Since the title of my blog is Beauty on a Budget, I am going to be using the term dupe quite often. Many drugstore makeup products are designed to be the more affordable version of the higher-end beauty products, therefore making many items fall under this dupe category. I will be writing reviews of products that are claimed to keep up with the big leagues: like Mac, to name the most commonly known makeup company.
If you look up the definition of dupe on Google, this is what you get:
dupe: verb 1. deceive; trick.
noun 2. a victim of deception
Now, these two definitions aren't quite accurate to how we use the term, but it's still close to the same idea. A dupe is basically a duplicate of another product. (Duplicate. Dupe. you see?) Dupes will not be 100% accurate to the performance of the higher-end product, and that's where reviews come in to inform you on what to expect when purchasing a dupe. To know how well a dupe works, you do not need to test the higher-end product. A lot of times it is safe to assume that where the dupe product lacks, the professional product probably doesn't.
Many brands that carry dupes for other companies include: Covergirl, Maybelline, Revlon, NYX, even Wet 'n' Wild and NYC. These companies do not only carry dupes, though, so just remember that; they do have their own lines of different formulas that were not created to compete with a specific product from another company. Just like in basic economics, companies are always trying to compete with one another - sometimes they target a specific formula or line of products, but sometimes they just create their own version of something.
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream is a dupe for Lime Crime's Velvetines. I got this image from Project Vanity. She also has a quick review of the two products on her blog, check it out.
Benefit Bad Gal Lash's dupe is Maybelline Great Big Lash. I found this image from Worn This Way, where she talks about several different dupes in detail.
I hope this helps you to understand what a dupe is if you didn't already know! Let me know if you have any questions or anything in the comments. Thanks for reading!