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Affordable Makeup and Fashion Dupes You Need to Know About

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By: Lily Malone

Have you been struggling to find your favorite products at an affordable price? If you haven’t heard of the word dupe, it comes from the word duplicate. When using the modern phrase in the beauty or fashion sphere, it is finding a product that is of higher value at a more affordable price. The trend of “dupes” has taken over TikTok for you pages over the past few months, and has become a viral sensation. Here are some must-have makeup and fashion dupes you absolutely need to know!

Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Drops Vs L’Oréal True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer:

If you haven’t heard of the viral Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Drops, they are sold out almost everywhere. The viral bronzing drops from Drunk Elephant took over TikTok when famous influencer Alix Earle showed them off in her infamous get ready with me. The D-Bronzi Drops is a serum with cocoa extract platinum peptides and antioxidant-rich chronocyclin to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, dark spots and dullness. You mix the drops with your favorite moisturizer and apply them to your face before putting on your foundation. The finishing results leave you with a glowy, dewy, gorgeous tan!

Not to worry if you can’t get your hands on this product though because L’Oréal has the perfect dupe for half the price! The Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Drops are $38.00, while the L’Oréal True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer is only $12.79. This highlighting glow lotion instantly hydrates and illuminates skin for an all over, natural glow. The product can also be worn with or without any makeup products. The product can be used as a luminous primer, lightweight full face foundation, highlighter, contour and full body illuminator. 

OFFLINE By Aerie Real Me High Waisted Crossover Flare Legging VS Amazon’s Sunzel Flare Leggings, Crossover Yoga Pants with Tummy Control, High-Waisted and Wide Leg:

For everyday wear, yoga pants are a must-have essential in your wardrobe. My personal favorite are the OFFLINE Crossover Flare Leggings from Aerie. They are extremely flattering for every body type and are so comfortable. Unfortunately, the Crossover Flare Leggings are more than always sold out on their website and in stores because of how popular they are. I found the perfect and affordable dupe on Amazon! The Sunzel Flare Leggings are the exact same pair as the Aerie Crossover Yoga Pants and are cheaper. The Aerie Crossover Yoga Pants are usually $54.95, while the Amazon dupe is only $22.39!

Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter VS E.l.f. Halo Glow Liquid Filter

This next dupe broke the internet and was seen all over TikTok. The infamous Charlotte Tilbury brand is known for its amazing products but at a price that isn’t affordable to everyone. Luckily, e.l.f. came out with a dupe that is almost the exact same formula as the Flawless Filter. Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter is a light coverage foundation that blurs, smooths and illuminates for a real-life filter effect. For that radiant finish, it is priced at $49.00.

The e.l.f. Halo Glow Liquid Filter lives up to all its hype of being the ultimate dupe. For more than half the price, at only $14.00, you can get the same effect with e.l.f’s product! The product comes in eight universal shade ranges, and the quality is absolutely stunning. 

Aritzia Effortless Pant VS H&M High-waist Dress Pants

Aritzia is one of my favorite brands, but shopping there to find affordable pieces is especially difficult. An essential to have in your closet is the Effortless Pant, which are wearable in everyday fashion. Whether you are going to the office for work or going out with your friends on the weekend, these pants are a must-have. The Effortless Pant is priced at $148 and they are usually always sold out, while the perfect dupe from H&M is only $39.99! H&M offers the High-waist Dress Pants in various sizes and colors.  The H&M High-waist Dress Pants are the exact same pants just at a more affordable price. To pair the High-waist Dress Pant you can either wear a sneaker and knit sweater for a more casual look, or black booties and a form fitting bodysuit for a more formal look.

Dupe-Tok is a never-ending trend that I do not see dying out any time soon. I cannot get enough of these dupes and I hope this helps you next time you are looking for a more affordable option for these selected products!

Lily Malone

Manhattan '23

Lily Malone is currently a communications student at Manhattan College with a concentration in public relations, and a minor in political science. Lily is the Vice President for the School of Liberal Arts in the student government assembly, as well as PRSSA. Lily is hoping to work within the field of fashion and public relations, in the future.