24 February 2016

High-end Beauty Dupes

Today, I’m talking about some of my favourite high-end products and their drugstore dupes.  I have a real weakness for high end makeup, and I love treating myself on payday, who doesn’t?!  However, I also really love the more purse friendly brands and there is nothing better than having a bit of a spree in Boots picking up four or five shades of lipstick for the price of one luxury shade!




The drugstore brands have really upped their game in the last few years and the quality of their products rival their high end counterparts; I’ve picked out some of my favourites today that are more than a match for the luxury versions, and perfect for those times when you need to save a few pennies!

First up there is the Barry M Chisel Cheeks palette, which in my opinion is an excellent budget friendly dupe of the Anastasia Contour palette. Obviously the big difference here is that the Barry M palette has only three shades, however they are very much like the contour shades in the Anastasia palette and the highlight shade is really similar too. There is such a similarity in the quality of these two products; the Barry M one is a bargain at £6.49 and the pigmentation and colour it gives is identical to the Anastasia one. 

Next, there is L’Oreal Infallible 24hr Matte Foundation, which is a £8.99 dupe for the popular Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation. These two have very similar consistencies and provide medium buildable to full coverage, and I find that there is very little difference in them. They both feel lightweight despite offering good coverage, and both have a matte finish; I actually find it really difficult to tell these two apart so if you’re looking for an alternative to Double Wear then this is definitely it!

MAC Velvet Teddy has become an iconic shade thanks to Kylie Jenner, and luckily for us there are now a whole bunch of dupes out there to choose from. My personal favourite is Velvet Beige by Maybelline, which is very similar in colour but without the totally matte finish. The finish is semi matte, but it feels much more hydrating. I sometimes find that MAC matte lipsticks can be a bit drying so Velvet Beige is a perfect alternative.

Next, I’ve found Maybelline The Nudes palette to be an excellent dupe for The Balm Nude’tude palette, which I’m really pleased about as it is only £9.99! The Balm Nude’tude is an amazing selection of shades which are of such a high quality that it’s hard to think of any drugstore brand coming close to it, but The Nudes is a good second place as the shades are deeply pigmented and very similar in colour. Another bonus is that the eye shadows in the Maybelline palette are slightly larger than the ones in Nude’Tude, so you really are getting more for your money and without compromising on the quality. 

Lastly, lip pencils. I recently noticed that NYX lip pencil in the shade Mauve is an almost exact match for MAC Dervish, but for a fraction of the price. NYX Mauve is easy to apply, it goes on smoothly and the well pigmented colour creates a fuller lip look just as well as the MAC one does.  The NYX one is a shade darker than Dervish, however when applied there is no noticeable difference in the two and it is easily blended depending on how strong you want it to look. 

So there are my favourite drugstore dupes! There are so many more out there that I could have included, but these ones stand out to me as the best and biggest money savers. I hope you enjoyed reading, and also found some new products to check out!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR | Sarah is the author of Simply Sarah, a UK beauty and lifestyle blog. Sharing reviews of both high-street and high-end beauty products with handy swatches, lots of tips and a perfect dash of personality, Simply Sarah is a fab all-round read. You can also find Sarah over on Twitter @SimplySarahLou5 and Instagram @SimplySarahLou89.

Sarah is one of my fab guest bloggers helping me out whilst I settle into life as a new mum. I hope you enjoyed Sarah's post, it's definitely left me lusting after more NYX products! Do you have any favourite high-end beauty dupes?

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  1. i have both foundations and you're right! i never thought about them that way!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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    1. I realised by accident! But I'm glad I noticed, now I don't have to spend half as much money when my Double Wear runs out! :)
      Sarah xx
      simplysarahlou.blogspot.com

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    2. I've tried the Estee Lauder base in the past so I may need to try the L'Oreal one for myself! xo

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  2. Estee Lauder foundations are so good! And they never make me shiny in an oil way haha. Also, I loved those two palletes!

    www.blossomikebana.com

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    1. I love both palettes too! I'd probably buy them both again as well, therefore saving me no money haha!
      Sarah xx
      simplysarahlou.blogspot.com

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    2. I love theBalm, I need to check out Sarah's dupe to see how it compares! xo

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  3. I love the barry m contour kit. Its so nice! I cant wait to try out the estee lauder foundation soon!

    www.beautylifebecca.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Barry M never lets me down, one of my favourite brands!
      Sarah xx
      simplysarahlou.blogspot.com

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    2. It's a fantastic budget-friendly option for contouring, I love it xo

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  4. I love The Balm nudes palette, I found mine on eBay for around £6 and I also now want to try Velvet Beige by Maybelline as I wanted to try MAC's Velvet Teddy but I can't justify spending over £10 on a lipstick at the moment, thanks for posting this its very helpful!

    http://bethanyx11.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. You will love Velvet Beige! That whole Maybelline range is worth a look, some lovely lipstick shades at such good prices!
      Sarah xx
      simplysarahlou.blogspot.com

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    2. If you ever do decide to treat yourself, I can honestly say MAC Velvet Teddy is my favourite nude lipstick! xo

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  5. Hi Sophia,

    I appreciate that you will be using more guest posts while you spend this irreplaceable time with Willow while she is little, and I think you are absolutely right to do so.

    Personally, I would prefer if you could start these posts with a note along the lines of "A guest post from [name] of [blog]" so I am aware as I'm reading it that it's not your writing and opinions.

    I do love your blog though, and think you choose very good guest posts which fit in very well with the theme and style of your blog.

    Love,
    Jen

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    1. Hi Jen,

      I decided to do a bio about each guest poster at the end of the guest posts, as I feel this flows more nicely and saves guest posters having to try and come up with an introduction. I like the posts to read and flow as they would if they were written on their own blogs, which is why it is set out this way.

      Please rest assured all guest posts are read and checked by myself prior to going live here on Tattooed Tealady, and all are posts I am 100% happy to share.

      I'm glad you are enjoying the guest posts, I am super lucky to have had such lovely content from some amazing bloggers of all genres share their writing with me and my readers, so it's great to hear you are enjoying the posts! xo

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  6. I just bought the Maybelline Blushed Nudes palette and absolutely love it so The Nudes palette might be next!

    The Modern Audrey

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    1. I really want to pick the Maybelline palettes up and give them a try! xo

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  7. Wow great dupes! Especially the one for theBalm palette xx

    Ramblings of a Beauty Bird | Beauty Blog

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    1. Fantastic suggestions, aren't they? xo

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  8. I've eyed up MAC's Velvet Teddy for a while, so I'm glad there's a drugstore alternative as paying £15 in a lipstick is a little steep for me! I also really want the Barry M Chisel Cheeks, it looks gorgeous!

    Amanda Jayne | beauty, style, life

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    1. Let us know if you end up picking up the dupes xo

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