To Dupe or Not to Dupe–A Revolutionary Idea on Beauty & Spending


While everyone has a different budget, I say buy what you like when it comes to beauty. It’s a different way of thinking for sure. No, I’m not saying go into debt and jeopardize your financial stability. No makeup or beauty product, no matter how great, is worth risking your FICO score.

However, I see people on YouTube spending crazy money and time looking for makeup and beauty dupes. It’s sad when people don’t realize it’s not cheaper when you put sweat equity into finding an ElF blush dupe when you really want a Nars.

For example, I saw one YouTube sistah show four would-be Clarisonic dupes when she could of just bought the Clarisonic if she hadn’t bought the dupes. While I seriously respect divas on a dime or ballin’ on a budget kinds of sistahs, buying four dupes only for not one of them to work is a serious waste of time (for shopping, buyin, and returning the items) and money (for gas).

Don’t get me wrong, I like high-end and drugstore beauty products for very different reasons. If I see something I like, I buy it or I save for it because the time it takes to find a cheaper version is not worth it. I will also coupon code the death out of something if it’s online. 🙂 However, I’ve never been happy with a dupe. For those who have the time and love the thrill of the hunt, great!!! As for me, my time is more valuable than any dollar I ever spent.

So what do you think? Will you look for dupes? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic.


4 thoughts on “To Dupe or Not to Dupe–A Revolutionary Idea on Beauty & Spending

  1. I appreciate ppl who vlog and blog about dupes. I think it’s nice to know what the dupes are so as not to accidentally purchase identical items and waste money. I had picked up the Stila Kitten e/s not realizing that L’Oreal Iced Latte (which I already owned) is a dead on dupe. By the time I realized it by swatching them on my skin and seeing how identical they are, it was too late for me to return the friggin’ $20 e/s! Now when I buy something I swatch my stash right away to make sure I didn’t accidentally buy a dupe. But I agree that not every color dupe performs the same. Good topic!


    • You bring up a great point. Knowing dupes so that you don’t repurchase the same type of beauty item is helpful. My blog post was more about intentionally buying items as possible dupes and I think that is wasteful to the individual and the industry.


  2. I love this!!! Such a good read. Definitely made me think about dupes in a totally different way, and when you think about it really does make sense. Sometimes I think about if I didn’t just buy everything new that came out I couldn’t have saved that $50 blush that I’ve been wanting for a month


    • I have been thinking the same thing about high priced options I want. I am starting to reduce random beauty shopping and have more targeted lists. I am try to save money, keep my collection manageable, and only buy what I really want. I can’t wait to hear what others say about this topic.


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