Cheap Alternatives To Pricy Makeup Buys — That Actually Work

Finding comparable, low-cost alternatives to pricy makeup, skin, and hair buys has become something of a sport online. I certainly revel in the discovery of a good "dupe" — that is, a beauty product that so closely resembles another item that it could be considered a duplicate — but it's no easy feat.
A quick Google search for alternatives to the $50 blue eyeshadow you've been eyeing will serve up a handful of drugstore options vying for your attention instead. And while side-by-side swatches on hands and forearms can tell you a lot, there's nothing like seeing the product on the face to tell if it's worth your money.
So I put ten high-end products and their drugstore dupes to the test. But I didn't just swipe them on and call it a day; I wore them for twelve hours to really determine how they wear. An added bonus, every single item — from my brushes to my lipstick to my eyeshadow — is 100% cruelty-free.
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High-End Makeup:
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation, $44 USD, available at Charlotte Tilbury; Wander Beauty Concealer in Light $29 USD, available at Sephora, Cover FX Matte Setting Powder in Light, $35 USD, available at Sephora; Marc Jacobs Bronzer O!Mega Bronze $49 USD, available at Marc Jacobs Beauty; Hourglass Radiant Blush in Dim Infusion $38 USD, available at Sephora; RMS Beauty Champagne Rose Luminizer $38 USD, available at RMS Beauty; Natasha Denona Sunset Palette $129 USD, available at Sephora; Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper $20 USD, available at Sephora; Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara $26 USD, available at Birchbox; Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Dusty Rose $20 USD, available at Ulta Beauty.
Drugstore Makeup:
Wet n Wild Photo Focus Soft Foundation in Soft Beige, $6 USD, available at Wet n Wild; Wet n Wild Concealer Photo Focus Concealer in Light Ivory and Medium Beige, $4 USD, available at Wet n Wild; Flower Beauty Miracle Matte Translucent Finishing Powder, $13 USD, available at Walmart; Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in Bronzer, $15 USD; available at Ulta Beauty; Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso $7 USD, available at Target; Highlighter: E.L.F. Highlighting Pearl Paint in Moonbeam $4 USD, availalble at E.L.F.; ColourPop Yes, Please! Pressed Powder Shadow Palette $16 USD, available at ColourPop; Jordana FabuLiner Liquid Liner $3 USD, available at Walgreens; Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Water Resistant Mascara $14 USD, available at Ulta Beauty; Milani Amore Matte Lip Cream in Precious $8.99 USD, available at Ulta Beauty.

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