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Drugstore Makeup Dupes for Prestige Foundations

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Dec 10, 2020
Drugstore Makeup Dupes for Prestige Foundations

Reach ultimate radiance with these drugstore makeup dupes

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. Sheer Glow by NARS. Too Faced Born This Way. These are beloved foundations that deliver flawless and unmatched coverage, there’s no doubt about it. However, the price tags show that they’re definitely more of a splurge than an everyday essential - and you deserve to find the best drugstore makeup dupes for a beautiful complexion on a budget. We’re talking NYX, Revlon, e.l.f., and all your other go-to drugstore brands that you’ve been shopping for years. That’s how you know you can trust them to provide a high-end complexion at under $20. Shop these impeccable drugstore luxury makeup dupes for your favorite high-end foundations!

ColorStay Full Cover Foundation by Revlon, $10

ColorStay Full Cover Foundation by Revlon
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It’s not easy to find a drugstore makeup dupe for the Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup by Estée Lauder. This formula truly does stay in place for 24 hours, providing a natural matte finish that evens out skin and covers imperfections for days. Literally. That being said, the Colorstay Full Cover Foundation by Revlon is a gorgeous luxury makeup dupe that delivers the same flawless finish as Double Wear, at 25% of the cost. One MIRA BEAUTY review says, “It’s smooth, almost like a whipped formula, so it goes on amazing and looks natural. I finally found a perfect drugstore foundation!” It’s not just the lightweight texture that conceals every last blemish, but this Revlon formula also leaves you with 24 hours of natural matte coverage. Estée Lauder will forever be legendary, but you’ll be a matte masterpiece with this Revlon luxury makeup dupe of your dreams.

Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation by NYX Professional Makeup, $18

Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation by NYX Professional Makeup
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Fenty Beauty made headlines in 2017 for the Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation - from the buildable and blendable formula to the 40+ shades that encouraged inclusivity in the beauty industry. Yes, it’s difficult to complete with such an iconic beauty product… but you can still get that filter-esque matte finish without spending too much. Thanks, Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation by NYX! This luxury makeup dupe is a major overachiever, providing up to 24 hours of ultra-matte, waterproof coverage that’s no match for sweat or shine. Pair it with your favorite primer (ahem, Hydra Touch), to create a flawless complexion all day for under $20. And don’t worry, even Rihanna would approve of this NYX foundation dupe - which one MIRA user calls “my absolute faaaaavorite go to.” Us too, girl!

Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Longwear Foundation by L’Oreal, $11

Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Longwear Foundation by L’Oreal
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“Holy grail” isn’t a term we use lightly when talking about makeup products, but it definitely applies to the Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation by L’Oreal. Countless MIRA reviews refer to this drugstore matte foundation using that very phrase, giving it top ratings for being lightweight, high coverage, and long lasting. Just how long does it last, exactly? You’ll have up to 24 hours of this dreamy, demi-matte finish that you’ll never want to take off. It’s comparable to the Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation by Lancôme - with the same oil-free, buildable, and beautiful coverage at just $11.

Pro Coverage Illuminating Foundation by LA Girl, $9

Pro Coverage Illuminating Foundation by LA Girl
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This full-coverage foundation by LA Girl is an influencer favorite, likely because it leaves you glowing skin for up to 24 hours under the Los Angeles sun - without any oiliness. It’s also an excellent makeup dupe for the Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation by Make Up For Ever - with a blurred, second-skin finish that looks lit-from-within, yet completely natural. Add in the hydrating formula and antioxidants that improve the texture and appearance of skin, and you have the most ideal under $10 foundation that even Desi Perkins would love. 91% of MIRA guests say that Pro Coverage Illuminating Foundation is great for dry skin, and 90% agree that it’s brightening and long lasting.

Super CC+ Color Correction + Care Cream SPF 30 by Physician’s Formula, $11

Super CC+ Color Correction + Care Cream SPF 30 by Physician’s Formula
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There’s a lot to love about the CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ by IT Cosmetics - a multitasking product that serves as a full-coverage foundation, youth-inducing serum, and powerful sunscreen in one tube. However, that tube is also $40. You can get all the beauty of this makeup-skincare hybrid product at just $11… courtesy of the Super CC+ cream by Physician’s Formula! This lightweight, blendable, and concealing formula is able to hide even the worst skin imperfections - from blemishes and redness to blue tones under the eyes - with advanced color-correcting pigments. It also enhances your skin with hydrating and anti-aging ingredients, and contains SPF to make it a 4-in-1 product: anti-aging, moisturizer, foundation and sunscreen.

