💰BEST Affordable Dupes for Sephora’s BEST SELLER Skincare Products 💸: For ALL Skin Types
Welcome back beauties!
We’re gonna start something new with these Saturday videos.
For now, bye Fel 🙂 (Fel: Byeee!)
Starting this week, every Saturday Fel and I will each take a video and dive into topics
or things that are specific to our skin type.
So for this video, I looked through Sephora’s best-selling skincare list,
picked products that I was most familiar with,
scanned through my brain, and scoured the depths of the internet to find affordable dupes for each of them.
My personal philosophy is that if you can save money, save your money girl!
If you know a product that works well with your skin,
but it happens to be more expensive,
look at the active ingredients and see if you can find a product
with similar ingredients that are more affordable.
So this is what we’re gonna be covering most of today.
Let’s get started ~
Let’s start with SK-II’s Pitera Facial Treatment Essence.
This is a holy grail for many people.
So Pitera is a fancy name for galactomyces ferment filtrate.
That is a mouthful!
And it is a bio ingredient derived from yeast fermentation
that resembles our skin’s natural moisturizing factors.
And it contains over FIFTY micronutrients like,
vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and organic acids,
to condition the skin’s natural function.
SK-II is something that Felicia and I have both had for a few years now,
and it’s something that we just generally don’t gravitate towards as much.
Many many people on reddit, on blogs, on the internet – everywhere –
have said Missha is the number one dupe for SK-II.
So 90% of this [Time Revolution Essence] is made up of Himalayan purple barley yeast extract,
which contains a rich amount of amino acids and peptides
to help the skin’s cellular renewal and improve collagen synthesis.
Fermented yeast extract also plays a role in soothing skin irritation,
keeps skin hydrated and moisturized, and reduces skin damage.
So is Missha really a dupe for SK-II?
It’s yes and no.
We both contain a form of yeast, but these forms are quite different.
Yeast extract comes from a pasteurization process,
whereas fermentation of yeast comes about when you make alcohols or even bread.
And it’s when the yeast cells run out of oxygen and begins to ferment.
So THIS is why SK-II charges the amount of money that it does.
But if you do want to try the galactomyces ferment filtrate,
there are three other products that you can try.
One of them is the CosRX Galactomyces 95 Toner Balancing Essence.
So this is formulated with 95% of the galactomyces ferment filtrate.
So if you want to see if your skin will like [it], this is a great start.
And there’s also niacinamide, as well as hyaluronic acid,
to help you soothe and moisturize your skin.
So this is the CosRX.
There’s also Purito.
This one is the Galacto Niacin 97 Power Essence.
It’s made with 92% galacto ferment filtrate and has 5% niacinamide.
So these two [Purito & CosRX] are quite similar.
And in the Purito, there’s also yeast extract, as well as rice probiotic bacteria.
So this is pretty interesting!
I would highly recommend the Purito Essence, as well as the CosRX.
And the last one that I want to mention is the iUNIK.
Hopefully I’m pronouncing that right…
The Rose Galactomyces Essential Toner.
It’s made with 70% rose flower water and 10% ferment filtrate
so I feel like this is more comparable.
And it smells a lot like Fresh Deep Rose Hydration Toner with the floating roses in there.
But I thought I just mentioned this because it does have
10% of the galactomyces ferment filtrate.
So if you are more dry skin, if you have more sensitive skin, this is great.
There’s no fragrance in here, but it does smell heavily – heavily – of roses.
So there you have it – SK-II!
Next we have the Drunk Elephant Lala Retro.
So THIS is something that I’ve repurchased many times in the past.
And then [at] the beginning of Beauty Within, we loved using everything Drunk Elephant.
But I think there’s a reason why Felicia and I both haven’t been repurchasing a lot of their products.
It’s not that they’re not GOOD.
There’s a reason why they sell like hotcakes and are best-sellers on Sephora.
For us, we found alternatives or we just tend to gravitate towards other products.
So for Drunk Elephant’s Lala Retro specifically,
the star ingredients are the six rare African oils.
And there’s also a ceramide complex, as well as hyaluronic acid and fermented green tea extract,
which is really high in antioxidants.
The ingredients that are in Lala Retro are MASSIVELY and HEAVILY moisturizing
and very very good for your skin.
Especially if you’re leaning more towards dry/dehydrated.
What I’m SO excited about is to share with you guys
the Paula’s Choice Omega Complex Moisturizer.
This has just completely taken over Drunk Elephant and my heart <3
There’s an omega fatty acid mix with chia seed and flaxseed.
There’s shea butter, which is a little different compared to Drunk Elephant.
There’s also ceramides, antioxidants with passionfruit and guava, plant oils, meadowfoam, and olive.
