La Prairie, Chanel, Dior, Gucci, La Mer — what do all these beauty brands have in common? Each one offers high-end beauty products with price tags that can break the bank. And when you can’t really afford to spend an amount that rivals your weekly grocery bill on a face moisturizer or serum, it’s hard not to wonder how much of the cost of these luxury items can be attributed to the actual ingredients — and how much to pretty packaging and brand names.
If you’re a fan of luxury beauty products but your bank account isn’t, you’ve probably wished you could find comparable, but cheaper, items to save money. And while you won’t likely find budget beauty buys that are exactly the same as your high-end favorites, you can find alternatives that are pretty close — or at least that will serve as good substitutes. The best part? Some of these picks are super affordable beauty items with amazing reviews.
Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara
Never again will you have to shell out almost $30 for a tube of Lancome Hypnose Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara just to get the long, volumized lashes you want.
Instead, you can get those same lash benefits in a tube that costs just a fraction of the price of the high-end brand with essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara for under $5. The mascara has a 4.4 out of 5-star rating on Amazon with over 196,000 reviews.
Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream
If your dream facial moisturizer happens to be La Mer’s Creme de la Mer, which is a huge fan favorite, partly due to the healing giant sea kelp it contains, get ready to save big when it comes time to replenish your supply.
While a 1-ounce jar of Creme de la Mer costs $190 at Sephora, a great (and much, much cheaper) alternative is a 1-ounce jar of Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream, which retails for $22.
The Ordinary’s 10% Lactic Acid Serum
Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment helps improve the look of pores, dark circles, hyperpigmentation and dark spots. It’s also clinically proven to decrease fine lines and wrinkles. However, it’s pricy at $85 for 1 ounce. But you’re in luck. The Ordinary’s Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% Exfoliating Serum, which is also 1 ounce, won’t hurt your wallet at just $6.80. Bonus: More than one reviewer claims they wake up with a glow after using this serum.
E.L.F. Cosmetics Hydrating Water Essence
You’ll fork over $115 dollars each time you purchase an 8.4-ounce bottle of La Prairie Cellular Refining Lotion to remove lingering makeup and flush out your pores. However, that’s no small price to pay.
A cheaper choice is E.L.F. Cosmetics Hydrating Water Essence, which contains coconut water, algae and coffee and retails for around $17 for 5 ounces. Even though you don’t get as much product, you do get a lot of bang for your buck at only $3.40 per ounce versus $13.69.