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We could all use more money to spend on bills, food, and wine- but you shouldn't have to sacrifice your favorite beauty products to save a buck.
If you're like me and trying to put more money into your retirement account (growing up is SO boring), head to Ulta or your nearest drugstore and check out these fabulous budget-friendly swaps:
I haven't tried either of the above products, but if you want to experiment with contouring (check out my post on contouring here), this is a perfect way to start! Both products come in several shades to suit your skin tone.
Essence All About Matt Fixing Compact Powder // NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder // elf Studio High Definition Powder
The Essence product is not a loose powder, but you receive similar results. The difference between the three powders is subtle: the cheaper versions require a tad more blending so they don't appear chalky.
NYX Cosmetics Studio Perfect Primer // Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
I've used them both and I'll take the $12.99 option every single time.
NYX Cosmetics Simply Red Lip Cream in Leading Lady // NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Garnet
The NYX wears off quicker than the NARS, but it's a wonderful deal (and it doesn't require a sharpener). A woman I work with tracked me down and begged me to tell her where I bought my lipstick. She was shocked when I told her it only cost $6.49!
The elf kit comes with less tools but I'll take it. I know Benefit is the quintessential brow brand, but I'm going with value here.
Urban Decay Original Eye Shadow Primer Potion // elf Mineral Eye Shadow Primer
I swear by the elf primer. Swear by it. The Urban Decay primer was runny- maybe I had a bad batch? Either way, you can't beat that price.
Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Effect Makeup // Make Up Forever Invisible Cover Foundation
Higher price doesn't always equal higher quality.
You can read more of my drugstore dupes here. I'm not dedicated to one brand: I look for good products that won't send my bank account into negative digits. Why splurge when you can save?
What are your favorite dupes?