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There are some products out there on the market that seem to be everyone’s holy grail item. Yes, we’re talking about that lipstick that hasn’t been in stock for the past year, or the BB cushion everyone is singing praises for. Getting your hands on these products can be a real challenge and more often than not, they’re far out of our budget.

So how does one get that killer look without killing their bank balance? Here are 10 wallet-friendly, drugstore alternatives to consider if you’re ogling their more expensive counterparts.


Fenty Beauty Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick in Starstruck and ELF Baked Highlighter in Blush Gems

For lovers of rose gold and the Fenty Beauty makeup line, you’ve probably got your eye on the $37 shimmer stick. You can achieve a similar rosy beam and glow with ELF’s baked highlighter, which retails for $5.40.


Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita and NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes

Staying power? Check. Sultry yet wearable shades? Check. Budget-friendly? Not so much. Kat Von D’s liquid lippies retail at $31, which might not be ideal for those on a budget. Thankfully, NYX offers a few similar shades in the form of Soft Matte Lip Creams, which retail for $14 each.


Make Up For Ever Green Redness Correcting Primer and Innisfree Mineral Makeup Base in Vanilla Green

If redness is a big problem for you, you might want to invest in Make Up For Ever’s colour correcting primer. Feeling hesitant to drop $70 on a makeup base? Try Innisfree’s Mineral Makeup Base that’ll hide any blotchiness and cost you only $19.46.


NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer and Essence Soft Touch Mousse Concealer

If flawless skin is a must but the bank account is a bust, your dreams of that $46 NARS concealer may have to wait. But fret not, for $5.50, you can still achieve  full coverage with Essence’s Mousse Concealer.


Benefit Hoola Quickie Cream-to-Powder Contour Stick and NYX Wonder Stick

Benefit’s super portable and compact Hoola contour stick may be a tad pricey at $49, but you can still get your contour on with NYX’s Wonder Stick. At $22, the double ended highlight-and-contour stick is a real steal.


Urban Decay Naked Palette and L’Oreal Paris La Palette Nude

The first of the cult favourite Naked eyeshadow palettes may retail at $83, but it doesn’t mean you’ll have to go without these stunning neutrals. Try La Palette Nude from L’Oreal for a day-to-night nude look for a fraction of the price, at $22.40.


Estee Lauder Double Wear Cushion BB and Innisfree Long Wear Cushion

Retailing at $75, Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Cushion promises to last through the day, with no touch-ups needed even in Singapore’s hot and humid climate. Alternatively, stay cool and in budget with Innisfree’s Long Wear Cushion for $31.

This article was first published on CLEO