Monday, February 10, 2014

Beauty Dupes: Almost Like The Real Thing But For Less $$$

[As published on HERE]

I’ve always been rather prudent with the amount of money I spend on maintaining my beauty regime. I love beauty products, but I just can’t seem to justify some purchases that cost an arm and a leg. Especially not when I know there’s another product out there that does almost exactly the same thing at a fraction of the price I’m being asked to pay.

Clarisonic VS Olay Pro X
Ever since Clarisonic arrived on Malaysian shores, girls have been going mad over the cleansing brush. Yours truly included too, but that was only after I realised too much of a good thing isn’t exactly good. The brush works for me only if I use it sparingly, probably like once a week. If I used it every day, I get small bumps and red patches on my skin. If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly version, try the Olay ProX. It’s almost the same, and was recommended on top Taiwanese beauty TV show, Queen.
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Clarisonic Mia 2 (RM530). Olay Pro X Facial Cleansing System (RM128, from Supermodel’s Secrets)

Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion VS Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion
When Laneige launched its now-iconic BB Cushion foundation a few years back, many makeup artists highly recommended the products because of its soft-focus, airbrushed effect. Even my friend, who lives in Taiwan, often stocks up on the product before returning to Malaysia (it’s cheaper in Taiwan), because she converted her sisters into believers and they’re paranoid about running out! Recently last year, Etude House launched a similar product, but with cuter packaging and a slightly cheaper price.
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Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion (RM145). Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion (RM 109.90)

Lancome Genefique VS L’Oreal Youth Code
Both Genefique and Youth Code are pre-serums that are supposed to be applied after toner and before your serum. The concept is the same: ingredients in the serum activate cells at a cellular level, to help turn back the hands of time in a short span of time. Since Lancome and L’Oreal share the same parent company, it’s only natural for cutting-edge technology to trickle down the line over the years. Lancome launched Genefique way earlier in 2009, followed by L’Oreal’s Youth Code approximately two years later.
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Lancome Genefique Youth Activator (RM295). L’Oreal Youth Code (RM109)

Shiseido Oil-Free UV Protector VS Senka Mineral Water UV Gel
Personally, I think Shiseido makes some of the best sunblocks available on the market. They’re lightweight, non-oily and don’t leave that ugly whitish cast on your face. Just like how Lancome and L’Oreal are sister companies, so are Shiseido and Senka. While Shiseido is the international premium counter brand, Senka is an Asia-exclusive over-the-counter skincare brand that specialises in cleansers, face lotions and sunscreen. However, having tried sunscreen products from both brands, Senka is definitely a value-for-money alternative.
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Shiseido Oil-Free UV Protector (RM130). Senka Mineral Water UV Gel (RM33.90)

NARS Orgasm Blush VS NYX Blush in Pinched
It would be a shame not to include one of the most famous products that people are forever in search of dupes for. When NARS opened its doors in Malaysia last year, it meant great news for us beauty junkies: we no longer need to travel to neighbouring countries like Singapore or Thailand to get our hands on these cult products. Its bestselling blush, Orgasm, has achieved ‘godlike’ status. However, due to the horrible exchange rate in Malaysia, be prepared to pay north of RM100 for a blusher. Want something more financially-practical? Scour the shelves at Sephora and look for a NYX blush called Pinched, which apparently offers the same thing at one-fifth the price.
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NARS Orgasm Blush (USD29, approx RM100). NYX Powder Blush (RM26)

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