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How to tell if you are being Duped

Updated: Nov 6, 2022

Back in the day, I was a makeup artist. I worked at a department store for a major cosmetic brand for over five years. I loved making women look and feel pretty. I would teach them how to apply just the right eye shadow in just the right places. I even had a side hustle of doing weddings. It was exciting to be a part of a bride's special day by pampering her and her bridesmaids with that little extra sparkle. One thing I learned while working with these expensive department store brands was, that the drug store brands were comparable and so much cheaper. Some of them were even made by the same companies. Would I tell my customers this? No. I worked on commission and needed the money. But something deep inside felt like I was lying. I struggled to up-sell and cringed when someone would dish out $200 for a miracle cream. I knew all too well that they could get the same potion in a bottle for a fraction of the cost at the local drug store. Even though I worked for this brand and received free products, I still preferred my $4.99 mascara and found colors for my lips that matched just right on the cheap.

There seems to be a trend lately of #TikToks of cosmetic influencers comparing the expensive brands to "dupes" you can find at the dollar store. Honestly, I go and find out for myself that what their review says is true. I don't mind spending a few bucks to save a lot. Most of them are pretty accurate but some I've had to return and get my money back. And I'm ok with that. I would rather figure out for myself what works and what doesn't for me. I don't have to depend on someone else's opinion to see if something is right or true for me. I can try it on, test it out, and trust my gut to determine if something is right for me or not.