The Must-Have Beauty Dupes

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Since starting alittledust a few years ago, I've been introduced to the world of high-end beauty. It's not an area I had ever really taken an interest in before. Admittedly, mainly because my pennies didn't (and still don't) stretch far enough to become addicted to high-end products, but also because I had the attitude of 
'why buy something for 5x the price when the budget version does the same job?' 
I've learnt so much since then and, since trying a few of those high-end products I previously stayed well clear of, I've established that, often, you are paying for quality, and it really is worth it over the countless high-street versions you buy hoping will do the same job but never quite do. You get a sense of reliability when buying something embellished with a weighty price-tag (and comes with outer packaging- why does the extra box make it seem so much more special?)

Of course, I've also learnt that this rule can't be followed religiously. Every now and again, the high street delivers a fantastic dupe which leaves high-end lovers questioning their lifestyle choices. I must admit, it doesn't happen too often, but when it does and we can get the same look and feel from a  product as it's high-end muse, why not save a few pounds? I've rounded up a few of my favourite high-street products, which have been modelled on high-end success stories, and have really given them a run for their money.

Absoloute Lashes by W7 is very clearly based on the They're Real by Benefit. It's such an iconic mascara, so it's no wonder it's been duped. I've actually tried the two versions alongside each other and CANNOT tell the difference. Seriously, this is an amazing copy in every aspect- from the brush to the formula, they seem identical. Absolute Lashes is £6.95 and They're Real is £19.50.

There's been countless brow palettes hit the high-street since the brow-veloution of 2013. One of the first compacts to hit the counters was Benefit's Brow Zings which will set you back £24.50. I still see a lot of bloggers rave about this product now although, to be honest, I haven't tried it myself. Given the fact that it contains a tinted wax and what is essentially a brown eyeshadow, I've stuck to my guns on this one and have the Sleek Brow Kit costing £8.50. It looks identical.

The Sleek Blush in Rose Gold is a well-known dupe amongst beauty bloggers for the classic Nars Blush in Orgasm. Again, I haven't tried the pricier of the two, but I don't feel the need as the Sleek version is just so damn pretty. I love these blushers in general, but this 100% has to be my favourite and at just £4.49, it's much easier to justify than £23.

I haven't seen a lot online about the L'Oreal Paris Nude Magique Blur Cream, and I'm not really sure why as it's a perfect dupe for Benefit's POREfessional. I've noticed a lot of comparisons between Maybelline's baby skin and the POREfessional but, having tried all three (pores are one of my biggest skincare struggles) I think this is much closer in consistency and the fact that it's slightly tinted. In all honesty, I couldn't really tell the difference between the two so I'd definitely recommend a try for £9.99 if you're a fan of POREfessional at £24.50.
The much anticipated Dolce K Lip Kit by Kylie Jenner ($29) has proved to be impossible to get hold of. Clearly the combination of the classic nude shades, matte finish, and the fact it's actually a product of one of the most influential modern beauty icons, has enticed many everyone to get their mitts on one while they could. But for those of us who couldn't, there's still a few high-street options which are a little easier to get hold of like this Velvet lip lacquer by MUA. The formula leaves a perfectly matte finish and the shade is so similar to Dolce K that no-one will even know its not the real thing and only cost £3.

I love this highlighter/concealer and regularly use on a daily basis- it's perfect to use around the eyes to conceal dark circles and to add subtle highlight to areas of the face. The concept is pretty much the same as the infamous Touch ├ęclat by YSL but it's so much more affordable (and just as pretty!) YSL is £25 and L'Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Concealer is a steal at just £8.49.

My most recent find is this Hot Cloth Polish by nspa. It's a brand exclusive to asda and a product which has uncanny similarities to Liz Earle's Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. The hot cloth polish retails for £7 but these can regularly be found on a 2 for £8 offer, making them even greater value comparing to the £15.50 for the Liz Earle version.

Finally, one of the most popular dupes amongst bloggers- the MUA Iconic palettes at £4 each. The shades are as identical as you could get to the Naked palettes by Urban Decay, and the wear time is seriously impressive for the price. If you've been lusting over the Naked palettes for a while, but are reluctant to pay the £38.50 price tag, give these a try first.

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  1. I have both and can confirm the Sleek brow kit is absolutely identical to the Benefit one - at least I know for future reference even if I have wasted a bit of money to find it out lol. I didn't know about the L'oreal cream being a Porefessional dupe - definitely checking that one out! xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  2. I'll be adding a few of those MUA lip lacquers to my bag next time I'm in Superdrug, they look gorgeous!

    Alice / Alice Grace Beauty


  3. I'm obsessed with MUA Lip Lacquers and their Iconic palettes. so pretteh. <3 I must grab that sleek blush! *u*

    Jess |