There you are: Standing in the middle of Sephora, filling your basket with mascara, eyeliner, lipstick, bronzer and some sort of anti-aging face cream that may or may not anti-age you. You make your way to the check-out, and quickly discover that your quick trip to Sephora to buy new mascara has turned into a much more expensive outing than you anticipated.
Because some beauty products are ridiculously expensive! But they don't have to be. Brands like Sephora, Mac, Benefit, etc. are pricey, because you're paying for the name.
But let's get real — once the makeup is on your face, does anyone really know where you bought it? The answer is most definitely no.
For every expensive product there's a much less expensive version somewhere else, and if the cheaper mascara is comparable to a more expensive mascara, might as well save your money to buy important things like more beauty products, right?
1. Wet n Wild Highlighter stick vs Benefit Watt's Up
For $30 you can have your very own <ahref="https: www.benefitcosmetics.com="" us="" en="" product="" watts-cream-highlighter"=""> </ahref="https:>Benefit Watt's Up cream highlighter, but for $3.99 you can buy Wet n Wild MegaGlo all-in-one highlighting stick — and it's basically the same thing. You could literally buy seven MegaGlo sticks for the price of one Watt's Up.
2. Luminoso Baked Blend vs Nars Orgasm
3. Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick vs Mac Ruby Woo Lipstick
It's not easy finding a really, really good matte red lipstick. Which is why we did the legwork for you. (You're welcome.) Check out Rimmel Lasting Finish matte lipstick by Kate Moss for only $5.49 at Ulta, while the very similar Mac Ruby Woo lipstick is $17.
4. Elf Mineral Face Primer vs Smashbox Photo Finish
5. Morphe vs Real Techniques
Check out the Morphe m524 Medium Shadow Fluff for $5.99 over the Real Techniques 200 Oval Shadow Brush for $12.99. Even though they look almost identical, the Morphe brush is a little on the rougher side. But you can't beat the price.
6. Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover vs Clinique Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent
You guys, these two products are so similar, it should be a crime to pay $18 for Clinique's Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent when you can pay $7 (or less — this one always seems to be on sale) for Neutrogena's Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover.