Dupes are currently very popular. In many videos or articles about makeup, this magic word is seen. But do you know what a dupe is? How to differentiate it from a fake product or a replica? Or have you asked yourself: why are they so popular? And the question that all of us have in our heads, which dupes are out there?
Well, today, I am going to try to answer these questions in the simplest way possible. Additionally, I will recommend seven products that are the dupe of other high-end products.
What is a dupe?
The word dupe is an abbreviation for “duplicate.” This word refers to an inexpensive product, produced by a recognized brand, that is similar in texture, color, and finish to another high-end product.
Generally, a dupe can have packaging with similar characteristics to the original. However, its most remarkable resemblance is in the product itself. That’s because the brand chooses to invest in the quality and not so much in the packaging.
Some examples of recognized brands that have dupes of high-end products are Beauty Creations, Elf, Makeup Revolution, among others.
Are they fake products?
No, the fakes are totally different.
Fake, replicas, or pirate makeup, unlike dupes, seek to accurately replicate the packaging of a product and do not care about the quality of it.
We must be super careful with these fake products since many of them are manufactured with harmful and even dangerous ingredients. For this reason, I recommend you to buy products from recognized brands and in trusted places.
Why are they so popular?
Dupes can have several advantages, the main clearly is its price. You can find low-cost products with the same characteristics as a high-priced product.
Another advantage is its quality. Sometimes you will find that drugstore brand products have a similar grade or even higher than high-end products. This is because, sometimes, what you are actually paying for an expensive cosmetic is not the product itself, but the packaging.
Pharmacy brands are more concerned with investing in the ingredients of their products and making them the best possible quality. On the other hand, high-end brands also invest large amounts of money in the packaging of their products.
One last reason dupes are so popular is because they are easier to come by. Many times the products of luxury ranges are only available in certain stores or through the internet. While inexpensive products can be found in supermarkets, pharmacies, etc.
I don’t know about you, but when I go shopping at the supermarket, I generally also indulge in makeup. But if I want a product from a more expensive brand, what I have to do is to go to a specific place, because it is not available in just any store.
Dupes for face products
In this section, you will find a dupe for the primer, the foundation, the concealer, and the powder.
Benefit The Porefessional – Maybelline Baby Skin.
With these primers, you will be able to minimize the appearance of pores. Additionally, you will make the skin look much smoother with a spectacular filter effect.
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation – Neutrogena Healthy Skin liquid makeup.
With these foundations, you will achieve an excellent coverage, which you can build to suit your needs. But even so, you will be seen with a beautiful natural finish.
Tarte Shape tape – Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define
With these concealers, you will achieve full coverage with a matte finish. Plus, they blend easily and can help brighten the upper parts of your face.
Laura Mercier Translucent loose setting powder – Elf cosmetics high definition powder
With these powders, you will be able to seal your makeup smoothly and without being cakey. They do not accentuate your expression lines, and they have fine particles that help you look more natural. With these, you can also do the backing without a problem.
Dupes for eye makeup products
In this section, you will find a dupe for a shadow palette and for a mascara.
Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette in Amethyst – ColourPop It’s My Pleasure Purple Pressed Eyeshadow Palette
With these eyeshadow palettes, you can make a variety of looks with purple tones. Although they do not have precisely the same colors, they are very similar, and both are of excellent quality.
Too Faced Better Than Sex – L’Oreal Voliminous Lash Paradise
These products will make your eyelashes look much more voluminous. Additionally, both have a waterproof version that will last longer in your eyelashes.
And those who are missing…
Definitely, the space is too small to show you all the dupes that exist. However, I try to show you those that are currently most popular.
Finally, remember that in this post, I am not trying to say that drugstore brands are better than high-end ones. I just think that as consumers, we must have different options to get what we are looking for.
Many times we have other needs, or it is just too difficult for us to get a particular product. Because of this, I think that knowing other items that do the same things and at a lower cost is necessary.
If you would like to read another post with other dupes, tell me in the comments below. And if you know other dupes that may interest us, I invite you to mention them so that we can all be aware.