Conceal + Perfect 2-In-1 Foundation & Concealer by Milani, $10

Conceal + Perfect 2-In-1 Foundation & Concealer by Milani
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“It is that natural yet full coverage foundation I’ve been searching for. It has a subtle glow after about 12 hours but it lasts a very long time and does not irritate the skin. Very affordable and covers beautifully.” Even NikkieTutorials can’t get enough of this Milani foundation, and one look at her flawless complexion shows that Conceal + Perfect does just that. It has top ratings for staying power, hydration, quality, and water resistance, and you’ll easily cover up dark spots, blemishes, and other imperfections with this full-coverage formula, leaving skin with a naturally radiant finish that stays in place day. And as the name suggests, it’s a multipurpose tool that lets you cover up the dark circles from last night’s 2AM study session while spreading the glow throughout your entire face. Did we mention that it’s also one of the best makeup dupes for the Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer by Clinique? Get that influencer-worthy complexion with this $10 drugstore foundation.

Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup by Neutrogena, $14

Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup by Neutrogena
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When looking for natural illumination, Sheer Glow foundation by NARS is usually the way to go. Buildable coverage, luminescent finish, a boost of Vitamin C… pretty cool, right? But if you’re not feeling the $61 price tag, you can always go with a luxury makeup dupe from one of your most trusted drugstore brands: Neutrogena. Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup provides the same medium coverage and radiant look that you get from Sheer Glow, leaving you with an even and healthy-looking complexion that just keeps glowing. This Neutrogena favorite also protects your skin with SPF 20 and an exclusive antioxidant blend, while providing all day hydration and brilliance. Neutrogena claims that your skin will look instantly smoother (96% of MIRA guests agree!) and more healthy after just 1 week with this makeup dupe, and we totally believe it. Blend out for your most brilliant, dewy glow that even the biggest NARS fan would appreciate.

Infallible 24 Hour Fresh Wear Foundation by L’Oreal, $11

Infallible 24 Hour Fresh Wear Foundation by L’Oreal
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“This is my holy grail foundation. I have used everything from Elf Cosmetics to La Mer foundations. This foundation EASILY beats out my Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk and Dior foundations.” As this MIRA review says, the Infallible 24 Hour Fresh Wear Foundation is one of the ultimate luxury makeup dupes - and not just for Dior, but also Urban Decay! Swap out your Stay Naked Weightless Liquid Foundation for this affordable L’Oreal favorite - which has a breathable, long lasting, and skin-evening formula that’s perfect for everyday looks. And also evening drama, whichever you choose! 96% of our MIRA community agrees that Infallible is blendable, 91% call it brightening and non-creasing, and 98% say it’s long lasting!

Even True Flawless Liquid Foundation by Black Opal, $12

Even True Flawless Liquid Foundation by Black Opal
Source: Black Opal

Listen, we’re as obsessed with tarte’s Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation as you are. The airy, mousse-like texture is unlike any other, and it leaves a striking matte finish without the dryness, caking, or creasing. But the Even True Flawless Liquid Foundation by Black Opal is pretty incredible too, and one of the best luxury makeup dupes you need in your collection. It has the same lightweight feel as Amazonian Clay, and covers imperfections like a dream while leaving you with a soft focus, dewy effect. Even True isn’t just a hydrating and dermatologist-approved full-coverage formula, either - it’s also an excellent choice for women of color… and has an extensive shade range for deeper skin tones.  

Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation by Maybelline, $8

Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation by Maybelline
Source: Maybelline

Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation is an ideal luxury makeup dupe for the #FauxFilter foundation by Huda Beauty. In fact, Huda Kattan herself will be the first one to tell you that. She reviewed the Maybelline product on her blog when it was first released a couple years back, and stated that it had the same dewy illumination and Instagram-like finish of her own makeup. At only $8. Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation is like an IRL filter, yet still looks natural enough for everyday makeup. Blend it out for a demi-matte finish that lasts all day, powered by Glycerin to hydrate the skin and SPF 18 to protect against harmful rays from the sun. This drugstore foundation has 20+ shades to fit nearly every skin tone and undertone combination, just like Huda’s, and 93% of our community agrees that it's super hydrating and great for dry skin.

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