7 Great High-Street Beauty Dupes To Try Now
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THE HAIR MASK
Splurge: Coco & Eve Super Nourishing Coconut & Fig Hair Masque, £26
Save: Aldi Lacura Hair Mask, £4.99
This Coco & Eve mask is a beauty insider favourite. Containing raw virgin coconut, fig essence, argan oil and shea butter, it works wonders on parched strands. Now, Aldi’s Lacura mask has fast become a worthy alternative – it’s sold out via Aldi itself and most people are only able to track it down on eBay. Similarly enriched with the same ingredients as Coco & Eve, both masks will leave hair feeling silky smooth and hydrated – the perfect self-care Sunday treat.
THE STICK BLUSH
Splurge: Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks Blush Stick, £44
Save: Stila Complete Harmony Lip & Cheek Stick, £19
These two cream blushes have more in common than just the visuals. Boasting a buttery smooth texture, they’re the perfect way to add a pop of colour to the cheeks at this time of year. While both have near identical textures and colour pay off, what sets them apart is the formulation. The Westman Atelier stick includes extra skin-loving ingredients such as a triple blend of light ayurvedic oils and grape extract – ideal for a natural collagen and moisture boost.
THE CLEANSING BALM
Splurge: Clinique Take The Day Off Cleanser, £22.50
Save: B. Melting Cleansing Balm, £4.99
Both of these cleaners are designed to dissolve all traces of make-up, as well as purify pores and prevent future blemishes. Made using slightly different ingredients, both melt from a balm into an oil when massaged into the skin and are best removed with a hot cloth and warm water. For a fraction of the price, the B. version also contains shea butter to ensure skin feels hydrated after cleansing.
THE BROW PENCIL
Splurge: Anastasia Beverly Hills, £18.35
Save: NYX Micro Brow Pencil, £8.26
With ultra-thin nibs and creamy, waxy formulas, these two brow products are both held in high regard. Creating natural looking hairs and equipped with handy spoolies, both formulas will last all day. Use either one to sculpt and define brows – starting by outlining arches, and then bulking out any sparse areas by filling them in with small hair-like lines.
THE HYDRATING MOISTURISER
Splurge: Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream, £32
Save: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream Facial Moisturiser for Dry and Dehydrated Skin, £10.12
There’s nothing like a cooling, gel moisturiser in the summer and Peter Thomas Roth’s water-based hydrator is proven to deliver long-lasting results. Flooding the skin with a high dose of hyaluronic acid, ceramides help to lock in this hydration and allow skin to retain moisture for longer. Neutrogena’s version is not dissimilar and is highly recommended for anyone with extra dry skin. Plus, it contains a unique hyaluronic gel matrix that works to lock in moisture and nourish parched skin.
THE LIP OIL
Splurge: Hermès Hermèsistible Infused Care Oil Lip Gloss, 03 Rose Pitaya, £44
Save: Vieve Lip Dew, £17
For a high-shine, on-trend glossy and glass-like finish, there’s no going wrong with a lip oil. The luxurious version from Hermès is made using 97% natural ingredients, as well as a high concentration of active ingredients to improve the condition of your lips over the long term. Similarly, this Vieve oil nourishes the lips with raspberry seed oil extract and vitamin E. Both offer a sheer, pretty tint without any dramatic glitter or shimmer for a natural-looking finish.
THE EYESHADOW PALETTE
Splurge: Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette, £43
Save: Rimmel ‘Magnifeyes’ 12 Pan Palette In Spice, £9.99
Urban Decay will always be the holy grail of eyeshadow palettes, but there’s no denying there are some pretty impressive alternatives on the market these days – notably Rimmel’s 12 Pan Spice palette which is a great, affordable rival to the Naked Heat Palette. Housing everything from reds and bronze coppers to flattering taupe shades, it’s the perfect palette to take you from summer to autumn.
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