Mama's Blessed : Guest Post / Drugstore Dupes

Guest Post / Drugstore Dupes

Thursday, April 23, 2015

I am almost done moving/packing. We are already staying in AL though, so I have had a little free time here & there. I will being posting a giveaway on SATURDAY & on MONDAY so keep an eye out! Also, Happy Birthday MAMA! I know she reads my blog! 

I have an awesome lady taking over the blog today! Have questions about makeup? She is the one you want to talk too! I just love her beauty posts! Lindsay blogs over at Bourbon, Lipstick, & Stilettos. Go check her blog out!


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!

Benefit Brow Zings // elf Professional Studio Eyebrow Kit

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?


  1. e.l.f. is some shockingly good stuff. Their loose mineral powder foundation is comparable to bareMinerals at a much lower price. I was so skeptical while ordering, but I fell in love instantly! I was a hard sell, too. I've been wearing bareMinerals for 10 years. I will have to say I still prefer Urban Decay's primer potion to elf's eye primer. If your UD primer was runny, then yeah, sadly I think your tube was bad. Great list!

  2. I actually really like all the elf stuff I've gotten too. I get almost all my stuff from drugstores, thanks for this post!

  3. I can speak from experience that the ELF eyebrow kit is not really great. You would be better getting a pencil, I like Maybelline. Also NYX is da bomb when it comes to dupes, also NYC! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I really don't like the ELF eyebrow kit. I have it. It didn't work well for me. So I had to go buy the Anastasia Beverly Hills Pomade dipbrow. Best investment ever lol but I do love NYX brands. I have their contouring stick.

  5. I am terrified to color in my brows! I suck at stuff like that!


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