Dupes ALERT🚨: These Drugstore Beauty Brands Amazed Me!
Jun. 21, 2020
Just because something’s expensive doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s good – or, at least, better than something cheaper. Luckily, there are some fantastic drugstore brands out there with dupes that work just as well (or sometimes even better!) than the more expensive options – and after trying out a lot of them over the years, I’ve summed up the best available here.
If you’ve never heard of NYX cosmetics before, you’ve been missing a trick. It’s actually been around since way back in 1999, when Toni Ko, who moved to the US from Korea at age 13, founded it after noticing a wide price gap between luxury and “regular” brands and products on the market. NYX sells a wide range of 100% cruelty-free and PETA-certified makeup, from flawless foundations to lipsticks and lip liners that will rival Kylie Cosmetics. One product to watch out for in particular is the NYX Pore Filler, which is almost an exact replica of Benefit’s POREfessional Primer – but just a fraction of the price!
Founded in 2002 by Ralph Bijou and Laurie Minc and named after Milan, the city that inspired them, Milani is a cosmetic brand that sells a variety of different products in colors and shades that are appropriate for all skin tones, with an extensive product range to choose from. The makeup is known for its superior quality and rich, pigmented color – as well as its low price tag. While Milani is not specifically a vegan brand, there are multiple products that are vegan-friendly; plus, they’re all certified cruelty-free.
Lacura’s popularity has risen quickly in the last few years – and it’s not hard to see why. It’s an award-winning beauty brand with a range of products, from makeup to rejuvenating skincare creams and serums, as well as shampoos and conditioners. And the most important part: it’s beauty on a budget. Take the Pink Clay Mask, for example, which is strikingly similar to the famous Sand & Sky mask that’s taken social media by storm. Instead of a high price tag, however, it’s under $10.
LACURAPink Clay Mask
It’s more than likely that you’ve heard of CoverGirl before, being one of America’s most well-known drugstore brands. It was founded way back in 1989 and has been a staple in the budget beauty industry ever since. And it’s still going strong, coming out as one of the best brands for dupe beauty and makeup products. It combines a range of high-quality, cruelty-free products with reasonable – and affordable – prices, and still comes out on top in surveys of America’s all-time favorite beauty brands. Check out CoverGirl’s TruBlend Concealer – it’s pretty much identical to Tarte's Shapetape Concealer, just much, much cheaper!
COVERGIRLTruBlend Undercover Concealer
tarteShape Tape Concealer
So, now you know some of the drugstore beauty brands with the best dupes, you can start trying them out. I’d suggest taking a high-end product that you like and then searching to see if any of these brands sell something similar – there’s a good chance they will do, as all have a pretty extensive product range. However, before you use any new product, you should always check the ingredients list just to make sure that there’s nothing in there that will irritate your skin. And if you love your new brands and products, don’t forget to share this article with your friends and family so that they can benefit too!
Black Owned Makeup Look
So I decided to use the products I pictured in my first photo (minus my highlight shade and lipstick) I used the #Ace Beaute - Nostalgia Palette[products]#[FiveStars] for my entire eye look. I definitely enjoyed these products. My only advice is to shake the UOMA BEAUTY - Say What?! Foundation before use (because it can come out watery) but the coverage is absolutely flawless. I was shocked with the consistency the coverage I got. What’s your favorite black owned brands? (I do not own right to the song)
Drunk Elephant- The Littles 🐘
I won this cute little kit in a raffle & I couldn’t be more thankful! I have always wanted to try these products but never wanted to spend the money on all of them incase I didn’t like them! Inside this kit are the following products: DRUNK ELEPHANT - Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser Deluxe Sample DRUNK ELEPHANT - B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum DRUNK ELEPHANT - Protini Polypeptide Cream DRUNK ELEPHANT - C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum DRUNK ELEPHANT - C-Firma Vitamin C Day Serum DRUNK ELEPHANT - Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil DRUNK ELEPHANT - Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 That’s literally a whole skincare routine! So far I started out my day with one of Drunk Elephants infamous “Face Smoothies” I washed my face with Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser & then combined C-Firma Day Serum, Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, & Protini Polypeptide Cream together on my mixing trey with a disposable skincare spatula! I applied it all over my face & neck. Once that absorbed, I applied Umbra Tinte Daily Defense SPF 30 over my face & neck & was done! I love how the kit comes with steps to walk you through different routines you can use in the morning or at night! I will do a follow up review after I have used all the products for a few weeks! But so far, my skin feels & looks great! I have been breaking out lately & haven’t felt the best about my skin so I really needed this pick me up!! Thank you for reading! You guys are the best!! ❤️ @cherie@Cheriebeauty@CheriePick
Clear skin the gentle way?
