10 affordable viral high-end luxury makeup dupes you can easily find at drugstores like Guardian & Watsons

by and Jermina

Picture this: You come across a makeup product on your FYP and it looks gorgeous, but it’s looking really pricey when you’re about to check it out. 

I’m sure many of us can relate to this, especially with the amount of great beauty product recommendations from beauty influencers and experts that we get everyday. 

So, what do you do when you want a refill of your favourite blush or lip tint without breaking the bank? 

To help you achieve your daily glam, here are 10 affordable viral high-end luxury makeup dupes that you can get in Singapore.

1. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk vs. Revlon Super Lustrous in Rose Velvet

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If you haven’t heard of Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution Lipstick (S$55) — specifically in the shade Pillow Talk, then you’re missing out. 

You may have seen it on a couple of celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Amy Adams. 

It’s universally flattering and the soft, rosy and dusty nude lip colour goes well on all skin tones and makeup looks.

Photo: @revlon_india/instagram

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick (S$15.44) in the shade Rose Velvet is one of the more budget-friendly makeup dupes that looks similar to Charlotte Tilbury. 

The formula and feel of the lipstick feels silky smooth yet moisturising (all while still being beautifully matte). It’s definitely a great alternative if you’re looking for something more affordable.

Available here.

2. Benefit Benetint vs. Etude House Dear Darling Water Tint 

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Lip tints are extremely popular in the beauty world and I can certainly see why — it’s hydrating like a lip balm, but with a rich pigment and long-lasting hue. 

That’s why Benefit’s Benetint (S$45) is the holy grail product for the trending “clean girl” look — plus you can use it to stain both your lips and your cheeks for a healthy and natural flush.

Photo: @sokoglam/instagram

For those who are looking for economical dupes for Benefit’s bestseller, Etude House’s Dear Darling Water Tint (S$8.40) costs five times less. 

Smudge-proof, quick-drying and as equally vivid and long-lasting as the Benetint, this is one product that you’ll probably keep repurchasing because it’s just so affordable and easy to use. 

Available here.

3. Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey vs. Nivea Lip Care in Blackberry Shine

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If you’re always scrolling on TikTok, you’d know that Clinique’s Almost Lipstick in Black Honey (S$40) has taken the internet by storm. 

This classic and timeless product has been a go-to for so many people simply because it looks flattering on everyone regardless of age. The only issue is that the lipstick is literally sold out everywhere. 

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But don’t fret, because Nivea Lip Care in Blackberry Shine (S$4.99) is a worthy dupe and all for a third of Clinique’s price. 

With almost the exact same wine-coloured pigment and balmy finish, you can hardly tell these dupes apart from the real thing.

Available here.

4. Mac Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in Velvet Teddy vs. Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink in Seductress

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You can never go wrong with Mac Cosmetics Matte Lipstick (S$42) in Velvet Teddy — a neutral, nude lipstick that swears by its 12-hours full-coverage colour and silky matte finish. 

But, it’s not easy to just splurge on a makeup product regardless of how good it matches with your everyday outfits.

Photo: @eva_cousin/pinterest 

Luckily for you, Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink (S$21.60) in the shade Seductress is almost uncanny to the previous product (and you can get it for just half of the price)

You don’t have to go through the hassle of touching up after every meal as it’s transfer proof and super pigmented. 

Those who are into the “coquette” aesthetic would love the flawless matte finish that gives off the makeup no makeup look.

Available here.

5. Fenty Beauty Match Stix Contour vs. Colorgram Re-Forming Contour Stick

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This next product needs no introduction and it’s none other than Fenty Beauty Match Stix Contour (S$59) by Rihanna which has been extremely well-received from the beauty community. 

It has a long-wearing, blendable, and light-as-air matte formula so you feel like you aren’t wearing anything. 

Photo: @colorgram.official/instagram

But, for people who are still getting into makeup and don’t want to break the bank, consider Colorgram Re-Forming Contour Stick (S$10.50)

Although it is less matte than the Fenty stick, the formula can last through extreme heat and sweat without wearing off. Besides, it is also beginner-friendly as you can make precise lines with the smaller stick for your nose contour. 

