The Look for Less

Most of us don’t have an endless supply of cash to support our beauty product habits. Luckily, the popularity of certain higher-end brands has prompted lower-end lines to come up with copycat shades. I’ve put together a list of some expensive products and their cheaper, drugstore look-alikes. This way, you can test out shades without spending a fortune. The list is by no means comprehensive, but it should help ease the strain on your wallet.


Expensive Drugstore look-alikes
BeneFit Dandelion L’Oreal Blush Delice in Strawberry Tart
Jane Blushing Cheeks in Blushing Blossom
BeneFit Benetint Sonia Kashuk Lip & Cheek Tint in Sheer Bliss
Bobbi Brown Blushed Jane Blushing Cheeks in Blushing Orchid
L’Oreal Blush in Rustica
Cargo Topeka Jane Blushing Cheeks in Blushing Glow
Chanel Joues Contrast in Tempting Beige L’Oreal Feel Naturale Blush in Rustica
Clinique Soft Pressed Powder Blusher in Honey Maybelline Blush in Mocha Velvet
MAC Cubic Jane Blushing Cheeks in Blushing Petal
MAC Fleur Power Cover Girl Classic Color Blush in Rose Silk
MAC Margin NYX Blush in Terra Cotta
MAC Prism Rimmel Blush in Bronze
Jane Blushing Cheeks in Blushing Baby Doll
Nars Orgasm Milani Blush in Luminous
Flirt! Blush in Heartthrob
Nars Deep Throat Rimmel Blush in Apricot
Nars Sin Milani Blush in Temptation
Nars Exhibit A Milani Blush in Mango
Nars Multiple in Antibes Wet ‘n’ Wild Blush Stick in Scandalous
Nars Multiple in Copacabana Wet ‘n’ Wild Blush Stick in Flirt
Nars Multiple in Maldives Wet ‘n’ Wild Blush Stick in Just Peachy
Nars Multiple in South Beach Wet ‘n’ Wild Blush Stick in Brazin’ Babe


Expensive Drugstore look-alikes
Bobbi Brown Shimmerwash in Chocolate Maybelline Cool Effect Shadow/Liner in On the Rocks
Bobbi Brown Shimmerwash in Stone Cover Girl Eyeslicks Earthy Shimmer
Chanel Vega Eyeshadow Cover Girl Eye Enhancers in Tapestry Taupe
MAC Amber Lights Milani Sun Goddess
MAC Black Tied Jane Clubbing
Milani Storm
Annabelle Carbon
MAC Coppering Milani Flare
MAC Electric Eel Milani Atlantis
MAC Embark Jane Eye Zing in Browny Points
Flirt! Coconutty
MAC Gorgeous Gold Prestige Glitz
MAC Paradisco Flirt! Feeling Hot
MAC Parfait Amour Milani Enchantment
MAC Pink Freeze Milani Taffy
MAC Quarry Prestige Sandlewood
MAC Sable Milani Java Bean
MAC Satin Taupe Rimmel All-Over Jumbo Pencil in Strength
MAC Shale Milani Icy Plum
MAC Shroom Jordana Beige
MAC Sketch Milani Marooned
MAC Sumptous Olive Milani Antique Gold
MAC Trax Flirt! Glamourazzi
MAC Vanilla Milani Snow Frost
MAC Vapor Prestige Chill
MAC Vellum Milani Moonlight
MAC Woodwinked Milani Golden Bronze
Nars Ashes to Ashes Maybelline Expert Eyes in Silken Taupe
Nars Night Fairy Prestige Uva
Nars Ondine Cover Girl Eyeslicks in Midnight Rose
Stila Barefoot Contessa Prestige Spark
Stila Chinois Jordana Winter White
Stila Grace Ulta Plum Smoke
Quo Cosmetics Shadow Single in Dusk
Stila Golightly Milani Golden Bronze
Stila Kitten Garden Botanika Bronze
Cover Girl Eye Enhancers in Champagne
Stila Starlight Maybelline Expertwear in Champagne Fizz
Stila Sun Prestige Champagne
Stila Twig Milani Spice
Urban Decay Acid Rain Prestige Wasabi
Urban Decay Asphyxia Milani Enchantment
Urban Decay Grifter Prestige Uva
Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy Milani Sheer Sand
Urban Decay Midnight Cowgirl Prestige Glisten
Urban Decay Oil Slick Prestige Ink
Urban Decay Rust Prestige Melba
Urban Decay Vert Milani Clover

