Love everything beauty-related but not quite ready to splurge on high-end luxury skincare and makeup? Fret not! If you’re constantly on the hunt for the best dupes and beauty steals that work as well as the pricier contemporaries in the market, look no further. We’ve compiled 16 skincare and makeup dupes that will give you almost the same glowing results—but at a fraction of the price.
La Mer Moisturiser vs Trader Joe’s Ultra Hydrating Gel Moisturizer
La Mer’s bestselling Crème de la Mer comes with a whopping USD325 price tag, but if you’re not ready to spent one third of a grand on a moisturiser, try Trader Joe’s Ultra Hydrating Gel Moisturiser. At USD50, the water-based formula has skin-soothing ingredients such as aloe leaf juice, green tea, birch leaf and milk thistle extracts. Not to mention, sodium hyaluronate, the salt version of hyaluronic acid that locks in skin’s natural moisture without a greasy finish.
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence vs Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence
You’ve heard about Japanese luxury beauty brand SK-II’s Pitera-infused essence—that celebs including Cate Blanchett use, but at USD179, it isn’t the most affordable skin nourishing essence around the block. Enter Korean beauty brand Secret Key’s Starting Treatment Essence. Its version of Pitera is fermented Galactomyces yeast—jam-packed with amino acids, vitamins and carbs to nourish the skin. Priced at USD18, it’s the perfect essence to include to your skincare regime.
Herbivore Lapis Facial Oil vs Acure Seriously Soothing Blue Tansy Night Oil
Herbivore Botanicals’ Lapis Facial Oil is great but have you tried Acure’s version that is equally as good (and easy on the wallet?) The oil has blue tansy, rose, kale, argan oil, kukui oil and yarrow that soothes and refreshes fatigued skin. Swap it with your night cream for a serious dose of hydration before your beauty sleep. It is also 100% vegan, and free of parabens, sulfates, mineral oils, petrolatum and silicone.
Fresh Soy Face Cleanser vs Coxrx Low pH Good Morning Cleanser
Maintaining your skin’s pH is integral in ensuring that the good bacteria and natural oils will not be stripped away. COSRX’s low-pH formula gel cleanser does all of that, and more by gently cleansing skin, removing makeup and oil-based residue with a skin-safe pH of 5. Perfect for those who are looking for alternatives to Fresh’s Soy Face Cleanser.
Drunk Elephant Shaba Complex Eye Serum vs Benton Fermentation Eye Cream
Drunk Elephant’s eye serum is a bestseller for good reason, but so is Benton’s Fermentation Eye Cream that also has fermented hero ingredients to give your eyes a lifted effect. The latter has bifida ferment lysate and galactomyces ferment filtrate (both known in Korean skincare) to repair skin damage and hydrate skin. The formula also is packed with beta-glucans and adenosine to plump and smoothen out the eye area for brighter, youthful-looking eyes.
Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream vs Bliss Drench & Quench Cream-to-Water Hydrator
Like Peter Thomas Roth’s Water Drench cream, Bliss’ ultra-lightweight moisturiser does not feel like anything on the skin. But the upside is that it costs USD20—less than half the price of the former. One swipe of the formula on the skin and it imparts more than 10,000 marine micro-droplets for intense, all-day long hydration. The hypoallergenic and dermatologist-tested formula is also great for sensitive skin.
Shu Uemura Skin Purifier vs Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil
We are fans of Shu Uemura’s cleansing oils—who isn’t, really?—but if you’re looking for a steal that does an equally terrific job, try Kose Softymo’s Deep Cleansing Oil. This certified organic essential has five different oils (including macadamia nut oil, shea butter, olive oil, jojoba oil, sesame oil etc) to remove makeup and oil-based dirt effectively.
Becca Shimmering Perfector in Moonstone vs Colourpop Lunch Money
At only USD8, Colourpop’s popular highlighter is pretty much the best bet you can opt for for an ultimate glow that’s buildable, blendable, and buttery soft. If you’re a staunch fan of Becca’s Shimmering Perfector (which we totally get), try out Colourpop’s cheaper dupe just to find out the hype behind it (and also because you can never really have too many highlighters anyway).
Nars Orgasm vs Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso
The undisputed HG of all powder blushes has got to be Nars’ Orgasm—and we can attest to that. But if you are scouring for a dupe that can take your cheeks there at maybe a quarter of the price, get your hands on Milani’s Baked Blush in Luminoso. It’s richly pigmented and super buildable for those who like to use blush as a contour.
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream vs CoverGirl Clean Matte BB Cream
What’s oil-free, comfy on the skin, does not clog your pores and keeps your skin shine-free all day long? Two answers to this: It Cosmetics’ CC+ Cream and CoverGirl’s Clean Matte BB Cream. If you’re on the hunt for a water-based foundation that lets your skin breathe while making it look fab (without all the cakey layers), try CoverGirl’s USD7.99 option that does the job as well as It Cosmetics.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Palette in Subculture vs Revolution Beauty: Iconic Division
Revolution Beauty’s Iconic Division Palette bears an uncanny resemblance to Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Subculture Palette—and it’s pretty obvious. We love its high quality pigments and long-wearing formulations, plus it’s also cruelty-free (and so is ABH’s) but if you really want to pick on the differences, we’re all for Revolution Beauty’s version at only USD7 a pop—that’s six times cheaper than the ABH OG.
Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray vs Pixi Makeup Fixing Mist
Keep your makeup on all-day and night is key if you don’t wanna go home looking like a streaked, smeared raccoon. We’re fans of Urban Decay’s All-Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, but Pixi by Petra’s Makeup Fixing Mist also does a fab job of prolonging makeup wear and preventing it from moving, melting and settling. Extra points go to its rosewater and green tea-infused formula that smells more natural than UD’s.
Stila Liquid Eyeshadow vs ColourPop Supernova Shadow
Liquid eyeshadows that leave a gorgeous finish on the eyes (without smudging) come far and few between. But Colourpop’s Supernova Shadows are known for a couple of things: its high-impact long-wearing finish, and its versatility as a base, topper and standalone shade. It’s also termed as Stila’s Liquid Eyeshadow dupes for good reason.
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer vs Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Concealer
A little goes a long way with Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer—one very small swipe and the finish is akin to foundation. But if the price tag is putting you off, try Maybelline’s dupe in the form of the SuperStay Better Skin Concealer. It is 2-in-1 and has antioxidant benefits to correct skin tone, reduce the appearance of dark circles, spots, and imperfections—basically a skincare-makeup hybrid that treats your skin as well as enhances it.
MAC Lustre Lipstick in Syrup vs Essence Ultra Last Instant Colour Lipstick in 07 Natural Beauty
We can’t get over lipsticks that give the MLBB (my lips but better) look, with a hint of colour that’s super natural. MAC’s lustre lipstick in Syrup does all of that, but Essence’s Ultra Last Instant Colour Lipstick imparts the same shade at only USD4.99 (compared to a whopping USD18.5).
Fenty Beauty Body Lava vs The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil
Just when we thought RiRi couldn’t up the ante with her Fenty Beauty rollouts, the brand’s first face-and-body product proves us wrong. The Body Lava is amazing when it comes to leaving a golden/bronze/rose gold glow, but we also like The Body Shop’s shimmering dry oil at only USD22 (vs USD59). The finish is equally as gorgeous, with a honey-bronze, sun-kissed shimmer that hydrates and illuminates skin without leaving a greasy finish.
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