Girls grow up instinctively knowing two things, when pumpkin spice lattes will be back at Starbucks and where the nearest MAC store is located. MAC is undoubtedly one of the most recognized makeup brands out there and is one of the most sought after. Originally made for theatre and film artists, MAC does a great job making your skin look flawless.
While MAC is great for your skin it’s bad for your bank. Easily one of the most expensive makeup products on the market.
When you buy all the products needed for one days worth of makeup coverage you’re looking at a couple hundred dollars. Ouch. Give your wallet a break and try one of these MAC makeup alternatives.
- 1 Best MAC Makeup Alternatives
- 2 Alternative MAC Concealer – Revlon PhotoReady Concealer
- 3 Alternative MAC Lipstick – Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lip
- 4 Alternative MAC Eyeshadow – NYX Cosmic Metals Shadow Palette
- 5 Alternative MAC Foundation – L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup
- 6 Alternative Mac Mascara – Maybelline Makeup Volum’ Express The Colossal
- 7 Alternative MAC LIP GLOSS – Glitter Shimmer Lip Gloss
Best MAC Makeup Alternatives
Here are our favorite MAC dupes to check out in 2021.
Compare to MAC’s studio finish concealer.
Revlon Photoready Concealer is going to be a stick vs MAC’s is a compact. Personal preference on how you like to put it on will ultimately decide if you like this MAC alternative vs the real thing.
Photoready concealer won’t cover you up in one application so I suggest doing a few coats, which can be done without looking caked on. This concealer isn’t going to cover really bad pigmentation problems or scars, but it will help diminish them.
Application tip: Glide on and smooth it out with a beauty blender. Finish your application with a setting powder.
Compare to Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour
While this is technically considered a matte lipstick I wouldn’t call this a true matte.
Liquid lip is a MAC makeup alternative that is more of an in-between, which I prefer. I have dry skin and when I used a true matte it can sometimes get stuck in my dry cracks, making me look like I desperately need to drink water. Maybelline Matte Lipstick gives you the matte look while still giving you some moisture to keep your lips looking kissable.
Vivid matte lipstick comes in neutral shades and fun vibrant colors. The lipstick itself is a cream base.
Some people have complained they don’t like the fragrance in this lipstick, but I didn’t really notice a difference. Most lipsticks have some type of scent to me.
Application Tip: Use a lip primer. What is a lip primer? Lip primer moisturizes and evens out your lips tone, thus making your lipstick last longer. It will also give your lip color more vibrancy and helps keep it on your lips without wasting time on a lipliner. Basically, lip primer gives your lips the perfect starting canvas.
Compare to MAC’s Shine Pretty Eyeshadow
This palette gives you metallic shine without the little girl glitter look. Each color is very pigmented so what you see on the palette is what transfers to your eyes.
I suggest using a makeup brush to apply this eyeshadow, but if you’re in a rush your finger can work too. Common sense but if you’re going to use a finger, make sure you wash it first. You don’t want eyeshadow being mixed with a dirty finger, bacteria city.
A great palette that works well for any eye color because if its neutral shades and purples. If you’re not a fan of this palette NYX makes tons of eyeshadow palettes that are affordable and will last all day. What’s great about NYX is you can buy multiple color palettes or individual eyeshadow colors.
Compare to MAC’s Studio Fix Foundation
L’Oreal foundation actually helps clear your skin because it contains Anti-oxidants Vitamin C plus E, and SPF 20. Its base contains water to help hydrate your skin throughout the day. I love using this during the winter to help keep my dry skin hydrated. Winter in Wisconsin is rough AF on the skin.
When looking for the correct shade for your skin remember W is warm and has a yellowish undertone, N is neutral with no undertone and C is cool with a pinkish undertone.
Compare to MAC’s InstaCurl Lash Mascara
MAC’S og instacurl mascara has a brush that provides you with a dramatic look thanks to its brush that provides you with volume and length. If instacrul had a twin that twin would be Maybelline’s Colossal!
Maybelline’s Colossal Mascara mimics MAC’s mascara brush to a T. Both brushes provides space in-between the bristles to give you that dramatic volume look, as well as long bristles to provide your lashes with length.
What I love about this mascara is its no clump formula. Nothing is worse than trying to get that falses look and having big ol clumps stick out on your lashes. You can purchase this mascara in many different colors including a waterproof formula!
Compare To MAC’S Dazzleglass Lip Gloss – Macs Dupes Lipstick
Can’t pick a color? No worries, this set comes with 7 different glitter lip gloss colors.
Glitter lip gloss colors include a variation of:
Each shimmer lip gloss is waterproof and non-stick. Great to wear out to dinner or to a coffee date. Each lip gloss comes in a long tube with a sleep silver top.
Application Tip: If you have dry, cracked lips use a lip balm before applying the glitter gloss. Apply ONE LAYER of lip gloss, let dry for two minutes and then put your lips together.
If you want each glitter lip gloss to have more pow then I suggest applying a solid color lipstick underneath. You can use a shimmer lipstick but if you use a matte color the glitter on top will pop more.