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Drugstore Dupes

Drugstore Dupes

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drugstore dupes: budget-friendly alternatives to high end beauty brands

I love a good trip to Sephora. In fact, I love it so much that I wrote a post last summer called Three Ways to Save Money At Sephora. But when you're on a tight budget, all the money-saving tips in the world won't help those high-end products compete with drugstore brands. I'm slimming down my budget this month so trips to Sephora and Nordstrom will be slimmed down considerably as well. 

The good news is that there are so many amazing drugstore products these days that give the more expensive brands a serious run for their money. Here are five of my favourite drugstore dupes.

Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm VS Clinique ChubbyStick Lip Color Balm

I was gifted my first Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm by a friend one Christmas and it instantly became my favourite go-to lipstick. It's super moisturizing, easy to apply, and incredibly long-lasting.

Revlon Highlighting Palette VS Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick

Blushes and highlights are two products where I don't often notice a big difference in quality between drugstore and high-end brands. This Revlon Palette recreates the multi-dimensional colour effect you get from Bobbi Brown at a fraction of the price. 

L'Oreal Paris La Palette Nude VS Urban Decay Naked Palette

Everyone is obsessed with the Urban Decay Naked Palettes but they definitely don't come cheap. L'Oreal is my favourite brand for drugstore eyeshadows so when I saw they'd released a line of nude palettes to rival Urban Decay I snapped one up right away. I find their eyeshadows blend beautifully and have great staying power at a reasonable price. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit VS NYX Contour Pro Palette 

As soon as NYX came on the scene here in Canada a couple years ago, it was clear that their products could rival a lot of pricer brands. Stand-alone NYX stores have popped up in downtown Toronto, proving that this is more than your average drugstore brand. Plus, with two more shades than the Anastasia Kit all offered at nearly half the price, how can you go wrong?

L'Oreal HydraGenius Moisturizer VS Clarins HydraQuench Cream

I love Clarins HydraQuench for my dry skin but with my tightening budget, I couldn't justify repurchasing it when I ran out last month. Instead, I decided to try a similar sounding L'Oreal version and I am very happy with the results. The L'Oreal cream is a little thicker, but it sinks nicely into the skin and its moisturizing power leaves nothing to be desired. 

Drugstore products have really come a long way since I started wearing makeup over ten years ago. I think it's wonderful that there are now so many budget-friendly options that can really rival the pricier brands. What are some of your favourite drugstore dupes? Have you tried any of these products? 


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