Beauty Product Drugstore Knockoffs

March 30, 2006

So someone requested knockoff versions of some of the products I used. Generally,

Lancome products = L’oreal products
Chanel products = Bourjois products
MAC eyeshadows = Milani eyeshadows
MAC pigments = NYX Loose pigments
Stila eyeshadows = Prestige eyeshadows

And here is a list of great drugstore finds I compiled from different sources found on Makeupalley that are similar to products from higher end lines:

NARS Orgasm blush = Milani Luminous, Cover Girl Rose Silk Cheeker, Mark Afterglo, L’oreal Front Page Peach
NARS Sin blush = Milani Temptation
NARS Deep Throat = Rimmel Apricot Blush
NARS Antibes Multiple = Wet ‘n Wild #721 Scandalous
NARS Copacabana Multiple = Wet ‘n Wild #724 Flirt
NARS Maldives Multiple = Wet ‘n Wild Just Peachy
NARS Portofino Multiple = Wet ‘n Wild #722 Coy
NARS South Beach Multiple = Wet ‘n Wild Brazen Babe

MAC Dark Soul pigment = Jane Clubbing
MAC Gorgeous Gold = Prestige Glitz C-157
MAC Juxt = Jane Rain Forest
MAC Lucky Green = Wet n’ Wild Marquis
MAC Naked Lunch = Wet n’ Wild Fine Wink
MAC Paradisco = Flirt! Feeling Hot
MAC Trax = Flirt! Glamourazzi
MAC Amber Lights = Milani Sun Goddess
MAC Black Tied = Jane Clubbing = Milani Storm
MAC Coppering = Milani Flare
MAC Dementhe, Steamy, Humid = Milani Clover
MAC Electric Eel = Milani Atlantis
MAC Guacamole = Milani Limbo Lime
MAC Jest = Milani Peachy Peach
MAC Little Madame = Milani Illusion
MAC Mulch, Sable = Milani Java Bean
MAC Parfait Amour = Milani Enchantment
MAC Perverted Pearl = Milani Silver Bullet
MAC Pink Freeze = Milani Taffy
MAC Satin Taupe = Rimmel All Over Pencil in Strength
MAC Shale = Milani Icy Plum
MAC Shroom = Jordana in Beige eyeshadow
MAC Silver Pigment = Milani Mercury
MAC Sketch = Milani Marooned
MAC Sumptuous Olive = Milani Antiqued Gold
MAC Vanilla = Milani Snow Frost
MAC Vellum = Milani Moonlight
MAC Woodwinked = Milani Golden Bronze
Shu Uemura ME 945 = Caboodles Smooth
Shu Uemura P Brown 76 = Flirt! Oh Please!
Stila Barefoot Contessa = Prestige Spark
Stila GoLightly = Jane Magical Mushroom(discontinued), Milani Golden Bronze
Stila Grace = Ulta Plum Smoke
Stila Jade = Sally Girl China Doll (discontinued)
Stila Kitten = Wet ‘n Wild Fine Wink, Cover Girl Champagne, Sally Girl Silver Lining
Stila Sun = Prestige Champagne
Stila Twig = Milani Spice
Urban Decay Acid Rain = Prestige Wasabi
Urban Decay Asphyxia = Milani Enchantment
Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy = Milani Sheer Sand
Urban Decay Mildew = Prestige Iguana
Urban Decay X = Ulta Sunlight

Chanel Blizzard Glossimer = Wet ‘n Wild Bronzeberry Gloss
Chanel Giggle Glossimer = Neutrogena Chic gloss
Chanel Twinkle Glossimer = Prestige Alloy Vinylwear
Chanel Nude Liner = Max Factor Liner in Nude, Wet ‘n Wild #666
Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick = Maybelline Drippin Honey Wet Shine Lipstick
Lancome Simmer Juicy Tube= L’oreal Strawberry Smoothie Color Juice, L’oreal Butterscotch Drop Color Juice
MAC Dainty Cake Lipstick = NYC Firefly #306b
MAC High Tea Lipstick = Rimmel Airy Fairy, Milani Sheer Lipstick in Amaterro
MAC Lovechild Lipglass = Rimmel Snog Lipgloss
MAC Love Nectar Lusterglass = Milani Coral Shimmer Lipgloss
MAC Lust Lipglass = L’oreal Color Juice in Passionfruit Squeeze
MAC Oh Baby Lipglass = Milani Serendipity Gloss
MAC Prrr Lipglass = L’oreal Color Juice in Mai Tai
MAC Plum Liner = Revlon Colorstay Plum liner
MAC Sequin Lipstick = Almay Sequin One Coat Lipstick
MAC Spice Liner = Wet ‘n Wild #666 or #712 Liner
NARS Orgasm Lipgloss = NYC Sungold Lipgloss, Mary Kate and Ashley Truly Lipgloss
NARS Pillow Talk Lipgloss = Rimmel Vinyl Lip Star in Be A Star
NARS Turkish Delight Lipgloss = Neutrogena Moisture Shine in Groove
Scott Barnes Flossy Glossy in Meow = Neutrogena Groove Moisture Shine
Stila Apricot Lipglaze = Prestige Fuzzy Navel Jet Stream Gloss
Stila Jane Lipstick = Rimmel Birthday Suit Lipstick

MAC #187 Stippling Brush = Flirt! Skunk Brush


  • Reply robbin March 30, 2006 at 11:01 pm

    wow this is amazing! thanks for posting!

  • Reply Anonymous March 30, 2006 at 11:23 pm

    thanks for all of your info, they’re really helpful~!

    if it’s not too much trouble, can you post a skincare regime? thanks again!

