Top 5 Make-up Dupes

That time of year has dawned upon students again. Your loan is almost gone, rent is due and worst of all, you’re running out of all that expensive make-up you treated yourself to at the beginning of term. Since your parents have suspiciously stopped answering your phone calls it may be time to swap the Smashbox for a bit of Miss Sporty. Well, sort of. Here are my top picks for cheap make-up alternatives for the starving student. 

Benefit Brow Zings – £24.50

Sleek Make-up Brow Kit – Light or Dark - £8.50

These eyebrow kits both contain a waxy-type substance for colouring, powder for setting and a pair of teeny tweezers. These products eliminate the risk of you getting the dreaded ‘drawn on’ look – leaving you with Delevingne-esque brows.  Having used both, I can honestly say the Sleek kit is just as good. It goes on smoothly and lasts for hours.

Mac TWIG lipstick - £15.50

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Moss 08  - £5.50

There really is no comparison to the matte finish and full coverage of a good Mac lipstick. My go-to colour is always somewhere in the nude/dark-pink family,

specifically Twig. This colour is a must-have for my friends and I, as it seems to look good on every skin tone. But for those of you who can’t splurge, Rimmel has come up with a substitute. Whilst it may not last for just as long, 08 has proven to bless my pout with nearly the exact same colour for a fraction of the price!

Urban Decay Naked Palette - £37.00

MUA Palette Undress Me Too - £4.00

Eye shadow can give a girl that extra something on a night out without looking like you’re trying too hard. The Naked Palette has 12 shades from Virgin to Gunmetal, but coming to almost £40 – who needs it! Whilst the MUA palette may not include fancy names, I assure you that their 12 shades are virtually identical!

It costs almost 10 times less, so how can anyone resist?

Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil - £2.00


Rimmel comes to the beauty rescue again with this eyebrow pencil. It comes in a variety of shades and with a handy eyebrow brush for those girls in a rush (excuse the rhyme). Being the cheapest item on this list, I urge you to ignore the pricey competitors as this pencil simply gets the job done. 

Take the bargain mentality of this list with caution. Not all cheap make-up works as well as these items. Whilst I will refrain from naming and shaming brands, I have had one too many pharmacy foundation nightmares. Now I reside proudly as a self-confessed Bobbi Brown addict, and have yet to discover an inexpensive equivalent. A girls got to spoil herself every now and again after all.


Soraya Ali

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