Shopping for beauty products is one of those important rituals that can really go a long way towards helping with your self-care routine and general sense of well-being.
Unfortunately, it can also be expensive as hell.
Fortunately, I’ve got you covered. Here are some inexpensive dupes for those pricey beauty products you always eye but can never afford. This way, you can look like a million bucks without actually spending a million bucks:
15. Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream ($21.99) has ingredients that are just as good as the Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Cream ($112), but it’s way more cost-effective.
Because an anti-aging product that’s going to cause you financial stress is pretty much defeating its own purpose.
14. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Gel Moisturizer ($14.99) has a consistency and moisture level that’s extremely similar to the Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb ($38).
Perfect for those steamy summer days!
13. Thrifty gals should definitely be putting the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer ($6.17) in their purses instead of the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($30).
It even has the same doe-foot applicator, so you get all the benefits.
12. A spritz of the Dove Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo ($3.59) is just as effective as the more expensive Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo ($23).
It’s dry shampoo — don’t spend more than $10 on it.
11. NYX Professional Makeup Micro Brow Pencil ($6.99) is a dead ringer for the cult favorite Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz ($21).
From the narrow pencil to the little spoolie, this product really is an exact lookalike.
10. L’Oréal Colour Riche Palette in Nude ($15.99) is comparable to Urban Decay’s Naked Palette ($54) in both shades and consistency, but it’s a fraction of the price.
Super blendable, and super affordable.
9. Milani Stay Put Brow Color ($6.47) is a much savvier buy than the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade ($18).
The best part? The Milani version actually comes with the brush, whereas the Anastasia brush costs an extra $18.
8. The E.L.F. Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer ($5.93) is so cheap and effective, you can forego the more costly Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion ($24).
As some who goes through a lot of this, trust me: you want the cheap version.
7. Thank goodness for Maybelline’s Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation ($5.22), which is an uncanny alternative for Chanel’s Ultrawear Flawless Foundation ($60).
Who knew you could have been enjoying cheap foundation this entire time??
6. The brushes in the Moda Prismatic Perfecting Kit ($28) are makeup artist-approved, so no need to spend oodles on the popular Artis Elite Mirror Brush Set ($170).
Cost-effective AND they look like mermaid utensils? Gimme.
5. The classic Coty Airspun Translucent Extra Coverage Face Powder ($17) is even better and less caky than the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder ($38).
Plus, the retro (i.e., original) packaging is totally delightful.
4. The NYX Epic Ink Liner ($7.97) will stay put and give you a great cat-eye, just like Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner ($20).
Especially handy if you feel kind of weird about supporting Kat Von D now.
3. Wet n Wild’s Mega Last Liquid Catsuit Lipsticks ($3.85) are wonderful alternatives to the wildly popular Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks ($18).
So cheap, you can get a whole array of colors!
This shimmery shade might be worth an elevated price tag — but that doesn’t mean you have to pay it.
1. MISSHA Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence ($30) is a much more budget-friendly version of the super-luxe SK-II Facial Treatment Essence ($179).
Finally! You can have a luxury skincare experience without spending money like you’re a celebrity! (Which you aren’t — yet.)