What has been your best dupe of a high end brand product?

What has been your best dupe of a high end brand product? Was it worth it? Share!

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Nancy T Avatar

Nyx Root Beer eyeshadow for MAC Moth Brown. Had read about it, found an Amuse store in Tempe AZ that had a super extensive range of Nyx cosmetics, so I went there and found THAT little gem! And it really is a dead-on dupe of swatches I had seen online of Moth Brown! Have found quite a few great dupes in thatt brand, as well as in Wet n Wild and Maybelline. Oh, and Nyx Matte Lipstick in Audrey had the MAC SA wondering why I wanted to buy Pink Noveau because she believed that I already owned it and had it on when I came into the store!!! LOL

Nancy T Avatar

Arizona Mills Mall near the food court and Charlotte Russe! I haven’t been there in around 6 months, but they still had a decent amount of the original Nyx eyeshadows back then. Both the original flat squares and the later quilted top squares. The makeup is way to the right side when you walk in.

Maggie Avatar

I suck at finding dupes. I tend to just buy whatever works (bc my sensitive flakey combo oily skin is super picky). Below, I’ve listed several drugstore products that outdid many higher-end counterparts for me.

Undereye Concealer: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment
Lip Pencil: Revlon Colorstay, Rimmel Exaggerate Automatic Lip Liner, Ulta Automatic Lip liner
Mascara: L’Oreal Butterfly Waterproof
Foundation: Revlon Whipped Creme Foundation
Brow Pencil: NYX Autobrow Pencil in Charcoal

Gillian Avatar

Maybe it’s not really a dupe but L’Oréal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara is as good as anything I’ve tried for twice the price, or even more! I don’t bother trying new mascaras anymore because in all my years of trying them out nothing for me, regardless of price, had worked any better on my lashes.

Saying that, I was given Lancôme’s Grandiôse mascara as a gift and it’s a much wetter formula but it gives an absolutely amazing false lash effect. I’ve yet to do a side-by-side comparison though. I’m not keen on wet formulas so it takes a bit of work to get the look I’m after but when it’s on it’s gorgeous. For me the Voluminous is much easier to use so I still think it gets my vote!

Lolly Avatar

The Nyx – Circe lipstick is a total dupe for the MAC Viva Glam Gaga II, i <3 Makeup eye primer is a Dupe for the the Urban Decay Primer Potion, and my personal favourite is the Boujois Healthy Balance powder which is a total Dupe for the Chanel Poudre Pressed Powder! (even made in the same factory)
In love with these Dupes 😀

Mariella Avatar

There have been a lot. The WnW original Colour Icon 6-pan palettes in Lust and Vanity are amazing dupes for a lot of MAC shadows and the Comfort Zone 8-pan dupes a lot of MAC, UD and Dior shadows. But I think my most used would be the Essence mattifying pressed powder which is a great dupe for MAC Matte (though I do find the Essence one prone to shattering, which has never happened with MAC).

Nicole Avatar

I have a couple of the Milani blushes that wen I saw them as dupes for some HE blushes but saw that they scored just as well or better. I have Delizio Pink and Luminosso. I love them! Also the Sephora brand and Loreal eye liners are pretty good at under $10 each.

Marvienne Avatar

I don’t have dupes, I normally don’t like dupes, I want the real thing.
It can be that I have a dupe of some lipsticks that I don’t even know, but now that I wanted to buy a dupe for some product.

The Silver Nail Avatar

I’ve tried a bazillion eye shadow primers, mostly as samples that came as gift-with-purchase, and none of the high-end expensive ones work any better than the $1 primer from e.l.f., and most are much worse. Admittedly, it’s almost the only product from e.l.f. that I do like!

Rachel R. Avatar

Sephora Cougar for MAC Kelly Yum-Yum: An exact dupe and I got several on clearance for $7 each.

e.l.f. Studio HD Powder for MUFE HD Powder: It’s just as good, and not fragranced like the MUFE.

Sleek Blush in Rose Gold for NARS Orgasm: It’s almost identical; Rose Gold is a hair darker, I think.

Carla Avatar

I don’t often do dupes – if there’s a high-end product that is really great, I typically go for the “real thing,” and budget accordingly.
However, I must say that I’ve found NYX lip pencils to be every bit as good as MAC’s.

Nancy T Avatar

Oh, I agree completely about the Nyx lip pencils! Not only do they dupe actual MAC shades, but they literally stay put ALL day too. I almost never need to touch them upeven after 5,6,7 hours or more.

Carla Avatar

Larenim “Spellbound” is, in my opinion, BETTER than MAC’s popular LE “Sweet Sienna.”
“Spellbound” is smooth, richly pigmented, and is a true taupe – at least on NW15 me, “Sweet Sienna” was obnoxiously green.
After I got “Spellbound,” I gave my “Sweet Sienna” away!

xamyx Avatar

I don’t set out looking for dupes, but since I’m typically attracted to certain types of shades/products, I inevitably have several. That said, I can’t think of any off-hand that are necessarily “better”, as I have only a few brands I pull from, and I’m happy with all of them…

Michelle Avatar

Maybelline dream lumi for YSL Touche Éclat or Givenchy Mister Light. Dream Lumi is, in my opinion, the best drugstore product there is.

