This summer, I am living in Manhattan, New York, while I am interning and taking some classes. During my time here, I have experienced and learned so many great things, particularly about money management and the art of budgeting, because New York City is just as expensive as everyone says it is.

When I ran out of certain products, I had to decide whether I wanted or needed to buy a brand item, an off-brand item (and if it would suffice) or if there was an off-brand version at all. When purchasing my beauty products, I have opted for cheaper brands—dupes—versus the more expensive brands—splurges. Dupes are cheaper makeup products that have the same shades or quality as the higher-priced makeup products.

I want to share with you some of the best dupes I have found. Here are my favorites:

Splurge Dupe
Makeup Forever HD Microfinish Powder, $34 e.l.f. High Definition Powder, $6
Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque, $32 Organix Hydrating Macadamia Intensive Moisture Mask, $8
Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner, $25 Maybelline Studio Gel Eyeliner, $8
Clinique Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent, $18.50 Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover, $7.99
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, $20 e.l.f. Studio Eyeshadow Primer, $3
The original Beauty Blender sponge, $20 e.l.f. Studio Blending Sponge, $5
Sephora Collection Moonshadow Baked Eyeshadow Palette In The Dark, $20 e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette NYC, $10
Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer, $31 Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer, $5
Philosophy: Hope in A Jar Moisturizer, $44 St. Ives Timeless Skin Moisturizer, $5
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask, $18 Freeman’s Feeling Beautiful Charcoal and Black Sugar Mask, $3.99

My advice? Don’t be fooled by the name brands. Cheaper or off-brand products can be just as good. And if you take the time to look around and test products out, you will probably be able to find some dupes of your own.

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