After a feature on the affordable beauty products that I love just as much as their high-end counterparts, I had an influx of questions coming from friends and colleagues about what other beauty dupes were lurking on the shelves of the high street. Well, it turns out there are plenty.
Today, I'm going to be honing in on skincare—mainly because when it comes to my beauty routine, this is what most of my dosh goes on. Skin is big business in the industry, and generally, I think there's a perception that spending more money on a skincare product means that it will work more effectively. Well, friends, I'm here to tell you otherwise.
While there are plenty of luxury skincare options in my regular routine, I've also found a fair amount of affordable alternatives for when you don't want to splash the cash. Who knows? You just might find a new favourite.
Keep scrolling to shop the high-end skincare products that I love and their budget skincare dupes that are just as good.
Another glycolic acid treatment that will remove impurities and brighten your face. At over half of the price of Pixi's, it has to be worth a try, right? This has a higher concentration, so be careful if you've got more sensitive skin.
After big nights out or on particularly bleary-eyed mornings, these are the ultimate de-puffing eye solutions. They feel incredibly cool whether you've put them in the fridge or not and do a great job of fading dark circles and brightening tired eyes in just a few minutes.
This cult-classic lip balm provides that same rosy tint as By Terry but at a fraction of price. Admittedly, the texture isn't the same as its pricier counterpart, but it gets the job done and is great for chapped lips. Plus, it's a bit easier to carry around with you.
I've spoken about my love of Drunk Elephant before, and this serum is one of my favourites. Yes, it is pricey, but when I use it a couple of times a week, it does an amazing job of evening out my skin tone and reducing the appearance of blemishes.
This actually has a higher concentration of AHAs than the pricier Drunk Elephant version, so if you want a really intense solution to battling blemishes and evening skin tone, then try this. Be warned, though: This stuff is strong, so stick to using it only a couple of times a week.
The thing that people love most about Shani Darden's formula is that it doesn't irritate skin—something that retinol is known for. However, this brilliant retinol from No7 is seriously gentle too and is less than half the price. It's affordable anti-ageing at its finest.
One of the best-selling skincare brands in the U.S., Peter Thomas Roth provides seriously hardworking skincare solutions for every complexion need. This intensely hydrating moisturiser is ideal for days when your skin is feeling particularly parched.
This No7 version really delivers in terms of providing a hint of radiant coverage, and it contains SPF 15. It helps in protecting your skin against pollution and other skin-damaging nasties. A great option if you live in the city.
This has to be one of the most iconic serums in the world, and in fact, it was the first serum ever formulated. At its core, it's a hyaluronic acid–based serum that restores moisture to your skin overnight and diminishes fine lines and pores.
Undoubtedly, this budget moisturiser won't have as luxurious an ingredient list as the La Mer. However, this old classic really does deliver similar results. It's intensely hydrating, has a similar texture and also leaves skin plump and glowing. It's definitely not for those with congestion-prone skin, but neither is Crème de la Mer.