Sam P Avatar

Not sure if it’s available in the States but Makeup Revolution’s Iconic 3 palette – practically identical to Naked 3 but less than a quarter the price. Ok the shadows don’t last quite as long but they survive a day in the office and that suits me just fine!

Rachel R. Avatar

They ship to the US, but as far as I know aren’t sold here. (Someone please correct me if I’m wrong.) In the past I have ordered several of their palettes and some of their lipsticks. Good stuff! They have tons of dupes on their website, actually. I just shipping wasn’t so much.

Judy H. Avatar

I really like Milani’s Luminoso blush! It is easily a dupe for NARS Orgasm and has incredible staying powder. I also think it glides on much easier than the NARS. I found it accidentally when we were out of town and I realized I’d left my make-up bag at home. I went to Walgreens to pick up the bare basics and found the Milani brand. I also picked up one of their lipsticks and a lip gloss and still use them quite often… pretty colors.

El Avatar

I don’t really seek out dupes; I either like a product or I don’t, regardless of brand or price point. That said, I do have some that are dupes of more expensive products. I think the two best ones are the Max Factor Creme Puff blushes, which are marbled with highlighting powder and give an effect similar to the Hourglass Ambient blushes, and the Boots No. 7 chubby highlighter stick, which is virtually indistinguishable from the Clinique one at less than half the price. Boots No. 7 also has the BB Lips tinted balm, which is similar to the Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector. I actually like the BB Lips better; there are more colours, and they aren’t all pastel-y or nude shades. There’s a nice berry one.

As a brand, Boots No. 7 actually does a good job of providing decent quality drugstore dupes in general – I’d consider that one of their strengths in their cosmetics line.

kellly Avatar

elf makes an undereye primer ($3) that is a pretty decent dupe for Smashbox undereye primer ($26). I didn’t really think an undereye primer would make much difference, but it keeps concealer in place, helps defy creasing all day and makes even concealers that I wasn’t happy with perform much better. And $3 is way better than $26 any day!

Jennifer Avatar

Avon everlasting eye shadow pencils are a great dupe for Laura Mercier caviar sticks. They even have some similar colors. They’re awesome-and affordable!

Marissa Avatar

I don’t actually look for dupes but i have a few ones i like…

The elf bronzer-blush duo in st. lucia… the bronzer it’s similar to nars laguna imo (where i live we doesn’t have a nars counter :[ … i know, i know)
covergirl spellbound (325) is a great dupe for MAC girl about town
wet n wild lipstick in (970) Purty Persimmon is a close dupe for MAC so Chaud.

(maybe you’ve heard of this in the internet but oh well)

Susan Dowman Nevling Avatar

I don’t think I really look for dupes. Just buy what I like. I do try different skin care but don’t go over the top. Have sensitive skin so use samples as much as possible and purchase what seems to help.


I love this question!!! Milan luminoso, sleek rose gold are all great dupes as well as nyx micro brow, the best brow pencil, equal or better than Anastasia’s. I also found a deep, deep red polish, almost black beautiful by Sinful color nail polish called Rich in Heart that is an exact dupe for a nail color you commented about 6 mos ago. I can’t remember the name of the color, or brand, but the dupes you had didn’t come close to how this one performed. It cost about 35.00 or up, but this is a perfect match. Maybe you can help me Christine . I also top it off with Rock top coat thaRevlon illumt makes the Sinful colors last 10-14 days without chipping. Sinful Color has dupes for the most popular polishes and cost less than 2.00.

Amalia Avatar

A great dupe for Mac Stone lip pencil is Biolife Extreme lip pencil Beige #421 (for 3 euros). With this lip pencil and a sheer cool toned aubergine lipstick, I create Tom Ford Stavros lipstick. Korres Volcanic Minerals Twist Eyeshadows dupes for Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks.

Ashleigh Avatar

I love dupes! I’ve bought:
Sonia Kashuk’s LE matte red for MAC’s Russian Red, Rimmel Nude Delight for MAC’s Shy Girl, Wet n Wild Bare it All for Kinda Sexy (I actually prefer the Wet n Wild formula, it’s not as drying!), I also bought a dupe for Angel (I think it was a maybelline lippie?) instead of Angel because I didn’t want to spend the $ on Angel if it didn’t look good on me (and it didn’t!). Mary Kay sunny citrus for Morange, MK shy girl blush for NARS orgasm, NYX soft matte lip creams and Sephora cream lipstains for Anastasia BH liquid lipsticks… I’ve done a lot of dupe hunting, heh.

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