Saturday, 9 August 2014

The Best Highstreet Dupes

I do love a good dupe product. Who wouldn't love a product that worked just as well (sometimes even better) than a high-end product that costs a great deal more?
I have collected quite a few product dupes, some are better than others but here is my list of products that are worth skipping at the high end counter and picking up for just a few pounds instead.

I do love Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish but at £14.75 it is pretty pricey for a cleanser. I love using it but find myself being very sparing with the amount I use because I want to savor it and make it last as long as possible. Enter Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser not only do you get 50ml more for your money, but you only part with £5.99 for it in the first place - plus, it is on offer for £2.98 right now! They are both similar in consistency in that they are both thick and creamy. Both work well at deeply cleansing the skin and leaving you feeling totally pampered. 
Total Saving - £8.76 (£11.77 right now!)

An oldie, but a goodie. This dupe appears on just about every beauty blogger's list. I adore the Urban Decay Naked Palette. I just adore Urban Decay shadows on the whole. They are packed with pigmentation, buttery soft and long lasting. They are also expensive with this palette ringing in at an eye-watering £37. MUA answered Urban Decay with their Undressed Palette which is a shade by shade dupe. Given, the MUA shadows are a little chalky and don't last just as well as the Urban Decay ones but it is £4. Yes, £4. I can totally forgive the chalkiness.
Total Saving - £33 

Benefit Coralista is one of my favourite summer-time blushers. It is beautifully coral with a hint of shimmer and looks great on my pale skin. But, it does cost £23.50. Here is where e.l.f. Studio Blush in Candid Coral makes a great alternative, this is very close in shade and looks just as brilliant on the skin. Priced at £3.95 it is a lot friendlier on those purse strings too.
Total Saving - £19.55

This is one of the instances where I genuinely prefer the cheaper product. bareMinerals Mineral Veil is something which I have used for years to bring a little extra radiance to my complexion. It is a brilliant product which works well, at £20 it is quite expensive for what is effectively just a loose powder. I have blogged about Bourjois Java Rice Powder before here. I really adore this product. it brightens the complexion a great deal more than the bareMinerals product plus it has that amazing Bourjois rose scent (I'm still gutted I wasn't quick enough to get those candles last year!).
Total Saving - £10.01

It's another Urban Decay and MUA face-off. Urban Decay Primer Potion does dominate the market when it comes to serious eye primer. Understandably so as it works exceptionally well in holding shadow in place all day and night. At £16, I can understand why people are a little reluctant to purchase it. If you are looking for a good eye primer at a fraction of the price then go and check out MUA Pro-Base Eye Primer. You only need to spend £2.50 and it works pretty well at keeping your shadow in place and neutralising the colour on those lids.
Total Saving - £13.50

I love a gel liner, they are so easy to apply and if you make a mistake so easy to correct. Illamasqua Precision Gel Liner at £18 is no exception, it is very smooth on application and is easy to correct if there are any mishaps while doing your cat-eye flick. Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner in Black is a brilliant dupe, where you get less product in the Maybelline pot, it still lasts for absolutely ages. The other thing that Maybelline has up on Illamasqua is that it comes with a precision brush which works amazingly well. Oh, and it is £7.99.
Total Saving - £10.01 

Total Accumulated Saving - £94.83

What are your favourite dupes?


  1. Ohh, definitely going to have to get my hands on that Bourjois powder! Bourjois seem to have the best of the High St at the moment! I love my MUA eyeshadows too - I find applying them over a cream eyeshadow makes them last far longer :)
    The Graduate Goddess xx

    1. They really do seem to be churning out a lot of great products at the moment don't they? I think I have all of the MUA palettes, I have a problem with them! :)

  2. Great post! I predominantly buy drugstore make up and it's amazing to see how much money you can save compared to the high-end equivalents. I really like the MUA eyeshadow primer, I think it does a fantastic job! Although, I've never tried the Urban Decay version… I'm also a big fan of e.l.f blushers as I think they are usually really good!

    The Miss Beauty Saver Blog

    1. The Urban Decay one is fab - just awfully pricey! xx

  3. Love this post! Definitely need to investigate that eye primer, really need a new one once the UD runs out! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

  4. This is such a brilliant post! I'm definitely going to check out that Undressed Palette!xx


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