I have to admit that I am a bit of a high-end dame, I like the premium brands and I do use a fair amount of Hourglass, Laura Mercier etc. in my day to day routines – but that’s not to say that I will turn down a drugstore gem! Every day this week I’m featuring ‘affordable alternatives’, not really “dupes” as such, but great products that can be found for less but have all the quality of a premium offering. Wow!
One of my favourite products has to the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfectors (£33), they’re universally flattering and really give skin this even, soft look that I can’t say no to. Recently I’ve been using the 17 Skin Wow! 3 Way Highlighter (£5.99), a much cheaper version that is almost identical in the results it achieves. It has the same light, warm beige pearlescent sheen – I would say that the BECCA offering is a little bit shimmery…er (?) and perhaps a bit thicker, but once applied there’s not much in it.
Another cult buy with a pricetag that isn’t great on the bank balance is the NARS Orgasm Blush (£21), while I would recommend you experience the wonder that is the NARS powder blushers at some point (my favourites, seriously!) - pick up the Sleek Rose Gold Shimmer Blush (£4.49) in the meantime. It has the same gorgeous bright peach colour sprinkled with gold glitter and it looks just as flattering, too. I find that I get the most compliments when I wear Orgasm and Sleek’s version is just as perfect!
On to bases, now I do love the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Tinted Balm (£38) and I have to admit that it really is in a league of its own, it’s packed full of skincare ingredients and always results in a healthy, naturally perfected complexion. However, I also really rate the Wild About Beauty Sheer Glow Moisture Tint (£22), it’s a little bit pricier than your average budget buy but it’s very similar to the KA balm, it is hydrating and evens out tone and I find that it has a really similar texture – very creamy and a little bit thick. It’s super flattering but nice and sheer, so perfect for those who don’t need ALL the coverage.
I had to include my beloved MAC Paint Pot in Groundwork (£13.50), my most used eyeshadow product because it’s just so damn dreamy! Although it looks pretty dull just sitting there, it opens the eyes and is the perfect cool brown for achieving that subtle smokey look that makes eyes pop. Now, my second most used eye product is of course… drum roll please… the Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24Hr Eye Shadow (£4.99), mainly in On and One Bronze – though I am partial to Permanent Taupe, too. Though On and One Bronze is a little more shimmery than Groundwork, it has the same creamy formula and budge-proof finish. It also can be applied in the same way, used alone on the lids and smudged in to the lower lashes. These two are both dreamy, but if you want to save yourself a few bob, pick up the Maybelline offerings instead.
Have you tried any of these products?
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