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We all love good quality makeup. And that means sometimes investing in high-end brands. High-end makeup can be great for a bunch of different reasons. The main one is because they’re made of higher quality ingredients and less fillers than their less expensive counterparts.
However, more expensive doesn’t always mean “better” in a sense that will get you better results. Sometimes higher price also means you’re paying to have more shade options. Or — let’s be honest — sometimes we’re just paying for better advertisement. More often than not, name brands are overhyped (in my very honest but humble opinion).
But we’re all different in what we’re looking for in terms of makeup, especially foundation. There are many different issues one can address as you probably know. Is it your goal that your make-up lasts longer? Or is it that it has buildable coverage without caking? Or is it that won’t melt in your face when it’s 100-degrees outside?
As you can see, there are a lot of different factors to consider when choosing between name brands and less expensive drugstore foundations.
One brand we can all agree on that consistently performs well in almost every category is NARS foundation. Nars is a brand loved by many, specifically, Nars Sheer Glow foundation, which gets glowing reviews from almost every expert and beauty blogger out there.
I agree that Nars is a pretty good foundation, and you do get your money’s worth. However, if you keep investing in high-end brands over time, it can add up to a pretty penny. And I’m not knocking down the brand in any way. I’m a fan as much as the next person. Not just of their foundation but of their whole line of products. I just happen to think that sometimes it’s nice to save some money — and who doesn’t like a good dupe?
So I went on a quest to find the perfect Nars foundation dupe. After a lot of trial and error, I finally found one. It’s none less than the famous drugstore brand Neutrogena with its Healthy Skin liquid makeup foundation. The coverage is similar to Nars — from sheer to medium — and it’s just as buildable. I also love that is lightweight and won’t clog your pores. The choice of shades is more limited, but for a fraction of that price, you can expect that. On the flip side, you get SPF 20 coverage.
Overall, both do a very similar job, bonus points for Neutrogena though, because also doesn’t melt in your face in extreme weather conditions.
As good as a dupe can be, it will never replace the original. But it sure is a good alternative for when you’re not in the mood to spend tons of money on makeup.