Beauty Hack: 8 Drugstore Dupes You Need

Whether you’re a beauty junkie or casual makeup lover, we all have the same goal of looking and feeling our best. While some let favorites are on the high end of beauty products, their reputation exceeds them as tried and true quality. But even with a proven reputation to be some of beauty product’s best, not all can afford the high end price tag. On today’s post I’m sharing with y’all 8 of my favorite drugstore dupes you need.

Y’all may remember I’ve been trying to invest more in my skin by getting out of my drugstore comfort zone and splurge on new products. The good news is, there are so many beauty products out there for all skin types you’re likely to find a dupe in the right price range.


Smashbox Photo Finish Primer $39 – Smashbox claims their primer minimizes pores, and let me tell y’all the claims are true. I usually only wear this on a night out or an event because, to be honest, I don’t really care about a ‘photo finish’ on most days of the week! #realtalk But for those special occasions and night’s out this is a must-have for me!

E.l.f Cosmetics Face Primer $10 – This $10 drugstore dupe is every bit as good as the Smashbox brand in my opinion. Nothing to elaborate here, I’d go back to e.l.f on this occasional beauty product!

Beauty Blender

Beauty Blender $20 – This Beauty Blender is a cult favorite. Some are loyalist to this original trend setter and I get it! It’s a great product and does its job. If you’re a tried and true Beauty Blender fan your loyalty is admirable. ๐Ÿ™‚

Real Techniques Complexion Sponge $7.69 – These two products are pretty evenly matched for me. Some will argue that the BeautyBlender is worth the extra money because you get longer use from it. I would argue against that. I’ve had the same sponge for over a year now and it’s still in the same condition as when I bought it! I wash it regularly and it’s held up great! And for those who haven’t used these sponges, I think it’s a personal preference to using a foundation brush to apply your product. I personally like the sponge to a brush because it leaves a smoother finish and even coverage overall. Just remember to dampen it before each use! I made this mistake when I first got mine and the results are not in your favor! ๐Ÿ™‚

Powder Brushes

It Cosmetics Powder Brush $48 – I feel (almost) guilty for even finding a dupe for It Cosmetics because I honestly love so many of their products (read more here), but when you find a brush that’s the perfect drugstore dupe you have to share it.

Real Techniques Powder Brush $6.69 – I have loved my It Cosmetics brush, but when I stumbled upon the Real Techniques brushes based off The BeYouty Bureau I was sold at first application. (Seriously y’all go follow her ASAP. I love her product reviews, tips, beauty tutorials and overall message of realness. Plus, she’s a new mom of 3! #goals) These brushes are so soft, offer perfection product application and clean really well. I love how they keep their shape and don’t shed like some other cheap brushes I’ve bought in the past.

Additional brush: I love theย Real Techniques Setting Brushย for $3.49 seen on the far right. I don’t always get around to cleaning off my brushes as often as I’d like, so when I’m blending colors I like to have multiple blending brushes on hand! For under $4 each it’s nice to have a few in my beauty arsenal.


Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara $24 – This has been a great mascara that really plumps up my lashes and doesn’t run on my oily lids.

L’Oreal Paradise Voluminous Waterproof Mascara $9.99 – This mascara is the definition of a drugstore dupe. They both provide long-wear, no-smudge, thicker lashes. For more than half the price I’ll be a repeat buyer for L’Oreal on this one!


Lancome Dual Finish Highlighter $40 – I actually just came across this highlighter and I really love it. It goes on so smooth with the perfect highlighter finish that looks natural and isn’t cakey.

Maybelline Master Chrome Highlighter $5.31 – 100 percent amazing drugstore dupe. The only difference I can tell is the Maybelline highlighter has a bit more shimmer to it where the Lancome highlighter has a bit more of a natural ‘glow’ to it. But for the price tag I’m not complaining and will repurchase.

Bronzer/Contour Powder

Urban Decay Flushed Palette $28.90 – Ok, I realize this might not be a 100% exact dupe because the Urban Decay is a palette with highlighter and blush, but they were both worthy of making the list for their own reasons. This Urban Decay Flush palette is a great everyday use, but the bronzer is a little dark for my liking so I actually use it for more of a contouring powder and night out look.

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer $14.95 – ย I’ve been a Physicians Formula fan for years. I love this bronzer for an all-over summer tan or for a softer contour powder and daytime wear. Both are honestly great and I wanted to share them with y’all depending on your budget and makeup style preference!

Setting Spray

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray $34 – I bought this setting spray last year because I’d read so many good things about it and I’m so glad I did! I still have the same bottle and use it multiple times a week. I love this for a date night out, events or a long day when I know I’ll have multiple meetings and shoots. It really does it’s just by setting my makeup for the whole day and I don’t have to worry about reapplying any makeup. Even though the Milani Setting Spray is an amazing drugstore dupe, I’ll be an Urban Decay-er for life.

Milani Make It Last Setting Spray $9.99 – The Milani Setting Spray does all the amazing things that the Urban Decay does. My only opinion is it doesn’t seem to set my makeup for quite as long, and being the active ‘man sweater’ that I am I need all the help I can get! You can’t beat the price, so this is just personal preference for your daily beauty needs!

Under Eye Concealer

NYX Dark Circle Concealer $4.19 – No matter how much I sleep or hydrate dark circles are just part of me, so I’m always on the hunt for the best dark circle concealer. I’ve been using this NYX concealer for years, seriously. I’ve never found anything better. This is one of my favorite drugstore dupes. I use it every day and love it. It goes on smooth, does not cake under my eyes or dry out after all-day wear.

Bobbi Brown Corrector $23.80 – Ok, I haven’t actually tried this Bobbie Brown corrector. Since the NYX dupe is one of my favorites I thought it was only fair to at least share the higher end I’ve read is the cousin to the NYX concealer. Have any of y’all personally compared these two? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

So those are my top 8 favorite drugstore dupes! These are some of my favorite posts from other bloggers so I thought I’d put the work in for myย loyal LtL readers and share mine here! I hope y’all enjoy my drugstore dupes and tips! If you have you have any beauty favorites, I’d love to hear them. Share below in the comments or shoot me a message! And don’t forget to follow along on Instagram @ lindsaygcottrill for my Friday Favorites where I share beauty, home and life favorites.

Have a wonderful rest of your week y’all!

Lemons to Love,



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