When it comes to luxury beauty products, we could navigate our way around Selfridge’s beauty hall pretty quick. In reality, a makeup bag and a bathroom cabinet full of Charlotte Tilbury, Giorgio Armani and La Prairie doesn’t come cheap, so we’ve tried and tested some of the beauty industry’s best kept secrets: the high street beauty dupes.
From the illuminator that gives the illuminator of all illuminators a run for its money to the high street day cream that’s a whole £400(!!!) cheaper than the original, we’ve handpicked 10 of our favourites. There’s always a place in our beauty arsenals for the luxury version, but these high street dupes will save you a collective £608.04!
Glossier Cloud Paint Vs MUA Blushed Liquid Cream
Price difference: £12.50
Glossier, the American beauty brand developed by ex-The Hills star-turned-makeup boss Emily Weiss, has earned itself a global cult following in just a few years.
With an inclusive, no-fuss approach to beauty – it’s all about that no-makeup makeup look – we can’t get enough of their products and while they’re not in the Chanel and Tom Ford price bracket, they are a little spennier than your average Boots haul.
Save on the gorgeously light but highly pigmented Cloud Paint blushers with MUA’s almost-as-good Blushed tubes.
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Vs L’Oreal Paris The Touche Magique
Price difference: £18.01
Few beauty products reach such cult status as YSL’s Touche Eclat. Loved by makeup artists and in the makeup bags of millions (apparently six are sold every minute!), the iconic clicky pen is a must for adding luminosity to the skin, covering blemishes and disguising under eye bags.
We will always love the original but L’Oreal’s Touche Magique is a close runner up – it just needs a little more blending – and you can’t deny it’s always a win when you save 20 quid.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette Vs Revolution Eyeshadow Palette
La Prairie Skin Caviar Vs Aldi’s Lacura Caviar
Price difference: £400.01
When Aldi (yes, Aldi) launched a rival to La Prairie’s iconic but eye-wateringly expensive Caviar face cream it totally sold out, and was raved about by many a beauty editor and blogger. Even Trinny Woodall, who’s famously candid about what she puts on her face and tells all on what she does/doesn’t like, came out as a fan.
Granted, we’re not saying the ingredients list on a £400 day cream and a £6.99 day cream are going to be exactly the same but really, should anyone be spending £400 on a day cream? It’s not Botox.
Beautyblender Vs Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
Price difference: £11.01
When the Beautyblender launched back in 2003 it was a game changer for guaranteeing the smoothest foundation finish. In fact, almost 20 years have gone by and still few things live up to this little wonder sponge.
If you don’t fancy dropping £20 on foam, Real Techniques (who also do the most amazing, affordable brushes) do a great rival for just £6.99.
Both can create a range of basis, from light and dewy to full-coverage matte – just remember to wash it after every use.
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Jo Malone Candles Vs Zara
Price difference: £33
Once you start buying posh candles you’ve set yourself up for a life quite literally burning away cash. We blame Jo Malone and her insanely talented nose and skill at creating the most gorgeous of combinations that will transport you anywhere from the Amalfi coast to a Scandi pine-lined forest.
If dropping £50 on some wax isn’t your style, head to Zara Home, where you’ll find a collaboration between original Jo Malone founder, Jo Malone herself, for a fraction of the price. Jo now heads up another fragrance brand, Jo Loves, and it’s them who have collaborated with the high street store on a range of delicious scents for you and your home. Trust us, they are the best candles you’re going to get for £15 a pop.
Drunk Elephant Vitamin C Serum Vs La Roche Posay Serum
Price difference: £38.50
Drunk Elephant stormed into the beauty world in 2018 and it has quickly become a go-to for beauty editors thanks to it’s no BS formulations and hard working ingredient list. While it’s not the most expensive brand out there, the products definitely still feel like an investment which is where La Roche Posay comes in.
LRP’s Pure Vitamin C10 Serum is a tough rival to Drunk Elephant’s C-Firma Day Serum thanks to it’s potent dose of pure vitamin C which helps to correct the appearance of ageing, leave skin feeling softer, more hydrated, and glowing. We love both used in the morning to help protect and keep the skin looking fresh all day.
ICONIC London Illuminating Drops Vs Revolution Liquid Highlighter
Price difference: £24
ICONIC London has built its brand on glow-giving power, from their Illuminating Drops to the brilliant Pre-Set-Glow.
The products are worth the money for the brilliant finishes, easy application and the fact they last ages, but if you’re looking for a cheaper option, Revolution’s Liquid Highlighter is a fine rival to the original Illuminating Drops.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation Vs L’Oréal Paris True Match Liquid Foundation
Price difference: £29.01
Making best foundation lists year-on-year, Giorgio Armani’s cult Luminous Silk Foundation has become a makeup artist favourite. The lightweight but seamless finish leaves skin looking near-perfect but without that horrible cakiness. Downside? It comes in at around 40 quid a pot.
L’Oréal’s True Match Liquid Foundation is the best we’ve found for far less, almost £30 less. Both products are available in 40 shades, meaning it’s very likely you’ll find one to match.
Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk Vs NYX’s Euro Trash Lipsticks
Price difference: £17
If MAC’s Ruby Woo red was the cult lipstick of the 2000’s, Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk is the modern day equivalent.
The soft pink, super wearable shade is the perfect colour to have in your everyday makeup arsenal, but for a more affordable option look to NYX’s Euro Trash shade for a mere £8. The packaging might not be as pretty and the name not as chic, but it’s the closest colour match you’ll find on the high street.