Confession time. We're cheap. Not so cheap we'd go to a lunch buffet and stay for dinner (cause, you know, two meals for the price of one), but we're still pretty darn thrifty – especially when it comes to beauty products. So when we recently saw Amber Rose touting the voluptuous appeal of one common beauty product (Clinique mild face wash) over $199 a pop Creme de la Mer moisturizer, our ears perked. Could we refurbish our beauty regime using low cost replacements for expensive products? We decided to scour the internets and find out. We hope you find these cheap make-up dupes as tempting as we do. Just an FYI: 22Words participates in the Amazon affiliate program, and may receive a share of sales from links on this page.
You could use Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer.
We get it, you’re fancy. And the Smashbox Primer has the whole long name thing going for it.
*Whispers* Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer.
We can totally imagine a model looking directly at camera, eyes squinted, hair blowing in the wind.
But before you shell out that $15.29 plus $2.79 shipping (if you don't have Amazon Prime), might we suggest Monistat Complete Care Chafing Relief Powder Gel instead?
It has that whole long name thing going for it, and absolutely nothing to do with the vagina (hand to God, we promise). What’s more, it contains dimethicone, the active ingredient in the Smashbox primer, so it’ll keep your makeup on for the entire day and have your skin gleaming like a porcelain doll.
Monistat Complete Care Chafing Relief Powder Gel is available on Amazon and only costs $8.98.
You could do Make Up For Ever HD Foundation.
It’s trendy, it’s chic. It comes in one of those gleaming, modern-looking bottles that makes you feel like you too could be gleaming and modern looking, if only you looked like the model holding it. But if you slather enough of it on your face, you just might, so you-
Wait, were we doing our internal monologue again? Sorry.
Point is, it’s very expensive and very expensive looking because it comes in a fancy bottle and all, which means that people automatically want it.
But before you go $55.59 out of pocket for a very fancy bottle full of repressed feelings of inadequacy, might we suggest L'oréal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation?
It glides on without being too thick and makes your skin look, in the words of one reviewer “DEWY.” The same reviewer describes it as being “THE BOMB” (her words, not ours).
L’oréal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation has the same consistency and lasting power of Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, and it comes without that horrible side of shame that accompanies shelling over $50 for a product you slather on your face.
At $10.88 L’oréal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation is available on Amazon.
You could do Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Hydrator.
It’s definitely not $199 La Mer, so you can just convince yourself that yes, it’s perfectly acceptable to spend $32 on a moisturizing product. In fact, you might even convince yourself that it’s cost effective – what’s three stacks of tens compared to wrinkles and *gasp* age spots.