Redermic Vitamin C10 serum which combines a stable blend of pure vitamin C (10%) with effective supporting ingredients that improve skin texture and tone. . And that’s on par with SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic Serum and less than a quarter of the price.
If you want: Brighter Solution, $US24
When Glossier released its exfoliating solution, it was one of the first of its kind. You simply brushed it over your skin and it worked its magic to slough off dead skin cells and unclog pores. The only downside was that we had trouble getting it in Australia. Enter: Mecca Cosmetica Glow-Giver Exfoliating Solution. This non-abrasive, fragrance-free wonder has an almost identical formulation to Glossier with its own blend of 10% AHA, BHA, PHA and natural plant extracts.
If you want: Brighter cloud paint, $18
Try: Maybelline Cheek Heat Gel-Cream Blush, $16.95
Glossier’s cult Cloud Paint Blush. Both of these are designed to give you a sheer wash of natural-looking color, but can be easily built up for a bolder look. Since you have to go to great lengths to get Glossier in Australia, Maybelline’s drugstore dupe delivers a radiant, Glossier-esque finish.
If you want: Anastasia Beverley Hills Brow Pomade, $49
Try: Chi Chi Brow Pomade Eyebrow Cream$14.95
If you’re a sucker for a sleek brow look, then you’d be crazy spending high prices on Anastasia’s dipbrow gel when Chi Chi’s brow pomade literally does the exact same thing. In my opinion, Chi Chi’s formula is even a bit creamier than Anastasia’s, which means it’s easier to apply if you’re a beginner and lasts longer without getting crusty in the tub. Looking back, honestly, I’ve had my Chi Chi jar for over three years now, and it still works just as good as when I bought it.
If you want: Anastasia Beverley Hills Brow Freeze, $36
Try: Transparent Soap Pears$1.79
If you are more of a soap brow lover than a brow gel lover, then this is the ultimate dupe for you. I can’t take full credit for this (considering TikTok has been talking about it for months), but did you know that a simple bar of clear pear soap is all you need for a perfect brow look? elegant ? At only $1.79, you’d be a fool not to try it!
If you want: Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Lip Luminizer in Fu$$y, $32
Try: Morphe en Fros Lip Glosse$15
I know the colors look slightly different when put side by side, but in real life I can assure you that Morphe’s Gloss in Frose is nearly identical to Fenty’s Gloss Bomb in Fu$$y. I know because every time I wear it, someone thinks it’s a Fenty classic. Thank me later, friends.
This article on makeup and skincare dupes has been updated from its original publication date.