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9 Bargain Buys That Will Give Cult Makeup Products A Run For Their Money

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We all love it when we get more for less, especially when it is an awesome deal. In the beauty world, there are makeup products that are synonymous with certain high-end brands — these cult creations have set a benchmark that nobody will ever dare question, and rightly so. A universe with

But in this universe of opportunities, if you cannot afford that expensive coveted product, we guarantee that somewhere there will be a cheaper alternative that will work just as well. Now, if you are someone who loves to splurge on a little luxury, we aren’t judging you. In fact, we commend your dedication and loyalty to choosing quality over quantity. Luckily, for those of us who cannot afford it but still love the illusion of luxury, there are equivalents that create the same effect at half the price. We aren’t saying that they are EXACTLY the same, but they do match up to their pricey counterparts in terms of efficacy.

Check out these money-savers of cult makeup buys that will give you a similar result, without burning a hole in your purse.



1. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation VS L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation

It is difficult to find the right formula that is ideal for your skin tone and doesn’t cake up, and Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation is an iconic product for that very reason. Lightweight and with buildable coverage, it doesn’t feel like you’ve worn tons of makeup. Similarly, the L’Oreal True Match Foundation pretty much does the same — it is easy to blend, doesn’t look like you’re wearing layers of product, and is super light on the skin.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (Rs 4,688 approx)
L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation (Rs 820)



2. Benefit High Beam VS NYX Born To Glow Illuminator

The Benefit High Beam highlighter is synonymous with giving you with a natural-looking glow from within. One of the closest and cheapest matches to this product is the NYX Illuminator. With a massive price difference between the two, the latter definitely gives you value for money. With similar tints and consistencies, the NYX Illuminator undoubtedly does the same work as Benefit High Beam.

Benefit High Beam (Rs 2,200)*
NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator (Rs 850)

*Available at Sephora stores across India.



3. Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder VS Essence All About Matte

Everyone with an oily T-zone needs one of these products in their handbag. I mean, Make Up For Ever’s powder is ideal for a shine-free face and lasts a crazy 8 hours. The Essence All About Matte translucent powder also stops shine… maybe not for 8 hours, but hey if that means saving a whole lot of bucks I think you can blot a couple more times.

Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder (Rs 3,600)*
Essence All About Matte Powder (Rs 349)

*Available at Sephora stores across India.



4. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Concealer VS The Body Shop Lightening Touch

We are pretty sure that you have seen celebrities swear by this product and it’s considered among the Holy Grail of concealers. Well, obviously with such a crazy price it must have awesome results. The Body Shop concealer is a more affordable dupe that creates the same luminous effect on the skin and wakes up tired looking eyes. It is a little shimmery as compared with the YSL wand, but it does the job effectively.

YSL Touche Eclát Radiant Touch (Rs 3,077 approx)
The Body Shop Lightening Touch (Rs 1,395)


5. Dior Diorshow Mascara VS L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes

Masacaras can do a lot to the eyes — they brighten them up, elongate the lashes, and provide that fluffy full effect. Dior’s classic mascara is one to go down in the books, but L’Oreal’s Volume Million Lashes doesn’t fall behind. With an extra large applicator on both, the brush simultaneously adds volume whilst providing full lash coverage and length.

Dior Diorshow Mascara (Rs 2,800)*
L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara (Rs 761)

*Available at Sephora stores across India.



6. Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Balm VS Revlon Colorburst

The pioneers of chubby sticks, Clinique’s lip balm is your ideal tinted moisturising stick. With very similar formulas and colour payoffs, these two products pretty much mirror each other and provide the same effect and care that you lips need.

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Balm (Rs 1,500)
Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm (Rs 810)



7. Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Promade VS Freedom Pro Brow Promade

When you think brows, you cannot not think about Anastasia Beverly Hills. The Brow Promade is a classic bestseller of the brand and is literally the formula behind so many of Hollywood’s perfect brows. The Freedom Brow Promade follows the same concept and consistency for your brows, for a fraction of the price. So now you can get more of Anastasia’s brows for a lot less!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Promade (Rs 1,318 approx)
Freedom Pro Brow Promade (Rs 720)



8. MAC Ruby Woo VS Maybelline Color Sensational in Fatal Red

When it comes to classic makeup products, how can we not mention MAC’s beloved Ruby Woo. The retro matte colour is the kind of red that suits pretty much every skin tone. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to this cult shade, then Maybelline’s Color Sensational Lipstick in Fatal Red would be your ideal pick. With a similar colour payoff and matte finish, these two could be twins!

MAC Ruby Woo (Rs 1,500)
Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Color in Fatal Red (Rs 380)



9. Lancôme Artliner Eye Pen VS L’Oréal Paris Super Liner Perfect Slim

Ah, the art of getting that perfect cat eye! When your liner is on point, you know you have a good makeup hand. The Lancôme Artliner Eye Pen is one such product that helps you achieve that perfectly aligned swoosh. Doing the same thing for a lot less is the L’Oreal Paris Super Slim Liner, which works like a felt-pen for your eyes, giving you a precise wing no matter what size you are going for!

Lancôme Artliner Eye Pen (Rs 2,400)*
L’Oreal Paris Super Liner Perfect Slim (Rs 580)

*Available at Sephora stores across India.


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