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Budget Friendly Makeup Dupes

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Budget Friendly Makeup Dupes

Affordable Makeup Alternatives to Department Store Products

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As a self-professed makeup junkie, I love to try out many products—both the department store stuff and the drugstore/generic brands. While expensive makeup intuitively seems to mean better quality, it’s not always true…especially when it comes to certain drugstore brand substitutes. Here are a number of items I’ve found that work fabulously for a fraction of the cost!

NYX Loose Pigment Shadows: I love these babies…they’re seriously probably one of my favorite go-to loose shadows. Only a couple bucks for each, NYX’s loose shadows are really on par with the more expensive and hyped-MAC Loose Pigments. They’re vividly pigmented, versatile, easy to apply…what is there not to love?

Maybelline’s Great Lash: So you’ve heard it several times before, I’m sure. But I have to say it again: the Great Lash is a total HG for me and countless other women. It’s UBER cheap, gets the job done, clump-free, and just simply one of the best mascaras I’ve ever found. It even trumps most of the ridiculously overpriced department store mascaras I’ve tried!!

Milani’s blushes: So I’ve tried Nar’s blushes and agree that they’re wonderfully gorgeous in their silky finish, subtle glow, and dewy look. But Milani’s blushes are pretty close to the same effect—and best yet, they are totally wallet-friendly (which earns extra brownie points in my books!).

Rimmel’s brow pencils: When it comes to brow pencils, I’ve used the department brand stuff, the drugstore brand ones, and what I really love is Rimmel’s brow pencils. On those days I want to play up my brows (from my usual brow powder) and go for a defined look, Rimmel’s brow pencil is always my go-to.

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This is a great article! I have to try those blushes by Milani. Where do you usually buy those? This comment has been removed.
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Thanks for doing comparisons. It's nice to know which less inexpensive products are still good quality. This comment has been removed.
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