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We Wore High-End & Drugstore Makeup For A Day — & This Is What Won

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Beauty with Mi, hosted by Refinery29's beauty writer Mi-Anne Chan, explores the coolest new trends, treatments, products, and subcultures in the beauty world. Follow along on her wild beauty adventures here.
For every $45 aquamarine eyeliner you can buy on the internet, there's at least five drugstore dupes that are rallying for your attention instead. But, there's only so much those side-by-side hand swatches on YouTube and Instagram can tell you. Will the liner stay on after biking to work on a humid day? Can you watch This Is Us without crying blue tears down your cheeks? Will it scratch your lids and leave them painfully dry or irritated?
To find out, I decided to put seven high-end products and their seven drugstore dupes to the ultimate test. I wore half of them on each side of my face, then put them through a series of challenges to see which ones reigned supreme at the end of the day. Check out my results in the video above and keep scrolling for a full product breakdown.
Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup, $42, available at Estée Lauder.
NARS Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer in Laguna, $40, available at Nars.
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand, $38, available at Charlotte Tilbury.
MAC Chromagraphic Pencil in Cyan, $17.50, available at MAC.
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Waterproof, $23, available at Too Faced.
Kylie Cosmetics The Bronze Palette, $42, available at Kylie Cosmetics.
Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in HeartBreaker, $20, available at Sephora.
Revlon ColorStay Makeup for Combo/Oily Skin, $12.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
Covergirl Trublend Bronzer, $9.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
NYX Cosmetics Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter in Crystal Gaze, $7, available at NYX Cosmetics.
L’Oréal Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara, $9.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner in Turqoise, $3.97, available at Walmart.
E.L.F. Mad For Matte Eyeshadow Palette, $10, available at E.L.F.
Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Lip Color in Pioneer, $9.49, available at Maybelline.
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Beauty with Mi explores the craziest trends, most unique treatments, newest products, and strangest subcultures in the beauty world. Hosted by Refinery29's very own beauty writer, Mi Anne Chan, we dare to find and try the fringes of beauty, for better or worse.

High End Makeup Compare Drugstore Best Products DupesReleased on September 5, 2017