“The importance of being on the firing line of feeling”
While buying high-end makeup may give the illusion that we aren’t actually students living off the government’s money, it’s not entirely practical when it comes to budgeting. There are many high-street brands that you can pick up in your local Boots or Superdrug for a fraction of the price but still giving great, long lasting results.
The brand that I continually find myself reaching for is Sleek MakeUP. While they heavily feature in my top ten, there are other brands that are also great for dupes and I have also included them.
“ Get the high-end look for high-street prices! ”
So here are my top ten, tried and tested, high-end to high-street beauty dupes:
1) The Iconic London Multi Use Cream Contour Palette, £32.99, has been hugely raved about on Instagram as being the best kit to create an intense contour. For a third of the price however, you can pick up the Sleek MakeUP Cream Contour Kit for just £10.99. The difference between these products is minimal, however as a bonus the Sleek version comes in three skin shades - light, medium and dark. This means that the kit will suit every skin tone.
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2) Brows have been such a big deal in the make-up world in the past few years, and Benefit Cosmetics are very keen on the ‘Benebrow’ as they call it. I can’t lie, the Benefit Browzings Kit, £24.50 is an amazing product. They have also recently expanded it to include 6 different shades. However, the Sleek Brow Kit is almost identical in contents and is a mere £8.49. It comes in 5 colours, rather than 6 and favours dark brows more than the Benefit version. Both include two brushes and mini tweezers, so as brow kits go, both are fantastic - but it depends on your budget which you will choose.
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3) The Nars blushes are iconic and always talked about by beauty bloggers, in particular Nars Orgasm, £23. It’s beautiful shimmer and natural appearance create a perfect all-year-round blush. On the other hand, Sleek’s blush in Rose Gold retails at £4.99 and is almost identical in colour. The Sleek version is extremely pigmented and long lasting, and has a similar, expensive feel to Orgasm. An absolute steal! Please forgive my well loved Sleek product, I bought this a good couple of years ago when they had Rose Gold in a set. You can buy it individually.
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4) Kylie Jenner has become a huge style icon, and her cosmetic range has been ridiculously successful. Her Lip Kit in colour Kourt K retails at $29 (around £23) and has the longest staying power of any liquid lipstick I have ever used. The Sleek Matte Me Lipstick in Vino Tinto, £4.99, is a very close colour match. The entire range has very good staying power, perhaps not quite as long, but all colours in this range are worth trying out.
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5) For a summer glow at any time of the year, the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick compact is a beautiful solution and costs £34. This does seem like a huge price for a compact, when you can purchase the Sleek Glo Face and Body Highlighter for only £6.49. It isn’t as pigmented as the Bobbi Brown version, but the colours are similar - you’d just need to use more product to get the same effect.
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Now moving on from Sleek Products…
6) Sticking with the ‘glowing’ theme, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit - Ultimate Glow is a palette of 6 gorgeous highlighting shades. Costing £44, this is a luxury palette and would look amazing with a golden tan. But, if you don’t have that much money to spend, try the MakeUp Revolution Blush Palette in Golden Sugar. For only £6, you get 8 colours, while the colours may not immediately look the same, once applied the golden shades are so close in matches as is the white shade. And as a bonus you get pink blush shades as well!
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7) Another highlighter set is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. It comes with three shades and is the most expensive high end product on my list at £59! While these shades are amazing, this is not worth spending you’re money on in my opinion when you can purchase the MakeUp Revolution Highlighter Palette in Radiance for £8. This version has more golden tones in it but at this price it is worth it.
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8) Mac Strobe Cream is yet another way to get glowing skin, you may be able to see that I’m a fan of a bright complexion! This is a staple Mac product costing £24.50 but if you’re a fan of the new NYX counters that have popped up in Boots as much as I am, the NYX Born to Glow Illuminator is a great dupe for this product and costs only £7. The ‘Sunbeam’ shade is the closest match, but it also comes in three other shades.
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9) For long lasting makeup, a primer is essential. The Benefit Porefessional Primer was the first major product on the market and has a luxurious velvety feel to it, it retails at £24.50. A more budget version of this is the Maybelline New York Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Lightweight Primer (that was a mouthful!). This costs £7.99. I do prefer the Benefit version, because of the texture, but both products do the job. The image shows that the Benefit version looks as though it has a colour, but once applied and rubbed in both are translucent, so work with any skin tones.
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10) Working on a Benefit Cosmetics Counter, I know just how popular Benefit They’re Real Mascara is. This mascara sold itself. It costs £19.50, and is actually one of Benefit’s more affordable products. However I actually prefer the Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara, £10.99. Both have plastic wands, but I find that the Max Factor mascara is less clumpy, however it does dry out in the tube quicker.
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Those are my top ten, I hope this helps your student budgeting. Happy spending!
Written by Emma Videan, 10 months ago
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