/assets/images/nzheaderlogos/NZWD-logo.svg
Beauty News

Splurge or Steal! Makeup alternatives that won't break the bank

If you can’t afford a luxury beauty buy, there’s always a budget-friendly alternative at a fraction of the price

By Hélène Ravlich

Get your glow on

Dior Addict Lip Glow Lip Balm, $70, from Sephora, and Glow Up PH Lip Balm, $17.99, from Chemist Warehouse.
MCoBeauty Glow Up pH Lip Balm, $20, is a budget-friendly dupe for Dior's famous Addict Glow Lip Balm, $70, and a favourite with brand ambassador Celeste Barber. Both super-nourishing formulas use pH technology to enhance your natural colour and can be used as a lip primer or as a lip balm on its own.

Lash out

Too Faced Better Than Sex Volumising Mascara, $53. from Mecca, and L'Oréal Paris Lash Paradise Mascara, $28, from Adore Beauty.
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, $53, is as famous for its ability to boost and lengthen lashes as its saucy name – it's a top pick among makeup artists for good reason. If you're keen on finding a formula that also delivers on intense volume and spectacular length but at half the price, look no further than Lash Paradise Mascara by L'Oréal Paris, $28. Both mascaras are available in the original or waterproof formula and create the lash looks of your dreams.

Super sticks

Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balms, $61, from Clinique, and Mecca Max Off Duty Blush Sticks, $19, from Mecca.
Everybody – including brand ambassador Emilia Clarke – loves Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balms, $61, mainly for their ease of use and super- flattering washes of colour. Mecca Max Off Duty Blush Sticks, $19, are popular for the same reason. Both are available in a plethora of gorgeous hues, and their stick format means they're great for travel and on-the-go.

Lush lips guaranteed

Nars Afterglow Lip Balm, $62, from Strawberrynet, and Sheer Tint Lip Balm, $19.99, from Chemist Warehouse.
MCoBeauty Sheer Tint Lip Balm, $24.99, is a budget-friendly dupe for Nars Afterglow Lip Balm, $62, which is ideal for protecting and softening the area all year round. The perfect everyday balm, it was designed to give lips a natural flush of colour while instantly conditioning and the non-sticky formula glides on like a charm.

Just flawless

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter, $96.86 from ASOS, and Flawless Glow Luminous Skin Filter, $38.99, from Chemist Warehouse.
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter, $86, deserves a place in every makeup bag but definitely comes with a premium price point. However, beauty fans swear by MCoBeauty Flawless Glow Luminous Skin Filter, $39, as a top dupe, with the four-in-one, multitasking skin booster giving a very similar filter-like finish. A primer and highlighter that blurs and smooths from the moment it glides on, you can use it on its own for instant radiance or mix it with your favourite foundation.

Sold-out solution

Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops, $68, from Cult Beauty, and Revlon Skin Lights Face Glow Illuminator, $30, from Life Pharmacy.
Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops, $69, went viral from the moment they arrived, and are almost always sold out worldwide due to their popularity and performance. This has left makeup lovers desperate to find dupes in their place, with Revlon Skinlights Face Glow Illuminator, $30, picked as one that delivers a similar result in terms of boosting radiance and fresh-faced gorgeousness. A liquid that does it all, it can be used as a primer, highlighter or glow booster whenever and wherever you need it.

Keep on blushing

Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush, $39, from Sephora, and Elf Cosmetics Putty Blush, $17.60, from Adore Beauty.
Described as "easy and impossible to overdo" when creating a beauty look, Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush, $39, is one of company founder Rihanna's favourite formulas, but we don't all have her bank balance! Thankfully, Elf Cosmetics Putty Blush, $17.60, is a top-notch dupe that's lauded for its long-wearing qualities.

read more from

/assets/images/nzheaderlogos/NZWD-logo.svg