I’ve always had mixed feelings about makeup dupes, and in many cases I find that the higher brand items tend to be of a higher quality, something you’d expect. But this doesn’t always mean that the cheaper high street dupe is bad.
In the modern world, so many high-street and budget brands such as MUA, W7, LaGirl, and NYX are producing high-quality items which can give the high-end versions a run for their money.
Here are some reasons why dupes can be great:
Allows you to buy products you otherwise couldn’t afford
Not everyone can afford to blow £40-50 every time a new high-end release comes out but by choosing a dupe you’re allowing yourself to get into the hype surrounding a product without having to shell out a large sum of money. One such dupe is the W7 In the Nude Palette which is a spot on dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Palette 3. As you can see from the images the colour comparisons are pretty much identical meaning that if you don’t want to shell out loads on an expensive palette you can get a similar feel with this W7 option. Yes the shades aren’t quite as buttery and blendable as the Urban Decay versions and you need to add a bit more shadow to get the same colour payout but at just £7.99 (although it’s currently on sale).
Gives you a choice of products you may find hard to source in the UK
Not all items are easy to get your hands on in the UK, and while it would be nice to constantly buy items from the States the import charges can get a little silly sometimes. One item that has become a bit of a cult classic are the Becca Highlighters, especially Champagne Pop which you can see in the image. The LA Girl Strobing Powder may not look like a dupe when you see it in the case but when swatched they have similar shades with the LA Girl version having slightly more of a silver undertone compared to the Becca champagne undertone but in terms to the pigmentation, longevity, and ease of application they’re very much on a par. For under £10 you can get the LA Girl version which is much larger than the Becca version I have which was almost double the price.
Allows you to experiment more with colours and shades
Liquid lipsticks are the product I am most drawn to and I love it when brands bring out more unusual shades like Kat Von D with the grays and browns, especially Woolf which is a muted dark grayish blue matte finish lipstick. I’m always in a predicament when higher end brands come out with more unusual shades as I worry about spending £20-40 on something but then the colour not suiting me. That’s why the LA Girl Metal Liquid Lipstick’s are a great alternative as for just £7 you can try out a new shade and see what you think. For example, Clash which I have is a perfect alternative for the Kat Von D. Like these liquid lipsticks the colour was really buildable and dried down to a matte shade just a few minutes after applying. While the LA Girl shades didn’t last quite as long as the KVD one’s you do get a good 4-5 hours with them which for a fraction of the price is well worth it.