I’m just going to take you guys right into it. I’ll throw some recommendations in as well! Enjoy. Regardless of reason for dupes, we all like things that are affordable, and people who aren’t going to scam us. While I recommend investing into the things you put on your face, while being aware of who and what you’re buying, drug store lips, and foundations aren’t always terrible.
The first thing I want to address is a problematic cosmetic line aka Lime Crime. There is more shit than I can count with this line. Don’t get me wrong, I hate to say that I love the Venus eye shadow palettes, but is it worth the mold, scandals, threatening 13 year olds, terrible reactions, and shady brand owner? I’ll let you call the shots on that one. Buzzfeed has an article with dupes, title being “15 Rainbow Lips That Will Not Steal Your Credit Information.” I giggled at that pretty hard this morning.
Let’s start with cruelty free lines, because those are very important. My one, my only, my very favorite Kat Von D is cruelty free, and I cannot tell you how amazing the coverage and stay on time her foundation has.
Cruelty free high ends include: ABH, Hourglass, Urban Decay, Too Faced, Nars, Milk, Charlotte Tilbury, Marc Jacobs, Becca, Josie M, Tarte, CoverFx, OCC, Bite, IT Costmetics, Besame, Nude Stix, Ciate, Bare Minerals, Lush, The Body Shop.
Drug store: Elf, Hard Candy, Milani, Physicians Formula, Sonia K, Nyx, Jordana, Flower, Pixi (another favorite)
Independent brands: Makeup Geek, Colourpop, BH cosmetics, Glossier New, Sugarpill.
I’ve found NYX (cruelty free), and Colourpop usually hold the grand dupes.
If you’re still purchasing Jeffree Stars cosmetics like highlighters, matte liquid lips, etc. Please for the love of god, DO NOT. He is very racist, and has been a very problematic member of the makeup community. If you have any questions, feel free to find me and I’ll gladly show you the receipts. Kat Von D has excellent dupes, along with Colourpop (CP).
Here are some alternatives!
For Unicorn Blood, there is Lax by CP. Celebrity Skin is Little Stitious by CP. Gemini is Frick N Frack. Red Rum is Creeper by CP. Androgyny is StingRaye by CP.
As for Kylie Jenner, we all have varying opinions on the family, but you can also find dupes from the same place (colourpop).
True Brown K, is Limbo by CP. KoKo K is Istanbul by Nyx. Posie K is Fetch by CP. Mary Jo K is Amsterdam by Nyx. Kourt K is Guess by CP. Dead of Night is Bull Chic by CP. Exposed is Forbidden by CP. Freedom is Midnight Muse by Nyx. Brown Sugar is Down Town B by Nyx.
Primer Dupe: Smashbox Photo Finish would be Photo-Loving Primer by Nyx.
Porefessional Vs. Nyx Pore Filler
Smash Box Color Correcting Primer Vs. Elf Color Correcting Primer
Blush/ Bronzer Dupes:
Nars Orgasm would be Baked Powder Blush by Milani
Clinique Chubby Stick would be Revlon Colorbust
Estee Lauder Bronzer would be Rimmel London Bronzer.
FOUNDATION DUPES!!!!! MY FAVORITE PART!!!
Make Up Forever HD would be Photoready Airbrush by Revlon or Revlon Colorstay.
KVD – Nyx Invincible
Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick – Fit Me! by Maybelline
Clinique Beyond Perfecting – Milana Conceal + Perfect
Nars – Loreal Infallible (personal love)
Mac Pro Longwear – Revlon Colorstay
Immaculate by Hour Glass – Stay Matte by Rimmel London
Annnnnnnnnnd a few skincare dupes too! *Please invest in good skincare at the very, very least. Even if every last pore is clean, and soft. Skincare is the one and only preventative measure for wrinkles, sunspots, and overall aging.*
Clinique Take The Day Off vs. Pixi Cleansing Balm
Bioderma Micellar Water vs. Micellar Cleansing Water by Garnier
Clinique Moisture Surge vs. Flower Moistfull
Josie Maran Argan Oil vs. Argan Oil by Physicians Formula
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair vs. Night Repair by The Revolution
Sunday Riley’s Good Genes (I don’t even want to give you a dupe to this, because it’s so good) vs. REN’s Resurfacing AHA
Philosphy Micro Delivery Pads vs. St. Ives Exfoliating Pads
GlamGlow Super Mud (try this at least once, it’s worth it) vs. L’oreal Detox
Peter Thomas Roth vs. Freeman Cucumber Peel Mask
I hope this helped some of you!