What are the Best Makeup Dupes On Aliexpress? There are tons of different brands when it comes to makeup brushes and this number only increases when you also count Chinese producers. That’s why we’ve created this updated guide to find the best aliexpress makeup brushes, best chinese makeup brands and aliexpress beauty products.
The best ones are probably the ‘SIGMA style’ ones (it’s one of the best rated), but don’t forget the other white label brand alternatives to brands such as Zoeva, NARS, MAC, Bobbi Brown, Urban Decay, Dior, Chanel or Eco Tools…. In other words, there are tons of cheap makeup brushes. Don’t know which one to choose? Here’s what we think.
Best Makeup Dupes On Aliexpress
Let’s talk about the different makeup brushes you can find in AliExpress. There’s quite a few, so to get you started you can take a look here (the category of makeup brushes sorted by sales), but we will be talking about all the different types you can find.
According to hair: synthetic or natural
Makeup brushes can be made out of natural or synthetic hair, but you probably will find some that have both kinds. Let me tell you how to find one of the two kinds specifically:
Brushes with natural goat hair
Natural hair brushes are the best ones for powder products. As you can imagine, they are a little more expensive than synthetic hair ones, but you can still find them a lot more cheaper than in your usual shop.
Keep in mind that even if they are in this category, they might not all be made out of natural hair. To make sure, check the product description, in the section “Product specifications”, and look at the material of the brush:
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Synthetic hair brushes are usually used for fluids as they are more resistant. Remember you can also check the material of the product by checking the product specifications:
You can find them all HERE.
According to handle: wood, plastic or metal
There isn’t much to explain here and, to be honest, it won’t make much of a difference in the results no matter which you one you choose: the three most popular materials for makeup brushes handles are wood, plastic and metal.
According bristle shape
There are four kinds of shapes:
- Flat: perfect for powder and bases, both fluid and compact.
- Round: Ideal for powders and areas that require more precision, such as the cheeks.
- Pointed: for even more precision areas, such as the “V” area.
- Beveled: for peculiar shaped areas of the face.
In any case, most sellers in AliExpress offer cheap kits of makeup brushes, instead of individual units, so you won’t have to choose.
So, what should I buy? A professional kit or a cheaper one?
Fortunately, professional makeup kits in AliExpress are a lot cheaper than other online and physical shops. You won’t find brands such as Zoeva, NARS, MAC, Bobbi Brown, Urban Decay, Dior, Chanel, Eco Tools or others, but you will find tons of Chinese white label brands.
This doesn’t mean they are less quality: far away are the days of “Chinese” being a synonym of cheap quality, especially in AliExpress, where, if you follow the good reviews, you can get some incredible products….
And avoid other not so reliable ones:
You can find the top selling professional makeup brush sets HERE.
Bonus: Cheap makeup sponges like Beautyblender ones
One of the top selling products in AliExpress are the makeup sponges inspired by the Beautyblender ones.
In case you haven’t heard about them yet, they are a one-in-all tools for both professional and personal use. They kind of look like an egg:
Among the advantages of this makeup tool is the fact that, unlike traditional sponges, it doesn’t absorb a lot of product and thanks to it’s curved shape, it doesn’t leave any lines. Furthermore you can control the coverage depending on how humid it is.
These Beauty Blender makeup sponges go for 20 to 30€, but in AliExpress you can find some Chinese equivalents for less than 50 cents!
You can find them HERE.
Top 3 shops to purchase makeup brushes in AliExpress
These are the top three shops to buy cheap makeup brushes. Their reputation is excellent, go take a look. And if you don’t care about brand names, this is a great way to save some money.
- YKS-Ezsources Centre (3 crowns)
- Anmor Beaty Store (5 diamonds)
- HitTime Store (3 crowns)
There are a lot more sellers offering makeup brushes, but these three are especially good. Remember that you will receive your product in a month more or less. So, what are you waiting for?
How to Buy Makeup on Aliexpress
I’ve seen a few influencers talking about Aliexpress recently, but I don’t think everyone knows about it yet (if you don’t, it’s like Wish, or a Chinese version of eBay). Everything on there is pretty cheap, so it’s great if you want to try a new look without spending a lot of money.
There are some serious bargains over there, but I totally get it if you’re worried about accidentally buying fakes or getting a mascara that will burn your eyelids. I was too, at first! Of course, I’ve bought quite a few products from there now, and there are a few things I’ve figured out along the way. So if you’re thinking of trying anything for yourself, here are my tips for shopping on Aliexpress.
Buy from the official stores.
If you’re looking for a Focallure eyeshadow palette, go to the Focallure Official Store*. You’re far more likely to get genuine products, that will be adequately packaged for their journey and arrive in one piece. If you can’t find an official store, look for sellers with good feedback. You can see the seller in the top left corner of the product listing, as well as how long their store has been open. Hover over the store name to see their feedback score. Always go for stores that have been open for years (not months), with average or above feedback.
Shop for dupes, not fakes.
There’s a big difference between buying a dupe product and a fake product. Dupes are products “inspired” by a higher end brand – like this Ucanbe Aromas Palette*, which looks very similar to the Huda New Nude Palette. Whereas a fake product would completley copy the higher end brand, including their logo. Fake products often duplicate the higher-end packaging including the ingredients list, even though their own formula will be completley different – this means you have no idea what ingredients you’re putting on your face. A duplicate product made by a genuine brand will be regulated and safe for use.
If you see a Jaclyn Hill or ABH palette on Aliexpress for a fraction of the RRP, you can safely assume it’s not the real thing. Personally, I wouldn’t bother buying any brands on Aliexpress that I can get over here – I specifically look for brands that are hard to find in the UK, like Miss Rose*, UCANBE*, or O.TWO.O*.
Read the reviews.
For every product you look at, scroll down and read the reviews before adding it to your cart – just like you would for any other online store. I tend to buy products that have lots of orders, with ratings of four stars or higher.
Spend less than £15 per transaction.
Whenever I order anything from abroad, I try to get the total to less than £15 including postage, so that I don’t get customs charges. It’s very easy to keep the total to less than £15 as everything on Aliexpress is so cheap! (The majority of my orders are less than £10 when I’m buying cosmetics.) If you do want to order more though, just do it in separate transactions.
Be patient with delivery.
Most items are shipped from China for free or less than £1, so be patient when you’re waiting for your product to arrive. Most of my packages take six weeks to get to my door, but I would allow two months. You should see an estimate on how long things will take when you’re buying the product, and decide if you’re willing to wait that long. Usually by the time I receive my parcel, I’ll have forgotten what I ordered, so it’s always a pleasant surprise!