I have a friend who swears by Philosophy’s “Hope in a Jar” moisturizer as her number one weapon in the war on aging. I’m fighting that battle, too, but I’m not willing to pay $39 for a 2 ounce bottle. And I never will, because I can find a cheaper knockoff that offers the same benefits for a fraction of that cost.
Some of the best-selling higher end beauty products can be duplicated with affordable drugstore replacements. It’s an ideal way to keep a bit of luxury in your beauty routine without paying a high price and without feeling like you are suffering by missing out on some of the hottest products.
Here are 10 money-saving beauty dupes:
Instead of: Benefit High Beam – $26 for .45 ounces
Use: Boots No. 7 High Lights Illuminating Lotion – $12.99 for 1 ounce
What it does: High Beam has been known for years as a go-to beauty secret to get a dewy, pinkish glow without looking clownish or overly made-up. It can be applied under traditional foundation for highlights under cheekbones or blended with foundation or moisturizer for all-over glow. Boots No. 7 offers the same results and nearly twice the quantity at half the cost.
Instead of: Philosophy Hope in Jar – $39 for 2 ounces
Use: St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer – $4.67 for 10 ounces
What it does: Hope in a Jar is known for its super-moisturizing ability and also promises to fill in tiny lines and reduce wrinkles. St. Ives makes the same promise and has several similar ingredients.
Instead of: Smashbox Photo Finish Primer – $36 for 1 ounce
Use: e.l.f. Mineral Primer – $6 for .49 ounces
What it does: Foundation primer has a gel-like consistency and is applied to the face before foundation to smooth out uneven surfaces. It gives the foundation staying power in addition to helping it glide on smoothly. These two primers earn similar reviews from users and deliver the same results.
Instead of: Viva la Juicy perfume – $70 for 1.7 ounces
Use: Forever Sunshine Fine Fragrance Mist by Bath and Body Works – $14 for 8 ounces
What it does: Both fragrances are described as sweet florals with hints of mandarin, berries, apricot and praline. The Bath and Body Works product lacks the fancy packaging but is described by reviewers as a similar fragrance, only slightly lighter.
Instead of: Estee Lauder BB Cream – $39 for 1 ounce
Use: Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream – $10.39 for 2.5 ounces
What it does: BB creams (short for Beauty Balm) are the hot alternative to fuller-coverage foundations, combining the benefits of a moisturizer with a light tint and coverage of a foundation. These products both include sunscreen and promise the hydration benefits of a traditional moisturizer.
Instead of: Benefit Hoola – $28 for .28 ounces
Use: New York Color Bronzer in Sunny – .33 ounces for $2.99
What it does: Bronzer is the best way to achieve a sun-kissed glow without the damage the comes from basking in the sun. The NYC bronzer is the exact same shade as the Benefit product and gets similar reviews for its natural, sheer appearance.
Instead of: Benefit High Brow Pencil – $20
Use: e.l.f. Eyebrow Lifter and Filler – $7.95
What it does: A good eyebrow pencil fills in bare spots and makes brows appear fuller without making them seen “drawn on.” The e.l.f. brand achieves both of these goals at a lower price; one end of the pencil is used to fill in bare areas, while the other end contains light reflecting pigments to highlight.
Rosemary Mint Shampoo and Conditioner
Instead of: Aveda – 8.5 ounces for $12 (shampoo or conditioner)
Use: Suave Professionals – $3.31 for 25.2 ounces (two-pack includes shampoo and conditioner)
What it does: Aveda’s Rosemary Mint shampoo and conditioner has been a longtime favorite choice for high-end hair salons because of all-natural ingredients and gentle treatment on the hair. Customers love it because it smells amazing. Suave’s formula earns high reviews for its great-smelling formula and gentle treatment on damaged hair and contains ingredients similar to the pricier Aveda product.
High-volume lash mascara
Instead of: Benefit BADgal Lash – $19
Use: Maybelline Great Lash Big – $4.44
What it does: An oversized wand helps create thick, lush eyelashes. Both products use a supersized wand to achieve thick, dramatic and dark lashes, but Maybelline’s version is more affordable and also happens to be rated as the best-selling mascara in the country.
Moroccan oil hair treatment
Instead of: Moroccanoil – $38.25 for 3.4 ounces
Use: Organix Moroccan Argan Oil – $7.99 for 3.3 ounces
What it does: Argan oil is an ingredient found in Moroccan oils that is used as a hair treatment to add shine and luster, boosting dull and damaged hair. Use the Organix brand to save money and get the same results as the higher-priced Moroccanoil brand; reviewers say it controls frizz and is a super conditioning treatment. Bonus: It smells great!