Whether you’re a fan of a simple, fresh-faced daily look or spend hours watching contouring tutorials on YouTube, makeup is a big part of our daily lives. And, if you’re anything like us, entering a Sephora, Ulta, or department store makeup department is akin to a kid walking into a candy store. Give us thirty minutes, and we can fill a basket to the brim, and part with our paycheck in one fell swoop. And, while we’re all for a well-placed splurge, there are some pretty affordable dupes to the cult-favorite beauty products you see in bloggers’ shelfies. No matter your budget, you can find the perfect makeup products at Simon. Read on for some of our most-loved products in both luxe and dupe categories, then tag us in your pics – we can’t wait to see what beauty you discover.
Far from a traditional lipstick, Lipstick Queen’s Frog Prince appears green(!) in the tube. Thankfully, it transforms into a pretty pink shade that’s a little different on everyone, as the formula adapts to the wearer’s pH. The original doesn’t break the bank, but if you’re wary of something that looks so vibrantly green in the tube, Essence’s version is a steal and offers the same color-changing technology.
We’re on-board with just about anything Rihanna comes out with, so you can bet we’re obsessed with Fenty’s incredible product line. Our go-to of late is the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer — it’s the perfect, shine-packed gloss. Looking for a more affordable alternate? Enter: ColorPop’s Ultra Glossy Lip in My Jam. It’s a fraction of the price, and both will leave your lips seriously glossy with the perfect amount of sparkle.
A little well-placed highlighter is the key to a beautiful no-makeup makeup look. A hint on the high-points of your face will render you illuminated and beautiful. Becca’s Champagne Pop highlighter is a cult-favorite for a reason — it imparts the perfect glow when applied with a light hand. Should Becca’s $38 price tag come in a little too high, you’re in luck! E.L.F.’s Baked Eyeshadow (hear us out!) in Enchanted is a great dupe — apply as you would any highlighter, and you’re ready to glow.
We love any multi-use product, so it’s easy to see why we’re so enamored with NARS’ The Multiple. You can apply the product with a simple swipe and it’s equally amazing on lips, cheeks, and eyes. Francois Nars created the original multi-purpose stick, so the merits of this are unmatched, but Revlon’s Insta Blush is a close second — their cream-to-powder formula is equally easy to apply.
It’s right in their name — Beauty Blender is “the original” when it comes to this innovative cosmetic sponge applicator. If this is your first foray into this sort of a sponge applicator, the Real Techniques blender is a great entry-level option to see if it’s for you. No matter which sponge you choose, be sure to wet it before application for even coverage. Once you try, you’ll never go back to using your fingers.
It’s long been believed that high-end mascaras are the key to voluminous, lifted, lengthened lashes. It’s time to throw out that conventional wisdom and embrace some lower-priced options, too! Enter: L’Oreal Paris Lash Paradise. Not only does it boast the same stunning rose gold packaging as the cult-favorite, Better Than Sex mascara by Too Faced, the formulation is similarly wonderful.
Ask nearly any makeup artist which concealer is in their kit and it’s more than likely that they’ll say NARS’ Radiant Creamy Concealer. It’s long been an industry favorite thanks to it’s creamy formulation that sinks into the skin just so and the huge range of color options. Well, there’s a new concealer in town and it won’t break the bank. Maybelline’s Fit Me Concealer is just as smooth when applied and will cover up those pesky dark circles in a flash. The only downside? The shade range is nowhere near as extensive as the original, so keep that in mind. Whichever concealer you go with, know that you’ll be looking wide awake and dark circle-free.
Once you’ve finished applying a full face of makeup, the last thing you want is for it to melt right off of your face. This is where a little translucent setting powder comes in — a light dusting will ensure your look stays in place from morning to night. Laura Mercier’s setting powder is well-known for a reason — it really does the trick — but if you’re looking for a similar effect sans the high price tag, give NYX’s finishing powder a try. It’s less than $5 and will keep your makeup fresh all day long.