💰 Affordable Dupes for MOST HYPED Skincare Products: For ALL Skin Types
Hello beauties! Welcome back!
It’s your host Rowena!
And today, as you guys can see by the products in front of me and the title,
we’re gonna be doing affordable dupes part…
Going over some of the best-selling products on Sephora
that people rave about all the time and give you guys options
for products that are a little more affordable,
but [are] still very similar to the OG ones that we have here.
So today, we’ll be going over…
Amorepacific’s Vintage Single Extract Essence,
Drunk Elephant’s F-Balm Electrolyte Water Facial Mask,
Drunk Elephant’s Beste No.9 Jelly Cleanser,
Peter Thomas Roth’s Pumpkin Enzyme Mask,
Dr. Jart’s Ceramidin Cream [and] actually their whole line…
Let’s just get into it. Shall we?
The first one we’ll talk about is
Amorepacific’s Vintage Single Extract Essence!
This is a cult favorite!
The people who love it, love it.
And the most people just think it’s really expensive.
I think it’s really expensive.
So what is this? This is an anti-aging essence.
It’s great for fine lines and wrinkles,
it’s also super lightweight and very watery in texture.
It helps to improve skin’s firmness, clarity, elasticity, and also texture.
So it’s great for dry, dull skin and also an even texture.
So first, let’s highlight the ingredients!
Its fermented green tea leaf extract.
So what is the difference between green tea and fermented green tea?
When green tea is fermented, it is said to boost its antioxidant levels.
Brands like Amorepacific,
use fermentation to make the ingredient more suitable for topical use.
And why this is special is because the green tea in this bottle,
is harvested and hand-picked from their tea garden on Jeju Island.
I visit this when I was in Jeju last year
and it was so beautiful!
And the green tea leaves are fermented for 50 days, [and] buried in the earth for another 50 days
before going through a 24 hour slow extraction process.
That is dedication, my friends!
For me, the only downsides really is how expensive it is,
so thankfully there are two dupes that we’ll be talking about!
The first one on the chopping dupes block,
is the Tony Moly Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Skin.
So is a hydrating toner [and] they use a special fermented Korean green tea called Chong Tae Jeon.
Chong Tae Jeon!
It contains a black yeast strain,
which is only found in Chong Tae Jeon for moisture and to strengthen your skin.
So again in this [toner], the pure ferment green tea extract is high in antioxidants,
[and] there’s also lemon seed oil which is antibacterial and anti-fungal.
And the texture is…
Pitter-patter, flowing everywhere.
[It’s] also like a burst of hydration.
I would say these two [Chok Chok and Amorepacific toners] are pretty similar in…
Next is ISNTREE’s Green Tea Fresh Toner.
So this is made up of 18% green tea extract [that’s] also from Jeju Island.
So there they may be siblings or cousins!
There’s also 0.01% centella asiatica extract,
which is really soothing and calming for your skin.
There’s also willow bark which is also soothing,
and there’s also hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, which we know is very hydrating,
as they can hold up to a thousand times their molecular weight in water.
So, let’s just see this real quick!
So this is… I would definitely say it’s the most viscous-y of them all.
It takes a little longer [to absorb], like when I use these two [Amorepacific & Isntree] side-by-side,
this definitely was just like, “ah!”
Splash of water on your face!
This took a little more time to work in but it still absorbed really really quickly.
It’s just when you put these two side-by-side, that Amorepacific just sinks easily into your skin.
And having used the ISNTREE toner for a solid month in the past,
I would say that this is incredibly hydrating enough for someone like me who has dry, dehydrated skin.
So I would say if you do want to try fermented green tea,
this is the best place to start at $20,
and then you can slowly move your way up to the Amorepacific,
if you find that this works really beautifully for your skin.
I think these two [ISNTREE & Amorepacific are] worth a shot.
Next is Drunk Elephant’s new F-Balm!
So what is this new pretty little thing?
It’s a cooling overnight mask that plumps, restores, and hydrates the skin.
A review said that it was like a supercharged intense moisturizer with electrolytes!
Felicia and I mentioned that minerals and electrolytes are ingredients to look out for in 2020,
as brands are popping out with products with them left and right.
So what exactly are electrolytes?
They’re naturally found in our bodies and play a part in tissue repair, pH balance, and other bodily functions.
The key point is that they help replenish hydration, which we know by now is very important.
So examples of electrolytes are magnesium potassium and calcium.
