Korean Makeup Edition
One of the things I love most about Korean beauty products is that you can often find amazing, high quality alternatives (or as the blog world loves to call them: dupes) for high-end name brands. I like to consider myself a savvy shopper and I love sharing my finds with friends—here's a list of my fave steals.
I have always been pretty terrible with applying liquid eyeliner—but that was only until I stumbled upon felt tip pen liners. The marker-like tips offer so much more control than the traditional flimsy liquid brush. I love the Clio Kill Black pen because it's a deep, intense black that stays put all day.
Eyeshadow primer is a necessity for a more vibrant shadow and all-day wear. The Proof 10 Eye Primer from Etude House is a strong contender for the obvious cult favorite from Urban Decay. The Etude House Proof 10 Primer comes in a clear container, glides on smoothly, and dries quickly for only $7!
Intense, brilliant lip stain lovers, the Tony Moly Delight Tony Tint ($10) is for you. Don't let the name fool you: This product is most definitely stain that doesn't budge a centimeter (even through all those morning lattes). If you like lighter stains (especially one that works on the cheeks), the Benefit Benetint is a reliable pick.
The Face Shop makes a killer dupe of the Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil—and, yes, it's just as waterproof, so no fear of raccoon eyes necessary. The Face Shop's Make Me A Star Gel Liner also comes with a rubberized tip for easy blending.
I was once a really devoted fan of the Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner pot ($24), but the Clio Gel Liner and Brow Pot is an absolute steal with a similar resilient formula. Every order includes not just the gel eyeliner but a brow shadow AND brush.
It's the perfect marriage between a long-lasting lipstick and a stain, for a fraction of the YSL Glossy Stain.
What are your favorite Korean makeup dupes? Comment below—I'd love to try them out!
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