Mac dupes are great alternatives when you want is to enjoy the same high-end quality at prices that don’t affect your savings. While Mac makeup products rank among everyone’s top choices due to their high-quality standards, a few cheaper alternatives are always welcome if they are of similar quality.
The Best Mac Dupes
What qualifies as a good Mac makeup dupe? For once, a product that retains the high-quality standards which made Mac famous in the first place. We’ve rounded up 9 Mac dupes sporting similar or identical properties to the original Mac products. Check them out and let us know what other Mac makeup dupes you use and adore.
1. Mac 217 Blending Brush VS Sigma E25 Blending Brush
A good quality blending brush (or more) is a must-have in any girl’s makeup kit. Both these products are a delight to use. Both the Mac 217 and Sigma E25 are made of goat hairs. This alone confers them a sturdy yet refined feeling. As for the price tags, here they are:
- Mac 217 – $25
- Sigma E25 – $14
If you haven’t tried Sigma’s makeup brushes, then you’re in for a treat. Their eyeshadow blending brushes are certainly comparable to Mac brushes as far as quality is concerned. Both companies sell brushes which are known to last, maintain their shape and never shed. With an $11 price difference, who could challenge the fact that Sigma E25, the Mac 217 dupe, has a strong selling point?
2. Mac Diva Lipstick VS Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick (Divine Wine)
The permanent lipstick collection proposed by Mac has long occupied the top spots in everyone’s preference lists. Nonetheless, more and more alternatives are making a name on the market. Take the Mac Diva dupe proposed by Maybelline and dubbed Divine Wine. Price tags:
- Mac Diva Lipstick – $17
- Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick Divine Wine – $7.
Mac Diva is one of the trademark Mac red shades for lipstick. Its defining note is certainly warm and rich, while the finish is matte. It applies evenly and smoothly, without forming unsightly creases and color surpluses.
Maybelline Creamy Mate in Divine Wine is a slightly deeper red shade than Mac Diva. Nonetheless, this Mac Diva dupe has been praised for lasting longer and offering more hydration than its peer. How do they fare with regards to pigmentation? Both are as richly pigmented. Price difference: $10.
3. Mac Twig Lipstick VS Maybelline Touch of Spice
Twig is yet another classic lipstick shade in the vast Mac collection. Which product do you think qualifies as a good Mac Twig dupe? Another Maybelline lipstick which is known as Touch of Spice. Prices for the two makeup products:
- Mac Twig – $17
- Maybelline Touch of Spice – $7.49.
Both lipsticks are part of the same brown/rose/mauve nuance family. Both offer the same creamy matte finish. However, the distinguishable trait of the Maybelline Touch of Spice lipstick is that it provides both long-lasting coverage and the much-needed hydration you deserve.
4. Mac Paint Pot VS Maybelline Color Tattoo
Speaking of excellent Mac dupes, Maybelline’s Color Tattoo qualifies as the perfect Mac Paint Pot dupe. The entire series of cream eyeshadows which can be used as eyeshadow foundation or by themselves is stunning. Not that Mac Paint Pot doesn’t offer a complete collection of gorgeous colors and the well-known high-quality standards. Price comparison:
- Mac Paint Pot – $22
- Maybelline Color Tattoo – $8.
As a Mac Paint Pot dupe, Maybelline Color Tattoo has a slightly different feel. The texture is thicker. Nonetheless, both products perform equally well. Yet, with an almost $10 price difference, Maybelline’s Color Tattoo is a sweet deal.
5. Mac Rebel Lipstick VS Wet’n’Wild Sugar Plum Fairy
Mac Rebel is one of the edgiest hues Mac has to offer. With a satin finish, it has been a top choice for years. What is the Mac Rebel dupe that has quickly raised to the same fame? Wet’n’Wild Sugar Plum Fairy. Here’s how the two makeup products fare as far as the price range is concerned:
- Mac Rebel – $17
- Wet’n’Wild – $1.99.
Wet’n’Wild boasts an entire collection of gorgeous lipstick shades that qualify as excellent Mac dupes. Both Rebel and Sugar Plum Fairy are mid-tonal cream plum. One thing that sets the two lipsticks apart is the finish. The Mac Rebel lipstick has a satin finish, while Sugar Plum Fairy has a creamy matte finish.
6. Mac Studio Fix Powder VS Rimmel Stay Mate Pressed Power
Mac Studio Fix Powder is one of the emblematic Mac products used both as a foundation and a powder. As for the Mac Studio Fix Powder dupe that we love, it too can be used as a one-step powder and foundation. Pricewise, they compare as follows:
- Mac Studio Fix Powder – $27
- Rimmel Stay Mate Pressed Powder – $5.49
Other US retailers may put up different prices for the Mac Studio Fix Powder dupe. Nonetheless, the price range doesn’t vary anywhere beyond $6.50. Still a sweeter deal than the hefty price sported by Mac makeup product.
7. Mac Creme Cup VS E.L.F. Mineral Lipstick Runway Pink
Both Mac Creme Cup and ELF’s Mineral Lipstick Runway Pink are part of the delicious pink hues family. We all need at least one pink hue in our makeup collection. Preferably, one that doesn’t require breaking the bank to be able to afford it. Thus, here’s how the two makeup products fare in terms of prices.
- Mac Creme Cup – $17
- L.F. Mineral Lipstick Runaway Pink – $5
The Mac Creme Cup dupe may be slightly pinker than its peer. Nonetheless, it offers a more matte finish with more pigment and for a better price tag.
8. Mac Russian Red VS Wet’n’Wild Stoplight Red
We already told you that Wet’n’Wild sports an impressive collection of Mac dupes that come in identical shades and with similar properties. Well, Stoplight Red lipstick isn’t any exception. The Mac Russian Red dupe has the same semi-matte finish as the glamorous, velvety Mac Russian Red. Pricewise, this is where each of the products stands:
- Mac Russian Red – $17
- Wet’n’Wild Stoplight Red – $1.99.
9. Mac Mineralize Skinfinish VS Makeup Revolution Rock on World Baked Bronzer
Mac’s Mineralize Skinfinish is that powder highlighter and bronzer we’ve been dreaming of. Spanning the spectrum from sheer nuances to nude nuances and deep, rich nuances, Mac Mineralize Skinfinish is the 77-mineral complex powder you simply must have.
Nonetheless, the Mac Mineralize Skinfinish dupe we choose deserves the same praise. Here are the price tags of both makeup products:
- Mac Mineralize Skinfinish – $32
- Makeup Revolution Rock on World Baked Bronzer – $6.
The price difference clearly makes the Mac Mineralize Skinfinish dupe an essential buy. Please note that the texture is a bit lighter. Nonetheless, you’ll get the same beautiful shimmer whether you use Mac or Makeup Revolution.
Mac dupes shouldn’t be confused with fake Mac products. Unfortunately, the latter are also found quite often on the market. Learn to make the difference and Mac dupes will save you a considerable amount of money in time. Don’t forget that they bring the same high-quality standards you have come to know and love about Mac products.