Splurge vs Steal: ELF Makeup Dupes You Can’t Resist

Who doesn’t love a bargain? While I can afford to splurge on my makeup items every now and then, I love to grab a cheaper dupe (or near-dupe) of a more expensive splurge. All of the steals that I’m sharing today are from Eyes Lips Face (aka, ELF), a brand with most products under $3. You’ll find the line online or at mass market stores like Target and Walmart. Even better, they’re cruelty-free!

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite ELF makeup dupes!  Just try to resist them the next time you’re at the store.  If you need help “splurging” you can also check out my favorite ELF products.

  • Lower Price ELF Dupes 1 of 20

    It can be really hard to deny yourself a beauty indulgence when it only costs a few dollars! Consider grabbing one of these low priced finds the next time you're at the store.

  • Baked Eyeshadow Palette 2 of 20

    When Sephora released their Baked Eyeshadow Palette, it became a staple of many women's makeup collections. The neutral, shimmery metallic shades have spawned many online makeup tutorials. There's a great comparison of the two over at Musings of a Muse.

    Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette (in California) $10
    Sephora Moonshadow Baked Palette $26

  • Perfect Liner For a Cat Eye 3 of 20

    Sometimes, a pencil liner just won't cut it and you need a liquid to get the intense line that you want. These liquid liners are well pigmented and come with a long flexible felt tip, which makes getting the perfect flick a little easier.

    Essential Waterproof Eyeliner Pen (in Black) $2
    Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner $20

  • Invisible Powder 4 of 20

    The more finely milled the powder, the easier it is to get a completely natural finish. These powders are identical and are the finest out there.

    Studio High Definition Powder $6
    Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder $34

  • Glowy Blush 5 of 20

    These liquid blushes are easy to apply (and blend) with your fingers. The result is a perfect glow, and there are more than a few dupes of the Make Up For Ever original in the ELF line.

    Studio HD Blush (in Headliner) $3
    Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Blush (in 5 Nip Slip) $26

  • Cult Favorite Makeup Spray 6 of 20

    MAC's Fix+ spray has a lot of uses beyond simply refreshing your makeup with a light spritz. It works to dilute makeup, increase the intensity of shadows, and even doubles as a mixing medium (you can read more about how to use MAC Fix+ Spray or ELF Makeup Mist and Set).

    Studio Makeup Mist & Set $3
    MAC Fix+ $21

  • Multi-Purpose Sticks 7 of 20

    The NARS Multiple has become one of those items that pretty much every beauty addict must have. These pigmented sticks can be used as shadow, blush, bronzer, highlighter, or even a lipstick. ELF's All Over Color Sticks have a slightly different finish and texture, but are a great deal. While Spotlight and Copacabana look pretty different, once applied, they are almost identical.

    Essential All Over Color Stick (in Spotlight) $1
    NARS The Multiple (in Copacabana) $39

  • Pretty Pink Stain 8 of 20

    These pretty lip stains can also be used as blush. They'll last for hours on your lips and are perfect for layering under a gloss.

    Essential Jumbo Lip Stain Set (in Pink Petal) $2
    Benefit Posietint $30

  • Long Lasting Gel Liner 9 of 20

    These black gel liners are indistinguishable. Apply with a stick brush for an intensely lined eye, or even use it on your lid as a shadow.

    Studio Cream Eyeliner (in Black) $3
    MAC Fluidline (in Blacktrack) $16

  • Pretty Highlighter 10 of 20

    ELF's blushes are a bit looser than other blushes, but many of the shades are dupes for more expensive options from NARS and MAC. Perhaps my favorite is a highlighter, Albatross/Gotta Glow. Check out great comparison pictures at Glesni's Beauty Blog.

    Studio Blush (in Gotta Glow) $3
    NARS Highlighting Blush (in Albatross) $29

  • The Best Known ELF Dupe? 11 of 20

    The ELF Blush/Bronzer duo in St. Tropez has been touted all over the internet as identical to the cult favorite (and much more expensive) NARS duo in Orgasm and Laguna. Here's a wonderful in-depth comparison of St. Lucia and Orgasm and Laguna. While it appears they aren't exact dupes, they are decently close, and St. Lucia can be a good substitute if you can't afford the original.

    NARS Blush/Bronzer Duo (in Orgasm/Laguna) $41
    Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder (in St. Lucia) $3

  • Universal Coral Blush 12 of 20

    Coralista is one of those blushes that just works for almost everyone. ELF has a near dupe of it as well.

    Studio Blush (in Candid Coral) $3
    Benefit Coralista $28

  • Classic Red Lip 13 of 20

    They are different formulas (a well pigmented gloss vs. a lipstick), but once applied, these reds are almost identical.

    Mineral Mineral Lipstick (in Cheerful Cherry) $5
    Chanel (in Fatale) $32

  • Shimmer Bronzer 14 of 20
    ELF Makeup Dupe

    They may look very different in the pan, but once all of the shades are blended, these two are very similar. Essie Button has a great post on the two.

    Studio Bronzers (in Golden Bronzer) $3
    Dior Diorskin Shimmer Star (in Amber Diamond) $45

  • A Classic Taupe 15 of 20

    Satin Taupe is one of the best selling MAC shadows of all time, so it probably isn't a surprise that there are many dupes out there. The ELF image here is very inaccurate (I believe it is really picking up the shimmer), but Moondust and Nutty are both near perfect dupes for this classic shade. Pinkbox Makeup has a good look at all three.

    Wet n Wild Color Icon Collection Eyeshadow Single (in Nutty) $2
    Essential Custom Eyes Refill Pan (in Moondust)$1
    MAC Eyeshadow (in Satin Taupe) $15

  • Rich Brown Shadow 16 of 20

    Although the ELF is very slightly cooler, these two shadows are much closer than you'd think based on these images. They're perfect for fall!

    Studio Single Eyeshadow (in Coffee Bean) $3
    NARS Shimmer Eyeshadow (in Galapagos)$24

  • Color Perfecting Powder 17 of 20

    A swirl of these powders won't make you look like a clown, I promise! Instead, you'll get a mix of color correcting tints that only appear to be perfect skin once applied.

    Studio Tone Correcting Powder (in Cool) $3
    Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder (in Porcelain Pearl) $50

  • Skin Perfectors 18 of 20

    Primers are a step that you really shouldn't be skipping in your makeup routine! A few seconds with primer will make your foundation apply much smoother, minimizing pores and giving you perfect skin. Both of these primers are silicone-based, and they're basically identical.

    Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer $6
    Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer $36

  • The Perfect Greige 19 of 20

    While you might need an extra coat of the ELF, you won't be able to tell it apart from the Chanel.

    Essential Nail Polish (in Smoky Brown) $2
    Chanel Le Vernis (in Particuliere) $27

  • Shiny Glossy Lips 20 of 20

    Both of these glosses are a crowd pleasing pinky-peach that works for almost any occasion. There isn't a lot of gloss in the ELF pen, but at only $1, you can feel free to stock up.

    Essential Hypershine Gloss (in Flirt) $1
    Stila Lip Glaze (in Apricot) $22

Read more from Christine on Babble and her blog, 15 Minute Beauty. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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