We spend too much on expensive brand Makeup and cosmetics because we do not have time to search for a reasonable/economic equivalent of that makeup. We have compared with high end makeup like Chanel, Mac, Giorgio Armani, Dior, Nars etc for foundation, Powder, Blush/Bronzer, Eye shadow, Mascara etc. We were able to find almost perfect effects and match for a fraction of cost. This is all based on research and input from Makeup Experts!
Below are some of the drugstore alternatives to high end makeup brands for a very low Price.
Use the drug store brands instead, and trust me NO one will notice.
Brand name High End: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, $59
Drugstore Alternative: CoverGirl NatureLuxe Silk Foundation, $10
Money saved: $49
Why you’ll love it: ”As much as I love the amazing Armani foundation, CoverGirl’s NatureLuxe Silk Foundation is just as good,” says Miami-based makeup artist Marissa Nemes. “It has similar benefits while adding sun protection, and its oil free/paraben free formula is lightweight, smoothes out imperfections, and leaves the skin looking flawless and polished.”
Brand Name High End: Giorgio Armani Smooth Silk Eye Pencil, $30
DrugStore Low Cost Alternative: Styli-Style Line and Seal Eyes, $5.50
Money saved: $24.50
Why you’ll love it: ”Giorgio Armani makes superb eyeliners,” saysNew York City makeup artist Quinn Murphy. “The color range is fab and they glide on effortlessly and stay put. [But] I am also a longtime fan of Styli-Style Line and Seal eyeliners. The Black pencil is super-black and as good as it gets, and the liners’ firm texture allows for maximum precision. Plus, they last for hours.”
Brand Name High Ends: MAC Eye Shadow in All That Glitters, Brule, and Carbon, $14 each
DrugStore Low Cost Alternatives: NYX Eyeshadow in Champagne, $4,Wet n Wild MegaEyes Shadow Pot in Brule, $2.50, andMilani Eye Shadow in Black, $5, respectively
Money saved: $30.50 total
Why you’ll love them: Christine Mielke, makeup guru and editor of the blog Temptalia, is constantly comparing makeup shades and rates the percentage they match (you can see her full list on her blog). She rates these MAC shadow duplicates at 100 percent. Doesn’t get any closer than that!
Brand Name High End: Dior Diorshow Mascara, $21.85
DrugStore Low Cost Alternative: L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Mascara, $8.99
Money saved: $12.86
Why you’ll love it: ”[The L'Oreal] mascara is truly great and can definitely stand on its own as far as best drugstore mascara,” says Warren Tricomi makeup artist Kristie Striecher. “The formula is rich and stays on well. For me, it’s all about the brush — and this brush applies the perfect coat each time. It doesn’t clump and stays nice until the end of the tube. [It definitely] compares to Diorshow.”
Brand Name High End: Nars Blush/Bronzer Duo in Orgasm/Laguna, $38
DrugStore Low Cost Alternative: E.L.F. Studio Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder, $3
Money saved: $35
Why you’ll love it: Mielke calls these two a 95 percent match. The only difference? The E.L.F. product is “lighter” and “less pigmented” so you’ll need to apply a bit more for the same effect. But you probably won’t mind when you’re saving $35.
Brand Name High End: MAC Set Powder, $27
DrugStore Low Cost Alternative: Ben Nye Translucent Powder, $5
Money saved: $22
Why you’ll love it: ”I don’t go anywhere without MAC’s [Set Powder],” Murphy says. “It is truly a universal powder that works on the fairest to deepest skin tones. [But] Ben Nye’s Translucent Powder is a finely milled invisible powder [and] the best deal in town. It also works great on everyone no matter what your complexion.”
Brand Name High Ends: MAC Lipstick in Lady Danger with Luster, $15 and Nars Lipstick in Honolulu Honey, $24
DrugStore Low Cost Alternatives: Revlon Lipstick in Orange Flip and Naughty Nude, $7 each, respectively
Money saved: $25 total
Why you’ll love them: Striecher calls Revlon’s Orange Flip “such a classic” and says it “looks great on everyone.” She compares it to MAC Lady Danger and calls both shades, “not too scary orange.” Murphy says both the Nars and Revlon shades will give you the perfect nude lip. “Nars Honolulu Honey is the ultimate flesh-toned beige,” he says. “It’s a staple in my kit. But Revlon’s Naughty Nude is a genius nude lip color that conquers the quintessential Brigitte Bardot pale pout.”
Brand Name High End: Lancome Juicy Tubes, $18
DrugStore Low Cost Alternative: L’Oreal Paris Colour Juice Sheer Juicy Lip Gloss, $6
Money saved: $12
Why you’ll love it: ”L’Oreal Colour Juice Lip Gloss is just as good as Lancome Juicy Tubes,” says New York City makeup artist Rachel Wood. “It’s great because [L'Oreal] has a great variety of colors and the same amount of high shine as its rival.” I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised by this — L’Oreal and Lancome are part of the same corporation. Maybe they use the same formula?
Oh, and in case you were curious how much money you would save if you opted for all of these bargain buys over Brand Name High Ends: $225.86!!
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