Save vs splurge

Why splurge on expensive products when you can buy the identical for less?

Bright eyes

The full coverage Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector instantly changes the appearance of dark under eyes, working to brighten and smooth. However, there is a cheaper alternative around! Nyx Dark Circle Concealer for only £6 delivers the same finish as the Becca corrector. The Nyx concealer is light on the skin while still covering up any darkness underneath the eyes. It’s easy to blend and has a buildable formula. This dupe is a must-have.

Silky Skin

The popular, Giorgio Armani ‘Luminous Silk Foundation’ is well known for its radiant and complexion-enhancing finish. Loved by makeup artists, YouTubers and bloggers, this foundation feels like your own skin even with its medium-to-full coverage buildability. The only downside to this sought-after foundation is its price tag – £43 is a very high price point. With L’Oréal Paris ‘True Match Liquid Foundation’ you can save your money. This foundation brings next to the same beautiful effects as the ‘Luminous Silk Foundation’ for just £10. A quarter of the price and still receiving that velvety and perfect looking skin, you can’t beat that.


A beauty sponge is the best makeup applicator, its fast and easy to use. However, beauty sponges can be pricey, therefore, get yourself to Primark’s beauty section because they have the best dupe of the official beautyblender. They expand to triple the size when you add water to the sponge, and they leave your makeup base looking flawless. Once you try the Primark version for only £1.50, you’ll never use anything else again. They also have available a larger pack with a range of different sizes for £4.50.

Luscious lashes

Just about everyone has heard of the Too Faced ‘Better Than Sex’ mascara, probably for its eye-capturing name. This mascara is undoubtedly one of the best mascara’s out there with its hourglass-shaped brush. The only problem is its price point. With mascaras only lasting around two to three months, paying £22 for this mascara every time is so unnecessary when Maybelline’s Lash Sensational exists for less than half the price. The Lash Sensational is a must-have for your makeup bag. This mascara creates the same length, curl and thickness effects as the Better Than Sex mascara for only £8.99.

Lined lips

Lining your lips is essential to the perfect lip look. Mac is known for its beloved lip liners to create this look. However, the price isn’t something to fall in love over! The best-kept secret is their dupe, Nyx suede matte lip liners. They are the perfect match for only £4! The consistency is as soft as suede that glides with ease onto your lips. For an exact match, swap out Mac lip liner in Spice for the Nyx suede matte lip liner in Toulouse.

By Eleanor Coleman