A Feature: Drugstore Dupes - Part 1 Makeup

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Day 5 Of drugstore week here on IABT

Everyone always wants a bargain, no matter what it is regarding. The cheaper you can get something the better, and as long as the quality is good too, then it's a beautiful moment. So I thought I would go through my makeup and skincare stash and show you some cheaper alternatives to some of the more expensive products I have. These and others will be appearing in the Face Off series that I started a few months back and they'll go into a bit more depth but I just wanted to show you there are many cheaper alternatives to the higher end favourites of beauty bloggers and even just beauty lovers everywhere. 
Today is the makeup dupes and then tomorrow will be the skincare and nails side too.



1. L'Oreal True Match VS Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk:



First up is foundation and when I started using the True Match foundation the first thing that came into my head was that it was a much cheaper alternative to the Luminous Silk from Giorgio Armani that is one of my favourite foundations and I think this is a brilliant alternative for those on a lower budget.


2. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains VS Clinqiue Chubby Stick:



Next is the infamous lip crayons which a lot (if not all) drugstore brands (infact most brands) have come out with a chubby stick dupe and I have tried one of the Clinique Chubby Sticks and to be really honest I wasn't massively impressed. I think the Revlon Stains are much better in formula, lasting power and colour range and there are lots of others which in my opinion are miles better than the original Chubby Sticks


3. E.L.F. Gotta Glow Blush VS The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer Highlighter:



The Mary Lou-Manizer is my favourite powder highlighter EVER but it is quite pricey at £16.00 and there are many other alternatives for this, which are around the same price and some slightly less but the E.L.F. one is the one I have tried and although it's not quite the exact shade, it applies really nicely and is very pigmented like the Lou-Manizer, only disappointing thing is the name isn't quite as original as The Balms product names.


4. NYX Above & Beyond Concealer VS MAC Studio Finish Concealer:



This one certainly surprised me as I just was not ready for the high coverage of both of these concealers. Although I use the SF everyday, the NYX is an amazing cheaper alternative with a slightly peachy undertone making it brilliant for under the eyes, and you can get this from Amazon or eBay for around £3.00-£5.00 whilst the M.A.C. concealer is £15.00.


5. L'Oreal L'Extraordinaire Liquid Lipsticks VS Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors: 



Onto a lip dupe now and the L'Oreal Liquid Lipsticks were launched in the UK this Spring and I have picked up quite a few shades as I love the formula of these. They're oil based so they keep your lips moisturised, the only down fall is the longevity of them isn't top standard, but I can live with that as they're priced at £8.99 with 9 stunning shades. But when I tried the Clarins ILNLP before hand, I was amazed at the formula, moisturisation and the application, however these are more expensive at £15.80 from Escentual.com or £18.00 from Boots or Clarins.co.uk


6. Bourjois Java Rice Powder VS Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder:



Nearly there. I've featured the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder so many times in my posts and for good reason, it's amazing. But priced at £38.00 it's a steep price tag for effectively just a setting powder (no matter how amazing and glowy it makes my skin look). But the drugstore have of course churned out another amazing product in the form of the Bourjois Java Rice Powder which although it has more shimmer in it, it certainly does give you a nice glow, whether used as a highlighter or a setting powder. The price tag is also a little purse friendly at £9.99.


7. Maybelline Colour Tattoos VS M.A.C. Paint Pots:



Right, last one, and two very popular products in the beauty blogging world. The M.A.C. Paint Pots are very well known for the crease-free powers and the neutral, skin tone shades are often used as a base/primer to counteract any veins, redness or discolouration on the eye and to give the shadows something to stick to, that's just a few as there's so many uses for these. But the Colour Tattoo's have been giving the paint pots a run for their money as these cream eyeshadows can be used as a base, on their own, or to prime lids and keep shadows crease-less all day, and they work too.



Be sure to check some of these out and let me know if you have any other cheaper alternatives to share with everyone in the comments. Don't forget to come back for Part 2 of Drugstore Dupes where I give some skincare and even a nail polish dupe so come back tomorrow. Thanks for reading.

What are your drugstore/cheaper alternatives to some of your higher end favourites?

** Please be aware that these dupes may not be the exact colour or texture or whatever as the higher end products, they're just some cheaper alternatives. 

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