Expensive V Affordable… Dupes, The big debate Expensive makeup versus drugstore makeup.

As Im ageing girls I’m very aware of what I use on my skin. I do tend to use expensive foundation as it seems to give me what i want from a base, that’s until Milani conceal & perfect foundation and Milani Amore Matt liquid lipstick landed in Lurganista HQ from Beauty Base.  I’m familiar with the American brand Milani as I adore Milani blusher in Luminoso; a beautiful radiant peach  blush always seen on celebs, makeup artists and YouTube’ers alike. Have a read of my Milani Luminoso review HERE

Milani Conceal & Perfect 03 Light Beige

I bought Urban Decay All Nighter foundation and Kylie cosmetics liquid lipstick in KoKo and set myself the task of wearing each foundation and lipstick on alternate days to events, and day to day life and took photos along the way to see which fared better; Drugstore or High end.
Milani conceal and perfect £12:95 went on my skin like a dream, I used my fingers and then bounced it around with a beauty blender as I’ve tiny peach fuzz that a makeup brush would push up, making it more visible. The coverage was medium and I did on a few occasions add more to give me a fuller coverage. It didn’t sit in any fine lines which makes it perfect for us older beauties. Equally i know my 21 year old niece could rock Milani Conceal & perfect and love it. It can be used under the eyes but with older skin i prefer a concealer Nars creamy concealer and Laura Mercier loose powder to set.

What Milani Say; Combat under eye circles, redness and other skin imperfections with this full coverage, water-resistant foundation plus concealer in one. A no mess, no drip pump dispenses just the right amount of fluid needed to achieve a flawless look and works around the clock to keep skin looking naturally perfect!

Urban Decay All Nighter shade 03

The High end contender Urban Decay was sadly not suited to my skin. I adore Urban Decay eye shadow palettes and the all nighter setting spray, so had high hopes; but this foundation just didn’t sit well on my skin. It was a full coverage so might be good if you have acne or scarring, but sadly it went flaky around my nose and was just too heavy coverage wise. I can see this working for very young skin for clubbing and heavy contouring, as the coverage is one of the heaviest I’ve ever seen in a foundation. Just not good for drier older skin.

What Urban Decay Say;  All Nighter Liquid Foundation by Urban Decay provides full coverage with a modern matte finish that never looks overdone. Get all-night wear and a blown-out effect you never thought was possible for a flawless-looking complexion that looks amazing and stays that way. Perfect for all-night affairs and other scandalous activities, this revolutionary formula is also comfortable enough to wear every day.

Kylie Cosmetics KoKo K

I really liked Kylie’s lip kits, and I even did an in depth review HERE.  The colour was lovely but the price and shipping where extortionate $40!!!!! and I do think your paying into the Kardashian/Jenner brand. It stayed on well but I would not pay another $40

Milani Amori Matt ‘Sweetie’

Say hello to Milani Amore Matt, it didn’t crack as I used Carmex first and stayed on longer than Kylie’s! Milani comes in at £8:95 from Beauty Base who are Milani stockist in the UK & Eire.

Final Thoughts: There is a clear winner here and that’s the Drugstore! I’m still enjoying the Milani Conceal & Perfect foundation, it photographs beautifully, covers so well and lasts all day. Milani Amore Matt is a perfect dupe for Kylie’s Lip kits and is almost 70% cheaper! I will repeat buy both these dupes, and of course my Milani Luminoso blusher is an established part of my makeup routine already.

•••FULL DISCLOSURE••• Beauty Base gifted me the Milani foundation and liquid lipstick, I puchased the Urban Decay and Kylie lip kit. I always give an open and honest review.

Milani conceal & perfect 03 light beige (google swatches to find your match) buy here… Milani foundation

“Milani amore liquid lipstick Sweetie buy here…  Milani liquid lipstick

12 thoughts on “Expensive V Affordable… Dupes, The big debate Expensive makeup versus drugstore makeup.

    1. wendie says:

      Not tried the Nyx but heard good things! I have to be in the mood for liquid lipstick (scrub my lips & Carmel etc) Kylie’s was $40 with shipping never again!! Charlotte Tilbury are meant to be amazing missus! 💋


  1. Andi says:

    These look great! I have heard that the All Nighter foundation is better suited to oily skin. And I wasn’t a fan of the Milani applicator for the liquid lipsticks. I always ended up with a thick, cakey layer of product around the edges and no easy way to blend it out without messing up the edges.


    1. wendie says:

      The all nighter colour was sadly poor on me, it made me completely poreless which was a little alarming! I adore UD palettes and the all nighter spray too.
      Yes the doe foot is bigger than normal but I had no problem with it, and it lasted longer that Kylie Cosmetics on me. Thanks for stopping by and reading my review lovely xx

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