Magnesium helps improve hydration on our skin barrier and enhance the skin’s natural shedding process.
Potassium helps facilitate water pathways and reinforce skin barriers.
Both can be found in Drunk Elephant’s F-Balm.
And calcium is a humectant which helps your skin retain moisture.
Now, about the product!
Drunk Elephant is among the first brand to put electrolytes in their product.
It is a blend of hydrating non-comedogenic oils.
There’s also niacinamide as the fourth ingredient to help with an even skin tone.
And of course, an electrolyte blend with coconut water, sodium PCA, magnesium PCA,
and there’s also a plant-based antioxidant, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent,
and soothing fatty acids linolenic and linoleic beads that burst upon application.
So let’s first take a look at the product.
It blends really easily and you can see that there is the vitamin F – linoleic beads that burst upon application.
This product is called an overnight mask but it really is just an overnight moisturizer.
I think they use the word “masque” to make it sound a lot more luxurious,
and they spelled it, “m-a-s-q-u-e”
Mas-que. Nice. 😀
Because this does have squalane as a second ingredient as well as a bunch of very emollient hydrating oils,
it is very very like…
a blanket on top of your skin,
which is why it is an overnight mask.
Paula’s Choice is a lot more like [a] water cream,
and the texture’s interesting – it’s slightly whipped,
but when you touch it, it’s kind of like pudding…
but it blends really really quickly into your skin,
and the texture of this reminds me a lot more of a water cream
as opposed to something like this [Drunk Elephant’s F-Balm] that’s a lot thicker.
And a little note here is I would say that
when I first put the Paula’s Choice moisturizer on my face,
I did find that the smell was a little interesting.
[I] can’t put my finger on but if you guys know what I’m talking about,
please leave it in the description [comment*] box below.
Key ingredients wise, I would say the Paula’s Choice actually has a lot more electrolytes.
So there’s potassium PCA, magnesium PCA, as well as calcium PCA.
So [it] has all the electrolytes that we talked about earlier.
There’s also a lot of antioxidants.
With Drunk Elephant being at $52 and Paula’s Choice being at $35, I would say…
Again, If you want to try the ingredient,
like the ingredient that the product is being marketed for which is electrolytes,
I would say definitely check out Paula’s Choice,
but if you want something that’s really thick and rich and you know will just…
coat your face while you sleep at night and help you retain all that moisture,
and keep all that moisture in as you snooze,
Drunk Elephant is worth a try.
Next, let’s talk about Drunk Elephant’s Beste No.9 Jelly Cleanser.
This is a gel based cleanser that’s formulated at a pH level of 5.5,
which is really similar to the pH level of your skin, and it is gentle enough to use for the eyes.
Jelly cleansers work like cleansing oils and balms that melt away makeup or debris
by turning into a milky or foaming consistency.
They have a very unique thick texture that changes when touch with water.
So what’s in this specific jelly cleanser from Drunk Elephant?
There’s a mild surfactant blend or mild cleaning agent, that’s coconut based,
which helps dissolve makeup, sunscreen, and oils.
There’s also aloe which is really soothing and hydrating,
and Drunk Elephant’s signature virgin marula oil, which is high in antioxidants.
I was actually pretty hesitant to try this because
a lot of reviews were saying it’s either to stripping or drying for people who already have very dry skin.
Most people are saying this is really really great for acne [and] oily-combo skin,
and Felicia has mentioned this a lot in the past and she absolutely loved this.
But as with most Drunk Elephant products, it actually did pretty well on my skin.
It did a good job of taking off makeup, it didn’t feel stripping at all,
it was pretty hydrating and…
it worked well as a cleanser.
Everything about this is not bad.
The only thing that is a little bad is the price tag, which is $32 for this bottle!
Next, we have the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser coming in at $18 for 6 ounces.
Rose flower water is the second ingredient to water and it’s really soothing and hydrating.
There’s aquaxyl which helps refill [the] skin’s water reserves and prevents dehydration,
as well as comfrey root extract which contains
allantoin to heal dry [and] stressed skin,
and there’s also vitamin b5, which is a natural moisturizer to help retain water in our skin.
For Bliss’s Makeup Melt Cleanser, it’s coming in at $12 for 6.5 ounces.
The key ingredients are vitamin b5 which is the fifth ingredient [and] tocopherol as the sixth ingredient.
These two are a lot more similar with the vitamin b5 as well as the rose water.
