I have to admit, I’m a total makeup junkie. My bathroom countertop is littered with tins of eyeshadow, mascaras, glosses and more tubes of lipstick than I can count! Although I love all brands of makeup, I’ve always been particularly partial to MAC. Perhaps it’s the sleek black packaging or the endless array of shades, but either way, my eyes are always bigger than my wallet when I walk into their stores. However, you don’t have to spend a fortune to get the MAC look. If you’ve been coveting some of MAC’s famous shades, here are eight dupes you can score for a fraction of the price:
Instead of: MAC Eyeshadow in All that Glitters, $15
Try: Covergirl Eye Enhancers 1-Kit Eye Shadow in Mink, $3.14
If you’re a fan of natural makeup with a little sparkle, MAC’s All That Glitters is a great shade. This copper-gold color has a pearl finish and is flattering on both warm and cool skin tones. This is one of my favorite shadows when I want to do a quick wash of color and head out the door. Luckily, Covergirl’s Mink is very similar in both color payoff and texture, but you can pick this shade up for nearly a fifth of the price!
Instead of: Mac eyeshadow in Naked Lunch, $15
Try: NYX Single Eyeshadow in Sahara, $5
Naked Lunch, a perfect companion for nearly any other shadow, is a champagne-beige shade with just a hint of peach. This shadow has a frost finish and looks amazing as a highlighter on brow bones and in the corners of your eyes. NYX’s Sahara is a near perfect match in both color and shimmer and costs a fraction of the price.
Instead of: MAC lipstick in Hug Me, $15
Try: Revlon Super Lustrous Pearl Blush Chrome 110, $5.94
I am always on the hunt for the perfect nude lipstick, and I probably own at least 10 different shades, so there’s no way I can pay $15 every time I want to try a new one. MAC’s Hug Me, a flesh-toned pink, has been a fan favorite for years. However, Revlon’s Super Lustrous Pearl Blush Chrome 110 is an almost exact match! Pearl Blush Chrome has that same lightweight feel and lustre finish for almost a third the price of MAC’s Hug Me.
Instead of: MAC blush in Immortal Flower, $21
Try: e.l.f. Studio Bluch in Tickled Pink, $3
MAC’s Immortal Flower blush is a soft pink-coral shade that is slightly sheer. This color looks more orange in the pan but appears slightly pinker when applied and is a great shade for most complexions. However, if $21 for a single blush is a bit out of your budget, check out e.l.f.’s Tickled Pink, which is extremely similar. When applied, Tickled Pink gives a nice pink glow with just a hint of shimmer and, although a touch pinker, is a very close dupe for Immortal Flower.
Instead of: MAC Powder Blush in Desert Rose, $21
Try: Wet n Wild Mellow Wine, $2.99
If Immortal Flower is a little too soft for you, check out MAC’s Desert Rose, which is a soft reddish burgundy. This shade is also considered universally flattering, although fairer shades will need to be light-handed with this pigmented blush. This was a shade that I was coveting for quite some time, but then I discovered Wet n Wild Mellow Wine and was pretty amazed as just how close they are. In fact, when applied, I really can’t tell the difference at all! And at $3 each, you could purchase seven of these for the same price as Desert Rose.
Instead of: Mac Lipstick in Craving, $15
I’ve seen MAC’s Craving posted all over beauty sites for years and wanted to try it but never wanted to shell out the $15. However, Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick in Bit of Berry is a nearly identical dupe! This universally flattering shade of plum pink has a slight sheen and is a great year-round shade.
Instead of: MAC Lipstick in Angel, $15
Try: e.l.f. Essential Lipstick in Classy, $1
If you read the gossip mags you’re probably quite familiar with MAC’s Angel. Yep, this is the lipstick made famous by Kim Kardashian! This semi-sheer lipstick is a pale, rosy pink shade with just a touch of shimmer. If you’ve got Kim’s taste in makeup but not her budget, try e.l.f.’s Classy, which is nearly identical in both color and texture. The best part about Classy? It’s only a buck!
Instead of: Mac Viva Glam Lipstick in Nicki, $15
Try: Wet n Wild MegaLast Lipstick in Pinkerbell, $1.99
MAC’s Viva Glam MegaLast Lipstick in Nicki is, without a doubt, one of MAC’s most famous shades. This vibrant pink has a satin finish without being glossy, but this brilliant shade is definitely not for the faint of heart! If you’re tempted to try a flashy pink like Nicki but worried about spending too much on a color you may not wear very often, check out Wet n Wild’s Pinkerbell. Although Nicki is a touch on the warmer side, Pinkerbell is a great dupe and is priced at only $1.99!
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