There are times when the degree of pampering you deserve just isn’t possible, and although we want to permanently live in spas, sipping on champagne, sometimes a girl’s just got to make do! We can help you out there. Makeup is a luxury that can be the most perfect, extravagantly crafted thing on the planet, but thankfully there are some cheaper alternatives to the beautiful classics that we wait for payday for. We’ve compiled a little list of some high-end products and their more affordable ‘dupes’, so you can compare and decide for yourself.
Mascara - Spend: Benefit, Rollerlash (£20.50 LookFantastic.com)
With a curved wand adorned with unique hooked bristles to catch and coat every lash, this mascara promises to hold a curl for 12 hours! Another bonus is that it’s water resistant and the formula contains nourishing provitamin B5.
Mascara - Save: Maybelline, Lash Sensational (£8.99 superdrug.com)
This mascara also has a thick, curved wand and although the hook technology isn’t included, the bristles are fine and densely packed; and there are 6 different lengths of them! Smartly designed to help you get an even, slick coverage, this budget beauty is a winning alternative.
Lipgloss - Spend: MAC, Clear Lipglass (£15 maccosmetics.co.uk)
This gloss is thick and long-wearing, and contains jojoba oil to soften the lips. Truly resembling glass when on, it’s viscous and doesn’t smudge easily. It has a tube application so fingers might be necessary, but that may be a plus for control!
Lipgloss - Save: Rimmel London, Oh My Gloss Crystal Clear Lipgloss (£5.49 superdrug.com)
With a formula infused with Argan Oil and Vitamin E, this gloss promises to stay luscious, plump and put for up to 6 hours. It has a doe foot applicator in its little tube, so no fingers necessary when you slick on this glossy goodness.
Colour Corrector - Spend: Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Colour Correcting Fluid (£19, Debenhams)
These tubes of product come in a variety of shades, with a built in doe foot applicator. The formula promises to be weightless with subtle pearlescent pigments, and it’s packed with Vitamin C and E to condition the skin.
Colour Corrector - Save: L.A. Girl’s Pro Conceal HD Colour Corrector (£4.29 slappshop.com)
These squeezable tubes with a brush tip applicator come in the all essential shades, they’re highly blendable and lightweight, with great pigments! Containing Vitamins B3, C and E to nourish the skin, these also have a long lasting formula, and are super affordable.
Highlighter - Spend: BECCA’s Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed (£32 cultbeauty.co.uk)
These cult classics offer you a “your skin but better” effect, and they certainly knock it out of the park with regards to pigment power! These glittering gems come in many shades, and the powder is weightless and blendable.
Highlighter - Save: Makeup Revolution’s Pro Illuminate (£4 Superdrug.com)
With incredible value for money, this highlighter has a big pan and a dazzling pigment, especially when applied straight by fingers. This secret weapon can give any big name a run for its money, with its beautifully soft and buildable powder.
Matte Lip - Spend: Kylie Cosmetics’ Lip Kit (£23.50 kyliecosmeticsshop.com)
A popular matte lip staple; this kit comes in countless shades capable of catering to any occasion, and they promise to be comfortable on the lips. The set also includes a matching lip liner, so it’s an all-in-one deal.
Matte Lip - Save: NYX’s Lip Lingerie Lipstick (£7, ASOS)
These relatively new releases are gorgeous, and they provide a plush, matte finish. They come in 24 shades of classic, flattering and flirty hues, going all the way from dusky red to a muted lilac, they’re sure to catch eyes and turn heads.