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The Best Budget-Friendly Makeup & Skincare Dupes 2020

The Best Budget-Friendly Makeup & Skincare Dupes 2020
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Into luxury makeup and skincare without the luxury price tag? We understand. It’s not always easy staying up to date with the latest products, particularly when some of those cult favourites seem to cost the earth. Luckily for beauty fanatics everywhere, there are loads of brands out there producing products that match up to their high-end counterparts, without the hefty price.

While we’d love to use the very best makeup and most beautifully packaged skincare, that kind of spending isn’t always realistic. We loveour luxury products and wouldn’t trade those special treats for anything, but when it comes to stocking up on everyday essentials, there are plenty of alternatives that do the trick just as well.

Here are some of our favourite luxury makeup and skincare dupes. Spread the word!

Best Beauty blender dupes

We know you’ve heard of the Beautyblender, the little sponge that blends makeup to a soft, dreamy finish. Once you switch your traditional makeup brushes for one of these little beauties, you won’t be able to go back.

The original Beautyblender is a fantastic tool, but if you don’t want to pay £17 for the original brand sponge, we get it.

Enter Real Techniques! Our forever-favourite makeup tools brand has made a dupe of the original Beautyblender for a fraction of the price, so you can enjoy all the glory with plenty of cash left over to spend. The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge costs less than a fiver. How can you complain?

Other Beautyblender alternatives include our Fragrance Direct Beauty Blending Sponge, Technic Foundation Sponge, and W7 Power Puff Egg Shape Face Blender Sponge.

Best MAC makeup dupes

When it comes to makeup, MAC tops our list time and time again. Their concealers and foundations have staying power like no other, and their range of matt and sheer lipsticks come in all the colours under the sun. Throw in super-sleek packaging and a price tag to match, and you’ve got yourself a luxury makeup brand.

If you’re tired of spending your hard-earned cash on MAC’s inarguably fab products, try one of these dupes for the same results at a fraction of the cost.

Swap MAC Studio Fix Fluid for Revlon Colorstay 24H Skin Pump

Swap MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer for NYX Concealer Jar

Swap MAC Matte Lipstick for NYX Velvet Matte Lipstick

Luxury skincare dupes

Skincare is where this gets tricky. You aren’t just looking for a colour and texture that matches the high-end stuff, but you’re after a product that treats your skin well and leaves you feeling great. Luckily, there are products available that can do it all without breaking the bank.

Swap Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel for AA Skincare Lavender & Tea Tree Cleansing Face Gel

Swap Clarins Super Restorative Day Cream for Avalon Organics Vitamin C Renewal Facial Cream

Swap Avant Skincare Advanced Bio Radiance Concentrate Serum for Balance Vitamin C Power Serum

These products really are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to makeup and skincare dupes. There’s no shame in accepting your budget, and swapping your Chanel, and Charlotte Tilbury for brands like Rimmel, W7, and Maybelline can leave you with money left over to spend on other things. What’s not to love?

Looking for more skincare and beauty tips? Keep exploring our blog for all the latest in skincare, makeup, beauty, and fragrance.
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