Best Alternatives To High-End Makeups
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:
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).
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).
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).
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).
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.
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).
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)
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).
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)
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)