These days, we’re on the lookout for makeup products that are, as usual, high quality but still cause significantly less damage to our wallets.
The good news is that TikTok creators have let us in on their budget-friendly makeup must-haves and shared with us the perfect (or, at least, near-perfect) dupes for high-end makeup products, including Charlotte Tilbury’s Flawless Filter Foundation and Clinique’s Almost Lipstick in Black Honey.
Compare the products on the face, side-by-side, and, really, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.
Read on, because we’ve rounded up the best affordable dupes to get in Singapore, featuring everything from cushiony foundations to seriously solid setting sprays!
Best foundation dupes
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Perfector 4-in-1 Glow
Touted as a dupe for the fan-favourite Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter Foundation (S$76), the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Perfector 4-in-1 Glow is formulated to be a primer, concealer, highlighter and BB cream all in one.
TikTok beauty influencer @mikaylanogueira tested the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Perfector 4-in-1 Glow to see how closely it replicated the results of the filter-worthy, flawless finish of the Charlotte Tilbury foundation. The final look? Exactly the same.
The Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Perfector 4-in-1 Glow goes onto the skin in a darker shade, but because of its colour-shifting properties, transforms into a lighter colour as it blends on the skin.
It also gives a similar texture and consistency as the “original” Charlotte Tilbury foundation, making it a makeup must-have on our list.
E.L.F Halo Glow Liquid Filter
Another TikTok-favourite dupe for the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter Foundation, the E.L.F Halo Glow is a “liquid glow booster” that can be worn alone, mixed in with foundation, or even as a highlighter to give a subtle shine to your cheekbones.
But, TikTokers are using the E.L.F Halo Glow Liquid Filter alone on their skin as a foundation, and the results look just about flawless. The formula blends easily on the complexion to give a natural skin-like finish, as well as gives a dewy glow sans the shimmer.
For reference, TikTok creator @maggieanne.n uses Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter Foundation in shade 2 and the E.L.F dupe in shade 1 Fair.
E.L.F Halo Glow Liquid Filter retails for S$34.90 on Shopee.
Essence Pretty Natural Hydrating Foundation
There’s no contesting how the NARS Light Reflecting Foundation (S$78) gives a perfectly blurred, smooth, natural-skin finish.
However, it does seem like TikTok creator @kellyrosesarno has found a dupe that is nearly just as great, if not (she claims) better: the Essence’s Pretty Natural Hydrating Foundation.
Applying the foundation to her skin, she noted that it gave the same instant coverage as the NARS Light Reflecting Foundation; she even did a 10-hour wear test and the Essence foundation actually lasted better on her skin.
You should note that the Essence Pretty Natural Hydrating Foundation also has a thicker consistency than the NARS product, so if you’re looking for a formula that’s really thin and lightweight, you might want to look elsewhere.
But, for a product that’s almost one-sixth the price, we say the Essence Pretty Natural Hydrating Foundation makes a worthy wallet-friendly dupe.
Essence Pretty Natural Hydrating Foundation retails for S$12.99 on Shopee.
Best lip product dupes
Clarins Lip Comfort Oil
If you’re thinking about getting the popular Dior Addict Lip Glow Oil (S$57), maybe save some bucks and get the Clarins Lip Comfort Oil instead.
Both lip oils glide on oh-so-effortlessly, giving the lips a totally kissable quality that makes them this sought-after.
Since the Clarins lip oil is the OG for an irresistibly juicy, plump pout, we wouldn’t exactly call it a dupe. However, we’d certainly be carting out this OG product if we’re looking for a more affordable option for a lovely lip glow.
Clarins Lip Comfort Oil retails for S$40 on Clarins.
Nivea Blackberry Lip Care
Scroll your TikTok For You Page (FYP) and it’s almost certain that you would have stumbled upon the trending deep cherry shade lippie, Clinique’s Almost Lipstick in Black Honey.
Great news, because even though this lipstick is viral on TikTok, there are other popular budget-friendly options that let you cut down on your cash spending for the month.
Enter: the Nivea Blackberry Lip Care. Priced at S$8.58 for a two-pack, this tinted lip balm gives a delicious cherry-tone colour that’s exactly the same as the US$22 (approximately S$31) Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey.
Nivea Blackberry Lip Care (two-pack) retails for S$8.58 on iHerb.