Texture wise, I would say these two are the most similar,
although Drunk Elephant’s is a clear gel and the Bliss is more of a milky gel.
They both lather the same when you add a bit of water.
It turns into… like baby foams.
It’s not like a lot of foams, compared to the Glossier’s [cleanser] which just does not lather at all.
If you look at all of this side by side,
the Glossier [cleanser] is the milkiest of them all.
Bliss is a little bit jellier [jelly-like] but as you blend it, it just turns completely transparent like
Drunk Elephant’s [cleanser].
The reason why I love jelly cleansers in general is because
After you wash your face, you just splash like one or two splashes of water on your face,
and it’s all gone.
But sometimes with more like foaming type cleansers or even oil cleansers,
I feel like I have to wash my face and splash my face at least 10 times
for me to be able to get everything off.
But as with any product, some may work for some people and may not work too well for other people.
For example, the Glossier for me…
It was quite stripping the first time I used it.
But all the reviews online have said, “it’s amazing,” [and] “It does great things,”
so as with anything, you know, I think it’s worth trying out products for yourself.
Next is Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask.
It is a triple action chemical and enzyme exfoliating treatment mask.
It helps to even out skin tone [and] texture, [and] soothe out fine lines and wrinkles.
If you guys remember, Felicia and I talked about this in a previous video
and both of us just thought it was such a treat!
It was so delicious in scent and it just smelled like a pumpkin pie before your face,
and there’s a lot of gentle chemical exfoliants to help you refresh your skin.
Let’s zoom in a little on pumpkin as the key ingredient.
Pumpkins are packed with natural enzymes and antioxidants like beta-carotene, AHAs and vitamin C,
as well as [vitamin] E.
Pumpkin seeds are also loaded with zinc and minerals that’s beneficial for acne
due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties so…
pumpkin does a lot!
It’s doing a lot more just than being pretty in lattes and for pumpkins on Thanksgiving!
One thing worth calling out for this specific pumpkin mask
is that there is AHA which is a chemical exfoliant
as well as a physical exfoliant from the aluminum oxide crystals.
If you aren’t a fan of physical exfoliants
or if your skin is more sensitive and it can’t handle, you know, harsher physical exfoliants,
then this might not be the product for you.
I remember after I used it,
I did feel my skin was a lot brighter [and] it was a lot softer.
So we personally liked it.
But this mask is $60.
Is it worth it? Let’s see.
So let’s first talk about Andalou Naturals.
The Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask.
So in here, there’s of course pumpkin puree.
The texture of this and the consistency of this actually looks like pumpkin pie.
And there’s also vitamin C derivative Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate,
as well as manuka honey,
which helps to soothe, heal, clarify and restore balance to your skin.
And there’s also glycolic acid which is an AHA.
[It] smells a bit… um….earthy.
[It’s] less pumpkin-y compared to Peter Thometh…
Peter Thomas Roth.
For sure that’s a tongue twister!
So let’s just leave it as this for now.
And then let’s talk about the Bliss Pumpkin Powerhouse Resurfacing and Exfoliating Enzyme Mask.
If the Andalou [Naturals] mask is like organic mask,
the Bliss mask
the color of it at least,
is like fresh GMO’d pumpkin because that the color is just so vibrant!
That probably wasn’t fair to Bliss.
In the Bliss [mask], there’s pumpkin puree,
there’s lemon and rice powder which helps to naturally and gently exfoliate the skin.
You can kind of tell in here that there are like micro-granules.
They’re orange, red, and there’s some that are like transparent in color.
There’s also hyaluronic acid and shea butter.
But I would say when I use these two side-by-side,
and after I washed off, my skin… it was equally bright,
equally smooth, [and] the look of my pores both equally diminished.
So the base of all of this is the pumpkin puree,
which is a natural AHA and all of them have that.
There’s some with vitamin C, there’s some with retinol…
there’s some with physical exfoliants,
although they are gentle,
there’s some with added AHA’s…
So it really just comes down to personal preference for what you want in your cocktail of a mask,
and I think with all the information we just provided you,
you can make your own decision on which one you want to purchase! 🙂
(Ro’s gotchu, fam!)
Moving out to Dr. Jart’s Ceramidin Cream.
What is ceramidin cream?
So it’s a moisturizing cream to help strengthen your skin barrier and shield from water and moisture loss.
