Obviously I’m constantly on the lookout for great & affordable beauty products. Every so often, I stumble upon a product really similar to a higher end alternative. Beauty product dupes are everywhere! So, whenever I come across any, my first thought is to share on the blog. In fact, my most popular post ever is this Foreo Luna Dupe post. I also shared other dupes (including a dupe for the holy grail Becca Champagne Pop highlighter) here.
Since then I’ve found another round of beauty product dupes to share with you. These dupes are primarily dupes for high end formulas/results, not necessarily colors. But, no worries, I will break it down for you below. Let’s all hope I can come up with something more creative than: they are literally the same thing. I have the thesaurus open here… same, identical, alike, twins, equivalent, comparable…. I’m ready.
Milani Eye Shadow Primer -$5.99 vs Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion– $20
I’ll start by saying that if you aren’t using an eye shadow primer already, you need to get one ASAP. It makes a huge difference in how eye shadow applies and wears. My favorite eye shadow primer has always been the Urban Decay Primer Potion. However, once I ran out I decide to give a few drugstore ones a spin. The Milani Eye Shadow Primer is by far the best and most similar drugstore product to the Primer Potion. The color and texture is almost exactly the same. But, the best part? It performs just as well. I haven’t purchased the UD Primer Potion since I discovered the Milani one. Plus, one tube lasts a pretty long time!
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion – $17 vs Kate Somerville Eradikate – $26
This dupe is by far the most similar to the high end product. The bottle literally looks the same.
I’ve used the Eradikate acne treatment for a while to shorten the lifespan of pesky zits. Although it’s not the miracle worker it claims to be, it definitely helps control inflammation and dry them out. However, Mario Badescu makes an identical product for a slightly lower price so I’ve been giving it a go.
Honestly I can’t even tell the difference. Looking at the ingredients, the Eradikate is 10% sulfur and zinc oxide while the Drying Lotion is sulfur, zinc oxide and calamine.
The look the same, the ingredients are mostly the same and they work the same. Sticking to the Drying Lotion from now on.
The Ordinary Lactic Acid Serum – $8 vs Sunday Riley Good Genes – $105
It’s no secret that I love the Good Genes lotion. But, jeez $105 every few months? I couldn’t keep doing it. So, after searching high and low for an alternative, I settled for The Ordinary’s Lactic Acid Serum. Even though they aren’t exactly the same product, they have the same active ingredient – lactic acid. The Ordinary’s product is a clear serum instead of a milky lotion, but the ingredients is ultimately what counts.
I actually found The Ordinary’s serum less irritating and more hydrating than Good Genes. Further, it doesn’t have that annoying lemongrass smell!
So basically, for $8 I’m getting the same with results, with less irritation and no annoying smell. If you haven’t checked out The Ordinary’s products, you should take a look. Their whole philosophy is effective clinical technology (they make a big deal out of making sure their products are at the ideal ph level). In addition, all of their products are free of parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, formaldehyde, mercury & oxybenzone. Lastly, they do not test on animals.
Wet N Wild Color Icon Bronzer in Ticket to Brazil – $3.97 vs Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant Light – $46
Again, here’s another high end product that I LOVE. I know I have at least 3 blog posts professing my love for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders. But, as Kathleen Lights would say – DAS ESSPENSIV.
I wasn’t actually trying to find a dupe for these. I’d already accepted the fact that I would be paying $45 for face powder.
But then I came across Wet N Wild’s Color Icon Bronzer in Ticket to Brazil. Say what? The Hourglass powders are finishing powders and the Wet N Wild is a bronzer. How could they be dupes?
I don’t know how to explain it, but they are. When I first applied the bronzer, it immediately reminded me of one of the Hourglass powders. Radiant Light is actually one of the darkest of the ambient lighting powders. So dark that I only ever used it as a very subtle bronzer. The Ticket to Brazil bronzer is almost identical in shade and goes on like a very subtle and luminous glow. It’s not the type of bronzer you could contour with since it’s so sheer and subtle.
When swatching on my hand, Radiant Light looks a bit more orange toned while Ticket to Brazil has a pinkier undertone. However, on the skin, they look the same. The Wet N Wild bronzer will get a lot of use the next few months. I love that thing.
Essence Make Me Brow – $2.99 vs. Benefit Gimme Brow – $24
This is probably one of the most popular dupes out there. Before Benefit changed it’s brow product packaging these even looked the same. Both are brow volumizing gels with little fibers that help fill in sparse areas on the brows. Obviously I can only speak to the dark brown colors for both brands, but these are basically the same. The brushes are the same size and shape, the formula feels and looks the same, and the color is identical.
Although this isn’t my favorite type of brow formula, I use both (interchangeably) when going for a very natural and fluffy brow look. I’ve even used one on each brow to test whether they are the same. Spoiler alert: they are.
Save your money, buy the $2.99 Essence Make Me Brow, especially if you’ve never even tried Benefit’s Gimme Brow.
Have you tried any of these products? Any other good dupes I should know about?
As always, I’m linking up with with the ladies at Carolina Charm, Meet At The Barre, A Cup of Tea ,The Slaughters sand September Farm for today’s Five on Friday. Make sure to check out their Five’s on the links above.
Have a great weekend!