NYX Professional Makeup Butter Gloss Lip Gloss in Bit Of Honey
Fenty Beauty’s Cream Gloss Bombs in Fenty Glow (S$34) effortlessly plumps up the lips with its summery peachy pink gloss formula, but it is a little on the pricier end.
It’s a good thing that TikTok users have found the exact colour match with NYX’s Professional Makeup Butter Gloss Lip Gloss – in the shade Bit Of Honey.
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This formula also glides on like a dream, letting you flaunt an ultra-kissable pout all day long.
NYX Professional Makeup Butter Gloss Lip Gloss in Bit Of Honey retails for S$13.99 on ASOS.
Best contour dupes
Revolution Eye Bright Concealer in Deep Caramel
Besides the seriously sculpted cheekbones that we get from using the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand (S$62), we also love the little cushion applicator at the tip of the product, which is why we’re so glad to swap the high-end contour wand for this particular drugstore dupe.
The Revolution Eye Bright Concealer in Deep Caramel also has a sponge-tip applicator, and it matches the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand in shade Light/Medium.
Best concealer dupes
E.L.F Hydrating Camo Concealer
Tarte Shape Tape Ultra Creamy Concealer (S$47) easily takes first place when it comes to cushiony concealers that don’t cake on or dry out the skin. Close in second place, however, is the E.L.F Hydrating Camo Concealer, which TikTokers are hailing as Tarte’s creamy dupe.
The E.L.F Hydrating Camo Concealer has a smooth, satin feel on the skin, offers long-lasting coverage, and is crease-proof – ideal for covering up those blemishes and pesky under-eye circles.
Still, there’s some TikTok debate about whether the E.L.F Hydrating Camo Concealer is really a successful dupe. Users are saying that the E.L.F formula is much more drying on the skin, oxidises more (you can try purchasing your concealer in a lighter shade), and doesn’t feel quite as great on the skin.
So, dupe or not, you’ll have to see for yourself!
E.L.F Hydrating Camo Concealer retails for S$12.30 on Amazon.
L’Oreal Infallible Full Wear Liquid Concealer
Another contested dupe for the Tarte Shape Tape Ultra Creamy Concealer is the L’Oreal Infallible Full Wear Liquid Concealer.
Some TikTokers disagree, saying that L’Oreal’s concealer dries quickly, making it slightly harder to blend, as well as creases more easily on the skin.
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Others give the L’Oreal Infallible Full Wear Liquid Concealer a bigger thumbs up in comparison to Tarte’s.
But one thing’s for sure: L’Oreal’s concealer is at least 50% more affordable than Tarte’s. If you never try it, then you’ll never know just how great it’ll work on your complexion!
L’Oreal Infallible Full Wear Liquid Concealer retails for S$18.60 on Watsons.
Best setting spray dupes
Makeup Revolution Conceal and Definite Infinite Setting Spray
TikTokers have discovered a true match to Charlotte Tilbury’s Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray (S$55), and it’s the Makeup Revolution Conceal and Definite Infinite Setting Spray.
Creators like @gmartistry have done the legwork for us by sweeping eyeshadow powders onto their arms in two lines, and then spraying the Makeup Revolution and Charlotte Tilbury setting sprays onto each swatch, separately.
Even after rubbing their fingers over the eyeshadow powders, voilà – they remain smudge-free!
The Makeup Revolution Conceal and Definite Infinite Setting Spray retails for S$10.50 on Lookfantastic.
Sephora Collection Makeup Setting Spray
Surprise, because the Sephora Collection S$24 Makeup Setting Spray has emerged hot on the heels of Charlotte Tilbury’s Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray too.
Besides the long-lastingness (both products claim 16-hour wear), the Sephora Collection Makeup Setting Spray has also been tried and tested to be almost just as powerful at locking in makeup and keeping it budge-proof.
TikTok creator @ssimonett used a piece of tissue to test whether the Sephora setting spray would prove just as effective as the Charlotte Tilbury one, and – true enough, only a teeny tiny bit of powder turned up with the Sephora setting spray.
The Sephora Collection Makeup Setting Spray retails for S$24 on Sephora.
Milani Make It Last Setting Spray
One more worthy contestant is the Milani Make It Last Setting Spray. Also dubbed a dupe for Charlotte Tilbury’s Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray, this highly-affordable setting spray primes, corrects, and sets your makeup.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find any creasing or smudging – no need to touch up your makeup before heading out for dinner, even after a long day of work.
Milani Make It Last Setting Spray retails for S$21.70 on Watsons.