It’s good for treating dryness, loss of firmness, as well as elasticity.
For ceramides, since we talked about it in last time’s affordable dupes video,
and we just talk about it all the time,
let’s just go over it really quickly.
They are lipids or fats found naturally in the uppermost layer of our skin,
and it makes up 50% of our skin barrier.
And by now, we know how important it is to maintain the health of our skin barrier.
It is basically the glue that holds our skin cells together.
They form a barrier to hold in moisture and protect the skin from environmental aggressors,
and it helps increase hydration for plump, firm, and supple skin.
For this specific cream,
there is a probiotic in here that helps strengthen your microbiome,
and if you guys watch our video with Mandi,
you know how important it is to strengthen and keep our microbiome intact
because it also helps with our skin barrier,
and they just all work together beautifully to lock in and keep in hydration.
There’s also beetroot which is high in antioxidants,
hyaluronic acid as well as a bunch of ceramides that are sprinkled throughout the whole ingredients list.
And there is fragrance.
Personally, I really liked it
I think I love all of Dr. Jart’s moisturizers.
They just do such a good job of formulating their creams.
It’s super hydrating, super nourishing, and it’s just… I think it’s perfect for my skin.
The reason why we have all of these products out is to share with you guys that
Dr. Jart’s Ceramidin line
is very very very similar to Holika Holika’s [Good Cera] Ceramide line.
And the color is also very similar.
So [for] the Holika Holika cream,
first thing, the color’s a bit different.
[Ro swatches on Dr. Jart Cream]
They’re both pretty similar but I would say Holika Holika is a little more buttery,
although they’re both quite thick.
Personal thoughts is that there is dimethicone and silicone in Holika Holika’s cream.
I don’t like the feeling of silicone and I don’t like the film on my face.
So I would say between these two [Dr. Jart & Holika Holika] specifically,
I would probably reach for this [Dr.Jart] a lot more.
If we want to strip everything down to the basics,
Inky List’s Ceramide Night Treatment will be something worth looking into.
It’s made up of 3% multi-ceramide complex,
and 2.5% multi molecular hyaluronic acid.
The ceramide [treatment] is very on-brand for all of Inkey List products.
[It] goes on very easily,
It’s very no-frills, very hydrating, [and] very easy to use.
Pricing wise, if we’re breaking it down by per ounce,
The Inkey List is $15 per ounce,
the Holika Holika is $9 per ounce,
and the Dr. Jart is $28 per ounce.
So I would say out of these, [my] three personal preference would be this one [Inkey List].
Again, this [Inkey List] is a night treatment that you use under your moisturizer.
And this [Dr.Jart] is a moisturizer.
So it is up to you [on] how you want to use it.
But if we’re not talking about creams,
then I would highly suggest checking out the [Holika Holika] Good Cera line.
The only reason why I’m a little like, “meh” with this
is because there is like that silicone feel.
Moving on to Dr. Jart’s Tiger Grass Cream.
This has been very, very, very well loved by my face.
I don’t know why but my skin’s been a little more sensitive lately,
so this really helps with the redness.
if you are not familiar with Cica…
goodbye, my friend.
You should know by now!
Okay, just kidding!
Cica is also known as Centella Asiatica.
Why is it great? It’s because it’s rich in amino acids [and] fatty acids,
as well as antioxidants to help calm your face.
And the reason why it’s [Cica] called tiger grass is because there’s a story,
that tigers would rub their wounds on these cica,
centella asiatica plants to naturally heal their wounds.
So if it can heal a tiger’s wounds, it can definitely help us with our face. 🙂
So a couple of compounds that are derived from centella asiatica is Asiatic acid,
it’s calming, it helps strengthen skin barriers, and there’s also a lot of antioxidants.
There’s also madecassic acid, which is good for suppressing inflammation,
And there’s madecassoside which is high in antioxidants,
and it helps reduce redness and helps soothe itchiness.
So in this there’s the Jartbiome which helps to strengthen, balance, and improve your skin’s defense.
This is just such a luxurious balm.
Look at that! It is so beautiful.
So next, I’ll talk about Innisfree’s Cica Balm with Bija Seed Oil.
This is a gel balm.
So there’s of course, centella asiatica in here.
The standout in this one, specifically from Innisfree, is the bija seed oil.
[It’s] quite oily compared to the other creams but [when] compared to the Dr.Jart,
[it’s] definitely not as thick.
