Alternatives for Cult Beauty Products: Budget Edition

In my first post on this subject, I researched the safety of several popular luxury beauty products and recommended safer, toxin-free alternatives from the Beautycounter line. This time, I'm recommending even more affordable alternatives, most of which can be found at your nearest Ulta, drugstore, or easily ordered online. I have personally bought and used all the budget options I recommended. So many luxury products are high-priced solely because of the brand name and packaging - a high price tag does not mean a cleaner, better product. Usually cheap fillers and parabens can be found in high end products (even Chanel) to keep profits high. However, very similar products can usually be found that perform as well or contain the same ingredients at a much lower price.


  1. Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream ($21)  ⇄  Aquaphor ($3-8)
  2. Tata Harper Beautifying Face Oil ($48)  ⇄  Sonia Kashuk Restorative Facial Oil ($15)
  3. Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Bronzer ($76)  ⇄  Physician's Formula Season-to-Season Bronzer ($15)
  4. Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Color ($29)  ⇄ NYX Bright Idea Illuminating Stick ($8)
  5.  Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette ($46)  ⇄ NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette ($25)
  6.  Chanel Inimitable Mascara ($32)  ⇄  Physician's Formula Organic Wear Mascara ($10)
  7. Anastacia Brow Whiz Pencil ($21)  ⇄  NYX Micro Brow Pencil ($10)
  8. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Pink Quartz ($46)  ⇄  Physician's Formula Shimmer Strips in Nude ($15)
  9. MAC Lipstick in Russian Red ($20) ⇄ Wet 'n Wild Matte Lipstick in Stoplight Red ($2)
  10. MAC 187 Duo Fibre Face Brush ($42)  ⇄ e.l.f. cosmetics small stippling brush ($3)


- the total price for all ten luxury products comes to $381 -



- total price for all budget options $111 -



Do you have a favorite budget dupe for a high-end product?




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