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DRUGSTORE DUPES

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It's Friday, and welcome to my third post for drugstore week here on my blog. It's kind of been a bit of a tradition to include drugstore dupes in this theme week on my blog so here are 15, yep 15 drugstore dupes that I am really excited to share with you. So whether you're on a lower budget, or aren't sure if you will like the product and want to try a cheaper alternative before taking the plunge and buying the luxury alternative, then this is the post for you.

Top-Bottom: NARS Deep Throat // Tanya Burr Pretty Peony // NARS Laguna //  Tanya Burr Beach Bronze //
1. First I am going to bunch a few together as they're from and for the same palette - did that even make sense?
Alright so NARS Laguna Bronzer is a cult beauty favourite for many, for me, it's not the tone I like in my bronzers and it's very dark. But I was lucky enough to find a great drugstore dupe and I really wanted to share it with you. The Tanya Burr Rosy Flush Cheek Palette has a beautiful blush, highlight and a bronzer, and the bronzer in the shade Beach Bronze is an exact colour dupe as it has the same undertone, it also has the same amount of golden shimmer which although very subtle, gives a glowy finish to the skin.
NARS = £29 VS Tanya Burr = £8

2. From the same palette as the Laguna Bronzer, the again very cult Blush in Deep Throat is a beautiful coral/pink with a stunning golden shimmer, and although not the kind of shade that matches my skin tone, I have found that the Blush from the Tanya Burr Rosy Flush Cheek Palette in Pretty Peony has the same one, the same shimmer and is beautiful on the skin. A great palette and there's two dupes for NARS Cult Classics.

Top-Bottom: NARS Final Cut // Tanya Burr Apricot Flush //
3. But it doesn't end there, the NARS Final Cut Blush isn't as popular as the others mentioned but it is a beautiful blush in the NARS Palette. The other Cheek Palette from Tanya Burr is the Peachy Glow and it has the same Bronzer in Beach Bronze, but different blush and highlight. The Blush in Apricot Flush is the same tone, pigmentation and beautiful-ness as the Final Cut Blush. I just can't believe how affordable these two cheek palettes are and amazing alternatives to some very popular high end makeup products.
NARS = £23 VS Tanya Burr £8

Top-Bottom: ABH Havana // MR 7 // ABH Fawn // MR 6 // ABH Java // MR 5 // 

Top-Bottom: ABH Sand // MR3 // ABH Banana // MR 2 // ABH Vanilla // MR 1 //

4. So I want to share with you two contour palettes that are so very similar it's crazy. Now Makeup Revolution do tend to do a lot of "dupes" for higher end products. If you check out their palettes they have Urban Decay Naked dupes, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder offerings along with Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette dupes. I don't know how they are allowed to do it but hey it means we get to try cheaper alternatives to the high end favourites that we see from our favourite bloggers and YouTubers. So anyway, the Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette is pretty much an exact dupe for the cult fave Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette which was one of the first contour kits that hit the market. Apart from the super shimmery powders at the end, the shades look the same, apply and wear the same as the ABH ones and I cannot believe how amazing the drugstore option is and I actually prefer it to the higher priced one. 
ABH = £39 VS Makeup Revolution = £8

Top-Bottom: Lorac Pewter // MR Too Grey // Lorac LT Bronze // MR Breathe // Lorac Mauve // MR Fade // Lorac Taupe // MR Must //

5. Let's get the Makeup Revolution dupes out the way first, the Makeup Revolution Salvation Palette Iconic Pro 1 is again another incredible dupe for a palette which is easier to get your hands on in the UK than it's dupe, the Lorac Pro Palette (which I got from Nordstrom but the P&P is ridiculous), it's just uncanny. The pigmentation, longevity, blend-ability of the shadows is identical to the Lorac formula. It's amazing and I even prefer the packaging of the drugstore offering because it's hard plastic so it's great for travelling and although it's a hair thicker it's not too dramatically different to the point where I wouldn't travel with it. 
Lorac = £38.16 VS Makeup Revolution = £6


