Top 10 Gifts for the Beauty-Dupe Lover

Based on 171,264 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!

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ByLaura E.said...
I will say this is my favorite sponge. I've tried off brand, drug store 'dupes', the original beauty blender and basically every beauty sponge possible. I have to say this Miracle Complexion Sponge is easily the best one out there. 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. :)
I will say this is my favorite sponge. I've tried off brand, drug store 'dupes', the original beauty blender and basically every beauty sponge possible. I have to say this Miracle Complexion Sponge is easily the best one out there. 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. :)
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BySherry H.said...
To begin with, I like this primer *better* than all other primers I've tried so far-- including high-end ones, like Benefit and Smashbox. 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.
To begin with, I like this primer *better* than all other primers I've tried so far-- including high-end ones, like Benefit and Smashbox. 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.
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BySophie B.said...
Wow what a gem of a find. This is way way better than the Clinique chubby stick. 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.
Wow what a gem of a find. This is way way better than the Clinique chubby stick. 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.
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ByChelsea P.said...
This review is for catwalk pink which is not listed yet since it's a new formula. GET THIS ONE! These highlighters rival my becca highlighters and are hands down better than the Laura mercier highlighter and urban decay baked illuminator which I found dry and not pigmented. 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.
This review is for catwalk pink which is not listed yet since it's a new formula. GET THIS ONE! These highlighters rival my becca highlighters and are hands down better than the Laura mercier highlighter and urban decay baked illuminator which I found dry and not pigmented. 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.
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ByStephanie J.said...
I used this when I ran out of my Boscia detoxifying black cleanser thinking this was a drug store dupe and I could save some $$. I was right! While it isn't exactly the same, it is similar and makes me face feel awesome after use. I feel like it cleans deep into my pores and gets all the dirt and makeup off my face with minimal effort. It has a cooling effect once I rinse and dry my face and I really like that! I use this in my shower when my pores are more open and receptive to being cleansed. If you're not wanting to spend $28 on a cleanser, this is a great alternative! Glad I made the switch!
I used this when I ran out of my Boscia detoxifying black cleanser thinking this was a drug store dupe and I could save some $$. I was right! While it isn't exactly the same, it is similar and makes me face feel awesome after use. I feel like it cleans deep into my pores and gets all the dirt and makeup off my face with minimal effort. It has a cooling effect once I rinse and dry my face and I really like that! I use this in my shower when my pores are more open and receptive to being cleansed. If you're not wanting to spend $28 on a cleanser, this is a great alternative! Glad I made the switch!
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ByArianna D.said...
How can a $3 concealer be so full coverage? I am amazed at how they do it, but L.A. Girl has such great products for even greater prices! First of all, the packaging alone makes it so easy to use. A tight little squeeze and a bunch of product goes directly to the tip where you can paint on the concealer to the designated area. Also, the shade range is fantastic! I own the green corrector shade, the yellow corrector shade, and the shade "toast". I use the green corrector shade whenever I'm having a bad breakout, and it cancels out any redness SO well! I use the yellow corrector shade to highlight (works amazing, I have a yellow undertone) and put that under my eyes, forehead, bridge and tip of nose, and on the chin and set that in place with a pressed banana powder and have no creasing throughout the entire day. I use the shade "toast" to cream contour. It is my perfect contour shade! Also, it blends into the foundation like a dream, using either a brush or sponge. A little goes a long way with this heavy, full coverage concealer, so expect it to last a longtime. Hopefully the low price of all these amazing LA. Girl products remain forever so I can keep layering and layering this product over all my old lady wrinkles. I'll always highly recommend to a friend... best of the best in concealers!
