The Best MakeUp Dupes

makeup dupes

I LOVE makeup!  I’m addicted to buying makeup but not rich enough to have this problem.  One of my friends asked me if  I knew of any dupes for  some high end makeup products.  I wasn’t expecting to find cheaper alternatives to my favorite products but I grabbed a Starbucks, went to Ulta / Target, and tried to find some dupes.  Guess what, I actually found some great ones.  These are the best makeup dupes and I have attached links to the dupes for your easy access to them.

Eyebrow Gel

Benefit Gimme Brow (Recently Discontinued)

make-up dupes


Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel ($3) – I’ve used Benefit Gimme Brow for years until I recently found out that Benefit tests on animals.  At Ulta I found Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel.  This is the exact same thing as the Gimme Brow except it doesn’t make the brows as full.  As far as the brush and the coloring of the brows, it is exactly the same.  A ton cheaper and doesn’t get tested on animals – a huge WIN!

Essence eyebrow gel


Benefit Hoola Bronzer ($29)

Benefit Hoola bronzer

Essence Sun Club Matt Bronzing Powder ($5) – the Benefit bronzer is one of the most loved bronzers.   I found Essence Sun Club Matt Bronzing Powder in shade 02 and it’s a great dupe.  

Essence bronzing powder


Eye Shadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Palette 3 ($54)

Urban Naked Palette


The Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 Palette ($7) – this is an exact dupe for the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette.  The shadows have great pigmentation and blend easily.

Revolution palette


Urban Decay Naked Heat ($54)


NYX Warm Neutrals Ultimate Shadow Palette ($18) – a great dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Heat.  The colors are long lasting and blend easily.


NYX palette

Face Primer

Hour Glass Mineral Veil Primer ($54)

Hour Glass primer


NYX Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer ($16) – the Hour Glass Primer is a well loved beauty favorite but the NYX Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer has the same smooth texture and makes your foundation go on flawlessly.  The only negative I saw was that you need to shake it slightly before applying it so you don’t get a bit of oil when first applying.

NYX primer

One thing I discovered when trying to find cheaper alternatives for high end makeup is that the brands NYX and Essence are really good and make quality products that don’t get tested on animals.  I already had some of their lip liners and can tell you they are great.  Makeup  dupes are a great way to curb your makeup budget.  I will be on the lookout for more dupes and you guys will be the first to know when I find some.  XOXO Michelle


Sweatproof Makeup

Trying to keep your makeup from melting in the hot summer sun is a challenge.  These are my tips for keeping your makeup in place:

  • Wear the least amount of makeup you can when the temperatures rise

Tarte BB tinted treatment

Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen ($37) – this is a great choice because it works as a primer, moisturizer, light foundation, anti aging treatment, and sunscreen all in one.


  • Use a creme blush

bite beauty multi stick

Bite Beauty Multistick ($24) – this can be used on your cheeks, eyes, and lips.  It would be great to use on days when you are short on time and to keep in your bag for touch-ups.


  • Before applying your powder use a blotting sheet.  Apply your powder sparingly with a puff or sponge if you have one.  If applying with a brush, tap the powder on.

Kat Von D blotting powder

Kat Von D Lock-It Blotting Powder ($29)


  • When using mascara, choose a smudge free formula and then apply a waterproof topcoat

NYX waterproof mascara top coat

NYX Proof It Waterproof Mascara Topcoat ($7)


  • If wearing eye shadow, apply a primer first then your shadow.  Lastly set it with your face powder.

MAC prep and prime eye base

MAC Prep & Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base ($23)


  • Set everything and give yourself some more sun protection with this

Supergoop setting mist

Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($28)


Bring your blotting sheets and setting mist with you to touch-up and refresh your makeup when needed.  These steps will keep your face from melting and you’ll look great all summer long.  XOXO Michelle