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Best Drugstore Dupes for High-End Products

16, April 2016

Katie Schaaf, IJM Miss Arizona Jr. Teen 2015 Katie Schaaf, IJM Miss Grand Canyon State Jr. Teen 2016

Holy grails, cult favorites, or deserted island must-haves – no matter what you call them, every girl has a list of products that she just can't live without. From pageant girls to flashy Youtubers, there are just certain products every girl lusts after. These incredible products are celebrated for being effective, high-end, and covet-worthy. (Think: NARS Orgasm Blush or Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit). As much as we may all obsess over these products, sometimes a pageant girl has to save before she can splurge. Now, this is where drugstore dupes come in! Whether you can't afford the originals or just want to stock up on some inexpensive alternatives, we are here to show you that there is a dupe for that! Read on to see some of the best drugstore dupes for your favorite high-end products. (Read: How to Budget for a Pageant)

Best Drugstore Dupes for High-End Products

1. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer vs. NYX Studio Perfect Primer smashbox-photo-finish High End: The Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer is a stunning, high-end primer that is a favorite of pageant girls everywhere. This primer truly creates the perfect canvas for foundation application due to its silky, lightweight blend of vitamins A and E, grape seed extract, and green tea. The oil-free primer seriously reduces the appearance of fine lines and pores and helps to add a great base for a flawless foundation finish. Sadly, at $40 this primer is a little bit on the pricey side.

NYX NYX Studio Perfect Primer

Dupe: Whereas the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer is the holy grail of the high-end beauty world, the NYX Studio Perfect Primer carries the same cachet in the drugstore world. This gorgeous primer feels like butter on the skin and lays like silk on the face. It protects and creates a smooth, matte finish on the skin to absorb and spread foundation and powder evenly. This stunning primer, retailing for $13, is practically weightless and the finished look is beautiful and flawless. 2. Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation vs. Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Effect Foundation

Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation

High End: Make Up For Ever is once again leading the beauty industry into the next era of makeup innovation and technology. As the original pioneer of the HD makeup category, it continues to redefine and elevate beauty standards with the launch of its new Ultra HD Foundation, the first and only foundation designed for 4k technology. The bestselling Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation is a highly regarded foundation that boasts an ultra-lightweight texture that provides a flawless finish. The fact that this foundation was created specifically for the film and TV industry's most advanced technology makes this product a winning hit! With a range of 40 shades, there is no way you won't be able to find your perfect shade. Retailing for $43, this top-notch product creates a naturally flawless complexion, in and out of the spotlight. (Read: 5 Surprising Uses For Foundation in a Pageant)

The Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Effect Foundation The Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Effect Foundation

Dupe: The Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Effect Foundation ($12) is a truly incredible dupe for the Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation. This revamped version of the renowned PhotoReady foundation was designed with light filtering technology and promises a pore-less, airbrushed look. This foundation feels super lightweight on the skin and truly creates a flawless finish that looks stunning in photos. Every pageant girl longing for a flawless look without breaking the bank should test out Revlon's formula! 3. NARS Blush in "Orgasm" vs. Milani Baked Powder Blush in "Luminoso"

NARS Blush in "Orgasm" NARS Blush in "Orgasm"

High End: NARS "Orgasm" is a makeup product that is so popular it has become a household name. This peachy pink blush is sheer, yet highly pigmented, and leaves your skin with a golden shimmer. This award-winning blush looks stunning on just about every pageant girl there is, creating a soft flush on fairer complexions while adding warmth and sparkle to darker complexions. However, at $30, this blush is not for thrifty divas.

Milani Milani Baked Powder Blush in "Luminoso"

Dupe: Can't afford "Orgasm" by NARS? Don't fret! Milani Baked Powder Blush in "Luminoso" is a gorgeous peach blush that is the spitting image of the aforementioned NARS blush. This gorgeous, peachy-pink hue retails for $8, is universally flattering, and adds just the right amount of shimmer. The best-selling point of this blush is the fact that it makes one's skin look healthy and sun-kissed with hardly any product used! 4. Kylie Lip Kit vs. Drugstore Lip Products 

Kylie Lip Kit Kylie Lip Kit

High End: The Kylie Lip Kit is one of those products that you fall in love with long before you ever lay hands on it. Most pageant girls can't help themselves when it comes to the buzz surrounding the Kylie Lip Kit. This lipstick leaves your lips feeling moist. Kylie is constantly adding to the list of colors available, making it easy for every pageant girl to find her perfect shade. However, at $30 per color, looking like a Kardashian-Jenner does not come cheap! Dupes: Dolce K: Dying to recreate the rosy hue given off by Kylie's Dolce K? Look no further than your local drugstore! The ColourPop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lip in "Teeny Tiny" ($6) is a great inexpensive dupe, while the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita ($20) is a slightly more expensive option that will give off the same gorgeous rosy color. The NYX Slim Lip Pencil in "Mauve" ($4) is the perfect compliment for all of the lip shades mentioned above. True Brown K: True Brown K is a stunning deep brown shade with slightly red undertones. Shockingly, there are a wide array of colors that are incredibly close to this dark brown shade. For one, Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick In Dominatrix ($18) is a deep brown hue that looks very similar to Candy K. Similarly, OFRA Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Mocha ($20) is a slightly higher-priced dupe for this lip kit shade. If you have trouble finding a "true brown" you can always alter the color by using a a brown lip liner as the base of the lip. Lip liners can truly alter (and improve) a pout color. MAC Cosmetics Lip Pencil in Chestnut ($16) is the perfect alternate to the lip liner given in the Kylie Lip Kit. Koko K: This ballerina pink shade was inspired by Khloe Kardashian. This magnificent hue is a great every day shade that is subtle enough for work and pretty enough for a night out on the town. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul ($6) is a very light pink that is the sweetheart of drugstores across the nation! Similarly, Stilla Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Bellissima ($24) is also an amazing dupe for Koko K. 22: Named after Kylie's favorite number, "22" is an intense burnt-orange shade that is a trendy pageant girl's dream. Thankfully, you don't have to look far to get a couple of colors that will recreate this hue. Hourglass Cosmetics ($28) makes a stunning burnt-orange hue called "Lush". Smashbox "Fireball" ($21) is another lipstick that can get you that perfect red pout. That rounds out our list of inexpensive drugstore dupes for high-end makeup products! Every single pageant girl should be able to look like a queen without spending a fortune. Comment below and tell us about your favorite drugstore dupes!

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