Splurge vs. Steal Beauty Finds – All $10 or Less

As a beauty junkie, I’m always right on top of the latest beauty tools and products from my favorite brands. I don’t care how much they cost, I’d sell my sister’s favorite shoes just to get my hands on them. Some work better than others and lately I’ve been finding some beauty knockoffs that are comparable to their prestige originals. If you haven’t been to e.l.f. you really need to go or at least visit their website. Every time I walk in there I’m amazed to find products that are comparable to some of my favorite brands at a fraction of the cost. This post I will be discussing the below products (and they’re all $10 or less each):


I own the beautyblender and the CoverFX Illuminating Setting Powder and I love them both. I was curious to see how the Studio Blending Sponge when it came to applying the Studio High Definition Powder especially under my eyes to set my concealer. The true test would be after a few hours to see if there was any visible creasing. I do not have the Becca The One Perfecting Brush, mostly because I have a limit as to how much I’m willing to spend on one brush and at $49 it just wasn’t that serious to me.

The Studio Blending Sponge is a great alternative if you’re on a budget. The shape makes it easy to hold, however I found it to be a little stiff as supposed to the beautyblender making it hard to buff my foundation.

The Studio High Definition Powder is a win. It’s completely sheer with a slight tint, which is great for brown skin because when setting under eye concealers it doesn’t leave a white cast.

Because I do not own the Becca The One Perfecting Brush, I can’t do a complete comparison. I did however try the brush months ago at a Becca event at Sephora. The brush does apply liquid foundations flawlessly. When I used the Ultimate Kabuki Brush, I found that it applied evenly so I would say this is very comparable.

The verdict:

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