How can a $3 concealer be so full coverage? I am amazed at how they do it, but L.A. Girl has such great products for even greater prices! First of all, the packaging alone makes it so easy to use. A tight little squeeze and a bunch of product goes directly to the tip where you can paint on the concealer to the designated area. Also, the shade range is fantastic! I own the green corrector shade, the yellow corrector shade, and the shade "toast". I use the green corrector shade whenever I'm having a bad breakout, and it cancels out any redness SO well! I use the yellow corrector shade to highlight (works amazing, I have a yellow undertone) and put that under my eyes, forehead, bridge and tip of nose, and on the chin and set that in place with a pressed banana powder and have no creasing throughout the entire day. I use the shade "toast" to cream contour. It is my perfect contour shade! Also, it blends into the foundation like a dream, using either a brush or sponge. A little goes a long way with this heavy, full coverage concealer, so expect it to last a longtime. Hopefully the low price of all these amazing LA. Girl products remain forever so I can keep layering and layering this product over all my old lady wrinkles. I'll always highly recommend to a friend... best of the best in concealers!
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ByRachel H.said...
I had recently purchased this foundation after I saw Manny MUA mention this in one of his videos. So I tried it out and I loved it, totally worth it. It's affordable yet feels like it so expensive. This foundation was about eleven dollars and I found my shade perfectly. The only stipulation to this line of foundation is the color selection is very limited, it's better and probably preferred if you have medium to dark skin. This compares to the Kat Von D one because I have tried and used both, but the Kat Von D cakes up faster, but it stays matte all day, not saying that the milani one doesn't but towards the end of the day the milani one I noticed doesn't stay as matte. However, the Kat Von D one is very cakey, heavy, and thick but the drugstore milani one is very lightweight and cakes up a bit but give a great amount of coverage. In addition, this foundation will rub off in the first fifteen minutes of application so to make sure it's set and locked in I would suggest not rubbing your face or what not. Overall, a great foudation and love the price!
I had recently purchased this foundation after I saw Manny MUA mention this in one of his videos. So I tried it out and I loved it, totally worth it. It's affordable yet feels like it so expensive. This foundation was about eleven dollars and I found my shade perfectly. The only stipulation to this line of foundation is the color selection is very limited, it's better and probably preferred if you have medium to dark skin. This compares to the Kat Von D one because I have tried and used both, but the Kat Von D cakes up faster, but it stays matte all day, not saying that the milani one doesn't but towards the end of the day the milani one I noticed doesn't stay as matte. However, the Kat Von D one is very cakey, heavy, and thick but the drugstore milani one is very lightweight and cakes up a bit but give a great amount of coverage. In addition, this foundation will rub off in the first fifteen minutes of application so to make sure it's set and locked in I would suggest not rubbing your face or what not. Overall, a great foudation and love the price!
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ByRachel P.said...
The ColourPop Ultra Satin Lips are one of my favorite liquid lipsticks. I love them so much that I have almost all the colors in the Ultra Satin Lip line. The price and quality of the lipstick is hard to beat! While I do like the staying power of a matte liquid lipstick, they tend to dry out my lips at some point, so for that reason alone, I don't usually wear them on a daily basis. What I love about the Ultra Satin Lips is that the creamy formula makes it extremely comfortable to wear. They aren't as drying as a matte formula, so I can wear these daily. The Ultra Satin Lips also offer the same color intensity and opacity as a matte liquid lipstick, while also being easy to apply. With these lipsticks I don't usually have to worry about patchiness, and reapplying is a breeze. 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!
The ColourPop Ultra Satin Lips are one of my favorite liquid lipsticks. I love them so much that I have almost all the colors in the Ultra Satin Lip line. The price and quality of the lipstick is hard to beat! While I do like the staying power of a matte liquid lipstick, they tend to dry out my lips at some point, so for that reason alone, I don't usually wear them on a daily basis. What I love about the Ultra Satin Lips is that the creamy formula makes it extremely comfortable to wear. They aren't as drying as a matte formula, so I can wear these daily. The Ultra Satin Lips also offer the same color intensity and opacity as a matte liquid lipstick, while also being easy to apply. With these lipsticks I don't usually have to worry about patchiness, and reapplying is a breeze. 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!
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ByCaitlin P.said...
I use this palette for almost every nude look I'm trying to achieve. It is perfect for almost every eye color and is easy to apply. It defineitly compares closely to the Naked palettes but for $30-40 less which is a huge bonus! I would totally buy this product again!
I use this palette for almost every nude look I'm trying to achieve. It is perfect for almost every eye color and is easy to apply. It defineitly compares closely to the Naked palettes but for $30-40 less which is a huge bonus! I would totally buy this product again!