5 Finds That Make Your Beauty Addiction Actually Affordable

Stevi Incremona
Stevi graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama. When she's not auditioning and running around New York, she's escaping to her original home at the Jersey Shore and most definitely lying on a beach somewhere equidistant between the ocean and tiki bar. She's a coffee snob, craft beer enthusiast, technology nerd, and obviously (most importantly) has a very real addiction to buying and trying affordable beauty products.

Beauty addictions are expensive, guys. If you’ve read through any of my previous articles, you’ll know that I have a serious, serious affinity for affordable beauty finds. While I fully understand the glamorous appeal of a high-end, luxury item, I love the hunt for drugstore alternatives that don’t break my bank. It leaves room in my budget to try out more items and experiment with new items, making me feel like I have all of the things I need.

Nothing excites me more than an affordable product that can hold its own in comparison to a high-end item. Here are a few of my favorite drugstore dupes.


For blendable concealer — Maybelline’s Fit Me Concealer

The high-end brand, The Radiant Creamy Concealer by Nars boasts a hefty price tag of $29 for just .22 ounces of product. While the results are definitely amazing, Maybelline has a product that’s honestly pretty comparable. Maybelline’s Fit Me Concealer is only about $7 and is just as creamy, easy to blend, and has similar coverage. It’s a win for about a quarter of the price.

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For a vampy lip life — Revlon’s ColorBurst Matte Lip Balm in Shameless

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’m all about a deep purple lip for the fall and winter months. Nars has a lip pencil in the shade Train Bleu that is a deep burgundy, purple matte color that more than satisfies the vampy feels. But, it’s a little drying and will set you back $26.

For about half the price, Revlon holds its own version of a matte lip pencil. The shade Shameless ($8) has a bit more of a true purple, lighter tone to it than the Nars pencil, but gets darker with layers. It’s also much more comfortable to wear and won’t dry out your lips! I actually prefer it to the high-end alternative.



For hydrated locks — OGX’s Hydrating Macadamia Oil Intensive Moisture Hair Mask

The colder weather months are clearly unkind to our skin, but it’s easy to forget that our hair takes a beating as well. To avoid crazy static from dry, brittle hair, invest in a hair mask to restore moisture and hydration to your locks. Hair masks that work best are made largely of natural oils. The Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque ($36) is the best in the game. It revitalizes hair without leaving it boggled down with oily weight. Depending on the thickness of your hair, it can sometimes even be used as a daily conditioner, but it is a bit pricey to go through that quickly.



For just $12, you can opt for OGXs version of a hydrating, macadamia oil based hair mask. It’s not quite as hydrating, but it definitely does give your locks some life back.

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For effortless eyes — L’Oreal’s Infallible Eyeshadow in Iced Latte

A sweet champagne-like color with a bit of shimmer is one of the most effortless and classic eyeshadow choices that looks good on everyone. It can be swept across the lid with some mascara for a beautiful work-appropriate look, or paired with a bold crease color and eyeliner to take it into the evening. The cult favorite eyeshadow with rich pigmentation and long lasting power is Stila’s eyeshadow in Kitten ($18). However, the softness of the product causes it to break really easily so it doesn’t make a good travel friendly item.

A more affordable, and equally gorgeous champagne shade that I have found to be super comparable to Kitten is L’Oreal’s Infallible Eyeshadow in Iced Latte. These will only set you back about $8 and contains double the amount of product than the Stila alternative. The rest of the colors are incredible as well!

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