Before we start, I know people get really sensitive about the use of the word “dupe”.
To be honest, I’m a little guilty of it too. Every time someone says the Real Techniques Sponge is a dupe for the Beauty Blender it sends me into a Hulk rage.
So, here are a few disclaimers.
The products in this post are only meant to serve as an affordable alternative to the high end brands. I am not saying that they are exact replicas of the expensive stuff, but the idea is that the results you would get are similar.
Not everyone can afford to spend tons of money on makeup and skincare and I love that there are now good quality affordable alternatives to a lot of good expensive stuff.
One more thing, I have tried most of the expensive versions of these products. However, there are a few where I have only tried the cheaper versions, but the general consensus in the beauty blogosphere is that these products are dupes/similar. I will state which ones are which, where necessary, and I will link my sources.
Let’s start with Make Up Revolution
Makeup Revolution Dupes.
Makeup Revolution is a brand that dupes high end products. That is pretty much what the brand is known for. Here are some of my top dupes from them:
1. Makeup Revolution Luxury Banana Powder vs High End Banana Powders:
This was created as a dupe for the Ben Nye Banana Powder, and I have used both, so in my opinion, they are quite similar and they do the same thing. I feel like it is also similar to the Sacha Buttercup powder, as well as the Beauty Bakerie Yellow Flour and the Kat von D Golden Brightening Powder. Basically, if you’re looking for a good affordable banana powder, you can’t go wrong with this.
2. Makeup Revolution Shimmer Bricks vs Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks:
Bobbi Brown pretty much put shimmer bricks on the map, but at around $40 they are kind of expensive. Makeup Revolution offers shimmer bricks for $6 and they come in a wide range of shades.
3. Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighters:
Don’t these just remind you of the CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops? Except instead of costing over $40, the Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighters cost only £6.
The Ordinary Dupes
Moving on from Makeup Revolution, let’s focus on another brand that makes really awesome affordable stuff…
4. The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% 30ml (~$10) vs Drunk Elephant BabyFacial 50ml ($80)
I love chemical exfoliants, so when Drunk Elephant launched their Sukari Babyfacial Which contains 25% AHAs and 2% BHAs, I was so excited to try it out, but while I was saving up and debating, The Ordinary launched their much cheaper chemical peel, called The Ordinary AHA 30% BHA 2% Peeling Solution. I opted to try the cheaper one from The Ordinary and I love it. It is one of my favourite products from them. You can see my review of The Ordinary AHA 30% BHA 2% Peeling Solution here, that post contains an ingredient comparison between it and the Drunk Elephant Sukari Babyfacial, as well as why I think The Ordinary AHA 30% BHA 2% Peeling Solution is a worthwhile alternative to it.
PS: Drunk Elephant says to follow their Sukari BabyFacial with their Marula Oil. I always follow The Ordinary AHA 30% BHA 2% Peeling Solution with The Ordinary Rose Hip Seed Oil to calm and soothe my skin and to prevent any irritation that could occur from using such an intense product.
5. The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution (~$10) vs Pixi Glow Tonic ($30)
I love the Pixi Glow Tonic . I have used it for years. But I was curious to see how it compares to The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution. I would not say that these are exact dupes. For one thing the Pixi Glow Tonic contains 5% glycolic acid where The Ordinary glycolic acid toning solution contains 7% glycolic acid. Also the Pixi Glow Tonic can be used up to twice a day both day and night. The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Toning solution can not be used more than once a day. However despite all these differences I still think the Ordinary Glycolic Acid Toning Solution is a good affordable alternative to the Pixi Glow Tonic. They are both really good chemical exfoliants. Even though I can use the Pixi Glow Tonic more frequently than I can use The Ordinary one, I feel like I get similar results from both products.
6. The Ordinary Marula Oil (~$10) vs Drunk Elephant Marula Oil ($72)
I love how Gothamista compared these two oils in this video. Again, this is one of those dupes where I personally haven’t tried either but I always hear bloggers comparing the two.
Marula oil is not necessarily the best for oily, acne prone skin, so I will not personally be testing either of those out. I love The Ordinary Rose Hip Seed Oil for myself. But I digress.
According to that video, if you’re on a budget, The Ordinary Marula Oil is in fact a great dupe for the Drunk Elephant Marula Oil.
7. The Ordinary Lactic 10% vs Sunday Riley Good Genes
Okay so this is yet another one of those where I haven’t tried the expensive product. To be fair I haven’t even tried the cheaper version either, but I keep seeing these two products compared, so here is a lovely post from someone who has tried them both and gave a fair and concise review. Sounds like The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% is a worthwhile alternative to the Sunday Riley Good Genes if you’re on a budget.
Also be sure to check out The Ordinary Regimen Guide to see how to pair and use products because there are some products that are not meant to be used together, such as retinols/retinoids and direct acids like lactic acid.
Misusing products can be irritating to your skin, so make sure you’re pairing the right products in your regimen and using them correctly.
8. Bad Habit Aphrodite Palette ($10) vs Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette($65)
The Huda Beauty Rose Gold palette is stunning! But if you’re not quite ready to part with $65 over it, you can get the same results using Bad Habits Aphrodite palette which costs only $10.
9. ColourPop No Filter Concealer ($6) vs Kat von D Lock It Concealer ($26)
These have a very similar finish and consistency, and the ColourPop one is actually less prone to creasing! Although, the Kat von D Lock It Concealer has a wider shade range and better undertones.
10. Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder – Deep ($9) vs Laura Mercier Translucent Medium Deep Powder ($38)
I’ve talked all about this here.
Wet n Wild Photofocus Foundation ($6) vs Estée Lauder Double Wear ($40)
I dedicated an entire video to this, so watch it to find out my thoughts.
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