Vegan Drugstore Makeup That’s Better Than the Pricey Stuff

This cruelty-free makeup routine by Shilpa Gopal features budget-friendly vegan drugstore makeup products.

Get glam on a budget with vegan drugstore makeup.

After all, creating a vegan and cruelty-free makeup look doesn’t have to cost a lot if you’re looking to use the best brands and products. In this video, Shilpa Gopal shows us her makeup routine using budget-friendly makeup dupes from the drugstore. 

Not only are these vegan drugstore makeup products cost-effective, but they are also the vegan and cruelty-free versions of their high-end counterparts.

So, what is a dupe? “A dupe is basically a product that is similar to another product,” Shilpa explains.

“In this case, I’m going to be showing you drugstore products that happen to be vegan and cruelty-free with a drugstore price tag. And they’ll be similar to high-end products that are not vegan and cruelty-free,” she adds.

Shop these budget-friendly vegan drugstore makeup dupes. | Shilpa/LIVEKINDLY
Shop these budget-friendly vegan drugstore makeup dupes. | Shilpa/LIVEKINDLY

Vegan Drugstore Makeup

What are Shilpa’s go-to vegan drugstore makeup dupes? Here are 7 vegan drugstore makeup products to try that won’t break the bank.

E.l.f. BB Cream

Just $6 compared to NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturizer ($45). The SPF 20 cream protects against the sun and provides light coverage for concealing minor blemishes.

Milani Cheek Liquid Blush

A dupe for Glossier Cloud Paint ($18) coming in at half the price ($9). The liquid blush provides a pop of color to the cheeks. “I mean, dare I say, I feel like it might actually be better than the Cloud Paint because I feel like it’s a little bit more pigmented,” Shilpa explains.

ColourPop Lite Stix

Just $8 compared to Benefit Watts Up ($30). The cream highlight stick provides a shimmery, pigmented glow to cheeks, brow bones, and more. “It’s probably my favorite product that I will talk about in this whole video,” Shilpa says.

L.A. Girl Velvet Bronzer Contour Stick

At just $6, it’s a true competitor to the bestselling Clinique Chubby Contour Stick ($26). The contour stick makes applying bronzer a breeze. “It has a very velvety finish; very smooth application,” Shilpa says.

Wet n Wild Megaslim Skinny Tip Eyeliner

Move over, Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner ($22) this drugstore find is just $6! It features a felt tip for precise lines. “It stays put like all day. I’ve never had a problem with it running.” Shilpa explains.

Pacifica Natural Beauty Dream Big Lash

Get major length with this $16 cruelty-free find compared to By Terry Lash Expert Twist Brush Double Effect Mascara ($30). The wand extends and retracts for perfectly curled lashes.

Flower Beauty Petal Pout Lip Mask

Fall in love with the pigment, and the price tag of $10, compared to NARS Afterglow Lip Balm ($28). The lip mask by Drew Barrymore’s brand is moderately sticky but provides a hydrated pout.

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