There’s also linolenic/linoleic/oleic acid, as well as sodium hyaluronate.
As you can see,
the ingredients list if you compare it side to side, the active ingredients are very very similar.
And they both have this very beautiful
velvety whipped texture that’s like a dream of a cloud.
I was so excited when I made this connection between the two products.
*pat on the back*
Next we have the Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Moisturizer.
Peptides help skin regenerate,
which leads to healthy skin barrier function,
and we know how important that is!
And it signals our skin to produce more collagen,
which leads to younger, more supple looking skin.
So this is a really great anti-aging ingredient.
For Drunk Elephant’s Protini Polypeptide,
there’s nine signal peptides which starts at the ninth ingredient.
There’s also waterlily stem cell extract,
which is a great antioxidant and anti-aging ingredient.
There’s also soybean folic acid ferment extract,
which is a humectant and helps with brightness.
The way the founder of Drunk Elephant describes Protini
is it’s like a shot of protein in your morning smoothie.
It’s actually a really brilliant analogy.
Felicia likes it a lot better than Lala Retro, if I remember correctly.
But for me, it just wasn’t enough
to have to mix Protini into Lala Retro when both of them are already quite expensive.
I’m like, “Why?”
But one thing I do want to point out is that
it’s not common to find peptides in a moisturizer
so I will give that to Drunk Elephant.
Because all of these are serums.
So let’s first start with the Mizon Original Skin Energy Peptide 500.
It contains 45% of peptides,
including copper tripeptide, which is the second ingredient,
as well as anti-wrinkle peptides and peptides to boost moisture content.
There’s also sodium hyaluronate,
which is very moisturizing and hydrating.
So for this peptide, the consistency of it is – it’s like water!
It absorbs really quickly.
And this can be used as a serum.
There’s also the Good Molecules Super Peptide Serum.
It’s formulated with tripeptides to help target fine lines, wrinkles, and dullness.
They’re very watery and light,
but there’s also a little bit of –
you feel that it’s there, and you just feel like it’s doing its job.
This [Good Molecules] being at $12, I feel like you get the most bang out of your buck!
This [Mizon] is $19.
Both of these are one ounce.
The Protini is six to eight dollars for 1.7 ounce.
And right here on the very very very very corner –
The reason why it’s on the far corner is because this is not a dupe.
If anything, this is like a premium price
because this little bottle is actually 47 dollars for an ounce.
But if you’re looking for something that’s SUPER concentrated
specifically in copper peptides,
and by being super concentrated, 1% is actually a lot,
Niod is the slightly older more sophisticated version of The Ordinary.
It’s actually a lot more sophisticated.
It has this beautiful blue color.
And when you first get this,
it actually comes in two of these dropper bottles,
and you’re supposed to mix the copper peptides into the serum.
Another way to know if you have true copper peptide –
copper peptides are very very very blue in color.
In its natural form, it should look something like this.
So the fact that both of these [Mizon & Good Molecules] are clear and watery means that
the concentration of copper peptides aren’t as high.
Same thing with the Drunk Elephant.
Of all the Drunk Elephant products,
this serum [Glycolic Night Serum] I think it’s the one that’s standalone, holy grail worthy.
Because of the way it’s formulated, because of the way it feels, [and] because of what it does for our skin
Quick overview for glycolic acids and AHAs in general.
All of these chemical exfoliants –
They help to unstick the glue that are binding our dead skin cells together to our face.
So what it does [is] it helps to even out skin tone [and]
refine skin surface to make it more radiant!
So for the Drunk Elephant Framboos Glycolic Night Serum,
[it] is made up of 12% AHAs,
which includes, glycolic, tartaric, lactic and citric [acid].
There’s also 1% of BHA, as well as raspberry fruit extract,
which is high in antioxidants, as well as aloe leaf juice,
which is really soothing and moisturizing.
So all in all, I would say that this serum is quite superior to other serums out there.
The first one to mention will be the
Paula’s Choice Advanced Soothing Treatment 10% AHA.
This has 10% glycolic, lactic, malic, and tartaric [acid].
So it’s very similar.
Only one ingredient is different from the Drunk Elephant.
If you’re new to chemical exfoliants,
I would say DEFINITELY try the Paula’s Choice
and maybe work your way up to the Drunk Elephant
if you find that it works really really well for your skin.
And another two things I will go over really quickly:
The Bliss That’s Incredi-Peel Pad.
It has 10% glycolic acid.
What’s special about these pads is that
they have this gradual release for the glycolic acid.
Because glycolic is the smallest molecular size,
it could potentially be irritating for people with more sensitive skin types.
But this specific peel is actually okay for people with sensitive skin.
Your skin kind of feels like there’s little fire ants
dancing on your face with little boots.
It’s not a BURNING sensation, but you do feel tingling.
