I’m trying to master the art of being frugal. I want to buy a house you see. And that involves saving a lot of money. A lot a lot. Something I’ve been able to save a ton of money on is make up and beauty products. A lot of the products I used to buy were for one time use. One special occasion or just something new I wanted to try. Now I’ve stopped doing that I am saving money, but also running low on a lot of things! So now it’s time to find some cheaper products, which means it’s time for a dupe review.
When you constantly shop for make up, you never run out of anything. Now that I’ve stopped, I swear I have nothing. No foundation. No mascara. Nothing. So I’m in need of a brand new full face.
The other issue I had was my expensive taste in products. Not that I’m a make up artist by any means. I watched a YouTube tutorial once upon a time and that’s about it. I don’t know why I insist on spending a weeks salary on a foundation, but I do. Or I did. Now I’m on the hunt for dupes. High street alternatives to the brands and products I’ve been using for years, are you ready for a dupe review?
It turns out Pinterest, and the blogosphere, was the place to find that! I’ve pinned all the pins and read all the posts. And now I’ve spent the money there is no going back! I’ve stumbled across some of the best budget beauty bloggers, who managed to save me a ton of money. Their posts, if you’re interested in more make up stuff, are all linked below.
For now let’s get into it. A dupe review for all the make up products that will fix your face.
This is a big one, as I’m sure you will agree. I’ve tried many a foundation. I have really oily skin, and working long hours where I’m running around doesn’t agree with my skin type. I have tried Estee Lauder Double Wear. And I hated it. It goes on perfectly. Amazing selfies. Then the second I get a bit sweaty, or oily, or just walk from one side of the restaurant to the other, it cakes up. Like soooo bad. I look like I’ve got a skin infection. Let’s not tag Estee Lauder in this. So the foundation I’m using is the Clinique Beyond Perfecting Concealer + Foundation. Love this stuff. It’s full coverage, and lasts a 14 hour shift. But it also retails at £28, and I think I can get a decent foundation for less.
This post, by Emily at Living my Lovely Life (@livgmylovlylife), has some great suggestions for us problem skin folk. I’m feeling very positive about this recommendation, because for once, it’s not just about how good value the product is. It’s about how good the product is for my skin type.
So I’m going for the Maybelline Fit Me Matt + Poreless Foundation, which retails at £6.99. That is honestly ridiculous. If this product works for me, I could save my weekly food budget each purchase.
I have mixed reviews on this product. It’s fairly light coverage, but buildable which has been great over the summer months. However, it’s not poreless. And it doesn’t look matt after a 14 hour shift. That being said, considering how much cheaper this product is, I will be making the swap. I’d say I prefer it do double wear, but might still ask for Clinique Beyond Perfecting for Christmas.
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This post, by Sunburnt Aloe (@sunburntaloe) recommended the e.l.f Cosmetics Instant Lift Brow Pencil. She said it’s a winner, and has repurchased it three times so I thought it must be worth it. It cost me £3 from Superdrug, a HUGE saving from the Benefit Gimme Brow product I was previously using. £17.50 difference in fact.
The only thing is I am no brow expert. It might take me a little while to get used to a new product, especially if it’s not as easy to use as the Benefit Gimme Brow! That being said I could always use an extra £17.50. I think it’s time to master the art of a strong brow.
It turns out that I’m not a brow expert. Even with this huge saving, I just can’t train my hand to draw a decent brow. So this dupe review is unfair because it’s down to my lack of skill rather than the products poor quality. I’ve managed to find a Maybelline brow product that’s working for me so far, and if you know a thing or two about brows then try the e.l.f pencil and let me know! But unfortunately, I can’t give you a brutally honest dupe review on this one.
I have a patchy red face so have always used the Smashbox colour correcting primer. It’s £28 and last about 4-6 weeks. Meg on the Go (@mo_meg) compared Maybelline Baby Skin, and at £7.99 i’m intrigued. Now it doesn’t share the same greeny colour correcting pigment, but it does have the same silicone consistency. And she swears it leaves a smooth and poreless finish.
