Elle Bee Beauty
30. 09. 2015

First things first. What is a dupe, you ask?

A dupe in the beauty world is referred to as something that is VERY similar to another product. Whether it’s the same price, more expensive, or cheaper. To keep it simple, it just means it’s a “product alternative”. If you can’t get your hands on a certain product, the product dupe is going to be a lot like it.

I’m in no way saying these products are identical. These products are either similar in color, formula, or you just get the same results.

 I usually think of dupes as being a cheaper alternative. So in today’s post, I’m going to be focusing on products that I’ve tried and found a cheaper alternatives for.

Enough with the blabbing, and onto the good stuff.. Mmmkay?


Dupe #1

M.A.C lipstick in “Velvet Teddy” $17 —-> Wet n’ Wild Matte Lipstick “Bare It All” $3


{Velvet Teddy is on the right}

This Lipstick is a cult favorite in the beauty world. I love the color, but it shows up super dark on my lips. Either way, I still love it. Naturally right after I bought Velvet Teddy, I found a couple drugstore lipsticks VERY similar to it. The Wet n’ Wild ‘Bare it All’ seems to be the closest dupe that I’ve found for it. Very similar formula (matte) & very similar in color.

Dupe #2

Beauty Blender $20 —-> Real Techniques Beauty Sponge $5

The Beauty blender is basically a revamped and reusable version of the old school beauty sponges (those little sponge triangles we used to use). You basically run it under water, squeeze the water out and squeeze it in a towel. It should only be damp, not wet… Then you just apply you foundation with it! It creates a flawless finish and applies your makeup amazing! The only problem is that they cost $20 a pop (Granted, it can be cleaned and reused). I usually only like to keep mine for maybe 6 month or so, then I toss it. I have seen SO many dupes for the Beauty Blender. The closest thing that I’ve found to compare is the Real Techniques Beauty Sponge. I actual prefer this one because of its flat side. It gets right up under your eyes perfectly. I will say that it is a little bigger than the BB. With the Beauty Sponge coming in at $8, I’ll take it!

Dupe #3

Macadamia Deep Repair Hair Masque $20—> L’Oréal Damage-Erasing Balm $7

I just recently purchased the Macadamia Masque, only because I’ve heard great things about it. If you read my previous post about how to care for blonde hair, you’ll know that I’m always searching for a good hair conditioning treatment. You’ll also know that Ive been using the L’Oréal Damage Erasing Balm. I kid you not, its pretty much the same stuff just in a different tub (& a much heftier price tag). The Macadamia Masque can cost anywhere between $17-30 a tub. The L’Oréal Balm cost around $5.99-$7.99. My hair feels just as silky, soft and smooth from the Balm as it does with the Macadamia Masque.

Dupe #4

Glam Glow ‘Super-Mud’ Clearing Treatment $68 —-> Sephora Mud Mask Purifying & Mattifying  $20

 Glam Glow Super Mud is the jam! It really does all that it claims and makes my skin look bomb. I only used it for spot treatment mainly and in areas my pores were most clogged (nose/chin). I have no hate to say about this product EXCEPT for that fact that is costs almost $70!!! I bought it a while back with some gift cards I saved up. (Fast forward to 6 months later, when I ran out and felt lost in the world of face masks) I didn’t want to spend the money, but I still wanted something that worked! So as I was browsing through the isles of Sephora, I found the Sephora brand mask and decided to give it a try. I’m not a huge fan of the scent from the Sephora mask, but it really does do the exact same thing as the Glam Glow one. Except….(Drum roll please)….. It’s only $20! Yes, you read that correctly. I said T-W-E-N-T-Y.. If you’re a fan on the Glam Glow mask, just do yourself a favor and give the Sephora one a go.

Dupe #5

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer $38 —-> Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Primer $7

I love the Smashbox Primer, but like most of the items in this post, I don’t like the price tag. I have been using this Maybelline Age Rewind Primer and it seems to be the closest dupe to the Smashbox primer. I think this is way better than the Baby Skin primer that Maybelline also makes. The Age Rewind primer literally does it all for me. It camouflages fine lines, fills in pores, & keeps my skin matte. If you’re hesitant on buying the Smashbox primer, I would give the Age Rewind a try!

Dupe #6

YSL Rouge Volupté Radiant Lipstick $38 —> Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick $12.50

YSL Lipsticks are highly hyped about all over. I just haven’t pulled the trigger on spending $38 on a tube of lipstick (seriously?!). I will say this though, I have tried these countless amounts of time and can see why they are so hyped about. These lipsticks are creamy and leave a sheer color on your lips. So many people who I see buy these lipsticks claim that they spend the money because there is no other formula like it. So as I was walking around Sephora (per usual) the Sephora lipstick display caught my eye. I instantly started swatching them and fell in LOVE. My very first thought was how they reminded me so much of the YSL ones. The only downside to them is that they have a funny smell to them. With a $12.50 price tag on them compared to $38, I’ll deal with the smell!

Dupe #6

MAC Mineralized Skinfinish in ‘Soft & Gentle” $32 —-> e.l.f Baked Blush in ‘Pinktastic’ $3

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{S&G on the left}

I bought Soft & Gentle a while back (I have the old packaging) for super cheap! It has been hyped about majorly. I think it’s a great highlighter when you’re looking for something dramatic. If you caught my post on my favorite drugstore highlighters, you would know that I LOVE e.l.f’s Pinktastic baked blush. I love the e.l.f Pinktastic SO much, and tend to reach for it over any high-end highlighter. These two don’t even compare in price, but they do however, compare in the product itself. Don’t let the name “Pinktastic” fool you. It does have an ever so slight pinky tone to it, but it’s mostly a gorgeous silver/tan sheen (much like Soft & Gentle). I recommend Pinktastic over many highlighters, but if you’re thinking about getting Soft & Gentle, I’d try out Pinktastic, first!

Well now I kinda feel like I just got robbed.. It’s a shame it took me trial and error to spend the money on the “good stuff”, when I could’ve found a cheaper alternative. Hopefully you all can learn from my mistakes!

I’m not saying these more expensive things aren’t great and do what they’re suppose to.. But just remember that just because its expensive, doesn’t mean there’s not a cheaper alternative out there that works just as good!

Hope you all enjoyed this post. I’m constantly trying to find cheaper alternatives to higher end products. Let me know what some of your favorites dupes are!

<3 LB