Eyeshadow Dupes Galore: MAC, NYX, Coastal Scents

nars kalahari eyeshadow dupe swatch comparison mac sable urban decay toasted
I've been working on this post for a while. It's been a pain to put together because a lot of my eyeshadows are scattered throughout my eyeshadow palettes. And to top it off, one of the eyeshadows from this list has gone missing. There's a bunch of swatches here so hopefully they are useful to you. If you know of any other great dupes, please let me know in the comments. 

mac nyx urban decay nars mufe coastal scents highend drugstore eyeshadow dupes sumptuous olive kalahari sable
mac nyx urban decay nars mufe coastal scents highend drugstore eyeshadow dupes sumptuous olive kalahari sable copper pot
mac nyx urban decay nars mufe coastal scents highend drugstore eyeshadow dupes sumptuous olive kalahari sable
mac nyx urban decay nars mufe coastal scents highend drugstore eyeshadow dupes cranberry raisin berry flustered illamasqua

mac copperplate eyeshadow dupe swatch comparison nyx sos
Copperplate is slightly darker and less powdery. Both are nice quality eyeshadows.

mac sumptuous olive eyeshadow dupe swatch comparison nyx spellbound
These end up looking very very similar on the eyes. The main difference is that Spellbound looks more toned down and satin (not as metallic).

mac fig 1 eyeshadow dupe swatch comparison mufe 160 makeup forever
MAC Eyeshadow in Fig 1 ($15) // Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in 160 ($21)
160 is darker but both achieve pretty much the same look on the eyes. Fig 1 is easier to blend. 160 is MUFE's old eyeshadow version so you might be able to get it cheaper somewhere, who knows.

nars kalahari eyeshadow dupe swatch comparison mac sable urban decay toasted
I decided to compare these because a few readers said Sable and Toasted might be dupes for Kalahari. I've been looking for Kalahari dupes because I'm close to hitting pan and find NARS price per ounce quite expensive. Sadly, none of them are dupes for me. Kalahari is really metallic on the lids and that's something neither Toasted nor Sable can imitate, specially Sable. Also, both are warmer in undertone (specially Sable). Regardless, all three are beautiful eyeshadows on their own right. 

** Note on Coastal Scents Steel Grey and Urban Decay Gunmetal: There is no side-by-side picture of these two products because I lost Steel Grey in a cat-related accident prior to photographing the swatches. Sorry! Gunmetal is from my Naked Palette. 

urban decay smog eyeshadow dupe swatch comparison coastal scents chai spice
Both are pigmented and easy to blend. Chai Spice has a lighter, more yellow undertone.

mac sumptuous olive eyeshadow dupe swatch comparison coastal scents gypsy green
Gypsy Green is lighter and less olive. It's also less pigmented.

mac amber lights eyeshadow dupe swatch coastal scents copper pot comparison
These look incredibly similar in the pan but when swatched Copper Pot looks more orange. Both have a similar formula. Copper Pot is a bit crumblier.

mufe 311 dupe eyeshadow makeup forever coastal scents vintage burgundy swatch
Coastal Scents Eyeshadow in Vintage Burgundy ($2) // Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in 311 ($20)
I think this is probably the truest dupe in my collection. 311 is a bit more glittery but they look almost identical on the lids.

mac cranberry eyeshadow dupe nyx flustered coastal scents raisin berry drugstore swatch
Raisin Berry and Flustered are the closest although all are pretty similar. Cranberry is the brightest. 

illamasqua daemon eyeshadow dupe swatch coastal scents red pomegranate
Both are great matte red eyeshadows. Pomegranate Red has a pink undertone while Daemon is a truer primary red. 

I hope this helped you find cheaper alternatives for expensive eyeshadows. Let me know in the comments if you have discovered any great dupes.


  1. This post has added a lot of items to my wish list :D
    Lovely dupes, some are super similar!
    xo, Jessie

  2. Awesome post! Lots of great dupes. I've never tried anything from Coastal Scents but they seem to have gorgeous shadows!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  3. Cant wait for your post on coastal scents eyeshadows x

    1. I already published that post before this one

  4. Some absolutely gorgeous colours! I have never seen a red like that! So nice.
    x x | daisydaisyxxo

  5. This is so useful!
    I can't believe how competitive NYX are as a brand
    Leanne xx

  6. Great dupes! Didn't realize Sable and Toasted were so similar!

    She Likes to Shop

  7. coco, you've outdone yourself! this was such a helpful post, especially with the kalahari dupes.
    also "cat related accident" is something i know all too well. i have a lipstick with bite marks all over it. also, when EOS was a staple in my house, there were plenty of dog related accidents with that.

    brooke | brooke elise beauty

    1. Hahaha, omg. My cats loved using EOS balls as toys x

  8. This is such a useful post! Thank you!


  9. I am loving this blog post ! The photos are amazing !


  10. I absolutely love these types of posts! Just added a lot of things to my wish list :)

    Jordan Alice

  11. Ahh yes, this looks amazing! Great dupes! Especially the red eyeshadows! I've been searching for them everywhere and these look amazing! Thanks! <3

    xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin'

  12. Thank you for this! I love dupes posts so much. x


  13. Awesome post Coco. I really need to check out NYX and Coastal Scents x

  14. These are some great dupes. Really useful post! Thanks.

  15. This is so super helpful, Coco! Thanks so much for such a thorough post. I really think I need MAC Sable :)



  16. Great Post


  17. Great comparison post, Coco! This is so helpful! Thank you! You've got me wanting to break out the MAC Cranberry immediately, lol!

  18. just now seeing this post, and its amazing! i have been wanting to order coastal scents palettes for the longest time but i never knew what to order! this post helps!

    xo, Amy

  19. Wow - this post was REALLY helpful!
    A dupe I recently became aware of:
    Makeup Geek "Petal Pusher" ~ MAC "Quarry"


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