So I’ve now been using it for a week or so, and I do like it. It is a similar (practically identical) consistency. And it does the job it sets out to do. HOWEVER. The packaging is smaller. You get less product with Maybelline Baby Skin than you would with Smashbox Colour Correcting Primer. Because of that, and the huge price difference, you end up using the product so quickly. I’m over half way through and that’s only seven applications!
I need someone to test this out for me. And work out whether you’re still saving money getting the cheap one more regularly.
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The star of the show has to be this mascara. I can’t get over this dupe. In fact, if you’re going to take note of one dupe review in this post, make it this one. I have been using mascara for 12 years now. And can’t remember the last time I spent less than a tenner and was satisfied with the product. PlayPennies (@PlayPennies) has my back. They’ve posted all of the best mascara dupes, that you can find in Superdrug.
Since somewhere around 2016, I’ve been using Benefit Roller Lash. Again, a pretty basic bitch mascara but no one’s ever complained about this product and there’s a reason why. Maybelline Lash Sensational is £8.99. Less than half the price of my original fave.'Since somewhere around 2016, I've been using Benefit Roller Lash. Again, a pretty basic bitch mascara but no one's ever complained about this product and there's a reason why.' Click To Tweet
Having used this mascara for the last two weeks, I can confirm I am in love with it. Such a good mascara. Such good value for money. I will never go back to Benefit Roller Lash (unless it’s a christmas present). Also, I swear it lasts longer!
Do you know what, powder is always something I’ve paid pennies for. It just sits on my face to mattify it a bit. Doesn’t need to break the bank. Actually, I was shocked when I didn’t find any powder dupes anywhere on my timeline. As it turns out, I’ve been doing it wrong.
Powder is actually pretty important. And spending a little bit more is probably advisory. I bought myself (with no advice or blogger opinion) the Collection loose face setting powder. Not a fan. It’s a strange orangey yellow colour and sticks to your face in dry powdery clumps. This post on itsallaboutmakeups.com was gave me everything I needed to know about this make up product, and now I feel like this dupe review could potentially benefit you in some way shape or form.
Do I still think powder is pointless? No. Will I ever repurchase Collection’s loose setting powder again, at a retail price of £1.99. No. What am I using now? NYX HD Studio fixing powder. There’s a range of prices for this product. It depends on the site, or the shop. But I’ve found it for under £10 on Amazon (click here). Definitely a product worth spending a few more pennies on if you have oily skin and work 12 hour shifts!
Okay so I like this product, I really do. But in a bizarre twist of events, I’ve actually stopped using powder. Well I’ll use it occasionally, but it’s no longer part of my everyday make up routine. If you read the foundation dupe review, you’ll see that I switched to a matt foundation, which might be why I’m not desperately mattifying my face with powder. That being said, this product feels like silk. You will love it. It glides over foundation so easily, and can brighten areas of your face like under your eyes.
How Much Money can you Save?
Finally, I’m on to the money part of this dupe review post. Honestly, I am no beauty guru. Far from it actually. That’s why I enlisted the help of all the wonderful people above. And in total, their dupes saved me £63.03 on my products. You’ll note that this doesn’t include a lot of products. Things like blush, bronzer, eyeliner, and highlighter that I’m a long way off running out of. This is a money saving blog, so i’m not going to buy dupes just for the sake out it. But it does include most of my everyday make up. And imagine how much I could save if I did the rest of it!
To conclude (i’m sorry about how long this post has got), I’d say you should give make up dupes a go. People are spending more and more money on high end make up products. I’m guessing it’s because of all the YouTubers that get sent it for free in their PO Box’s and tell you how great it is. But you don’t need to spend that much! And I’m sure you’ll agree, we can all save a ton of money by buying high street dupes instead.