And the last thing I want to mention in passing is the
Good Molecules Overnight Exfoliating Treatment,
which is formulated with 10% AHA and BHA to resurface and renew.
This texture is very similar to all the other textures of the Good Molecule serums.
Felicia and I both agree that while this does have 10% AHA [and] BHA,
it’s veeery veeery gentle.
So this [Good Molecules] 10% compared to this [Bliss] 10% is very different
Next is Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution.
And with the Kiehl’s, the reviews that I’ve read over time –
Because they’re so polarizing, I just never got around to it.
But some people swear by it!
If after I talk about the products and the dupes,
and you’re like, “Nope, you’re wrong. I love this product.”
Then you love that product,
and I think that’s the beauty of skin care.
So in the Kiehl’s serum there’s activated vitamin C,
which is a vitamin C derivative.
There’s white birch extract,
which helps with skin elasticity and collagen production.
There’s also peony extract,
which helps with discoloration and [to] brighten your skin.
So the good thing with the activated vitamin C or the vitamin C derivative is that
it is more stable so it won’t go off or bad or oxidize as quickly.
And it’s a lot more gentler compared to L-ascorbic acid.
So if we’re looking at the vitamin C derivative,
Inkey List Tranexamic Acid Night Treatment also has 2% of the vitamin C derivative,
as well as 2% tranexamic acid,
which helps reduce pigmentation,
acai berry extract,
which helps with skin tone,
and there’s also squalane,
which is very very hydrating!
I think it’s the best product that helps with my dark spots.
It’s comparable to hydroquinone.
And as you guys may know,
hydroquinone is quite the controversial ingredient because of safety issues.
So what tranexamic acid does similar to hydroquinone is that
it works as a deep pigmenting agent,
which helps to inhibit the production of melanin in our skin.
And tranexamic acid also pairs REALLY well with ingredients like,
niacinamide, alpha arbutin, as well as PHAs.
So it’s a very lightweight gel that absorbs really really quickly,
and it’s also very very easily spreadable.
The only thing that I will say is that
this kind of smells like holiday ham.
It has more of a savory scent,
and it’s very similar to the Glow Recipe Pineapple Serum.
This serum is meant to use AFTER your regular serum.
So you would tone, serum, use this, and then a moisturizer.
I’ve used this for maybe a month now.
My skin is glowing and the freckles are not as freckly so I like it!
And one mentioned in passing:
This is the Discoloration Correcting Serum from Good Molecules.
It has niacinamide, tranexamic acid, as well.
Sodium hyaluronate, hyaluronic acid, and hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid.
So what that means – it’s just this is very very hydrating!
This [Good Molecules] is $12. This [Inkey List] is $15. The Kiehl’s is $52.
So out of all of these –
For sure if discoloration is your main concern,
this [Inkey List] is the clear winner!
All right, let’s talk about Biossance Squalane and Vitamin C!
This Squalane Vitamin C Rose Oil is soooo beautiful!
I haven’t gotten this excited over a product in so long.
The texture of this oil, the smell of this oil, [and] what this oil does.
It smells like you’re walking into a garden of roses.
And the feeling of it,
no words will do it justice.
[It] goes on very nicely onto your skin.
It’s super lightweight [and] it gets absorbed into your skin very very quickly.
And when I wake up in the morning after using [it] at night,
my face is glowing!
And it’s just so nourished and so happy!
Squalane is a non-comedogenic emollient.
It helps to nourish and protect against dehydration.
I feel like with any skin type,
you can benefit from using squalane
because it is very light, it is very quick absorbing, and it is non-greasy.
Rose is really hydrating by increasing water content in the skin.
It’s also anti-inflammatory.
That’s why it’s popular for calming redness, rosacea, and eczema.
And of course there’s vitamin C,
which we all know is an antioxidant that’s really really great for hyperpigmentation.
And it’s also great for stimulating collagen production.
So THAT’S what’s in here [Biossance].
And we broke it down into Good Molecules –
There’s the Squalane, Rosehip Oil, Vitamin C Booster Powder – as well as The Ordinary.
I wanted to test this [Biossance] and these sets side by side.
So one night I put the Biossance on half my face
and the Good Molecules on my other side of my face.
It was very fun because I felt like a little scientist.
I’ll just show you guys!
So a drop or two of rosehip oil, a drop or two of squalane –
And it’s very hard to do this with one hand –
and a little scoop of the vitamin C booster powder.
So the booster powder looks exactly like this.
It’s kind of like Pixie Sticks.
You add a little bit of that in, and you just mix it together.
When I put these on side by side, it look the same.
Both sides look the same.
This [Biossance] bottle [is] $72.
This [Rosehip Oil, Squalane, Vitamin C Powder] is maybe added together less than $30.