Available here.

6. Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush Joy vs. SHEGLAM Color Bloom Dayglow Liquid Blush Devoted

Photo: @rarebeauty/instagram

Another cult favourite would have to be Selena Gomez’s Rare Beauty’s Soft Pinch Liquid Blush (S$39) in the shade Joy

You most probably saw this on your FYP and would understand why there is so much hype about its super pigmented formula. As someone who is a huge fan of it, it can get rather pricey if you use it everyday.

Photo: @sheglam_official/instagram

For the same price, you can purchase two of SHEGLAM’s Color Bloom Dayglow Liquid Blush (S$14.06) in the shade Devoted

This is one of the makeup dupes that gives off a soft blurring and dewy effect to help you achieve that highly coveted flawless glass skin.

Although the formula is slightly thinner than Rare Beauty, it dries slower which gives you plenty of time to play around with your look. 

Available here

7. Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eyeshadow Palette Walk of No Shame vs. Revlon ColorStay Day to Night Eyeshadow Vintage Rose

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Charlotte Tilbury’s Luxury Eyeshadow Palette Walk of No Shame (S$95) keeps it simple with four shades so that you can interchange depending on the look that you’re going for. It helps that the buttery and pigmented formula also blends like a dream.

Photo: @revlonsg/instagram

But, if you’re not looking to spend over a hundred dollars on eyeshadow, opt for Revlon’s ColorStay Day to Night Eyeshadow Vintage Rose (S$20.32) instead. 

This palette features four pink shimmery and matte shades that glide on smoothly. It’s everything that you’d need for versatile looks including a soft daytime look or evening glam night out. 

Available here.

8. Dior Addict Lip Glow Oil Pink vs. Innisfree Dewy Tint Lip Balm 

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There’s something so satisfying about applying lip gloss — especially when it’s a fancy and user-friendly one like Dior Addict Lip Glow Oil Pink (S$61)

It blurs the lip lines and gives your lips the most beautiful glossy finish with a subtle hint of colour. 

There’s only one downside to this: you find yourself constantly finishing tube after tube of the S$61 lip gloss just because it’s so addictive.

Photo: @innisfree_malaysia/instagram

Luckily, Innisfree Dewy Tint Lip Balm (S$23) features a similar natural and dewy glow with a sheer finish so it doesn’t look like you’re wearing any makeup at all. 

For those who are always struggling with dry, chapped lips, this product comes infused with hyaluronic acid to moisturise the lips as well.

Available here

9. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation vs. L’Oreal Paris True Match Liquid Foundation

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We all know that Giorgio Armani products are all about quality and elegance so I wouldn’t expect any less from their Luminous Silk Foundation (S$69)

It boasts a lightweight and blendable formula for acne-prone or sensitive skin, achieving a natural and healthy glow. 

Sadly, it goes for over fifty bucks and isn’t very pocket-friendly, especially since this would be one of the dupes that you incorporate into your everyday routine.

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Alternatively, you can get the L’Oreal Paris True Match Liquid Foundation (S$26.60) at less than half of the price. 

Staying true to its name, it has a buildable foundation without looking too cakey or streaky. 

This would work great for beginners who are still trying their hand at makeup since a little goes a long way.

Available here.

10. NARS Light Reflecting Advanced Skincare Foundation vs. L’Oreal Infallible Fresh Wear 24hr Foundation

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NARS Light Reflecting Advanced Skincare Foundation (S$80) features a whopping 36 shades which is much more extensive than many other lines.  

Other than striving to be inclusive, this foundation instantly blurs imperfections, smooths textured skin, and conceal blemishes and redness.  

Photo: @aboutsomethingpretty/instagram

Unfortunately, this is one of the products that’s always sold out so if you’re looking for a more affordable alternative, check out L’Oreal Infallible Fresh Wear 24hr Foundation (S$24)

This lightweight formula gives full coverage alongside a matte finish, leaving the skin feeling comfortable for up to 24 hours.

Available here.

And there you have it, 10 affordable luxury dupes that are low on cost but still high on performance and results. 

Which makeup dupes will you be getting on your next trip to the beauty store?

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