  • Reply Phyllis March 31, 2006 at 12:51 am

    hi I already posted my skincare regime… pls check my older entries

  • Reply Jeffrey April 4, 2006 at 10:59 am

    ur crazy. as if ur posting a walkthru for some games hehe

  • Reply Anonymous May 5, 2006 at 6:53 am

    Great list! I just got MAC’s Lovechild, which is a beautiful color that is almost the exact shade of my natural lips (maybe slightly deeper). However, I had been hoping for something a bit darker/more sparkly. I had originally thought about purchasing Pop Mode but was worried that this would be TOO dark–do you know of any drugstore equivalents of this shade? Thank you!!!

  • Reply Anonymous May 13, 2006 at 2:58 pm

    I actually think Mac High Tea is more similar to Rimmel’s Birthday Suit than Airy Fairy, but slightly peachier.

  • Reply Anna June 20, 2006 at 6:51 am

    Really great blog you’ve set up 😀

    Uhm, feel a bit stupid about asking this, but my English is not that good. When yopu say drugstore, do you mean, like, pharmacy? Cos I’ve never realized there’s makeup in pharmacies…

  • Reply Anna June 27, 2006 at 1:53 pm

    Yah, I’m from Denmark. Small place, and you can’t even get decent body lotions in drugstores…
    Well, thanx 😀

  • Reply nat October 26, 2006 at 1:26 pm

    i just bought a NARS lipgloss in Orgasm today
    i hafto say….its QUITE similar to my other lipgloss — Rimmel’s Vinyl Stars …i forget which color but the ref # is 540
    the only difference (u can barely tell) is that

    NARS — peachier color, stickier, a bit more natural, more $$$
    Rimmel — more of a pinkish color, not as sticky, sparklier, a LOT cheaper

    don’t get me happy with my purchase… 🙂

  • Reply Anonymous March 24, 2007 at 11:33 pm

    Hey! Where can you get Milani eyeshadows?

  • Reply Phyllis March 25, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    Milani is available at most drugstores like Walgreens and Jewel Osco.

  • Reply Anonymous April 12, 2007 at 7:04 pm

    Where can I get the FLIRT! Brush?

  • Reply Phyllis April 19, 2007 at 2:48 am

    You can find Flirt! at Kohl’s or you can check out their website for more information:

  • Reply Anonymous October 19, 2007 at 3:09 pm

    i gotta say i lovee your blog~
    but i have a slight question, do you think NYX eyeshadows is comparable to MAC eyeshawdows?
    i hope if you have time, it’ll be great to do an review on NYX cosmetics.

  • Reply Anonymous October 19, 2007 at 10:42 pm

    hmm not sure if my comment got published or not but i absolutely adore your blog here and was wanting to ask you, between the NYX pigments, were they rich and just close to quality just like the MAC’s?
    i’ve been trying to find reviews for the NYX cosmetics since their prices are affordable. Any help here for their lines of cosmetics?

  • Reply rocketqueen January 10, 2008 at 1:54 am

    I adore this and your whole blog! I had to link immediately! Thank for posting. 🙂

    Love from Sweden,

  • Reply Anonymous January 18, 2008 at 3:01 am

    What can I say? You are amazing! Love you!

  • Reply Anonymous January 22, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    I’m using bare escentuals right now for my acne-prone skin but I would like to try a liquid foundation next. What would you reccomend that isn’t too expensive? Also, where can I find the Milani Minerals in your other post?

  • Reply Jessica January 22, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    I am using Bare Minerals right now for my acne-prone skin but I’d like to try a liquid foundation. What would you reccomend that isn’t too expensive, and is fine for my skin type?

  • Reply BrittanyLee March 16, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    Hi! i was thinking about buying the Loreal HIP eyeshadows, but im kinda torn. Have you tried any of them or have you heardif theyareany good or not? thanks

  • Reply Anonymous March 18, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    WOW… this is unbelieveable!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! this is sooooo helpful! but how are the quality of those knockoffs compare to the real thing?

  • Reply Anonymous March 23, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    couldn’t agree more about the Milani comparisons! Their Runway Eyeshadows are much like Chanel too. The line is amazing for my darker skin and my friends with fair skin too. We love it. thanks for the great post!!

  • Reply LTZ August 15, 2008 at 9:36 am

    Hey thanks for making this list. Shows everyone that no matter what your budget, you can still enhance your appearance! :] LTZ xxx

  • Reply Anonymous August 20, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    hi! i was just wondering where can i buy nyx cosmetics in chicago?

  • Reply Softy April 26, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    OMG! You are the holy grail to my make up needs! Thank you for all your research! You are the best. Keep it up.

  • Reply Cindy October 10, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    wow … so much inf. thanks 🙂 do u have any foundation list 😀 thanks

  • Reply Miami Makeup Artist Veronica May 31, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    I agree with some of these “cheaper” drugstore options, but not all. Great job identifying most of the dupes though!

  • Reply Donna May 25, 2014 at 8:16 am

    I use Clinique plum gorgeous blush. They stopped making the color and I can’t find a match. I would love to know an over the counter match but even a higher brand, Lancôme,etc. would be great. Thanks so much love the information.
    Donna Teed

  • Reply Hannah October 14, 2014 at 2:00 am

    Hi ! I wear the Lancôme Tient Diole 24hr and the dual finish pressed powder that’s long wear. I wear the 260 Bisque Neutral in foundation and Matte Amande III in powder. Do you know a Loreal equivalent color, possibly. This would help greatly as I volunteer most of my time for non-profits and have little income. My dermatologist recommended Lancôme and he said Loreal would be fine too. Thank you so much!!

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