8 Drugstore Dupes For Your High-End Beauty Favourites | Clozette

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Let’s be real: whether you’re a beginner in makeup or a full-fledged beauty addict or a makeup artist, drugstore makeup is something you will always love. These affordable brands prove that makeup can be cheap but still have amazing quality. Case in point: when an item from the drugstore is similar to, or an exact replica of, a well-loved high-end beauty product of yours, it feels like you’ve hit a goldmine, right?

Finding drugstore dupes for your favourite luxury purchases isn't only easy on your wallet and bank account but, because you'll be saving money, it also means you'll have more chances to buy makeup — which is a win-win situation, if you ask us. 

So if you’re looking to save more than splurge this year, or want more affordable options for your travel makeup kit, ahead we have the best drugstore dupes for eight of your favourite high-end beauty products.


Product: Benefit Gimme Brow
Dupe: Essence Make Me Brow

If you were to change the packaging of Essence’s Make Me Brow to silver, it would immediately turn into Benefit’s Gimme Brow, from the brush to the tones of the shades. The main difference between the two? Essence’s version has more of a liquid texture, while Benefit’s is mousse-like, ensuring that your brows stay in place longer. But seriously, even with the price gap between the two, you’ll hardly notice a difference.

Product: NARS Audacious Lipstick in "Anna"
Dupe: Colourpop Lippie Stix in "Lumiere"

Everyone went crazy over Anna when the NARS Audacious Lipsticks first came out. But at a whopping USD32 per lippie, it’s no wonder everyone started searching for a dupe. Luckily, Colourpop released Lumiere (in collaboration with KathleenLights) — a perfect dupe for the coveted Anna. Both have that same mauve colour, are long-wearing, and won’t dry out your lips.


Product: Lancôme Cushion Blush Subtil
Dupe: L’Oreal Lucent Magique Cushion Glow Blush

Yes, Lancôme has more blush shades than L’Oreal, but if you’re just starting to get into the cushion blush game, L’Oreal’s version is the best one to buy. Why? Just like its French counterpart, the Magique Cushion Glow Blush is also long-wearing, pigmented, and has a glowy finish. So we suggest you save yourself a ton of moolah and get the more affordable version.

Product: beautyblender
Dupe: Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Ever since the beautyblender came out and dominated the makeup bags of people everywhere, dozens of brands have tried to match its soft, fluffy texture and ability to blend all types of liquid products. But the only one successful was Real Techniques. It works just as well, but it’s also equipped with a flat side, so if you want a higher coverage from your product, you can easily do that using their sponge.


Product: MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot
Dupe: Maybelline 24Hr Color Tattoo

Maybelline Color Tattoos may crease just a tad bit faster than MAC’s Paint Pots, but rest assured, all your favourite Paint Pot shades have a near-perfect dupe in Maybelline’s line. And they’re just as creamy and pigmented as the original one, so now you can buy more shades.

Product: BECCA Backlight Priming Filter
Dupe: Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer

No need to spend a ton of cash to get that radiant glow because Revlon’s Perfecting Primer is the exact same thing as BECCA’s Backlight Priming Filter. Both blur imperfections and act as an instant filter. However, just use a light hand when using Revlon’s Perfecting Primer as it has chunkier glitter particles unlike BECCA's fine ones. 


Product: Stila Stay-All-Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
Dupe: Maybelline Eyestudio Hypersharp Liner

This cult-fave eyeliner just got duped by another famous product: Maybelline’s Hypersharp Liner. While Stila has a felt tip and Maybelline is equipped with a brush tip, both contain jet black and waterproof formulas that are easy to use. However, Maybelline’s finish is glossier than Stila’s, so at the end of the day, it's all down to your preferences.

Product: NARS Orgasm Blush
Dupe: Sleek Rose Gold Blush

Just about everyone loves NARS Orgasm and it’s easy to understand why. Its peachy-pink colour and gold shimmers make a universally flattering flush shade. But when you want to pinch a few pennies, you can opt for Sleek’s Rose Gold Blush. It’s the exact same tone as Orgasm, but it just has chunkier shimmer particles, making it extra glowy. So if you’re not ready to give up a lot of money for Orgasm, Rose Gold is the one for you.


Want more beauty recommendations? Then read here for the award-winning drugstore and luxury makeup products you have to try



The new year has just started, but we totally won't judge you if you feel like already taking a break. While the start of the year often gives us renewed energy, it's only normal that you may feel a little tired and out of inspiration.

Wouldn't it be nice to just escape to a nice place and relax? Imagine the sound of waves crashing into the sand, seagulls flying overhead, the taste of fresh fruit shake, the light breeze... Well, if your schedule cannot permit you to go to the beach soon, let Crabtree & Evelyn's new La Source collection transport you right to that place. Not only will these products make you feel like you're on the beach, they will also help you look as refreshed from head to toe as you feel after a vacation by the sea.

