I Found Perfect Dupes for 5 of Your Favorite Expensive Lipstick Shades

On a budget? You can still get the color payoff you love.
Publish date:
July 27, 2015
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Lipstick is one of my favorite ways to spruce up a look and over time I’ve amassed quite the collection. As I was organizing my stash recently, I realized that I had quite a few drugstore dupes for my more expensive lipsticks and I just knew I had to share them with you!

Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Crème in So RougeDupe: NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in Electra

The colors are spot-on with the difference being in the pigmentation of the product. I had to layer Electra a bit more to reach the same level of opacity as the Marc Jacobs, but I don’t mind! So Rouge was longer-lasting than Electra, but only by a little bit, and both felt equally comfortable on the lips.

Marc Jacobs: $30

NYX: $4

Difference: $26

MAC Matte Lipstick in Lady DangerDupe: Milani Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick in Matte Passion

Matte Passion is slightly brighter than Lady Danger and does take a couple of passes to reach the same level of pigmentation that you get with one swipe with the MAC lipstick. However, I find the Milani mattes to be more comfortable on the lips in this case. Both seem to wear for the same length of time as well.

MAC: $16

Milani: $5

Difference: $11

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in 36Dupe: Milani Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick in Matte Orchid

The shades of these two lipsticks are identical and there is only a slight difference in texture (the MUFE is creamier). Both wear for about the same length of time with the MUFE fading a bit more evenly than the Milani. 36 is a one swipe deal in terms of pigmentation where I had to layer Orchid a little bit. Overall though, it’s a pretty good dupe!

MUFE: $20

Milani: $5

Difference: $15

NARS Audacious Lipstick in CharlotteDupe: Colour Pop Lippie Stix in Bichette

These are spot-on in terms of duration of wear; they last pretty long throughout the day on me. Bichette is slightly deeper but a little less pigmented and is drier. Both are still comfortable to wear all day.

Nars: $32

Colour Pop: $5

Difference: $27

MAC Matte Lipstick in DivaDupe: Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick in Divine Wine

These are slightly different tone (Diva is a bit more brown) but otherwise very close in shade. I find that Diva wears a bit longer but is also more drying/less comfortable than Divine Wine. I also find that both are equally matched as far as pigmentation.

MAC: $16

Maybelline: $7

Difference: $9

Seeing all these budget-friendly alternatives for my favorite high-end lipsticks makes me wonder what other affordable gems I have hidden in my collection!

  • What are your favorite lipstick dupes?
  • Any other alternatives to the ones I mentioned?