Drugstore & Affordable Dupes For Most Hyped Skincare Products: Dry, Combo & Oily Skin Types
Hey guys, welcome back!
It’s Rowena, and it’s just me this week
Because Felicia and Mia are both in Australia.
And today we’re gonna talk about affordable dupes for
Some skincare products that we mention all the time
That you guys ask about.
And I said “dupes”
Because for a lot of products, you can find exact
Or like very similar replicas.
But some brands do have very unique formulas
With special ingredients
Or special ways that they formulated the product
Or that they extracted the ingredient.
So without further ado, today we’re gonna talk about:
Tatcha’s Water Cream
Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Toner
Sunday Riley Good Genes
Drunk Elephant’s B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel
Drunk Elephant’s Marula Oil
Their C-Firma Day Cream
As well as their Glycolic Night Cream.
So let’s get started with…Tatcha!
So if you watched our most most recent skincare review
You guys know that this water cream is
Felicia and my favorite of all time, as of right now.
So we wanted to see if there’s any similar dupes
There’s any similar textured moisturizers
That are just as like gel to water as the Tatcha is.
So right here we have three.
The second one we have is
The FAB First Aid Beauty Coconut Gel
And we have the Make P:rem
(And) the Neutrogena Gel Cream.
So how do these line up to this?
So let’s first talk a little bit about the water cream
If you guys aren’t too familiar with it.
The really cool thing about this product
Is that when you apply it to your skin
You feel this burst of hydration from the cream.
Like it goes on like a cream/gel
And then the more you massage it into your skin
The more it just turns into water.
It’s like magic ~
Both Felicia and I were so blown away by the
Consistency and like the texture of this product
And how it leaves a very nice velvety
Soft supple finish on your skin.
So the really unique thing about Tatcha’s Water Cream
Is that it is formulated with their signature, Hadasei-3™
Which is fermented algae, green tea, as well as rice.
So this is something that’s very unique to them.
They also have Japanese Wild Rose
As well as Japanese Leopard Lily, (and) gold.
So this is very hydrating.
This is very moisturizing.
And it has anti-aging and pore perfecting properties.
This is really like a little magic in a bottle.
The only thing is the price point.
It is $68 for 1.7 oz, so it is a little pricey.
What we have next is the
First Aid Beauty Coconut Water Cream.
So the First Aid Beauty Coconut is an
Oil-free, light water cream infused with coconut water
That provides your skin with a burst of
Electrolyte rich moisture.
This texture is similar in that it’s like a
Gel to water type, very lightweight cream.
The only thing I’d say about this
Is this is a little too lightweight for winter.
So there are mixed reviews
But I would say this would be perfect for
The humid, dry summers.
But I think for now this is a little too fast absorbent
To the point where right after you apply it
It seems as if you didn’t apply anything on your face.
And this is something we actually tested
For the whole Beauty Within team.
Five of us tried all of these, and everyone agreed that
The Coconut Water Cream absorbs too quickly
And it’s too light
And it’s not as hydrating as the other products.
So this is $34 for 1.7 oz, I believe
But these are the same size.
This is about half the price
But I wouldn’t say this is a comparable dupe for this.
Moving on, we’re gonna go on to the Make P:rem.
Hopefully I’m saying that right.
This is the Hydrate Me Micro Tension Cream.
Most of the reviews online have said that this is
Like the perfect dupe for the (Tatcha) water cream.
I like it.
I might even like it a little more than the water cream
Because it is $30 for almost 2.2 oz.
It’s very very rich and very very hydrating.
And I have dry and dehydrated skin
And maybe even like a little combo
Not as much in the winter time.
But this is perfect because they do have botanical oils
As well as ceramides.
Ceramides are something that your skin already naturally produces
And it helps form the skin’s barrier
And helps skin retain moisture
Which makes it deeply nourishing
And also helps create a very healthy glow.
Personally, I love this.
The Beauty Within team, not so much
Because this is too heavy for them.
Right after they put it on their skin
Five minutes later
You can still see a very visible
Spot of where it was applied.
It just wasn’t being absorbed into their skin.
So I would say this is perfect for someone
With dry skin or dehydrated skin.
The only thing about this
Is the smell can be a little polarizing.
Half of the team was like
“Oh my god, what is this smell?”
