5 Cheaper Alternatives for High End Beauty Products

5 Cheaper Alternatives for High End Beauty Products
5 Cheaper Alternatives for High End Beauty Products

Dear makeup– don’t you ever get to thinking you’re irreplaceable.

Glossier super pure serum dupe

5 Cheaper Alternatives for High End Beauty Products | Glossier Super Pure alternative The Ordinary Niacinamide and Zinc serum

5 Cheaper Alternatives for High End Beauty Products

5 Cheaper Alternatives for High End Beauty Products

Stila Patina liquid lipstick dupe and alternative

5 Cheaper Alternatives for High End Beauty Products | Stila Patina liquid lipstick and Sephora Collection 13 Marvelous Mauve

5 Cheaper Alternatives for High End Beauty Products

I love finding drugstore beauty dupes for high end makeup products, but even though these aren’t exactly drugstore products, they’re great alternatives that will save you some money. And, who doesn’t want that?

MAC 163 contour brush

I love MAC brushes, but they are very pricey. Luckily, ELF’s contouring brush is a really great dupe. It’s only $6 and it blends product beautifully. You definitely don’t need to spend $30+ to get a good contour. [MAC contour brush available at MAC; Elf Contouring Brush available at Target, Ulta, and Walgreens]

Sunday Riley Good Genes

Lactic acid is such a good ingredient if you’re trying to get rid of uneven skin tone and scarring. Good Genes is one of the most popular lactic acid treatments on the market, but it will set you back a hefty $105. The things we do for good skin, eh? Luckily, it’s not the only lactic acid treatment on the market. The Ordinary’s 10% Lactic Acid serum is much more affordable at under $7. I’m currently testing out both so keep a look out for a comparison post! [ Sunday Riley available at Sephora, Nordstrom, Cult Beauty, Space NK, Barneys ; The Ordinary available on their website]

Glossier Super Pure serum

This serum is a mixture of Niacinamide and Zinc, and it’s not too expensive at $28 a bottle. Both ingredients are great for the skin, but The Ordinary’s Niacinamide and Zinc serum is only $6 and you get double the amount of product. Look out for a comparison post between these 2 as well! [Glossier available here; The Ordinary available here]

YSL Peach Passion

This peachy lipstick is beautiful, and one of my go to’s during spring/summer, but it’s not super wallet friendly. Stila’s Peach Blossom is a spot on dupe that’s not exactly cheap, but it will save you some money, and has the same color payoff. [YSL available at Sephora, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue; Stila available at Sephora, Dillard’s, Ulta, Boots

Stila Patina

This was my first liquid lipstick, and it’s still a favorite to this day. It’s a beautiful mauvey color that’s perfect for everyday. It’s not drying and it’s long lasting. But, Sephora Collection’s 13 Marvelous Mauve is a spot on alternative. The formula is smooth, creamy, opaque and non drying. [Stila available at Sephora, Ulta, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Dillard’s, Cult Beauty; Sephora Collection available at Sephora]

Have you tried any of these products? Let me know in the comments below!

Follow me: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube


Shop This Post:

♥ ♥ ♥

5 Cheaper Alternatives for High End Beauty Products

5 Cheaper Alternatives for High End Beauty Products

  • Yesss please do comparisons for The Ordinary!! I’m 1/3 of the way through Super Pure so I wanna know if I should just get the alternative next time around! Also have been interested in SR good genes for a while so if there’s a cheaper alternative I’m game.

    I always think it’s great to find cheaper versions of things, although I’ll admit that I often splurge because i like the higher end product sitting on my vanity. Or just because packaging is much more enticing haha.

    Cindy | http://www.cindyhyue.com

    • Hahah I’m the same way! If it looks pretty sitting on my vanity or in pics, I will spend money on it. It’s such a bad habit. I will definitely do a comparison on the serums!

  • I absolutely love Good Genes, but the pricetag is a bit steep for me! I look forward to your full comparison post as you test out the cheaper alternative! The elf contour brush looks like a great buy as well.

    xoxo Jenn │ Beauty by Jellybean

    • The ELF contour brush is so good :). Will definitely do a full comparison! I love me a good comparison lol

  • I’m looking forward to your Good Genes comparison! xx

    Beautylymin| LuxuryFragranceBundleGiveaway

  • Loved this post! I really like a good dupe too as long as it’s not missing the good ingredients.

    • Yes! I feel like it’s hard to find a complete dupe in skincare, but you can certainly find some alternatives.

  • I want to try The Ordinary products!


  • Wildfire Charm

    Amazing dupes! Especially for patina! I’ve been looking for that one x


  • I’m looking forward to read your comparison post about the Sunday Riley Good Genes and Ordinary Lactic Acid Serum, I also really need to try some Sephora Collection liquid lipsticks!


  • This is such a great post! I am all over that Lactic Acid serum, you better believe it. Thanks for sharing these dupes, I love you for this! Hope you’re having a great weekend Nida xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    • Haha thanks hun! I’m glad you liked it :). Hope you had a lovely holiday weekend!

  • Dom

    I loved your suggestions especially For Patina and YSL’s Peach Passion!


  • i love Elf brushes ! no need to buy a lot of expensive makeup and tools because sometimes a 6$ tool can do the magic !

  • The Ordinary 10% Lactic Acid serum breaks me out bad when used by itself even though my skin is no stranger to acid so I need to try using a drop mixed with my serum. Hopefully I have better luck with it. I have Marvellous Mauve and it’s beautiful!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Aww that sucks! It hasn’t broken me out once and actually makes my skin look better. Hopefully mixing it in with your serum helps.

  • These are all great suggestions. I have been hearing some fantastic things about The Ordinary so I think I’m gonna check them out. Looking forward to your comparisons. x

    Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com

  • Bernadette
  • This post is soooo incredibly helpful! I’ve heard a lot about ordinary skincare and cannot wait to pick a few items up, especially now as I need more to my skincare routine cause I seem to be breaking out a lot more frequently :(

    Iqra | The Blushing Giraffe x