01/11Can’t afford cult beauty products? Here are some cheaper alternatives

Can’t afford cult beauty products? Here are some cheaper alternatives

How many of you can honestly say that you’re obsessed with makeup and beauty? And by obsessed we mean, stalking a particular product online for weeks, before you give in and pay a ridiculous amount of money for a “cult “product that probably won’t last you for even six months. If yes, you probably know the guilt that follows all too well - You love your makeup stash, but also your money. What do you do in a catch- 22 situation like that? You find a cheaper alternative that gives you a bang for its buck! Read on, to find our favourite cheaper alternatives.

by Miss Kyra
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02/11NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder in Sunny instead of Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer

NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder in Sunny instead of Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer

This matte bronzer is super blendable and finely milled, just like Benefit's iconic Hoola bronzer, making it easy to contour your skin without leaving any harsh, obvious lines. However, you will have to make do without Benefit’s iconic bronzing brush, but that’s a small price to pay for saving some moolah!

by Deesha Bondre
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03/11Wet n Wild MegaLast Lip Color in Stoplight Red instead of M.A.C. Lipstick in Ruby Woo

Wet n Wild MegaLast Lip Color in Stoplight Red instead of M.A.C. Lipstick in Ruby Woo

If you've used Ruby Woo, you know that its key feature is its true-redness. Not orange-y red, not purple-y red, but true, true red. And trust us when we tell you that Wet n Wild—yes, Wet n Wild—hits the mark so closely with this blue-hued lipstick that we feel like we're cheating on M.A.C.

by Deesha Bondre
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04/11Pixi By Petra Makeup Fixing Mist instead of Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Setting Spray

Pixi By Petra Makeup Fixing Mist instead of Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Setting Spray

Making your makeup long lasting and dewy shouldn’t be breaking the bank account. This lightweight setting spray locks in makeup as effectively as Urban Decay's All Nighter spray without feeling heavy, greasy, or—worst of all—pore-clogging and is available at just half its price!

by Deesha Bondre
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05/11E.L.F. Blush in Tickled Pink instead of NARS Blush in Orgasm

E.L.F. Blush in Tickled Pink instead of NARS Blush in Orgasm

If you’re a makeup junkie, you’ve probably heard about the awesomeness that the NARS Orgasm Blush is. Every makeup lover has it, and the ones’ who don’t have it, want it! But it costs a bomb. And spending a ton of money on blush that makes you blush like a porcelain doll would be too much. The E.L.F. blush in Tickled Pink is a very good colour match and it literally costs a tenth of the NARS blush’s cost!

by Deesha Bondre
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06/11NYX Professional Makeup Studio Perfect Primer instead of Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

NYX Professional Makeup Studio Perfect Primer instead of Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Unless you’re a very busy professional makeup artist, you really don’t need the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. Don’t get us wrong, it’s a brilliant primer and holds your makeup in place really well. But so does the primer from NYX. A thin layer of this primer mattifies the face and the keeps the foundation in check for hours!

by Deesha Bondre
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07/11L'Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup instead of Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation

L'Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup instead of Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation

The Giorgio Armani foundation is so silky and luminous that it literally melts into the skin. No wonder, every famous makeup artist has it in their kitty. But a foundation with a $64 price tag can be hefty for many. The L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup comes very close. It has a beautiful formula that blends easily into the skin. It also has a very good shade range to choose from.

by Deesha Bondre
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08/11NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Abu Dhabi instead of Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Wifey

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Abu Dhabi instead of Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Wifey

Huda Beauty has a following so strong, that even a makeup noob would be tempted to try out at least one of the product, that too, just for the heck of it. Her liquid matte lipsticks have a massive range of colours, but the shade Wifey is an absolute classic. With the perfect combination of pinks and nude, the shade is universally flattering. NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Cream in Abu Dhabi is a perfect match to the shade. So in case you want to just look like you’re wearing a Huda Beauty lipstick, you know which one to pick!

by Miss Kyra
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09/11Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water instead of Bioderma Sensibo H20 Micelle Solution

Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water instead of Bioderma Sensibo H20 Micelle Solution

Every once in a while a cult beauty brand launches a magical product with an unjustifiable price. But if you wait long enough, a drugstore brand comes up with an identical product that’s way cheaper than the original. Good for us, right? Such is the case of the Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water. If you’re a lazy girl who always forgets to remove makeup, we urge you to try this one out.

by Miss Kyra
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10/11L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara instead of Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara instead of Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Every professional makeup artist who is worth their salt has the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara in their vanity. Really, it’s that good! The mascara is widely known for adding lift, volume and curling even the tiniest lash hair. But justifying buying an expensive mascara becomes even more difficult when you have to toss it after three months. Enter, the L’ Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara!

by Miss Kyra
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