6. On to brows now and I have't really tried many higher end brow products because I am perfectly happy with what I have right now, but I have noticed that the Benefit Gimme Brow is so incredibly similar to the Soap & Glory Archery Volu-Boost Brow Fibre Gel, both have fibres so they add texture and volume to the brows which is great if you have particularly sparse brows or want to get a bushier look, the shade range isn't as good as the Benefit but I just love how they both wear and they keep my brows in place all day.
Benefit = £18.50 VS Soap & Glory = £8


7. The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (in Chantilly) is a cult favourite in the beauty world, and I have to say I am on the band wagon although I don't use it as much now as I have others which I love equally if not more. But the Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer (in 01 Ivory) isn't one I hear about too often online, but the finish, effect and longevity is very very similar to the infamous NARS Concealer. The shade selection isn't as comprehensive like the high end offering, and obviously these two shades aren't dupes for each other, but the finish, how it wears, I just love them both although I find the Bourjois to be more hydrating and emollient under the eyes so I have to ensure I set it really well.
NARS = £23 VS Bourjois = £7.99

8. Smoothing, pore perfecting primers can all be very similar, but my new favourite is the Makeup Forever Smoothing Primer because it is the best one I have found that truly blurs and smooths my skin, particularly on my nose where my pores (along with most peoples) are more pronounce. I have tried a few drugstore primers similar to this, but the one I feel is the most comparable is the L'Oreal Nude Magique Blur Cream. I have previously compared this to the Benefit Porefessional Primer and although it is very similar, I find the L'Oreal one doesn't mattify my skin as much as the Benefit, and this is also true with the Makeup Forever. So if you are looking to try a pore perfecting, smoothing primer, check out the drugstore option before the MUFE as you may prefer the drugstore one more. 
Makeup Forever = £24 VS L'Oreal = £9.99

Top-Bottom: Too Faced Milk Chocolate Bronzer + Soap & Glory Solar Powder //  Benefit Dew The Hoola + L'Oreal Glam Bronze Cushion

9. On to bronzer now and I've had all my bronzers out open with swatches up my arms and all over my hands to try and find the best and closest dupes, from NARS to BenefitHourglass to Charlotte Tilbury. But the closest I found was the Soap & Glory Solar Powder Bronzer which has two sides but if you mix them together, it's almost the same as the Too Faced Milk Cholcate Soleil BronzerBoth are very soft and easy to blend, they're not too intense so you can build it up for a really bronzey look, or dust a light layer for a subtle colour. 
Too Faced Bronzer £22.50 VS Soap & Glory Solar Powder = £11.00

10. Going back to the cheeks now and I wanted to share with you a dupe for a fairly new release from Benefit and that is their Dew The Hoola which is a liquid bronzer that has a soft-matte, sheer finish to add a natural bronze look to your skin. Now although I find these kinds of products to be way too orange and warm for my skin (the products aren't bad it's just the colour that doesn't suit me), but when I got the L'Oreal Glam Bronze Cushion De Soleil Bronzer came out I found the same issue with the shade, but the finish, the look and the shade is the same as the Benefit liquid bronzer. To apply either you can use a Beauty Blender or the sponge the L'Oreal one comes with and bounce it on to the skin either before or after your foundation/base. Obviously the packaging and dispensary method is very different but the product is so similar you wouldn't tell the difference on the skin. 
Benefit = £24.50 VS L'Oreal = £14.99

Top-Bottom: Collection Speedy Highlight // Benefit Watts Up // Tanya Burr Champagne Shimmer // Laura Mercier Highlight 01 //

11. Highlighter is one of my favourite products to buy, try and wear and the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01 is an incredible highlight that matches my skin tone perfectly, and although the name doesn't make much sense "matte radiance powder" it's still an amazing product which I often switch up in my makeup bag and I fall in love with it every time I re-use it. But if you don't want to spend the £28.50 on the Laura Mercier then the Champagne Shimmer Highlight from the Tanya Burr Peachy Glow Palette is just as beautiful, the same tone, and although it is very pigmented, gives a beautiful glow without using chunky glitter like some other drugstore highlighters do. 