I would still say, Dr. Jart’s a lot thicker.
And moving on – Purito’s Centella Green Level Recovery Cream.
This is one of Felicia and my all-time favorites.
I would say this is a lot more like a water cream compared to these.
Both are more of like a thicker emollient cream.
This is more of like a “ahh!”
[it’s a] very refreshing gel like lightweight…
The standout ingredient will be niacinamide and that 50% of this is centella asiatica.
Alright, so next is the A’Pieu [Ah-pieu] or A-Pieu…
Pew pew pew!
This is an all-in-one hydrating moisturizer with centella asiatica!
There’s also madecassoside as well as witch hazel leaf extract.
I’m running out of hand real estate!
Let’s put this on my wrist, shall we?
I remember the first time I used this, I didn’t really like it because it’s very dimethicone-y.
And yes, I stand corrected.
It is very, very, very dimethicone-y.
It really is personal preference.
I know a lot of people do love this.
The last thing we’re going to talk about for this set is the La Roche-Posay Cica Plast Balm.
It is a balm.
It’s a multi-purpose balm that nourishes and soothes dry skin.
The key ingredients are panthenol which is vitamin b5,
shea butter, glycerin, and La Roche-Posay’s thermal spring water.
So although it is in a balm texture,
it is not oily and it is not sticky.
[It’s] definitely very balmy. It kind of reminds me of sunscreen.
So let’s order it in the order that their price [is] per ounce!
So, $28 [Dr.Jart], $19 [Innisfree],
$12 [Purito], $9 [La Roche-Posay], $5 [A’Pieu].
So this lineup is a bit hard to choose,
or to say which is a clear winner,
because I really like Dr. Jart.
I really like Innisfree [and] I really like Purito.
I kind of like… I don’t really like…
but I kind of like this [La Roche-Posay].
This [A’Pieu] is just dimethicone [feeling] so…
I’m sorry! I just don’t like the feeling of dimethicone!
But if I had to choose pricing wise, I would say…
(Thinks about life)
Purito [which is] bang for your buck.
[It has] 50% centella asiatica extract.
Let’s say if you really love centella
and then you need a cream for the summertime that’s a little lighter,
and you need a thicker cream in the winter time,
you can alternate between these two [Dr.Jart and Purito]!
Last, we have Dr.Jart’s Cicapair Serum!
So really quickly, what is the difference between the Cica cream and the Cica serum?
They both help to soothe and calm irritated skin,
But the serum might be better option for people with oily and combo skin types.
It’s super light [and] the liquid texture is good
If you aren’t into thicker creams.
And the ingredients listed in the serums that are not included in the cream are:
glycerin, Irish moss extract, sugarcane extract and cocoa extract.
So let’s do a little bit of testing!
Well, we’ll put them next to each other.
So this is the Cicapair Tiger grass serum.
It’s this beautiful like slightly…
greenish color that I really love.
Color-wise, I would say this and the COSRX [centella serum] are the most similar.
In COSRX, there’s centella leaf water as well as centella asiatica extract.
They’re both the same in being a little bit viscous-y.
And then [for] the [COSRX] Centella Aqua Soothing Ampoule…
this one has vitamin b5, centella asiatica extract, as well as allantoin.
So I would say this COSRX Soothing Ampoule is the watery-est of them all.
As you can see, it’s already dripping down.
This one probably absorbs the quickest into your skin because it is most watery in consistency.
And the last one we have is
Purito Centella Green Level Buffet Serum.
It has 49% centella asiatica extract,
and there’s also niacinamide which helps balance your skin tone,
[and] panthenol which is vitamin b5.
Okay, texture for this!
The Purito is probably the most gel like in consistency…
No, they’re all pretty…they’re all pretty consistent.
Felicia really likes the Purito,
[And] I really love Purito.
[For] COSRX as a brand,
we’re also a really big fan of.
I personally really love this type of ampoule.
It’s a little on the thicker side.
It’s a little more viscous-y.
I mean, they’re all really similar,
but if we want to really really compare,
I think these are probably the most similar .
This [Purito] is a really, really, really great dupe [for Dr.Jart].
A lot of blogs, a lot of reddit forums have talked about this as well.
(Oh look at Ro’s smile!)
And with all that,
thank you guys so much for watching as always!
If you have any products that you want us to try to find dupes of,
and this is what we’ll try because sometimes it’s hard,
please let us know down below and we’ll see you guys in the next video!