Best ‘dupes’ (knockoff) for name brand makeup products

Since most brand names have an already established market base, they barely struggle with their pricing policies. Instead, they work hard to maintain their good name and prestige. For this reason, local consumers and average buyers rarely get the chance to use products from such brands.

Dupe makeup, therefore, provides a cheaper option for products that are from popular brands. Dupes are made with similar ingredients, quality, and sometimes quantity. They are also more popular in the local market as compared to the original products, which are more popular in the national market.

Here is a list of the best dupes in the makeup industry and their original brand names.


Dupe: Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser by Maybelline

Original: POREfessional Pore Minimizer from Benefits Cosmetics

A primer acts as a barrier between your skin and your makeup products. It prevents make up from enlarging your pores or irritating acne. The original primer goes for $32 while the dupe sells at $7. It is perfect for a smooth flawless skin.


Dupe: Milani Baked Blush

Original: NARS orgasm blush

The original peach pink blush goes for $ 40 while the dupe goes for $8. Thanks to its universally flattering appeal, it is ideal for anyone looking to take their look to the next level. Milani Baked Blush is richly pigmented and highly durable coupled with a shimmery shade for all skin tones. It highlights your features perfectly, thus making it hard to differentiate the original and dupe blush.


Dupe: L’Oreal Paris Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara

Original: Too Face Better Than False Lash Extreme

This mascara maximizes the volume of your lashes since it is coupled with a lash volumizer. The original product by Too Faced is popular and goes for $35 while the dupe goes for $7. It has a lash extension effect and lasts longer as compared to other mascara brands. It works well when coupled with smoldering eyeliner.

Eyeshadow Primer

Dupe: NYX Cosmetics HD Eyeshadow Base

Original: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

The primer not only makes your eyeshadow last longer but also reduce creasing. The original brand is more popular with celebrities who like a perfect eyeshadow color pop. It is cream-based and available in three shades including white and pearl. It is cruelty free and lasts longer. The original primer sells at $23 while the dupe goes for $6.

Makeup sponge

Dupe: Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Original: Beautyblender The Original

The sponge helps you blend your makeup to perfection. The fancy original sponge goes for $20 while the dupe sells at $8. The sponge is versatile and designed using latex-free foam technology to ensure a smooth blend and a perfect finish. It is suitable for liquid foundation, powder, and blending body make up.


Dupe: Rimmel Provocalips Kissproof Lipstick

Maybelline Superstay24 Liquid Lipstick ($8)

Original: Lipsense

Lipsense is popular with women for providing a long lasting lip color. While durability is a possible factor to consider when buying lipstick, the original Lipsense is too expensive for many middle class women, hence choosing the same quality at an affordable price. Lipsense goes for $45 while Rimmel goes for $6.

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