Dupe Alert! A Surprising Dupe to Estee Lauder’s Most Famous Mascara

Is there anything better than a good makeup dupe? Meet an exciting (and surprising) mascara dupe for one of the most POPULAR mascara’s of all time, Estee Lauder’s Sumptuous Extreme! 

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara Dupe - Dream in Lace

I’ve gone through more tubes of Estee Lauder’s Sumptuous Extreme mascara than I can count. The stuff is LEGENDARY, and rightly so. Within seconds, your eyelashes have been entirely transformed to with extreme volume and length for days. Sometimes, I feel like the mascara is going to take my eyelashes all the way up to my eyebrows.

I mean, woah. It’s impressive.

But at $27.50 a pop, it wouldn’t be a bad thing to find a much cheaper alternative – now would it? That’s where you’re in luck!

Meet the Sumptuous Extreme Mascara Dupe!

ULTA Mascara Dupe for Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme

That’s right! Ulta’s Plush Drama mascara is virtually identical to the Sumptuous Extreme mascara. Surprise!

Is Ulta Beauty an Unsung Hero?

Among us beauty lovers, Ulta is a name frequently at the tip of our tongues. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has racked up quite a few rewards points. What’s really great about Ulta is the mixture of higher end and drugstore products, plus they have some killer bath and body gems that I seriously can’t live without. (But that’s for another day.)

What you don’t often here though is anyone spilling the dirt on Ulta’s very own cosmetics line. We seem to walk straight passed it on our way to Tarte, NYX, etc. Perhaps that’s a mistake.

A while back, I picked up the Ulta Plush Drama mascara and LOVED it. Then, it fell to the back of my mascara drawer and I sort of forgot about it. 

Until recently, that is, when I decided to give the Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme mascara a break and reached once again for this little Ulta wonder. On applying, it whacked in me the face like a ton of bricks. Hello? Mascara dupe alert, indeed.

ULTA Mascara Dupe for Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme

The Perfect Mascara Dupe? Let’s Break it Down

In terms of discovering a mascara dupe, the wand is always a GREAT place to start. And the wands between the Plush Drama and Sumptuous Extreme mascaras are very similar – practically identical. The slight difference is the Ulta mascara has slightly less plush spools on the applicator. But trust me when I say:

The results are the exact same!

Estee Lauder’s mascara has no doubt become a cult favorite because of its extraordinary ability to make your lashes look like MEGA-lashes. If your eyelashes are more sparse or flat, the mascara works miraculously to lift them to new heights – all with a smudge-proof formula that doesn’t bleed, at all. 

Onto the Formula

Beyond the applicator, a mascara’s formula is of the utmost importance. If you’ve every tried Estee Lauder’s Sumptuous Extreme you’ll know that the formula is pleasantly wet. For some people, that’s a bit of a turn of – but I happen to love a wetter formula because:

  1. They last longer
  2. They deliver more length 

Fortunately, at a fraction of the cost, the Ulta Plush Drama mascara’s formula is every bit as good. Your lashes will literally REACH FOR THE HEAVENS! And who doesn’t want that?

Onto the Price

Of course the whole PERK of finding a great makeup dupe is identifying cheaper products that deliver the same results as their more-expensive counterparts. At $27.50 a tube, Estee Lauder is definitely more pricey than your average drugstore mascara. Ulta’s Plush Drama rings up at a much kinder $10.50. That’s a savings of $17 and 62%! Talk about a winning mascara dupe.

Bonus: Right now, the Ulta Plush Drama is on sale for ONLY $4. That’s a $23.50 savings from the Estee Lauder mascara and 86% savings. Wow, wow.

ULTA Mascara Dupe for Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme

A Winning Mascara Dupe

When you stumble upon a good makeup dupe, it’s honestly like hitting the jackpot and I’m excited to track down even MORE dupes to share with you guys. I’m particularly eager to find a great dupe for the YSL Baby Doll mascara, because that mascara is seriously MY FAV – but comes at a high price tag. I’m definitely going to keep my eyes and ears open to share a dupe on that soon. The hunt is on!

Want another great dupe? One of my favs of all favs is one for the famous NARS Radiant Creamy concealer. You won’t believe how AMAZING the drugstore counterpart is. Check that post out, here!

As always, thank you SO much for reading and I hope this sparked your interest in finding cheap makeup dupes for yourself. If you know of any great ones, be sure to share below in the comments. Sharing is caring, after all!

Now – I’m off to ice some vegan Easter cupcakes that will soon be making their way to Dream in Lace (and my tummy). Stay tuned for that! xo


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Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara ($27.50)

Ulta Plush Drama Mascara ($10.99)

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