Lip Gloss

Expensive Drugstore look-alikes
Bobbi Brown Petal Bonne Bell Lip Lites in Cotton Candy
Bobbi Brown Brown Jane Lipsticks in Bareberry and Bye Bye Brown
Chanel Glossimer in Twinkle Prestige Vinylwear in Alloy
Chanel Glossimer in Blizzard Wet ‘n’ Wild MegaSlicks in Bronze Berry
Chanel Glossimer in Giggle Neutrogena MoistureShine Gloss in Chic
Chanel Glossimer in Glaze Prestige Vinylwear in Glaze
Chanel Glossimer in Spark Prestige Vinylwear in Spark
Lancôme Juicy Tube in Simmer L’Oreal Colour Juice in Strawberry Smoothie
Lancôme Juicy Tube in Miracle Jane MegaBites Glossy Gloss in Paper Doll
MAC Chai Bonne Bell Lip Lites in Cappuccino
MAC Fancy That Maybelline Wet Shine Diamonds Liquid in Marquise Peach
MAC Lovechild Rimmel Vinyl Lip in Snog
Neutrogena MoistureShine in Dreamy
MAC Love Nectar Lustreglass Milani Lipgloss in Coral Shimmer
MAC Lust L’Oreal Colour Juice in Passionfruit Squeeze
Bonne Belle Lip Lites in Mocha Mousse
MAC Lychee Luxe Neutrogena MoistureShine in First Blush
MAC Nico Maybelline Lip Polish in Purple Passion
MAC Oh Baby Milani Crystal Glass in Serendipity
Rimmel Vinyl Lip in Cosmic
MAC Oyster Girl Neutrogena MoistureShine in Tickled
MAC Viva Glam V L’Oreal HIP Brilliant Shine in Adoring
Nars Lip Gloss in Orgasm NYC Lipgloss in Sungold Pink
Mary Kate & Ashley in Truly
Nars Lip Lacquer in Chelsea Girls Hard Candy Super Shine in Fresh
Stila Lipglaze in Apricot Prestige Jetstream Gloss in Fuzzy Navel
Stila Lipglaze in Fruit Punch Prestige Jetstream Gloss in Strawberry Daiquiri
Stila Lipglaze in Watermelon Prestige Jetstream Gloss in Bahama Mama


Expensive Drugstore look-alikes
Bobbi Brown Blackberry Lipstick Revlon Super Lustrous in Blackberry
Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey Maybelline Wet Shine in Drippin’ Honey
Clinique Different Lipstick in Tenderheart Maybelline Wet Shine Diamonds in Pink Topaz
MAC Frenzy Revlon Moon Drops in Bamboo Bronze
MAC High Tea Rimmel Lasting Finish in Airy Fairy
Milani Sheer Lipstick in Amaretto
MAC Lame Prestige Lipstick in Sorbet
MAC Touch Jane Lipstick in Brown Down Red
MAC O Jordana Lipstick in Bahama Bronze
Revlon Super Lustrous in Copperglow Berry
MAC Viva Glam V Milani Sheer Lipstick in Pink Chiffon
Neutrogena MoistureShine Tinted Lip Balm in Clean
MAC Lip Lacquer in Acrylicka Maybelline Lip Polish in Mauvie Star
MAC Midimauve Revlon Super Lustrous in Smokey Rose
MAC Fancy That Maybelline Wet Shine Diamonds Liquid in Marquise Peach
Nars Dolce Vita Revlon Moisturous in Mauve So Moist
Stila Andi Revlon Super Lustrous in Granite
Stila Helen Prestige Lipstick in Nuts
Stila Jane Rimmel Lasting Finish in Birthday Suit
Stila Joan Neutrogena Lip Boost in Coffee Cream
Stila Luce Revlon Super Lustrous in Deep Nude
Jane Lipstick in Brown Down Red