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.