Affordable Skincare Dupes–Are They Worth It?
I think so. By now, we’re all aware of how marked up the cost of most of the items we buy is. We know that brands are able to charge more by virtue of their name and reputation. In fact, some brands use high prices to influence consumers into thinking the brand is amazing. So much research goes into pricing products, and often the quality of the product is not the main factor. You don’t always get what you pay for–even when the product costs an fuckton.
To be fair, not all expensive products are ripoffs and not all affordable items are good dupes. Today, however, I’m talking about the skincare dupes I’ve experimented with that I think are totally worth it. Some are even better than the luxury version, in my opinion.
The Ordinary Dupes
The Ordinary is one of the most talked about and hyped up brands in the skincare world at the moment. I wrote an entire brand experience post covering all of the products of theirs I have tried. If you’re looking for affordable skincare dupes to some of the most popular luxury products, this is the brand to check out.
The Ordinary 100% Cold Pressed Marula Oil $9.90 is a great dupe to the incredibly expensive Marula Oil by Drunk Elephant $72. I’ve tried them both and personally cannot tell much of a difference. The Drunk Elephant Marula Oil is a touch thicker, but the effect is the same. I think Drunk Elephant is a great brand, but the prices they charge can be a bit outrageous for what they’re selling.
Pai’s Rosehip Oil $40 is semi-new to me. I’ve been testing it out for the past few weeks and have been enjoying it. Rosehip Seed Oil is one of my favorite oils to use for my sensitive and sometimes acne prone skin. It’s a light, non-greasy oil loaded with anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. If you have acne, eczema, or dry patchy flakes Rosehip seed oil is great for soothing and balancing. I even use it on my scalp. The Ordinary’s Rosehip Seed Oil $9.80 differs from the Pai version a tad in viscosity, but they’re both effective soothing and brightening oils. If you can’t or don’t feel like shelling out for the Pai version, grab The Ordinary’s.
Lastly, The Ordinary’s Vitamin C Suspension 23% + 2% HA Spheres $5.80 is a great dupe to yet another Drunk Elephant product. The C-Firma Day Serum $80 is Drunk Elephant’s well loved vitamin C serum. C-Firma is actually a blended serum of more than just vitamin C–it contains pumpkin ferment, pomegranate extract, and Chronocyclin. If you live in a big city, C-Firma is a great option for it’s anti-pollutant ingredients. However, if $80 is too much to spend on a daily serum, I really recommend The Ordinary’s version. It’s the one I have repurchased multiple times, despite my love for C-Firma. Personally speaking, the visible effects of the two are the same.
The Vintner’s Daughter Dupe
This one might be controversial. In the past year, people have gone absolutely fucking nuts over Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum $185. I finished an entire bottle and while I enjoyed it, I didn’t think it was a miraculous life changing bottle of product worth $185. If I’m being totally honest here, I think the hype machine and image play a huge role in how effective people perceive products to be. Spend $185 on a beautiful bottle of a super hyped-up product and you’ll do all you can to justify it to yourself. I’ve been there. Truth is, sometimes the idea that a product is amazing is so appealing that we delude ourselves into thinking it’s the greatest thing ever.
I don’t think this is the greatest thing ever. I think it works, I think it smells divine. The glow it gives is good, but not life-changing as some people would have you believe. One of my best beauty discoveries of 2017 is Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate $46, which also happens to be an excellent dupe of Vintner’s Daughter. The Daily Reviving Concentrate is a lot lighter than Vintner’s Daughter, but much more hydrating. It effectively brightens, layers well with other creams and lotions, and smoothes out fine lines. The scent is a bit more bright (read–citrusy) than I enjoy, but it’s all natural ingredients (no added fragrance) so I can accept it. Luckily, it fades pretty quickly.
So that’s all for this round of dupes! I have some more up my sleeve, but I’ll save those for another day. I hope you enjoyed this post and that you decide to try out some of these dupes. Make sure to follow my socials to stay up to date with all the happenings–Instagram//Twitter//Pinterest//Bloglovin.
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