Beaut.ienomics: Three Affordable Dupes for High-End Products. Chanel, MUFE, Nars

It's summer! Time to take your makeup to a lighter, glowier place, and I don't mean Spain.

It's lovely to mix up your look with the changing seasons, but a new makeup wardrobe can be a serious hit to the credit card. Thanks to the  advances in the quality of affordable cosmetics, you can have your cake and eat it too. Here at, we love directing you to the dupes that will save you money. Why buy Chanel, when you can go with Revlon?

Her are three of our favourite dupes for summer -


  • No 7 Instant Radiance Highlighter/Nars Copacabana

Copacabana is my ultimate favourite highlighter - perfect for pale skin, it glides on creamily to leave a candlelit finish.

However, at a whopping  €41, this fellow is pretty damn expensive and not within everyone's reach. I recently discovered No 7's  fat little highlighting crayon, Instant Radiance.

It has the same creamy, dewy finish you'll get from Copacabana, but at €12.95, you'll save enough for a few commutes to work AND some Chinese food.

If you're not compromising on quality, why spend more?



Revlon PhotoReady Foundation/Make Up For Ever HD Foundation

Even though it's summer, sometimes a special occasion calls for a higher coverage foundation. Preferably one that photographs flawlessly and stays put all day.

If you have a summer wedding to attend, MUFE's famous HD foundation is a guaranteed winner. Because it's a professional brand, it comes in over twenty shades and unlike your last boyfriend, keeps all its promises.

At a mere €39, is that not a bargain? Eh, well, no. Not really. Some of us have food to buy.

If you're short on cash but still have that wedding to attend, opt for Revlon's PhotoReady Foundation. At €19.30, it's certainly on the pricier side of pharmacy foundations, but it photographs well, doesn't get shiny and stays stays stays! The shade range is less generous than its MUFE counterpart, but you're saving almost €20!


Revlon Lip Butters/Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick

These sheer lipsticks from Chanel are much-coveted and utterly beautiful. Perfect for summer, they give lips a sheer wash of delicious colour and a moisturising, glossy finish. Frankly, they're divine. They're also €31, and that adds up to a LOT of packs of Easy Singles and bags of petits pois.

Save yourself a bit of cash and invest in a Lip Butter from Revlon at €11.20. This replicates the Chanel lipstick's soft, buttery finish and provides a beautiful wash of colour. Revlon's Lip Butter in Peach Parfait is the living spit of Chanel Rouge Coco Shine's 'Boy', which is an iconic shade!


What are your recommended summer dupes? And will you be road testing any of these? Let us know in the comments!

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