Best Makeup Dupes For When You’re Strapped For Cash

Being young is hard. There’s tonnes of different daily expenditures that we have to figure into our daily life. From rent, to bills, to nights out with pals, the costs of things can add up real fast. As a young woman who recently moved out of home, there are certain sacrifices that have had to be made. And as someone who was a level 3 Mecca Rewards Member, one of those has been makeup brands.

First world problems, I know. But as I’ve had to reevaluate my financial priorities, I’ve found a few key makeup items that I can get for a quarter of the price from Coles, that have served me just fine in the wake of Too Faced and Hourglass loyalty.


What I used to use

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer – $46


What I use now

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser – $19.99


While the shade selection leaves much (soooo much) to be desired, this stuff is pretty good.  It definitely feels different in application from the NARS, and I’m not gonna say it’s perfect. But for less than half the price, it produces a face that no one has noticed a difference in, so I’m happy. Plus, this stuff LASTS.


What I used to use

Too Faced Better Than Sex – $35


What I use now

Rimmel Extra Super Lash – $12.95


Look, there’s a reason why Better Than Sex has a cult following. And whether you’re part of that following or not, I have to say, it’s pretty damn good. But at 35 bucks a pop, she adds up. Enter the Rimmel Extra Super Lash. The wand leaves something to be desired, but overall, this gives me the needed effect of looking like I’ve had more than 5 hours sleep. Which at the end of the day is all I really need.


What I used to use

Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil – $52


What I use now

Revlon Colorstay Brow Makeup Pencil – $22.95


Honestly guys and gals, the Hourglass eyebrow pencil changed my damn life. So giving it up was hard. But at $52 per pencil, I just couldn’t keep it up. The Revlon Colourstay pencil does more than well enough to sculpt my brows into submission. You do need a much lighter hand though, as the product is a fair bit more creamy than the Hourglass. Which is not a bad thing.


What I used to use

NARS Blush – $46


What I use now

Maybelline Fit Me Blush – $14.99


While the Maybelline Fit Me doesn’t have the same colour pay off as NARS, it still holds its own. I mix it with a bronzer when I’m applying to give it a bit of a deeper tone and honestly, it’s pretty beautiful. And while the NARS is Kween, $46 is just too too much for my new frugal life.

So there you have it. While it’s not a full face worth, I consider these to be my staples. As long as I’ve got these items, I’ll be alright. And with my Mecca basket coming in at $179, and my Coles at just $70.88, that a saving of $108.12. Hello eating for another month!

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Written by Rianna Manuel

Rianna is a coffee addict, lover of good music, good food, good times and true crime aficionado. Forever trying to figure life out.

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