Luxury Makeup Dupes : Volume 1

I have been collecting drug store makeup that reminds me of my department store gems for a while in anticipation of this post. The dupes I found are not colour matches but they are texture dupes. The finds in my collection give the same finish on the skin at a fraction of the price – I hope you enjoy!

$191 Cheaper: ByTerry Sun Designer Palette ($208 CAD) x Physicians Formula Butter Blush ($16.52 CAD)

The ByTerry Sun Designer palettes contain my favourite face products of all time. The formula blends out like a dream and the colours included on the right hand side are my dream blush, bronzer and highlight shades. Colours aside, I found that the Physicians Formula butter blush formula is so insanely similar. The product is extremely soft, blends out like a dream and is extremely buildable, similar to the blush in my ByTerry SunDesigner palette. Both are very subtle on the skin until you build them up. While the Physicians Formula blush is expensive per drug store standards, wait for a deal to snag it up and you won’t be disappointed if you’re into subtle/ natural blushes.

$23 CheaperTate Shape Tape Concealer ($35 CAD) x Maybelline Master Concealer ($11.99 CAD)

The finish of these concealers are so similar to me, that when using them interchangeably I don’t miss the other! The coverage is high, consistency is fairly thick and both blend out well on the skin. I actually find the Tarte one to be slightly more drying and crease prone, but when set with a powder both concealers look great on my under-eyes. For those who don’t have access to an Ulta and prefer to see your products before being them, the Maybelline one could be a great alternative. 

$22 Cheaper: Dermablend Loose Setting Powder ($34.38 CAD) x RCMA No Color Powder ($12 CAD)

The Dermablend powder is slightly more white on the skin, but the texture, finish and impact of both powders on skin is undetectable. Both do a great job of setting my makeup and extending the wear all day. I actually reach for my RCMA powder way more and wouldn’t repurchase the Dermablend once I finish the tub.

MAC Coffee Walnut Sculpting Cream (limited edition) x KIKO Sculpting Touch Creamy Stick Contour ($16.82)

Since the MAC product has long been discontinued, the KIKO creamy contour stick is a good alternative that delivers a similar effect. Although the colour of the KIKO stick is warmer than the MAC one, it still works well to contour and add definition to my face.


  1. April 1, 2018 / 3:42 am

    I want to check out the powder after I finish mine up. I love dupe posts

  2. March 18, 2018 / 9:19 am

    Physician’s Formula also makes the Shimmer Strips eyeshadows, which I found to be very comparable in formula and pigment (though, very different colors) to the Urban Decay Heavy Metals palette.

    • beauty.swatched
      March 18, 2018 / 10:10 am

      Ooooh good one!! I gotta check them out. Thanks for sharing ♥️

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