Top 10 Gifts for the Beauty-Dupe Lover
Based on 124,837 Influenster Reviews
Have a beauty lover who just also happens to be a bargain hunter in your life? Listen up. They're sure to appreciate these beauty products that Influensters swear are total dupes for much more expensive counterparts!
Save money on a beautyblender with this much more affordable and still effective sponge from Real Techniques. Plus, it's an Influenster Beauty Award Winner!
It's a realistic shape, it's affordable for all not just some and it's just perfect. The pointed end can get into the hard to reach crevasses etc, and the flat side can be for applying foundation, baking, or even just sharpening up contours with whats left over on the sponge to clean up lines. I've used these for professional body painting with aqua paints, regular makeup, and for setting powders! It's truly a multi-use sponge. The cost is the best part along with the shape!
Anyone can use this and really can't go wrong, although you do want to make sure it's damp, not wet before use. It's made as a quality product, at an incredible price for it easily being the best makeup sponge out there. :)
You don't have to splurge on pricey primers, e.l.f. has a $6 alternative that Influensters swear by.
I've tried both the tone-adjusting green and the normal clear one. While I can't say that I've noticed a *huge* difference, I do feel as though I have slightly less redness after applying (maybe it's just a placebo effect.)
The price point is an incredible boost, as one costs just $6 when not on sale. It helps makeup go on much more smoothly and last longer throughout the day.
So why is this missing one star after saying it's still better than high-end primers I've tried?
The packaging. First off, on the e.l.f. cosmetics site, they've removed the sizing information from the product photo. They don't even list the size. It looks like a pretty big size, but it's not. Now, don't get me wrong, for $6, this is still a steal, and I would still choose this... But, this is .47 oz. Which is way less than the product jar looks like. Because if you open up the product, it has a hollow interior. Because of the actual size, if you're comparing it to a product price-for-price, you need to go by a travel size product. Smashbox's Photo Finish Foundation retails for about $16 for .5oz. So yes, it's still a great steal, but I wish the packaging weren't so misleading. ...read more
Love Clinique's Chubby Stick? Then chances are you'll fall for Revlon's wallet-friendly version!
I bought the shade called Sultry which is a lush mauvy-pink. Though these are matte, I'd say they are quite moisturizing. As with most lip sticks you'd need to have moistured lips,so putting on some balm before bed really gets the best out of these beauties. The lasting power is pretty surprisingly awesome too. I'd say a bit goes a long way, and you don't even have to line your lips. I bought this on sale for $ 10 Australian dollars. I think they are usually $17. This is better than the macs I have used. It has no fragrance. Not sure how much you get in the tube. This has to be the best lip find in a long while. Unlike the Clinique chubby sticks, these have deep colour. The sultry looks great on darker skinned tones. The range of colours isn't huge, but they have all the main colours. I am truly in love with this lipstick. ...read more
Wet N Wild is coming in hot, according to Influensters. This Illuminating Palette is said to be comparable to higher end options from Laura Mercier and Urban Decay.
What I like about the formula is that it is highly pigmented, smooth, creamy and actually iridescent not glittery.
Note that they did change the formula so the one I got said new formula on it. I'm guessing they removed the glitter from this. I just can't believe this cost me $5 this is not supposed to happen with a drug store brand. I feel like I won the lottery. All these years trying to find worthwhile drugstore products and I finally got one. ...read more
Bioré's charcoal cleanser has been compared to Boscia's version thanks to the detoxifying charcoal superstar ingredient found in both.
Influensters love that LA Girl's concealer performs just as well as higher end options like the infamous tarte Shape Tape!
Love Kat Von D's Lock-It Foundation? Then you'll go crazy for Milani's Conceal + Perfect foundation, which Influensters rave is a dead-ringer for it!
No need to spend tons on a liquid lip. Influensters say ColourPop's version is just as good as ones double the price.
Because these are not matte, they aren't kiss proof, but regardless they still have amazing staying power. I've worn one of these from 5am until 11pm, and the color still looked pretty good at the end of the day. If they do fade, they fade evenly and gracefully. The darker colors, however, can get a little bit messy if you wear them and eat a greasy meal, but with all the other colors that wasn't too much of an issue.
TL;DR, if you're looking for a nondrying, comfortable, long lasting (not necessarily kiss proof) liquid lipstick with great color payoff (and a great price), you should definitely give the ColourPop Ultra Satin Lips a try! ...read more
Influensters are suckers for a solid nudes palette. Although Urban Decay's Naked palettes are solid options, e.l.f.'s offers up the same basic neutrals at a fraction of the price.
No need to splurge on a fancy setting powder from BECCA or Laura Mercier, budget-loving Influensters rave NYX's Banana Powder keeps makeup in place just as well.