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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Eight Low Cost Dupes of High End Products

I love all things beauty. But I also love a bargain. While there's a definite difference in the quality and wearability or basement bargain cosmetics versus higher end brands you don't have to spend a fortune to look great. Some products that we know and love are actually inexpensive if you know where to buy it.

HD / Finishing powder
This translucent finishing powder is great to fill lines, pores, smooth imperfections, and blend your contouring. It also absorbs oil and provides a smooth matte finish. Typically it's made of 100% silica microspheres. You won't believe the prices some of these companies charge!

MUFE costs $34/0.3 oz or $113/ounce
NYX costs $10/0.21 oz or $48/ounce 
Coastal Scents 100% Silica Powder is $4.95/ounce

I don't know about you but I'd rather spend $5 and get an entire ounce than shell out $34 or even $10 for a tiny fraction of that. All of these products are 100% silica microspheres so I don't see the need for such a high mark-up.

Face Oils
Josie Maran 100% Argan Oil is $96 for 4 ounces


Garden of Wisdom sells 100% Organic Argan Oil at $31.60 for 4 ounces
Tarte 100% Maracuja Oil (aka Passion fruit oil) is $46 for 1.7 ounces


Garden of Wisdom sells Passion fruit oil for $5.25 an ounce

The Leakey Collection 100% Marula Oil (aka passion fruit oil) is $78 for 1.6 ounces

Garden of Wisdom sells 100% Marula oil for $12.30 per ounce

Some of these oils are so overpriced considering they're just one ingredient and are easily duped for a fraction of the price.

Urban Decay Palettes
Naked 1 Palette sells for $52 for combined 0.6 ounces (18 mg of product)

Silk Naturals Bare Necessities 1 sells for $40 for a combined 45 mg of eyeshadow

UD Naked 2 is $52 for 18 mg of eyeshadow
Silk Naturals Bare Necessities 2 is $40 for 45 mg of eyeshadow
UD Naked 3 is $52 for 18mg of eyeshadow
Silk Naturals Bare Necessities 3 is $40 for 48mg of eyeshadow

UD Naked Basics is $27 for 9mg of eyeshadow
Silk Naturals Bare Necessities Matte is $22.50 for 24 mg of eyeshadow
P.S. Phyrra did an amazing side by side comparison of the UD Naked 3 to the Silk Naturals Bare Necessities 3 shadows and you can find it here

Overall it may seem as if the Silk Naturals are just as expensive as their UD counterparts, but considering that you spend less to get more than twice as much product makes it a bargain if you use a lot of neutral eyeshadows or if you want to split the product with a friend. 

Silk Natural's eyeshadows are highly pigmented with great slip and adhesion and are easy to blend. You won't have fallout issues like you will with some UD shades *cough cough I'm looking at you, Dust*

Got a deal or a dupe you'd like to share? Post it in the comments.


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