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If you're looking to save a little money in the beauty department, check out these best drugstore makeup and personal care items similar to high end brands we found!
Best Drugstore Makeup Items Similar to High End Brands
If you're a fan of name-brand beauty products, but are looking to save a little extra money in the beauty department, check out these 15 drugstore makeup and personal care items that are SO SIMILAR to the high end items!
Please note that we have not personally tried each and every single one of these products, but we did a lot of research (partly thanks to TikTok!) to find the best similar items on the internet!
1. Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey
💰SPLURGE: Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey (.07oz) – $20 (currently sold out)
✂️SAVE: e.l.f. Sheer Slick Lipstick in Black Cherry (.06oz) – $5
Here's what a PPP Team Member says – “I got the Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey (upper swipe on wrist above) a while back after it went viral on TikTok and LOVED it! It looks almost black in the tube but it goes on as a gorgeous sheer mauve color and is very moisturizing. BUT, I recently came across the e.l.f. version in Black Cherry (lower swipe on wrist above) and love it just as much!”
2. Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation Dupe
💰SPLURGE: Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Foundation – $43
✂️SAVE: L'Oreal Paris Makeup Infallible Up to 24 Hour Fresh Wear Foundation – $11.99 to $14.99 retail *Some shades are just $6.50 on Amazon!
Check out this promising customer review – “Estée Lauder Double Wear is my go to foundation. I mix it most of the time because it can be very heavy. It lasts all day and makes every single foundation I mix it with last much longer. This new L'Oreal Infallible 24 Hour actually reminds me of ELDW – doesn't feel as drying/oil controlling or heavy but that's okay. It doesn't crease, sink into fine lines, cake up or stress my skin out (that new NYX foundation destroyed my very oily skin, terrible). It lays smooth and lovely, it's very texture free and skin-like.”
3. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
✂️SAVE: NYX Professional Makeup Studio Perfect Primer (1oz) – $13 retail *This is under $9.70 on Amazon right now!
Check out this promising customer review – “I have been using this primer for a few years now and I love it! It has the same texture as Smashbox Photo Finish primer but it is way more affordable. Using a primer really does make my face look smoother, my makeup stay on better and longer, and keeps my face from looking cakey later in the day. The purple helps balance you out if you have yellow undertones in your skin like me. Great product!”
4. Tarte Tape Shape Concealer
💰SPLURGE: Tarte Shape Tape Concealer – $29
Here's what PPP Team Member says – “I think the e.l.f. 16HR Camo Concealer is the Holy Grail of all concealers ~ and it's so budget friendly, too! The coverage is amazing and it's the only thing I've found that will cover up my dark circles and imperfections.”
5. MAC Studio Fix Powder
💰SPLURGE: MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation – $35
Check out this promising customer review – “I think this is a great second best for MAC Studio Fix! I worked at MAC for several years and can honestly say NYX products in general are very impressive. Their shades are the same across all face options (foundation, concealer, powder). If you use more than one face product from NYX it will be the same on each one. Their color system starts with letters and ends in “01 or 05″ – for example, the first few letters are the initials of the product name. So my shade in the Can't Stop Wont Stop concealer is” “CSWSC01” and in this Stay Matte Not Flat powder I am “SMNF01” called Ivory. The most important part is those letters & numbers they stay consistent. “
6. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
✂️SAVE: L'Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Foundation Makeup – $10.99
Check out this promising customer review – “I love it!! However, the cool leaves a tiny bit of a foundation line, so I switched to a neutral shade at the same level. It's totally like the Giorgio Arnani Luminous Silk Liquid (I'm a 5.25 in the Armani). For an exact match, C3 worked, but N3 Natural Buff works just as well without a foundation line. L'Oreal and Armani cosmetics are the same company. Perfect dupe!”
7. Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
💰SPLURGE: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask – $22
Here's what a PPP Team Member says – “I picked up this super affordable sleeping lip mask at Walmart after seeing rave reviews on TikTok (it's been hard to find in stock!)… and love it! I apply it at night with a small brush or my finger before going to bed and my lips feel really moisturized when I wake up in the morning (the lavender smell is relaxing, too!)”
8. Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow
💰SPLURGE: Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette – $54
✂️SAVE: L.A. Girl Nudes Beauty Brick Eyeshadow Palette – $8 retail *It's on sale for just $6.99 right now!
Check out this promising customer review – “I wasn't expecting much from this palette since it was so reasonably priced, but it has quickly become the only eyeshadow I use! I had previously purchased Urban Decay's Naked palette, which has similar colors for, like, literally eight times the price.
I honestly think LA Girl beats them on a few colors and I'd never be able to tell the difference between the two on the quality front. Save yourself a lot of money and go with these guys. The only caveat I will add is that I do use an eyeshadow primer, so I can't speak to how well the colors would stay if they just went straight on. The primer is like $2 from ELF and lasts forever, though, so if you're worried at all about longevity, just make that small investment. MUCH better than spending $50+ for one eyeshadow palette!”
