Saturday, August 31, 2013

Affordable Dupes for Expensive Brands

The price of  just one tube of lipstick can run you $14 and upward depending on the brand. I'm going to provide you with some ideas for cheaper dupes that you can get in place of the more expensive brands. Same color, better price. I don't own all of these colors, but I've done some research to come up with the best alternatives.

I'm a huge fan of Nicki Minaj, so when her Pink Friday Lipstick - the perfect baby pink- came out for just a few Fridays, I made sure I was logged on at midnight to get mine. Most people weren't as lucky. The lipstick was Special Edition, thus is no longer available through MAC. If you absolutely must have it, you can still find it on eBay, if you're into that sort of thing, starting ay $70. But if not, try these instead.
NYX Round "Power
Think Pink
NYX Round lipsticks retail at about $4 each. "Power" appears to be a bit darker, almost lavender in the tube, but is actually light pink.

Wet n Wild lipsticks are available at most drugstores and are usually about $2. Its color "Think Pink" parallels to Pink Friday.

Tickled Pink

Pink Friday

On the subject of Pink Friday, the OPI nail lacquer from Nicki Minaj's collection closely parallels Wet n Wild's Tickled Pink nail polish, in case you can't find an OPI retailer. I own both of these colors, and you can't tell a difference between them.

Fleshpot by MAC
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If you're looking for a nude color, as I have been for the past few months, Fleshpot by MAC is perfect. Aside from the fact that MAC lipsticks start at $15, Fleshpot is a MAC Pro color (not sold in regular stores) so it would be pretty difficult to get your hands on.

I did a little research and came up with these alternatives:
e.l.f Mineral Lipstick Natural Nymph
NYX Round Lipstick - Echo
Natural Nymph
If you have a product or a specific color that you'd like to find an alternative to, let me know and I'll try to help you out.


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