Clinique Drugstore Dupes

clinique steals

There’s always been a beauty debate about high-end products vs. drugstore products. Yes, some department store brands carry better lipstick than those you find at Rite Aid, but I’ve found many exceptions to this rule. One of my favorite money-saving techniques when buying makeup is finding “dupes” of high-end brands at my local drugstore.

As a whole, Clinique is one of my favorite department store brands of products. I highly recommend any of their skincare products since they are very gentle, and they seem to have a product for just about any type of skin. With that being said, sometimes I can’t afford to shell out $36 for a powder or $16 for those 3 lipstick shades I convince myself that I “need”. So, I’ve rounded up a few drugstore products that are a cheaper alternative to a similar Clinique product.

Have you tried any of these products to see which one works better?

clinique dupes

Splurge:  Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm  |  Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow for Eyes  |  Clinique Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent  |  Clinique Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Powder  | Clinique Naturally Glossy Mascara  |  Clinique All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage

Steal:  CoverGirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm  |  Neutrogena Crease Proof Eye Shadow  |   Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover  |  e.l.f. Tone Correcting Powder  |  Revlon Photoready 3D Volume Mascara  |  Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Anti-Puff Eye Roller


  1. I wear expensive mascara, but all the rest of my stuff is from the drug store. I have that eye roller and I love it…cools down my under eye puffiness in the AM!

  2. I just bought one of the Jumbo Gloss Balms by CoverGirl a few weeks back and am loving it. I haven’t tried Clinique’s so I really can’t compare them, but I doubt I’d pay double when I already like the cheaper version!

  3. I think drugstore mascara is much better than the high end ones! But for eyeshadow and liner, I haven’t been able to find drugstore ones that measure up.

  4. oh I’m totally pinning this for later! I’m not a very good makeup person so I don’t want to spend a lot of money when I want to try out a product.

  5. I pretty much only use drugstore products (although I do use the Clinique daily face works wonders for my skin) and I have been looking for a new makeup remover so I definitely want to try that Neutrogena one! Amazing post!

  6. I’m a huge fun of Clinique too – I think it’s a great brand and not as expensive as some of the other ones. However these drugstore dupes are much better, will have to give them a try! x, Kat

  7. I ADORE this post. I’m big on Clinique but obviously can’t break the bank on all the Chubby Sticks I want. Great drugstore picks, girl.

  8. It seems the older I get, the easier it is for me to spend ridiculous amounts on products – hair products, skin products, make-up, everything! I definitely agree that some things are better from the department store and some things are just as good from the drug store. I’m always willing to spend a little more on foundation and powder because it’s such a crucial part of my routine every day. But for things like lipstick, mascara and eyeliner I generally just go to Target!

  9. OH YES I love these types of posts…. and especially love this one considering I love Clinique products! I use the Skin Renew Daily Eyeroller and I love it. I need to check out that Neutrogena Crease Proof Eyeshadow!

  10. Great tips!! I’m always making poor choices with drugstore make-up, so back to the department store I go:)  I don’t like not being able to test a product first and then if it doesn’t work for whatever reason, I can’t return it.  But coming from a girl like you, I feel like I can trust your recommendations!!

    1. Aw thanks Amy. And oddly enough, some drugstore (Rite Aid and CVS do this) let you bring back and return opened makeup for a full refund. So if you dont like the shade, you can get your money back! You should ask your local drugstore chain 🙂

  11. Whoa! Rach, thank you so much for the product reviews. I really appreciate it. I love the Jumbo Gloss balm colors. I might need to try those out. Thanks love!

  12. I am such a product junkie and always trying to find ways to save because of my addiction!! LOL. Thanks for sharing all these fab dupes!!! I love all the elf products for sure!!

  13. I’ve never tried any of the drugstore versions but I do love the Clinique remover because it’s so gentle on the eyes! Maybe I should give the Neutrogena one a chance! 

  14. Love drugstore brands! Love Clinique, too (especially their mascara). I want to try those CoverGirl Gloss balms! They look amazing. xo, Julie 

  15. Clinique is probably the only high end brand I own! And by own, I mean I have one of their bronzers. Everything else is drugstore! Some drugstore products are junk, but there are gems out there, you just have to know where to look! 

    I’ve never used the Neutrogena eye makeup remover, but I’ve used the Target version of it. I love it and it’s even cheaper!

  16. I think drugstore makeup has come a LONG way. And the best thing about drugstore brands is the BOGO and various other coupons! 

  17. I love Clinique too, but I can’t always afford it! For me, I’m more willing to splurge on skin care products (I use their clinical dark spot correcter which isn’t cheap, but it works) like moisturizers and makeup removers instead of dishing out money on makeup. I’m always on the lookout for a good makeup deal so I loved this post! You should do more of these. 🙂


  18. This is such a great post Rachel!  I’m always buying makeup that’s much too expensive and it’s nice to see some cheaper alternatives.  You have the best blogging ideas, seriously!

  19. love this! i feel like the drugstore buys are hit-or-miss, but i want to try the covergirl lip balm! i will say that i am a huge fan of neutrogena and love almost every product i’ve tried! especially now that they’ve launched a naturals line!

  20. I like the CG Gloss Balm better than the Clinique and I find the Garnier roller to do the job. I am not a particular fan of the e.l.f. powder. I found it did not do much but I never tried the Clinique Redness Solution.

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