Thank you @cheriefor this amazing gift 🤩 “buh-koo-chee-all” HERBIVORE - Bakuchiol Anti-Aging Serum I’ve already become a diehard Herbivore lover. So to receive this beauty was super exciting. When I started my acne journey on Cherie I was (and still am) a Differin Acne Gel stan. This was my choice of retinol and I wanted it strong to treat acne and boost my cellular turnover. Now that my acne is currently under control and it’s getting hot again, I definitely want something smooth and gentle. Bakuchiol is a gentler alternative to the very popular ingredient retinol. So essentially you’ll get overall youthful results for your skin. I haven’t tested this on my acne theory yet, but overall my face has been smooth and irritation free. This serum does not have a smell which I love for products of this caliber. I also love that it’s light and not drying at all. I use this at night and since i have a tolerance to retinol I use it every night. I haven’t been using it long enough to see results (about 12 weeks) but I definitely can’t wait to finish this. Have you tried Bakuchiol?
At Home Exfoliating Facial ✨✨
So I recently received the Mimi Co Exfoliating Wand via IG PR. I couldn’t wait to do a full facial and I decided to do it tonight. Order: I purchased a steamer from Amazon for $23 and I’m obsessed with it (DM me for product info). I started with UpCircle - Cleansing Face Balm With Apricot Powder As my oil cleanse to get my sunscreen from today off and any other oils and dirts. INDIE LEE - Purifying Face Wash This cleanser is perfect for getting dirts and oils from skin as well. It’s not drying and it’s totally worth it! I paired it with a face cleansing scrub brush, I also purchased from Amazon. I love it and I paid around $20 for it as well! It doubles the vibration frequency put out by Foreo. CLARISMA - Namaste Glow Energizing Face Mask This was the mask I chose for the enzyme properties. This breaks down dirts and oils in pores and dead skin cells. I also steamed my face during this time. Follain - Toning Mist: Balance + Prime This was what I sprayed over my face for the prep for my exfoliating wand. I didn’t have a true medium and I am out of Aloe Vera plants so😭 I then exfoliated with my wand starting at my cheeks and working upward and then to my forehead. I went down and to the sides of my nose. Glow slow! innisfree - Jeju Lava Seawater Lotion I used the toner to cleanse my skin and get any dirts left over from me exfoliating. SUMMER FRIDAYS - Jet Lag Mask I use this as my hydrating mask. I took the back of my Mimi Co Wand on switched to the Moisturizing Setting. I gently slid upwards my entire face for the last 2 mins only and then wiped the mask off with a damp cloth. earthtoskin - Tea Time Anti Aging Eye Cream This is the most hydrating eye cream I own. I used this with the back of my cleansing brush on the heat setting! Yes it made my eye feel so hydrated and relaxed. fresh - Lotus Anti-Aging Night Moisturizer This was the final step as a good moisturizer seals in everything! To prevent acne I use the SUNDAY RILEY - U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil as my last step. I didn’t use an astringent type toner, so I wanted to still treat my skin💚
Black Owned Makeup Brands 🖤✨
Happy Black History Month ✨✨ & #makeupmonday In honor of black history month here are some of my favorite black owned (even currently) makeup products. Juvia's PLACE - Juvia’s PLACE Shade Sticks Juvia's PLACE - I Am Magic Concealer Juvia's PLACE - Tropical Lip Balm 5-Pack Juvia's PLACE - The Nubian Glow Palette Thanks @RedheadSkincarefor the gift 💝 ACE BEAUTE - Blushed In Paradise #Ace Beaute - Nostalgia Eyeshadow Palette[products]#[FiveStars] UOMA BEAUTY - Say What?! Foundation UOMA BEAUTY - Boss Gloss Liquid Marble BLACK RADIANCE - True Complexion Contour Palette Beauty Bakerie - Breakfast in Bed Eyeshadow Palette FENTY BEAUTY - Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Setting Powder This makes up most of my collection and I have ordered plenty more✨ Stay tuned for a look ✨ Just a reminder supporting black people is more than financial. It’s a mindset and there are plenty of allies. BHM is a celebration of our power and strength that we have exemplified and endured throughout history. To be an ally, it’s simple just be true to yourself and understand your fellow blacks in your community and beyond. Nobody asks for sympathy, just understanding and compassion. Silence is compliance in this day and age. What’s in your collection ? ✨
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