Best Alternatives To High-End Makeups

Best Alternatives To High-End Makeups

Author: Closer

If you love luxury makeup brands but don’t have the budget to stretch, don’t panic - there are lots of high-street alternatives that will save you plenty of money. Being a makeup addict can be an expensive hobby, but luckily there are now lots of budget brands; instead of spending your entire pay packet on a selection of makeup products by Charlotte Tilbury or MAC, you can browse the supermarket or local pharmacy and find lots of foundations, eyeshadows and highlighters to trade with instead, from The Body Shop essentials to Revolution and Maybelline.

Whether you’re looking for a lightweight foundation that you can wear every day, a makeup setting spray, or a highlighter palette full of beautiful shades, there are lots of makeup products on the market to suit all budgets.

While it can be a real treat to splurge on an expensive beauty product now and then, it’s just as rewarding to save some money by investing in a cheaper alternative that will still make you look amazing. We’ve taken the hassle out of searching for quality makeup at a reasonable price by scouring the shops to find the best dupes on the market today; here’s our list of the best high-street makeup alternatives below:


The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation

Lightweight Foundation alternatives

Swap Charlotte Tilbury for The Body Shop

If you want great coverage from a lightweight foundation, try The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation - it's just like the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder but half the price (£16 vs £32).


OFRA Waterproof Mascara

Mascara alternatives

Swap Kevin Aucoin for OFRA

Mascara is an essential in everyone’s makeup bag. Try the OFRA Waterproof Mascara, which is only £12, and is really similar to the Kevin Aucoin Expert Mascara (£12 vs £21).


E.L.F Beautifully Bare Highlighting Stick

Highlighting Stick alternatives

Swap Clarins for E.L.F

If you want a bit of highlighter for your night out, try the E.L.F Beautifully Bare Highlighting Stick. It's just like the Clarins one for a fraction of the price. (£4 vs £19).


VS Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray

Makeup Setting Spray alternatives

Swap Urban Decay for Cover FX

Prevent your makeup running off your face at the end of the day by using a setting spray; the VS Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray works just as well as the Urban Decay All Nighter Spray, for a third of the price (£8 vs £24).


BH Cosmetics Blacklight Highlighter

Glow Kit alternatives

Swap ABH for BH Cosmetics

There are lots of highlighter palettes on the market, and we know Kim Kardashian is a fan. Pick the BH Cosmetics Blacklight Highlighter palette for just £13, compared to £41 for the ABH Sugar Glow Kit.


Sleek Contour palette

Contour Palette alternatives

Swap ABH for Sleek

If you’re a fan of contouring, invest in a contour palette. You could treat yourself to the ABH Contour Kit; but the Sleek Contour palette will do just the job for almost a quarter of the price (£10.99 vs £42).


Revolution Eyeshadow Iconic Smokey Pallete

Smoky Eye Palette alternatives

Swap Urban Decay for Revolution

A smoky eye is a favourite makeup look. The Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette is very popular, but instead try the Revolution Eyeshadow Iconic Smokey Pallete, which comes in at just £6. You can’t go wrong at that price. (£6 vs £39.50)


I Heart Revolution Eyeshadow Palette

Eyeshadow Palette alternatives

Swap Huda Beauty for Makeup Revolution

Huda Beauty's eyeshadow palette is a real treat, but is expensive. Instead, try the I Heart Revolution Eyeshadow Palette. The price difference really can’t be argued with (£9 vs £56).


Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner

Eyeliner alternatives

Swap Bobbi Brown for Maybelline

Stock up on Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner. It glides on just like Bobbi Brown Long Lasting Eyeliner but for just half the price. (£8.99 vs £19.50)


Rimmel’s Kate Moss range

Red Lipstick alternatives

Swap MAC for Rimmel

Your makeup bag isn’t complete without a classic red lippy. Everyone loves MAC’s Ruby Woo, but instead save money with Rimmel’s Kate Moss range of red lipsticks either. (£5.49 vs £17.50)

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