It's easy to love premium make-up. The quality is there, you get to try before you buy, on a counter and therefore you choose the right product for you. The only downfall is that you end up addicted and spending £££'s a month keeping yourself in the 'good stuff'.
Oh how I have deviated, thinking there has to be a cheaper way. This usually ends up with me spending money on substandard cosmetics that end up in the bin.
However, in my time of being a Beauty Addict, I have come across some cracking duplicates for some of the more expensive make-up products, that us ladies can't live without.
Real Deal: Urban Decay Naked Palette* (£38.50 from Debenhams) This is a top selling eyeshadow palette for good reason. It features 12 highly pigmented eyeshadows in the most wearable shades. Seriously, they suit everyone, no matter their colouring.
Budget Dupe: MUA Eyeshadow Palette - Undressed* (£4 from Superdrug) Each of the 12 shades in this set are a great match to those in the Urban Decay Beauty Palette. In my opinion, the colour payoff isn't as good but at £4, we don't mind putting on an extra layer.
Real Deal: Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation* (£31 from Debenhams) A personal favourite for many women, including myself. Estee Lauder say it's the 'Number One Selling Foundation in the UK'. It's famous for it's long-lasting, full coverage and a great choice for brides.
Budget Dupe: Revlon Color Stay Foundation* (£12.99 from Superdrug) The shades aren't exact matches but the fact this comes in two different formulas to suit dry/normal or combo/oily skin is great. No-one can dispute that this is every bit as long-lasting as it's more expensive counterpart and we reckon the coverage is nearly as good too.
Real Deal: Benefit They're Real Mascara* (£19.50 from Debenhams) This is the bestselling mascara in the UK and is never out of the women's magazines. If you want full, luscious lashes then you can't go amiss with this except for the price - it's just shy of £20.
Budget Dupe: W7 Absolute Lashes Mascara* (Around £2.45-£3 from Amazon) The packaging is almost identical to They're Real as is the brush, and many reviews online champion the product itself. For well under a fiver, it's most certainly worth a punt.
Real Deal: Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight* (£19 from Debenhams) If you're into a bit of strobing or contouring, then chances are you already own this baby. It's the quickest and most foolproof way of highlighting all of your best bits.
Budget Dupe: Collection 2000 Speedy Highlighter Pearl* (£3.99 from Superdrug) I discovered this dupe by accident - a day's shopping turned into a boozy afternoon and I am damned if I am going 'out' without strobing. In a panic, I grabbed one of these from a High Street Chemist and never looked back. Being brutally honest, this is every inch as good as Clinique's Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight, if not better. Yeah, I am shocked too but £15 better off!
There's a BIG difference between a beauty dupe and a downright counterfeit item. Be careful of buying premium beauty brands from unofficial stockists. If it says it's a MAC Lipstick and they are selling them for £2 a piece then it's more than likely to be a fake. Having read many articles on 'replica' (counterfeit) make-up, you could be rubbing anything from cyanide to other dangerous chemicals onto your face. Ewww!
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Image Credit: Estee Lauder - http://livflorence.blogspot.co.uk/ and Lashes - Cosmopolitian.