This is a pretty controversial topic. No one seems to agree on this. Some people will always say that high end products are always superior to drugstore, and I disagree. I'll be posting a few comparison pictures. I'm honestly sorry for the quality of the pictures, I don't have a photo editing program right now, and my camera is about to die on me, I think. It doesn't like to focus anymore. :(
There are many comparable products, and in some cases one is better than the other. There are dupes for almost any product you can think of. There are a few high end products that are probably better quality than the similar drugstore product, but for the price difference, sometimes it is worth it.
I'm always on the lookout for a cheaper alternative to my high end products. I don't discriminate against cheaper alternatives because they come from the *gasp* drugstore! I'm not a makeup snob, I love all makeup. I will agree that some drugstore products are terrible, but if you avoid them completely, you'll miss the great ones. You also have to understand that there are also horrible high end products. Not every product is going to perform as it claims, and just because it costs more doesn't mean anything.
One high end product I can think of that has a nice drugstore dupe is MAC lipstick in the shade Snob. Nyx-Power is almost identical, and I prefer the Nyx one because you can typically find Nyx lipsticks for around $4-$8, where MAC ones are $14.00 each. I don't own the MAC lipstick, but I do own the Nyx one. So here is a picture of it.
Another is Urban Decay 24/7 glide on pencil in perversion. There are two very nice drugstore dupes for that. The first is Nyx Slide on Pencil in black. It's even blacker than the UD pencil, it's soft and it dries quickly. Once it's dry it doesn't budge. Another is Milani Liquif'eye in Black. Also just as black as the Nyx, soft and dries nicely. Urban Decay 24/7 pencils retail for $19 each. Nyx Slide on pencils are $6.99 each and Milani Liquif'eye pencils are also $6.99. Yes, Urban Decay has a ton of different colors, but Nyx also has quite a nice selection. The Milani pencils don't have as big of a selection, but they do have a few. Taking price and quality into consideration, I'd rather buy 3 Nyx or Milani pencils for the price of UD.
Can you tell a big difference? Me either. Milani Liquif-eye is first. Nyx is second. UD Perversion is 3rd. UD Zero is last, for comparison, and you can tell that Zero is definitely not as pigmented as the other 3.
Now, a lot of people love the Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner, and find that it's comparable to MAC Fluidline. I disagree. I personally hate the Maybelline one. I find it to be dry and difficult to work with, not to mention it has terrible pigmentation. Other people have had better experiences with it, but I wouldn't trade my MAC gel liner for 10 of them. MAC Fluidline retails for $14. Maybelline retails for $9. I'd rather pay $14 for MAC.
Maybelline Lasting Drama Studio Liner is on the bottom. MAC Fluidline is on Top. It's obvious to me which one is the better of the two.
I use Milani Luminoso Blush, which is a dupe for Nars Orgasm blush. I've never used the Nars one before, but the Milani one is amazing. It looks just like every swatch of Nars I've ever seen, stays on all day and is very nicely pigmented. Nars is $28. Milani is $7.50.
My skin is pretty dark right now, so it was pretty difficult to get a nice swatch, but this is Milani Luminoso. I don't own Nars Orgasm, so I couldn't post it for you.
The last one I could think of, and because I ran out of room on my hand to swatch, is the Kat Von D lipstick in Celebutard and the Revlon Colorburst lipstick in Soft Nude. Both equally pigmented, the Kat Von D lipstick is slightly drier and has pink undertones, where the Revlon lipstick has yellow undertones, but if you're putting a gloss over it, does it really matter? The Revlon lipstick retails for between $7-$9. Kat Von D's lipstick is $19.
Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Soft Nude is on the left, Kat Von D Painted lipstick in Celebutard is on the right. As you can tell, they are both nude shades. Revlon is more yellow based, but both are nicely pigmented and pretty colors.
So, if you are looking for dupes and/or cheaper alternatives, here is a very helpful website that I use sometimes. http://www.temptalia.com/makeup-dupe-list
I strongly encourage you to at least try some of the drugstore products. There are good ones, and there are bad ones, but it works the same way with high end products. Not every high end product is good.
I'm sorry that this post is so long, I'm eventually going to make another page on my blog with a dupe list, so if you have any, let me know in the comments.
Also, let me know which you prefer!
Hope this helps, and definitely let me know your opinions!
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