9. Nars Blush/Bronzer Dupe
💰SPLURGE: Nars Blush/Bronzer Duo – $42
✂️SAVE: e.l.f Aqua-Infused Beauty Blush & Bronzer – $6 *Bummer – currently sold out 🙁
Check out this promising customer review – “OMG!!! I love this product…..the texture, the feel, the dewiness is just perfect. Reminds you of a NARS product. The pigmentation is spot on, as seen in the picture which is not common. Definitely complimentary on my deep (NC50) skin tone. Will have to try other colors. Kudos to ELF for stepping it up!!!!”
10. Olaplex No 3 Repairing Treatment
💰SPLURGE: Olaplex Hair Perfector No 3 Repairing Treatment (3.3 fl oz) – $28 ($8.24 per ounce)
✂️SAVE: Bold Plex No 3 Bond Repair Hair Protein Treatment Mask (6.76 fl oz) – from $17.97 each when you buy 3 and choose S&S ($2.66 per ounce)
Here's what a PPP Team Member says – “Olaplex No 3 Repairing Treatment is a team favorite hair product as it works amazing! But when I came across this Bold Plex treatment mask and tried it on my dry hair, I couldn't believe how well it worked! I just left it on my hair for 10-15 minutes in the shower and then follow with shampoo & conditioner as usual. It is a little more out of pocket BUT you're getting almost 50% more per ounce and I think it actually works the same or better than Olaplex!”
11. Too Faced Better Than Mascara
💰SPLURGE: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (.27oz) – $27
Check out this promising customer review – “I would say that this is one of the best mascaras I have ever tried. A definite dupe for Too Faced Better Than mascara <and better name!>. The first application in my opinion gives nice length and if you apply a second coat it gives you nice volume as well. I have worn it all day on multiple occasions with no flaking. I have purposely left it on overnight and there was the smallest amount of flaking but still looked amazing even after a full 24 hours of wear.”
12. Thrive Causmetics Brilliant Eye Brightener
💰SPLURGE: Thrive Causmetics Brilliant Eye Brightener – $24
✂️SAVE: e.l.f. No Budge Shadow Stick – $5
Check out this promising customer review – “I have 3 regular budge-proof shades (Rose Gold, Rose Quartz, & Champagne Crystal) and the Ice Cream shade from the Mint Collection. I absolutely adore them! They are super creamy & glide on so easily. I have blended it out using my fingers & brushes. Both work well. You can lay it down opaque or blend it to sheer coverage.
Once it sets, it stays in place & doesn't crease. I like to use it as a natural-ish eyeshadow color or like Thrive's eye brightening sticks (all over the lid, blend edges with finger, rim the inner corner, & drag it thinly across under the lower lash line). These have quickly become my everyday go-to eye shadows. Quick, easy, & beautiful. I really hope e.l.f. always keeps these in production & keeps adding new shades.”
13. Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer
💰SPLURGE: Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer – $19
✂️SAVE: Maybelline Lifter Gloss Hydrating Lip Gloss with Hyaluronic Acid – $6.98 (for a 2-pack??)
Here's what a PPP Team Member says – “This Maybelline lip gloss is gorgeous and actually comes in a TWO-PACK for this price on Amazon, which is a steal compared to the higher end Fenty Beauty gloss! It isn't advertised anywhere that it is a 2-pack, but after reading the Amazon reviews, I decided to give it a try and couldn't believe that TWO glosses actually showed up in the mail for $6.99!”
14. Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Body Cream
💰SPLURGE: Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Body Cream (8.12oz) – $45
✂️SAVE: Tree Hut Tropic Glow Firming Whipped Body Butter (8.4oz) – $7.87 right now (Reg. $10.49)
Check out this promising customer review – “I've used the Bum Bum cream, and THIS stuff from Tree Hut… spot on. Upon opening their containers have the EXACT same sweet perfume smell. However, as the creams dry down and are absorbed into the skin, their scents become ever so slightly different (I tried both at the same time on different arms). The SDJ becomes warmer on my skin pretty quickly revealing a subtle but rich salted caramel, which the TH lotion still has, but seems to lack a bit more. They both smell rich and decadent, and honestly, I have found that both scents last on me ALL day.
I apply at night before bed, and still get whiffs of the stuff as I go about my day the following morning. By the end of the day, after hours of wear, I find that the Tropic Glow cream warms up as well and smells pretty much identical to the Bum Bum Cream, but is not as strong and overpowering of a scent (which could be perfect if you are sensitive to strong fragrances). I will never pay $45 for this amazing scent ever again. I have psoriasis, and the Tree Hut cream moisturizes my skin better than the Sol de Janeiro.”
15. Anastasia Beverly Hills (ABH) Eyeshadow
💰SPLURGE: Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette – $45
✂️SAVE: Wet ‘n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette – $5.69-$5.99
Check out this promising customer review – “Love it! I find myself reaching for this palette almost everyday. There is a lot of kick up in the pan (like with ABH shadows), but I don't see any fallout on my face when applying to my eyelids. I wore this yesterday and today decided to do the same look, but with the ABH MR Palette, and this Wet N' Wild palette has outperformed the ABH palette by far. The WNW shadows lasted longer and were more vibrant in color, didn't crease as much or fade. Will definitely be buying back up of this palette.”
There you have it! Have you found any drugstore beauty products that are similar to the high end brands that you love? I'd love to know!