12. Another Benefit product, and their Watts Up Highlighter unfortunately isn't the best shade to suit my very fair skin, but it is a great highlighter that provides a beautiful glow to the skin which is perfect for a bronzey summery look. But if you don't want to splurge the £20+, then check out the Collection Speedy Highlighter in 01 Pearl Sheen which although the shade isn't a perfect match, the shimmery iridescent finish and wear on the skin is very similar and the shade is better for fair skin too. Collection has really upped their game across their entire range but the cheek products have massively improved and are more pigmented or last longer than some of my higher end products which is just incredible considering how affordable Collection is as a brand.
Benefit = £25.50 VS Collection = £3.99

Top-Bottom: NARS Orgasm // Sleek Blush // Tarte Exposed // Milani Romantic Rose // Too Faced Baby Love // Maxfactor Nude Mauve //

13. One of my favourite blushers is the Too Faced Love Flush Blush in Baby Love, and this shade in particular is a very unique colour to my collection as I tend to go for the pinks and neutrals, but this is more of a peachy nude and initially I thought I wouldn't get as much use out of this as I would with the pink one I also purchased with it, but in actual fact it's the other way round. Obviously the packaging and how they're presented is so different, but the Maxfactor Creme Puff in Nude Mauve is so similar in tone and the slight shimmer they both have really adds to the effect they give on the skin. Great as a spring blush but also for Autumn and Winter looks too which is amazing and I have used it so much the embossing has unfortunately pretty much all worn away. The Creme Puff Blushes are some of my favourites from the Drugstore and although the packaging really let's these down as they don't look anything special but they're very comparable to the Hourglass Ambient Blushes also which I have previously compared and posted about which you can see here. There are 6 shades from both the Maxfactor Blushes, and the Too Faced Blushes
Too Faced = £25 VS Maxfactor = £8.99

14. Last but not least is another of my all time favourite blushes, the Tarte Amazonian Clay Exposed Blush which is the most perfect and beautiful neutral blush that I wear pretty much everyday. It's a cult favourite and for good reason, it goes with so many different looks and any time of year. But one that looks even prettier in terms of packaging is the Milani Romantic Rose Blush which is a beautiful rose as you can see. They're both matte, both very pigmented and blend well on the skin, the only difference is the longevity because although the Milani one does have reasonable lasting power, the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes are 12 hour formulas so they last very well on the skin. But I love the shades and formulas of both and although Milani isn't exclusively available in the UK, you can find these blushes on eBay or a site call Comedic and they have extended the shade range since I first got these and there are 11 shades now. One that's become very popular at the moment is a shade called Warm Petals. As for Tarte if you're in the UK you can find them on the QVCUK website and they have a lot of shades in this range and bring out limited edition sets and shades with their collections which if you saw my haul/first impressions I have the Colour Wheel Palette which has 8 blushes and 2 highlighters in which I am just obsessed with right now.
Tarte = £24 VS Milani = £11.99

15. There are so many supposed dupes out there for the infamous NARS Orgasm Blush, and it's not really my kind of shade so I don't have too many, but I did find one which I actually prefer to the NARS one as it has much better colour pay off and is more flattering somehow - maybe the amount of shimmer in it or the tone - but, the Blush from the Sleek Face Form Contouring & Blush Palette in Light looks the same in the pan as the Orgasm Blush and when on the cheeks you cannot tell the difference other than when you actually apply as I find I have to build the colour up more with the NARS one, but I don't know if that's just mine and it has like a film over the top or if that is the blush because I find with other NARS blushes I have tried they're very hit and miss with the pigmentation which is strange because I always hear great things about their blushes. 
I think this Sleek Contour & Blush Palette is amazing and so affordable at only £9.99 compared to the NARS blushes which are £23 each but they have 28 shades, whereas Sleek has these contour palettes and then individual blushes for £4.99 each but there's 11 shades, but they do have 8 shades of the Blush by 3 Palettes which are also incredible.  
NARS = £23 VS Sleek = £9.99


Come back on Sunday where you'll see my Spring Skincare Essentials from the drugstore. 

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