My first introduction to makeup was like most girls; via my mom’s makeup collection. I would sit in the bathroom rifling through my mom’s Mary Kay and Avon products and by the time I walked out of the bathroom, I looked like I was ready for a runway (at least in my mind I did). To this day, I can still remember the smell of a good old fashioned Avon lipstick.
As soon as I hit high school and had a part-time job of my own, I would spend most of my money at CVS collecting the latest shadows and lip glosses from brands like L’Oreal and Maybelline. To me, I was living the dream being able to cover my skin with the newest foundation from Revlon. It wasn’t until I was graduating high school that I realized that there was a difference between the items I bought at the drugstore and the products that I walked by at Macy’s. In fact, I can thank my first introduction to the world of MAC to a former manager of mine who is now a fabulous drag queen with blending skills you would all be envious of.
Just because I now have a serious appreciation for high-end products does not mean I have veered away from the drugstore altogether. In fact, some of my favorite beauty finds that I use daily are from my local Walgreens. In honor of the fact that I believe you can have a great face of makeup on a budget, here are some of my favorite beauty duplicates.
Maybelline’s Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner is one of the first drugstore products to become a ‘holy-grail’ for me. After spending years using pencils and liquid liners, I decided to attempt a gel liner in order to create a more matte finish with my liner. This product is high quality and in my opinion, the most opaque gel liner I have used. While other brands, including Illamasqua and Inglot, have a great formulation they are also three times the price. Even the best of beauty bloggers use the Eye Studio liner and for good reason. It is a must have if you are a fan of black liner.
Duplicating lip products is a touchy subject in my book. Yes, there are some incredible drugstore lip products on the market, but there are also some high-end brands that can’t be beat. I am in no way knocking the ever-amazing YSL when saying this, but I promise you that you can get the same coverage and wear from the L’Oreal Color Riche as you can from the Glossy Stains. The packaging is similar as is the applicator and while YSL is a little more smooth (in my opinion), L’Oreal has an incredible formula.
You are not a true beauty junkie unless you own (and obsess) over Milani’s baked blushes – specifically the shade Luminoso. This is the claim by many and I will absolutely stand by that. Milani actually carries a slew of great products, but their blushes are by far my favorite. They are smooth and creamy; a blending dream. I also think that the baked formula allows so many of the shades to be worn on so many different skin tones. Now, I will admit I adore Laura Geller’s products, but if $30 is over your price point, I can guarantee you an exact duplicate in the Milani baked blushes.
If you wear foundation and have not tried the pro-matte foundation from L’Oreal, you really need to get your life together, okay? This foundation is the must-have in the beauty world right now and for very good reason. I have even seen girls with dry skin raving about this! Coming from someone who has battled against oily skin her whole life, this foundation has changed the game for me. It’s a lot less heavy (and at times cakey) then the Mat Velvet, yet you still get amazing coverage. There’s a nice range of shades to chose from and this formula blends so perfectly into the skin.
In my opinion, this is one of the best comparisons yet. There is no denying the magic that is Anastasia of Bevery Hills (AOBH). The woman is a queen in all things beauty and style (follow her Snapchat and you will agree.) However, the Maybelline Define-A-Brow has been one of my go-to products for years now. In fact the only thing that the Brow Wiz has over the Define-A-Brow is the fact that it has a spoolie on the actual product (which I agree can make a huge difference). I love everything about the Define-A-Brow and with a $15 price difference, it’s worth checking it out.Pin It