There are a handful of products that always get hyped up by makeup artists, beauty bloggers/vloggers, and what seems like everyone else on the planet.
Usually, coveted items are a bit pricey, and there are always dupes. So when is a product worth the splurge and when should you just save some money and purchase a dupe?
Everyone has their own opinions, but here are a few coveted products and just one of many dupes that exist.
1. beautyblender vs. e.l.f. dupe
The beautyblender ($20, beautyblender) sponges have been popular for a while now, and it seems like everyone uses them. If you look around, there are a ton of bb dupes, like the e.l.f. ($5, e.l.f.) one. Does one work better than the other? That may be up to you to decide. Find the perfect shape and softness or firmness for your makeup routine and stick to it.
2. Clarisonic vs. Dermalogica dupe
The Clarisonic face brush (starting at $129, Clarisonic) is a facial cleansing hand-held device many skincare lovers adore. However, don’t forget about ones that aren’t battery powered, such as the Dermalogica exfoliating face brush ($18, Dermalogica).
3. The Makeup Eraser vs. microfiber cloths
The Makeup Eraser ($20, Sephora) is a reusable makeup remover. Really, you can use a microfiber cloth (starting at $9, Amazon) instead.
4. Shu Uemura eyelash curler vs. drugstore eyelash curler
So many people rave over the Shu Uemura eyelash curler ($20, Shu Uemura), but is it really worth it? Same question for heated eyelash curlers. Try a Trim Beauty eyelash curler ($3, Walgreens), or any other cheap drugstore buy. If you need it heated, you can stick it under a hair dryer for a few seconds.
5. Sigma brush set vs. BH Cosmetics brush set
Sigma brushes ($92, Sigma Beauty) are all the rage, but other 7-piece brush sets that are a lot cheaper also perform pretty well. One of them is the BH Cosmetics brush set ($10, BH Cosmetics).
Research the product and all the available dupes and see which would be the best fit for you.