Cleanse, nourish and protect your skin with products created with green seaweed extract from the Britanny coast of France.  


Hydra Marine Nourishing Oil

Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Hydra Marine Nourishing Oil, SGD 53 

Made with a blend of Moroccan Argan Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, and Sesame Seed Oil, this dry oil will make sure your skin is glowing, nourished and thoroughly hydrated.

Exfoliating Massage Bar

Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Exfoliating Massage Bar, SGD 15

Buff your skin's surface and let renewed skin shine through with the help of this bar, which not only exfoliates but also cleanses and massages. Think of frolicking on sandbars while you're at it!


Miracle Moisturising Hand Scrub

Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Miracle Moisturising Hand Scrub, SGD 40  

Get hands as soft as a baby's when you use this three-in-one moisturising hand scrub, which promises to exfoliate, cleanse and moisturise your skin all at the same time.

Warming Foot Smoother 

Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Warming Foot Smoother, SGD 40 

For feet that are ready to dip into new waters, prepare them with the help of this foot smoother. Scrub off hardened skin from your feet with the help of Tahitian volcanic sand, salt crystals and fine pumice found in this three-in-one (exfoliant, cleanser, moisturiser) product.  


Ultra-Moisturising Foot & Leg Therapy

Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Ultra-Moisturising Foot & Leg Therapy, SGD 45

Get ready to show off your gams on the beach with the help of this treatment. Made with a special protein extract found in Antarctica, your legs are sure to be nourished and your feet free from calloused, dry skin in as few as 14 days of using this.


The La Source collection will be available in Crabtree & Evelyn branches in Singapore starting February 16. 



When you look back on the first time you ever fell in love with makeup, it's easy to see how much you've grown when it comes to creating a look or choosing the right products. But in between an on-the-go lifestyle and catching some rest, one thing that some of us can't move on from is saying goodbye to our bad beauty habits. 

As much as we want to say that we're already past the whole 'major beauty blunder' phase, there are times when old habits sneak back in once in a while, and we get reminded the next morning that we've been quite bad to our skin for succumbing to these beauty no-no's. 

So as we welcome a fresh start in 2017, we are listing down some of the most common bad beauty habits some of us have, and we're also giving you our top tips on how to put a stop to them ASAP. 


Sleeping with makeup on

Yes, we're starting this list with the biggest and worst beauty sin that we can commit. We even use exhaustion as an excuse. 

We admit that after a long, hard day, heading off to bed as soon as we reach home sounds like the best idea. But before you hit the hay with a face full of makeup, always remember that your skin will definitely hate you the next morning for it. Making sure your skin looks radiant and glowing for the busy day ahead will be twice as time-consuming as when you simply spare a couple of minutes cleansing before you go to bed. 

Our best tip? Always keep makeup remover wipes in your bag and give your face a swipe on your way home (especially if you're stuck in traffic and have nothing else to do in the car). 

Tugging at your lids when putting on eye makeup

Do you spend all that money and time on making sure you don't get crow's feet under your eyes but somehow feel like it's not working? Maybe it's because you keep on tugging at your lids or the skin around your eye when putting on eye makeup. 

The area surrounding the eyes has sensitive skin, and having the habit of tugging at it constantly makes the skin lose its elasticity. One great trick we learned from YouTube beauty guru Jeffree Star? Use the pointy end of your dry beauty blender or makeup sponge to adjust the skin just enough for you to fill in your lids, waterline, or lower lash line with eye makeup. This prevents you from using too much force as you do when tugging using your finger.

Forgetting to wash your makeup brushes

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Brushes are essential in making sure that your makeup look is flawless and on point. But just like you, they also need a day off. Not giving them their much-needed cleaning makes them accumulate bacteria that transfer to your skin, not to mention potentially ruin the material of your brushes in the long run. 

But no need to feel like they'll get in the way of your weekend relaxation — experts and beauty enthusiasts agree that cleaning them once or twice a month is enough. Plus, there are two simple ways you can do it: quick-dry or wet wash. The first option is done by simply using a makeup brush cleanser of your choice that is available in the same place you buy your makeup, and the second option is done by using warm water and a gentle shampoo or mild bar soap to do the rinsing. 

Using expired makeup

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The last thing to make it to this list is probably the one that you should never do but might have done without even knowing it: using expired makeup. 

We all know how expensive some of our favourite products can be. And if you have a growing collection, then chances are you don't use some of the products you have as often as others. But if you decided to declutter your beauty collection and yet would still want to hold on to some of the products you have in your stash, think again! Expired makeup can do damage to your skin and can even be toxic in the long run. So make sure you keep the chart above in mind and toss out an expired makeup product soon (no matter how painful that can be *sobs*) for your own good.