Fenty Beauty on a Budget

By Thalia Carrillo

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It’s Rihanna’s world and we’re all just living in it. Her recent launch, Fenty Beauty, is selling out across Sephora’s everywhere. And for good reason. With a whopping 40 different foundation shades, this makeup line has something for everyone. If you weren’t able to get your hands on them (or if you’re on a college student budget) but still want to get RiRi’s look, search no further! We’ve assembled a list of more affordable products that will still have you feeling Fenty fierce. 



A mattifying and moisturizing product all in one? It sounds like a miracle, but you don’t need to break the bank to try it out. This cheaper alternative is heavily water based, just like Fenty. It also has the same smoothing and blurring properties, all for a fraction of the cost.


Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer $32.00 

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Touch In Sol No Poreblem Primer $18.00 at Sephora

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RiRi’s foundation was created to be skin-like and lightweight but still matte and long-lasting. Our chosen alternative also has these characteristics. Both of these foundations come in 40 shades and provide build-able coverage.


Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation $34.00

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Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation $5.99 at Target

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Lip Gloss

Glosses can often be super sticky and that’s no fun. What’s unique about Rihanna’s gloss is that it feels like a lip balm but still gives your lips a glossy shine. This dupe has the same universal, “your-lips-but-better” tone.


Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer $18.00

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Nyx Professional Makeup Butter Gloss in “Tiramisu” $3.29 at Target



This product changed the makeup game with its intense green-gold shine. There’s no other highlighter on the market quite like it. However, there is an eyeshadow that is almost identical. There are no rules in makeup, right?


Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in “Trophy Wife” $34.00

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Coloupop Super Shock Shadow in “Telepathy” $5.00 on

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This highly-rated brush is known to give a seamless, airbrushed look but costs more than most of the makeup products themselves. Fortunately, our alternative is also a good choice. Both brushes have a soft and dense bristle so you won’t be able to tell the difference!


Fenty Beauty Full-Bodied Foundation Brush $34.00

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Real Techniques Expert Face Brush $4.99 at Target

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We won’t discourage you from trying out Fenty Beauty, but if you decide to buy these five products, you’d spend a total of $152 plus tax. If you opt for the dupes, you’d spend a mere $37. Happy Shopping!