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The Affordable Alternatives To Mac Lipstick On A Budget

The Affordable Alternatives To Mac Lipstick On A Budget

Look at these affordable alternatives to MAC lipstick for a small budget!

Who doesn’t love MAC makeup? Everyone and their mothers owns at least one product from MAC, so it’s no surprise that they are one of the best-selling high-end make-up brands in the UK. With a huge range of products in an even bigger range of shades, MAC is a professional, reliable and faultless brand that you can always trust to get it right. Without doubt, their lipsticks are no exception. With a HUGE range of colours and formulas to pick from, whether you’re looking for a glossy nude or matte red, there is a perfect MAC lipstick for everyone. However, being a high-end makeup brand and with an average lipstick price of £17.50 (the price varies depending on the finish), it’s not exactly student bank account friendly, especially if you have a huge MAC lipstick wish list like myself. So, if you are a lipstick lover on a budget and want to save a few pounds, take a look at these affordable alternatives to popular MAC lipsticks available to buy in the UK that definitely won’t leave you disappointed with affordable alternatives to MAC lipstick.

1.MAC Shy Girl and NYX Pumpkin Pie.

MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Shy Girl, as described on the website, is  a ‘creamy neutral coral beige’ shade which has a slight hint of orange and looks absolutely stunning on the lips. A great dupe is NYX’s Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in the shade Pumpkin Pie which is a peachy-beige lipstick with, again, a very slight hint of orange. Swatched side by side, you cannot tell these two apart and with a £13.50 difference, who wouldn’t go for the cheaper alternative for affordable alternatives to MAC lipstick?


2.MAC Velvet Teddy and Maybelline Nude Perfection.

MAC’s Velvet Teddy is a cult lipstick that all the beauty gurus have been raving about for years. With it’s deep beige tones, it is a perfect everyday ‘your lips but better’ shade that will suit almost any skin tone. However, at £17.50 per lipstick, it’s a pretty pricey everyday lipstick if you ask me. So, instead try the Maybelline Colour Drama Lip Pencil in Nude Perfection which will only leave you £4.99 out of pocket and is practically identical to the MAC version.

3.MAC Ruby Woo and Maybelline Daring Ruby.

MAC’s Ruby Woo is often referred to as the perfect red lipstick. It is completely matte which makes it extremely long lasting and it’s blue undertones will take your pearly whites to a whole new level of pearly white. So, when I discovered that Maybelline’s Colour Sensational Matte Lipstick in Daring Ruby is an almost exact colour replica and priced at only £6.99, I couldn’t help but pick it up. Both the colours and finish are so similar that it’s just not worth spending the extra money. Eeeven for the beautiful MAC packaging!


4.MAC Mehr and Rimmel London 104.

MAC Mehr is another cult MAC lipstick which sold out of most MAC counters when it was revealed that it was one of Kylie Jenner’s go-to shades, who is known for her iconic 60s nude-brown lip. A cheaper alternative to this MAC favourite is Rimmel London’s Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick by Kate Moss in the shade 104, which is a rosy-pink with plum undertones and a semi-matte finish. At less than half the price of Mehr, it is definitely worth the purchase for affordable alternatives to MAC lipstick!

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5.MAC Honeylove and L’oreal Fairest Nude.

One of the most popular nude shades that MAC has to offer is Honeylove, a light beige shade with a hint of rose which makes it the perfect nude-beige lipstick for the fair skinned ladies out there. Save yourself some cash and opt for a more affordable alternative to this MAC favourite by picking up L’Oreal’s Colour Riche lipstick in Fairest Nude when you’re next in your local Boots. Trust me, you won’t regret it for affordable alternatives to MAC lipstick!


6.MAC Lady Danger and Maybelline Orange Danger.

A vivid orange-red with a semi-matte finish, MAC’s Lady Danger looks absolutely stunning on olive or deeper skin tones and is your perfect summer pop of colour. A cheaper alternative to this MAC cult shade is Maybelline’s Color Sensational Loaded Bolds Lipstick in Orange Danger which is an almost identical shade and a fraction of the price. If you are looking to invest in an orange-red lipstick, this is a great bank-friendly dupe of the MAC quality that doesn’t skimp on quality or pigmentation for affordable alternatives to MAC lipstick.

There you have it, a few affordable alternatives to MAC lipstick that you HAVE to try. If you pick up any of these drugstore alternatives, let us know what you think of them in the comments below!

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