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Splurge vs. Save: 3 More Amazing Drugstore High-End Makeup Dupes


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In my last post, I discussed three high-end (a.k.a expensive) makeup products and their budget-friendly yet equally-impressive drugstore dupes.

Well lovely readers, you asked for more dupes and I will give you more dupes! This week, I’ve chosen three more products that really stand out right now: a blush, a lipstick, and a highlighter/concealer.

All of these products are what you would call “cult” favorites, but I’m going to show you that even the most high-end of products can have a dupe. Read on to check them out:

1. MAC Lipstick in Russian Red vs. Revlon Matte Lipstick in Really Red

MAC lipstick in Russian Red vs. Revlon matte lipstick in Really Red
$15 at MAC | $6.99 at Ulta

The color of MAC’s Russian Red lipstick is a classic matte red that every girl needs to own. However, it’s $15 and, depending how much you use red lipstick, you don’t always want to keep paying that much when you need to get a new one.

Revlon’s matte lipstick in Really Red is an almost identical color and formulation. The only drawback to a cheaper lipstick is the fact that it can cling to dry patches on your lips, so remember to exfoliate and use a really good balm underneath.

Both lipsticks are very matte and classic-looking, so go with the Revlon if you’re an avid red lipstick wearer. Stick with the MAC if it’s an occasional thing for you since the formulation and hydrating quality is slightly better.

2. NARS Blush in Orgasm vs. NYX Powder Blush in Pinched

NARS blush in orgasm vs. NYX powder blush in pinched
$29 at Sephora | $5.99 at Ulta

Even the descriptions of these two blushes are duplicates for each other. Both are described as a “peachy pink with shimmer” and it’s very obvious that the colors are similar.

NYX blushes are very good quality and the color payoff is great. The color Pinched is an absolute dupe for Orgasm and it’s clear, even the color of the shimmer particles are that same orange-y pink of the NARS one.

Yes, NARS’s Orgasm blush is an absolute cult favorite, but it’s $29. If you love it as much as I do, you hit pan quite frequently and buying a 30-dollar blush every few weeks can be a tad ridiculous. The NYX option is only $6, and looks just as beautiful.

3. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat vs. Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer

Yves saint laurent touche eclat vs. maybelline dream lumi touch concealer
$40 at Sephora | $7.99 at Ulta

YSL’s Touche Éclat highlighting concealer is something you don’t see any beauty guru without. It’s a staple in any makeup bag because it’s so versatile:  it’s a highlighter, concealer, eyeshadow, contour, anything you want it to be, really. The downside? It’s $40.

Maybelline’s Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer does all of the same things for a mere $7.99. It even has the same brush applicator and “pen” form.

Both versions do not contain a lot of product in the tube, so keep that in mind before purchasing. These highlighting concealers are definitely a secret weapon in any makeup bag, but I’d recommend sticking to the Maybelline version if you’re short on cash.

What do you think?

Do you have a drugstore product that you love? Or a high-end that you think is way overpriced? Leave a comment and let us know!

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18 Responses to “Splurge vs. Save: 3 More Amazing Drugstore High-End Makeup Dupes”

  1. 1
    November 19th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I’m sorry, but I really have to disagree about hitting pan on your blush in a few weeks. I wear blush every day (MAC – Desert Rose btw). I’ve also had my blush for WAY longer than 6 months. If you need to layer that much product to get the look that you want, you’re either not using the right colour, or the quality of your product is sub-par. The pigmentation on the NARS is gorgeous. 1-2 swipes of product are more than adequate to get a healthy dose of colour. I can’t speak about the NYX product (because I’m Canadian and can’t find them here) but personally, blush lasts me a good long while. I also clean my make up + brushes often so I get better results without wastage.

  2. 2
    November 19th, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Another great copy for NARS Orgasm blush is E.L.F’s Tickled Pink. It only costs $3 at Target, and it’s a nice, subtle pink.

  3. 3
    November 19th, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    I love NYX blushes and definitely want to try out that color now!

  4. 4
    November 19th, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Thanks!! I recently found two amazing cheap products by e.l.f. Their highlighter is a cream instead of a solid stick but it works wonders as an affordable replacement for benefit high beam for just a few bucks. Also, their pot eyeliner is a worthy replacement for Mac black track pot eyeliner. I used to only use high end makeup but elf has opened my eyes… at $2-$5 a pop, it’s at least worth a try!

