Swears by: the best budget beauty dupes

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Mumsnetters have spotted an uncanny resemblance between some luxury beauty products and their more reasonably-priced equivalents – and they've been sharing their secrets on this thread. So, if your tastes are high-end but your budget is more high street, read on

Mac Ruby Woo vs Rimmel London Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Lipstick in Kiss of Life (save £11)

Mac Ruby Woo vs Rimmel London Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Lipstick in Kiss of Life (save £11)

If a red lip is part of your signature everyday look, then you've no doubt tried Mac's iconic true red shade – if not forked out a pretty penny for it over the years, as one tube will set you back £16.50. There are plenty of self-confessed Ruby Woo addicts on our Talk boards who couldn't live without their favourite matte red lipstick, but one Mumsnetter reckons she's found a “wicked dupe” for it in this Kate Moss for Rimmel shade and, for basically a third of the price, even the most die-hard fan will be tempted to give it a try.

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Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser vs Nivea Tinted Moisturising Day Cream (save £30)

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser vs Nivea Tinted Moisturising Day Cream (save £30)

Laura Mercier's Tinted Moisturiser provides lovely, sheer coverage, has an SPF of 20, and is gentle enough for even sensitive skin, but all of that comes at a price – £34 to be exact. One Mumsnetter suggests swapping your Laura Mercier for a tube of Nivea's £4 Tinted Moisturising Day Cream. She confessed that she still loves the Laura Mercier version, “on a budget Nivea is the next best thing for me.”

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade vs Freedom Pro Eyebrow Pomade (save £16.50)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade vs Freedom Pro Eyebrow Pomade (save £16.50)

If, like us, you spend an inordinate amount of time scrolling through Instagram, ogling the perfectly-shaped brows of make-up bloggers, you've probably come across Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade before. You've probably also noticed that the blogger favourite is a bit on the pricey side at £19. Of course, you can't put a price on gorgeously groomed brows – however, one Mumsnetter swears by the Freedom Pro Pomade as an alternative that is “just as good as the ABH”. It's currently on offer for just £2.50 and there's a range of seven shades so you can find your perfect match.

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Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish vs Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser (save £10)

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish vs Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser (save £10)

One Mumsnetter recommended swapping out your Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser (£16) – a Swears By favourite – for the £6 Superdrug version, which even comes with a muslin cloth included. In fact, their whole Naturally Radiant range was highly praised by multiple posters for holding its own against more expensive brands. You could save yourself a tenner a month by making this simple switch and, as if that weren't reason enough, Superdrug skincare is currently buy one get one free.

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Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette vs Make Up Revolution Redemption Palette Iconic 3 (save £35.50)

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette vs Make Up Revolution Redemption Palette Iconic 3  (save £35.50)

The rose-gold and champagne hues of Urban Decay's Naked 3 palette (£39.50) have proved massively popular since its release in December 2013. So popular, in fact, that it has spawned some imitations. Shade for shade, Make Up Revolution's £4 palette is almost identical to the Urban Decay version and a fraction of the price. In fact, Make Up Revolution was a brand that frequently cropped up when Mumsnetters were swapping money-saving make-up tips, with their Radiance and Chocolate Orange palettes also being recommended as great bargain buys.

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Lancôme Hypnôse Mascara vs Collection Lash Surge Mascara (save £20.50)

Lancôme Hypnôse Mascara vs Collection Lash Surge Mascara (save £20.50)

The Collection version of this best-selling mascara not only mimics its classic shape, it also does a pretty great job of delivering the same results for a fraction of the price. A Mumsnet beauty aficionado put it best when she said: “I LOVE Collection’s lookalike product at £3.99. I truly think it’s an excellent alternative.” And, seeing as you're supposed to ditch your mascara after three months, don't worry, we don't do this either you could save yourself a small fortune every year with this simple switch.

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Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation vs The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation (save £16.50)

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation vs The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation (save £16.50)

Estée Lauder's Double Wear has long been a Mumsnet favourite for its full coverage of blemishes and bomb-proof staying power. However, if you wear foundation every day, forking out over £30 per bottle gets expensive pretty quickly and it is worth exploring cheaper alternatives. The Mumsnetter who recommended the Body Shop foundation had this to say on the subject of cheap make-up dupes: “I don't agree that cheaper is always better – or even similar – but you can save tons of money by at least trying out a cheaper brand.” Hear, hear. And, as it turns out, the Body Shop foundation is a great everyday alternative to Double Wear at half the price.

Buy now from The Body Shop

Mac Pro Longwear Concealer vs Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer (save £14)

Mac Pro Longwear Concealer vs Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer (save £14)

A reliable concealer is a vital part of any beauty arsenal and this Make Up Revolution offering gets high praise from Mumsnetters who have previously used MAC, Benefit and Touche Eclat concealers. There are 18 shades to choose from and each provides full, blendable coverage with a matte finish. Best of all, it will only set you back £4 – at least a tenner less than any high-end concealer.

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Benefit The Porefessional Primer vs W7 Porefection Pore Minimizer (save £15.50)

Benefit The Porefessional Primer vs W7 Porefection Pore Minimizer (save £15.50)

W7 products were recommended by multiple posters, with one Mumsnetter simply recommending “anything W7” as a safe bet. Their Porefection Pore Minimizer primer got a particularly glowing recommendation as a “perfect dupe” for Benefit's Professional primer – an oil-free primer which minimises and smooths open pores that can be used under or over make-up. As one Mumsnetter put it: “£4 compared to £24, what's not to like?”

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