The Best Drugstore Dupes for High-End Makeup

The Best Drugstore Dupes for High-End Makeup

I am a passionate lover of dupes. I even sometimes buy products that are considered a dupe when I wasn’t all that interested in the high-end version! That’s because I am a firm believer in the fact that we don’t need to spend so much on makeup in order to have a great product. With that in mind, I carefully researched reviews and tried a few products to find which are true drugstore dupes that perform as well as high end. Some even better! If you try a link in my post to find an item and it is sold out, simply try another store link. Places like Amazon tend to sell out of makeup fairly quickly.

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1. Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter vs. Milani Soft Focus Glow
Price: $44.00 Price: $8.99 – $9.99
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I have mentioned this product before in our New Drugstore Makeup To Try article and I then got so excited to realize it is a dupe! For the Soft Glow Focus (dupe), I use my fingers when applying and it has almost the exact consistency as the Flawless Filter and adds its a beautiful luminescence. The glow shows up from underneath the foundation and shows such a beautiful highlight when used on the cheeks. You actually get more with the Milani product than you do with CT for less than half the price!


2. La Mer Soft Fluid Foundation vs. Physicians Formula The Healthy Foundation
Price: $120.00 Price: $8.07 – $15.99
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Well to be totally honest I have not personally sampled the La Mer product, and that is because it’s absurdly expensive!! That being said all my research online points to the Physicians Formula being a great dupe! Now La Mer does beat them shade range wise, unfortunately, but as far as consistency and ease of use these are so the same. Both are light coverage to barely medium coverage. The finish is the same, and although the La Mer seems gorgeous as I see it reviewed I think I much prefer using the dupe!


3. Nars Orgasm Blush vs. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blush
Price: $30.00 Price: $5.84 – $8.98
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So we all know that Nars Orgasm is the be all end all as far as cult status blush. The name drew us all in but we stayed hooked because of the gorgeous flattering to all skin tone shade with soft glow infused. It is everything. I have never found a dupe that was as exact as what I feel a true dupe should be. UNTIL NOW!! Neutrogena is not a company that I buy a ton of products from and I feel like they can be an overlooked brand. So finding their Healthy Skin Blush in the shade “Rosy” was like a holy grail discovery. I applied this to one cheek, stopped everything to dig in my drawers and look at my Nars. Side by side they do not look like dupes and I swatched them and thought no I am crazy. Then once it was applied girl I was shook! They legit look the exact same oh my gosh!! I am so thrilled to share this one with you guys.


4. Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb vs. Milani Keep It Full
Price: $20.00 Price: $5.00 – $8.99
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I must say Milani is really out there performing like high end! Fenty came out and just blew us all away with the quality and diversity offered. The first thing I knew was an absolute must-try for me was the Gloss Bomb in the shade, Fenty Glow. Holy man it is so wonderful with a soft shimmery finish. The dupe is Rosy Bronze from Milani. Both are very sheer without intense pigment but a ton of shine. They also have the same super thickness that gives off that glass lips look.


5. Too Faced Dew You Fresh Glow Primer vs. L’oreal Lumi Glotion
Price: $34.00 Price: $10.88 – $11.44
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Both of these products are tinted to give you a warm glow, the medium tone of L’oreal is the real dupe. I tend to apply them with a beauty blender. You get a nice glow without any chunky glitter both are subtle. The L’oreal may give just a teeny bit more of a tint but still a great dupe!


6. Tarte Foundcealer vs. L’Oreal Fresh Wear Foundation
Price: $39.00 Price: $6.99 – $12.99
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I generally don’t love a lot of Tarte, but this foundation is beautiful as an everyday soft foundation it just looks like your skin but better. So naturally, a cheaper dupe for something every day is nice! That’s where once again L’Oreal saves our day! Applied with a beauty blender these both give the exact same dewy soft natural finish and both contain SPF. Honestly, I cannot tell these two apart what so ever.


7. Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist vs. L’oreal True Match Shake and Glow Dew Mist
Price: $48.00 Price: $6.49
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So it seems L’oreal is really killing it with the dupes. These two products are so similar it’s almost criminal. What is so ridiculous is the unbelievable mister on the L’oreal product that it feels so expensive. I feel like both of these you could overdo it if you aren’t careful enough. Make sure you shake both of these up before using them. Tatcha does have some beautiful packaging, but I actually find the shake and glow mist to be just as beautiful! If you want a real dewy glowy setting spray you honestly cannot go wrong.


8. Clinique Chubby Stick vs. Revlon Balm Stain
Price: $18.00 Price: $4.89 – $8.99
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Even the packaging will give you a double-take on these! The Chubby Sticks are a fan favorite and give a beautiful flush to the lips and now they have met their match! The Revlon balm stain performs exactly like a high-end product by providing a lot of pigment and then sheering out and fading beautifully onto the lips.


What do you guys think of my dupes? These are hard blog posts to make because no one wants to just say oh that’s a dupe when the fact is the product doesn’t perform anywhere near the high end. Some high-end products are really hard to dupe but I will be here trying my best to find all of them for you!

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2 thoughts on “The Best Drugstore Dupes for High-End Makeup

  1. I definitely agree w your dups I use the essence gloss and it’s like a high end product and I try a lot of the products that you mention and I love the less expensive products

  2. Thank you for saving me a lot of money!!!! I appreciate you so very much! I’m 41 and a makeup newbie to this skin and age and also a makeup addict now. This new addiction has cost me probably 1,000$ since sept 2019. I need to scale back my spending and this article is great! Keep them coming please! 💗 from TN and my wallet

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