  5. 5
    November 19th, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Yeah, seconding the hitting the pan thing. There’s no way someone should be hitting a pan on a Nars blush that quickly. I don’t have orgasm so maybe that pigment is different, but i have many other shades and one light tap is fine for each cheek because they’re so pigmented.

  6. 6
    November 19th, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    I wear MAC’s Russian Red every day and I’ve had that tube of lipstick for a really long time.

  7. 7
    November 19th, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Love this series! Please continue to do more of these :)

  8. 8
    November 19th, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    The Revlon matte lipsticks, to my knowledge, have been discontinued…

  9. 9
    November 19th, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Love when CF does these. Very helpful

  10. 10
    November 19th, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Love these! Please do more drugstore dupes :)

  11. 11
    November 19th, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Really enjoying these articles. I’d love to see a dupe for the Benetint/Posietint lip/cheek stains, as I’ve heard they’re really pretty, but I’m not too keen to shell out the $28 (I think?) to find out if I like them.

  12. 12
    November 20th, 2013 at 12:57 am

    Love these. Awesome!!

  13. 13
    November 20th, 2013 at 4:36 am

    so lucky MAC lipsticks are only $15! in australia they’re $36, and the touché éclat is $52 and nars blush is $80!!!!!!!

  14. 14
    November 20th, 2013 at 8:59 am

    I feel like all of these make-up dupes have been covered before…

  15. 15
    November 20th, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Agh, I had such high hopes for the Maybelline Dream Lumi concealer, and while it was a great highlighter at first (when I was trying out the whole highlight and contour thing) it make me breakout wherever I put it! I had these weird little patches of zits under my eyes, the bridge of my nose, everywhere it touched, where I never break out! (I do get zits, because I’m mortal, but I never get them under my eyes. Does anyone?) I had to throw it away sadly. I try to save cash, but I feel like when you put something on your face every day, you have to really take into account the quality.

  16. 16
    November 21st, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Hi girls! Thank you all so much for reading! To respond to some of your comments:

    @Kellyn: The matte lipsticks are still available online at Ulta and some are available on Amazon as well. :) They are discontinued in most drugstores however!

    To clear up my comment on hitting pan frequently, I actually do. I hit pan about every 5-6 weeks on my Nars blush (the one mentioned). I use it every day and keep it in my bag and use it for touch-ups as well! Yes, it’s a little ridiculous but when you’re obsessed with a product….;)

  17. 17
    November 23rd, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    This is a great article but I feel like we’ve seen these same exact dupes in other articles right here on CF just a few months ago.

  18. 18
    August 25th, 2014 at 1:10 am

    I love dupes!!!
    If one can save some money on makeup then one can splurge on skin care! And, I’m all for that.
    However: I have had Nars, Orgasm blush for about six years (seriously)… for about four years it was my every-day blush. I still use it, carry it around with me and am not careful or light-handed. I have not make a dent in it. Recently I bought a couple of cream blushes, as my skin is getting dryers… They are great, then I top them off with a touch of Orgasm…. when/if I hit pan, I will definitely buy it again. Actually got a couple of “Multiples”…. usd 40 each, and not a lot of product, but Nars has served me well… let’s see. (ha, wish Nars were paying me!!) They aren’t. There is never any fallout with their powder blush. Orgasm is the only one i have. Same thing with lipstick: Mine is CHANEL 49… I wear it every day and it lasts forever.
    The one that quits is the Touche d’Eclat… very little product there. I’ll try the Lumi…. Just an observation: before so much info was available, one tended to have one or two lipsticks, a foundation… you get the drift.
    I’m the first to admit: I have about 7 high-end foundations and more eye shadow than the Rockettes need for ten Christmas specials…. Just me: e.g. I’ve tried the ELF studio line… and they are fine. But, I keep grabbing the Chanel Illusion d’Ombre…(another endless jar)…. It just looks better.. And, I’ve spent more on “dupes” than on one great shadow. I will continue to love dupes, but, the direction in which I’m heading is to streamline and have a few great products… use them up and get more. It’s economical in the end. Anyone else have any thoughts?

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