Whether you're just dabbling in the world of makeup or you can't leave the house without it, everyone wants to make sure they're sending their hard earned dolla billz on quality products.
⸺ PRIMER ⸺
Yves Saint Laurent Eclat touche blur primer $52
If you're an Oh, Victoria regular, you know by now this is my ride or die primer. It makes any foundation look incredible, wears all day long, and even makes you coffee in the morning. I have yet to find a primer that holds a candle to the YSL Eclat Touche Blur Primer. It glides over your bare skin, blurring your pores, making your skin baby smooth, and foundation goes on like a wet dream. Shit, this primer paired with the DiorSkin Nude Air Serum foundation could find you a husband (or wife). To this day, I still believe this primer is worth the splurge.
nyx honey dew me up $18
How do I put this diplomatically? This is not one of NYX's finer products. It has a very unique set of consistencies, it's watery and sticky all at the same time 🤷♀️. This primer had been so hyped up all over the internet as a spot on dupe for my beloved YSL primer. But, unfortunately, fell short in all categories. I don't think it did much to enhance my foundation or even contribute to wear time. As it stands, YSL remains the reigning champion in primers that will change your life.
Sorry NYX, but this primer is garbage. YSL all the way! It blurs and perfects the skin for a flawless canvas.
⸺ FOUNDATION ⸺
diorskin nude air serum $53
Just like my YSL primer, I am so in love with my DiorSkin Nude Air Serum Foundation. It's light on the skin, doesn't accentuate pores or get stuck in dry patches on the face. The DiorSkin is the YSL primer's soulmate. Every time I wear those two together, people will stare on the street, and depending on the city even approach me. Although the product is runny, you only need little bit to get all day flawless coverage. It's never caused me to break out, and is the epitome of elegance.
no 7 airbrush away
Like I've said a billion times before, nothing holds a candle to my Dior, but No 7 put up a pretty good fight. The color was basically identical, but the formula was a bit different. The No 7 Airbrush Away foundation was a little bit thicker, but still went on very smooth and gave great coverage. At first glance, you couldn't even tell a difference between the two on the skin. But, as you the day went on, the No 7 made me more oily and revealed my over-sized pores. But, all in all, I would give this the dupes stamp of approval.
I have a shrine in my home dedicated to my DiorSkin, and I'm not even ashamed. It's worth every penny. But, if you can't stomach the idea of forking over $52 for a foundation, No 7 Airbrush Away foundation is the perfect drugstore dupe.
⸺ CONCEALER ⸺
nars radiant creamy concealer $30
I know this is a favorite among the beauty community and is a staple in every makeup lover's collection; and it does provide great coverage. But, in my humble opinion, this product is a little bit overrated. Don't get me wrong, it is a great, full coverage concealer, but I don't personally feel like it's worth the $30 price tag. It is a thicker liquid formula, which great at covering dark circles, but it also has a tendency to settle into the creases and fine lines, unless set properly; which, let's face it, we all forget to do from time to time.
nyx hd studio photogenic concealer $6
Color? Spot on. Formula? Close enough. It's a thinner consistency than the Nars Radiant Creamy concealer, but covers just as much without settling into the fine lines. It blends into the skin quite nicely, so you can wear it with or without foundation and still look beautiful and wide awake. All in all, I'd say it's even better than the original, for a fraction of the price.
These two are pretty close. Color is basically identical and the formula is super close. If you're not a loyal Nars consumer, save your monies and go NYX.
TARTEIST CLAY PAINT LINER $26
This eyeliner is said to be one of the better one's on the market. Well...the packaging has much to be desired. The tube it comes in is the biggest pain in the ass, it's tricky, and messy, and contains mostly air. But, the eyeliner is a long wearing formula, so that's all good and well. But, what really sells this is the brush that comes with it. Hands down, best eyeliner brush that has had the privilege of gracing my eyelid. For the LONGEST time I struggled with the damn cat eye; for the life of me I just could not get it to look right. But once this brush touched my skin, it had a mind of its own and created the perfect cat eye.
MAYBELLINE MATE LACQUER GEL LINER $9
Essentially the same formula as the Tarteist Clay Paint, but so much cheaper. You do get a little more smudging or flaking throughout the day if you're one of those who touches or rubs their eyes constantly. But, if you keep your hands to yourself, you will have no problems with this liner, and the packaging is a lot less of a hassle.
At first glance, the formula is essentially the same. Tarte wears just a bit longer, but not enough to spend 3x as much. But that brush may just be worth it 🙌. If you already have a great gel liner brush, save your money and go Maybelline.
CHANTECAILLE FAUX CILS MASCARA $70
I really love and hate this mascara. For those of you who struggle growing your eyelashes, this mascara is AMAZING! It actually is worth the $70. For those of you who already have a lot of lashes, stay away, because this product really works. I've been blessed with an over abundance of eyelashes, so every time I use this mascara, more want to grow in and it's very painful for me. Beautiful, but painful. Regardless, if you have to splurge on one makeup item, it should be this one.
RIMMEL LASH ACCELERATOR $7
This mascara is a double threat, it has a teeny brush at the tip and a mascara wand to apply to your eyelashes and eyebrows. It does work, but not as well or as fast as the Chantecaille Faux Cils. This mascara takes a bit longer to see the results and is clear so it doesn't give your lashes the lushness you might be hoping for, but it's only $7. So, if you have the patients, Rimmel is the way to go.
If you want fast results and luscious lashes, you're going to have to shell out $70 for this totally worth it mascara. But, if you're a bit more patient, save that cash money and go Rimmel.
⸺ BLUSH ⸺
BENEFIT DANDELION $30
The color is stunning and it gives a more satiny, smoothing, blurred effect. Paired with the right blurring primer and foundation, you just look effortlessly flawless. I was not exactly thrilled about the $30 price tag, but they do have a mini size, which is only $15. Still ridiculous for blush, but better than $30 and people are buying it 🤷♀️.
MILANI ROSE POWDER BLUSH $7
This is just a beautiful long lasting blush. You need a bit of a heavier hand and it's a bit more powdery than the Benefit Dandelion, but the color and wear time is spot on.
The Benefit blush is beautiful and looks a bit more luxurious, but is not worth $30 when Milani provides the perfect dupe for $7. But if you must have the Benefit Dandelion, shoot for the mini.
HANK & HENRY MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICK $17
The packaging is to die for, it's the perfect mix of elegant and minimalist; and the lipstick is just gorgeous. It's a more muted, long wearing, won't smudge lipstick and will look beautiful on any skin tone.
MILANI AMORE MATTE LIP CREME $8
I love this lipstick. The color is amazing! It takes a bit longer to dry down, but once it's on, it's on; it's not going anywhere. The other thing... 😬 it is a bit of a drying formula, but it's just so beautiful and vibrant and you can't beat the price. Although there are some downsides, there's more good than bad.
I like the Hank & Henry, but I love the Milani. The color is stunning and it will stay in place all day.
So there you have it, the good, the bad, and the just don't go there💁♀️ share some of your favorite dupes in the comments below.