But I just feel like while this is fun to mix and match every day,
I like how the Biossance feels.
I like how I can just get it out of the dropper [and] put it on my face.
And then just the feeling, the sensorial aspect, [and] the smell – it’s just amazing!
So because the Biossance does have the rose flower extract,
it can be a little more fragrant.
If you’re sensitive to smells,
this might not be the product for you.
And the good thing about the Vitamin C Booster Powder is that
you can actually adjust how much of the vitamin C powder you want to put into your serums.
And you can even put it in your moisturizers
or you can mix it like hyaluronic acid.
And because it is in powder form,
it’s far more stable compared to if it was in a liquid form.
The Ordinary Organic Cold Pressed Rosehip Oil.
The color’s a lot more vibrant compared to Good Molecules,
which is clear, slightly yellow.
But yes. Oil-wise, The Ordinary is a little bit thicker
It takes a little bit longer to work in.
Powder-wise, The Ordinary is a lot more finely milled compared to Good Molecules.
And we’re on the last product:
The Tatcha Water Cream.
So the benefits of water cream is that they’re lightweight,
but they do the job of moisturizing without the greasiness, film, or sticky residue.
Continuing from [our] last video,
I still stand by the Make P:rem Micro Tension Cream.
This cream is so beautiful!
It is my all-time favorite.
And it has that same water burst-like effect.
We’re gonna make a video going into ALL of these products in detail,
but I’ll go over them really quickly.
I remember before Felicia and I both talked about how much we loved Tatcha’s Water Cream,
it felt so great! if felt so unique!
That water burst sensation was something we’ve never experienced.
So for me personally – because it was like a holy grail – it was like a treat.
I didn’t want to use it because I want to savor it.
But I do feel that there are other products that are definitely worth checking out.
For example, this has quickly risen to be one of my favorites:
The Purito Deep Sea Water Cream.
It’s made with 60% deep sea water.
And the structure of deep sea water mimics that of our bodies,
and it just works a lot better on our skin and on our body
compared to, you know, your normal filtered water.
There’s also Krave Beauty’s new Oat So Simple Water Cream.
It’s very very simple with under 10 ingredients.
It’s a really great base moisturizer that’s very safe for anyone to use.
You can mix in anything in here or even hyaluronic acid
or even the vitamin C powders to give it that boost.
There’s a Peter Thomas Roth:
The Water Drench Cloud Cream.
This also has a very beautiful water burst-like texture,
and you’re splashing water on your face.
There’s a concentrated 30% of hyaluronic acid in here.
There’s also the Avene Hydrance Aqua Gel,
and this has encapsulated Avene thermal spring water in here.
it bursts throughout the day
so it gives you up to 24 hours of hydration.
In the previous video,
a lot of you guys mentioned how the Belif Aqua Bomb, Moisture Bomb, as well as the
Sleeping Mask is very comparable to Tatcha’s Water Cream.
I just feel like with Belif,
I’ve wanted to love them for a really long time.
When I first used Belif,
it was the Aqua Bomb.
And I think for me – because I do have dry/dehydrated skin –
it didn’t give enough hydration.
And when I tried the Moisture Bomb,
I was like, “Aha that is why!”
But that being said,
if I’m comparing all of that to these products,
I don’t feel like Belif is as hydrating and as nourishing as the other products that we’ve mentioned.
There’s also the Dr. Jart Vital Hydra Solution Biome Moisture Cream.
This is a lot thicker, and it’s GREAT for people with dry/dehydrated skin.
They also have a water cream that we will include when we talk about all things
water cream ~
Over time, I feel like when I first entered into my skincare journey 3-4-5 years ago,
I gravitated towards a lot of the hyped products in the western hemisphere.
So a lot of Sunday Riley [and] Drunk Elephant.
That worked well at that time,
but looking back, I don’t think in my early 20s I needed
a glycolic acid serum and all the heavy chemical exfoliants that I use in my routine.
So I feel like gentle is better.
So with that, thank you guys so much for joining us!
If you have any questions or suggestions
or even comments on what your favorite dupes are for the products that we mentioned
or for products you want us to find dupes for in the future,
please let us know in the comment section down below!
and we’ll see you guys next week!
Okay, one – one done one done.
Next we have the Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide –
I’m like Fel!
Her voice cracks all the time!
Okay, let’s first – Okay, let’s first Tark –
TERK – Let’s first –
Isn’t this fun?
We don’t have this as much when we’re sitting down with like the thing, right?
The concentration of cop – copper – popper – copper peptides.
HERE’S SOME EXAMPRELS!
I don’t know!
Or if you’re already using the Drunk Efe – Ele…
I just see mountains.
Maybe mirror or drag it.
Watah ~ *Ro the karate kid