There’s nothing more thrilling and satisfying than finding a bargain on a beauty product that dupes for one that you’re in love with! And if that dupe also happens to be safer and healthier for your skin and your body, all the better! It’s like winning the jackpot! Below is a solid list of eco-friendly dupes for popular luxury beauty brands and products that you have to check out the next time you go on a cosmetics shopping spree! You’re skin and your wallet will thank you!
Urban Decay Single Pressed Eyeshadow $19
Dupe: Sugarpill Cosmetics Single Pressed Eyeshadow $13
Unlike Urban Decay’s eyeshadow formula, this one completely avoids all parabens. The Urban Decay formula contains a common preservative named phenoxyethanol which is another name for a paraben, a contributor to the development of breast cancer. Both have comparable pigmentation, yet Sugarpill’s eyeshadow is $6 cheaper.
Pat McGrath Gold 007 Kit $75
Clear Gloss: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Clear Lip Tar Primer $18
Lime Crime Velvetine Matte Lipstick in Sasha (Toasted Rose) $20
Lime Crime Velvetine Matte Lipstick in Riot (Reddish Brown) $20
Lime Crime Velvetine Matte Lipstick in Salem (True Brown) $20
Ever since this cosmic kit came out, it has created such a stir in the beauty world with its cosmic glitters and potent liquid lipsticks. It is often sold out and has rave reviews by some of the top Youtube beauty influencers like NikkieTutorials and Jeffree Star. But whereas Pat McGrath’s products contain parabens (phenoxyethanol) and extra silicones (dimethicone), Lit Cosmetics, Sugarpill, and Lime Crime’s products avoid all of those extra fillers and unnecessary preservatives while still performing and photographing well on camera.
Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lip Kit in Mary Jo K (true blue red) $29
Dupes: Pacifica Beauty Power of Love Lipstick in Super Love $12
Lipliner: Zuzu Luxe Lipliner in Cherry $13.89
Not only do these dupes make the cut, but together, they are over $3 less expensive for the same quality, none of the fillers, and taste and smell SO much better! With Pacifica Beauty’s Super Love lipstick pigmented by the uplifting color of cherries and berries and Zuzu Luxe’s lipliner being unscented, it is a much better experience all-around. Not only that, this combo is much more hydrating and moisturizing for your lips, so there’s no need for extra lip balm before or after!
Chanel Le Crayon Kohl Intense Eye Pencil 61 Noir $30
Dupe: Mineral Fusion Eye Pencil in Coal $16.99
While Chanel is a worldwide renowned beauty brand, it’s ingredients list leaves much to be desired. With multiple parabens, hydrogenated oils, and carmine (a red pigment derived from crushed beetle’s blood and a known skin irritant and contributor to eczema), it does not seem to be worth the price point. But you can get the same quality, pigmentation, and endurance from Mineral Fusion’s Eye Pencil in Coal! Not only is it almost half the price of Chanel’s eyeliner, but it’s also gluten-free!
Lancome Definicils – High Definition Mascara $27.50
Dupe: Pacifica Beauty Dream Big Lash Extending 7-in-1 Mascara $9.79
Unfortunately, this is another example of a worldwide luxury brand that uses ingredients similar to Chanel’s in its eye makeup formula. This mascara also contains parabens, unnecessarily fillers like paraffin and simethicone and carmine for its pigment. But, lucky for us, Pacifica Beauty is here to save the day again with their gorgeous Dream Big Lash Extending Mascara! At a fraction of the price, its ingredients list is the complete opposite containing skin and lash nourishing ingredients like panthenol, brown kelp extract, and jojoba. These are ingredients known to help fortify the skin and hair to make them stronger, healthier and more resilient. It’s lash care and beauty in one!
Anastasia Brow Dipbrow Pomade $18
Dupe: DAB Herb Makeup Organic Eyebrow Colors $14.75 (can also order samples for $2.95)
Although Anastasia is a cruelty-free brand, it still uses questionable ingredients in its beauty products. Filled with parabens and silicone, it is not the healthiest option for your brows. If you want a product that will look just as good while helping to keep your brow hairs growing strong, DAB Herb Makeup from Etsy is the way to go! It’s a much cheaper option with the added benefit of having medicinal herbs like nettle, horsetail, and rosehips to keep your skin and brow hairs beautiful!
Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre Natural Finish Loose Powder $52
Dupe: DAB Herb Makeup Translucent Petal Powder $12
While Chanel’s loose powder contains aluminum, silicones and manganese violet which is made with carmine, DAB Herb Makeup’s loose translucent petal powder contains ingredients like rose, lavender, and chamomile in a base of arrowroot powder. DAB Herb Makeup’s powder is gentle on the skin without clogging the pores and still looks great on an HD camera! At 4x cheaper the price than Chanel and is a wise investment in your skin’s long-term health and well-being, picking which luxurious powder to go with is a no-brainer.
Terry Alabata is a 7-year experienced makeup artist and hairstylist and the Bay Area’s premiere beauty artist specializing in eco-friendly and cruelty-free makeovers. Her passion for makeup and hair grew from a desire to find safe, hypoallergenic options for people with sensitive skin and eczema, like her.