And then I’m just like, “Uhhh I think it’s okay.”
Because I know it works for my skin
I can overlook the smell.
There’s like lavender, olive, tea tree, thyme
Which are all pretty earthy smelling ingredients.
And moving on to
The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel cream.
So this is a lightweight bouncy gel cream hybrid that
Absorbs into skin almost instantly on contact.
So there’s hyaluronic acid in this to hydrate
And there’s glycerin to lock in the moisture.
And this does feel more oily on contact
But it does absorb into your skin a lot quicker.
So this is a holy grail for a lot of people
And I know this works very well.
These three are the same size and this thing $20.
I think it’s a very good bargain.
This has a good amount of silicone.
It kind of just coats your skin, which I don’t mind
Because I’m not sensitive or I’m not allergic to silicones.
But one of our editors did try this on her skin
And it turned red immediately.
So maybe it might not be the best for the most sensitive skin.
It goes without saying that for all of these products
It’s best to patch test.
Like if you guys can get a sample and then see how
your skin reacts to it before fully putting it on your face
I think that’s a very good thing to try.
Our team still loved the Tatcha water cream the best
Compared to everything else.
They like this the second, third, and then fourth.
These two are my favorites.
I would probably pick this one over the Tatcha water cream
Because it is half the price.
So if you guys are interested in trying a dupe that has a
Similar texture to this water cream that bursts into water
This is something that’s definitely worth trying.
Next, we have Glamglow Supermud.
Let’s do a really quick review of muds/clay.
So what clays are really good for is that
They help absorb excess oils
As well as impurities from your skin.
And it also helps relieve your congested skin
So it’s perfect for combo to oily skin.
So what’s unique about Glamglow is that
They have 4.4% of an AHA/BHA blend
Which includes tartaric acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid
Which is BHA
Glycolic acid, as well as, mandelic acid.
There’s also charcoal
Which is really great for sucking out all of the impurities.
And it’s, at the end of the day, mostly just kaolin clay.
So a really quick refresher of kaolin clay versus bentonite clay –
Kaolin clay is fine-grained
With mild absorption properties
So it’s good for dry to normal skin.
And bentonite clay has stronger absorption properties
So it’s better for oily skin.
So on Reddit
A lot of people online do say that Glamglow is overpriced
It’s overrated at $59 for a 1.7 oz little jar
Because it’s mostly just made out of kaolin clay, which is what is in
Everything else that we’re gonna talk about.
What makes me the most excited about
Glamglow is the fact that you can see all the little
Impurities and all the oil spots from your skin when
You’re using this, and I find that so oddly satisfying.
And it does help brighten your skin
Because there is that blend of AHAs and BHA.
So for this charcoal mask, I’d say the
Texture and the color is very similar to the Glamglow.
It’s like this dark charcoal gray color
And it does dry very similarly to the Glamglow.
The only thing, is that it has apricot seed powder in here
That gives you a second step of exfoliation.
So this will be a physical exfoliant.
And then the glam glow
Because of the AHAs and the BHAs
Will be a chemical exfoliation.
So in the Derma E, there’s bentonite clay, kaolin clay
As well as activated charcoal
Which is similar to the Glamglow.
The Glamglow doesn’t have bentonite
But this one does.
It also has aloe, and there are also
Two types of antioxidant rich seaweed
So it is more hydrating than the Glamglow.
The rule of thumb is as soon as it dries rinse it off.
And you only need a thin layer for it to work its magic.
So the thing I love about Derma E is
That as a brand in general
All of their products are very sensitive skin safe
Which mean it’s very oily and dry
Dehydrated, combo skin safe, as well.
From what I’ve tried personally
It’s the most similar to the Glamglow.
There’s also the L’Oreal clay mask that Felicia has tried.
It has three different kinds of clays: kaolin
Montmorillonite, which is bentonite clay
Moroccan lava, as well as, charcoal powder.
Felicia says it dries exactly like the Glamglow
And that it can show you all of the impurities
Coming out of your pores.
And it tightens and firms as it dries
Which is very similar to the Glamglow.
The only thing, is that there aren’t any
Exfoliating assets In there, so it won’t give you as much
Of a clarifying as this would be.
But then it still does, for the most part, what the Glamglow does.
Then there is this Innisfree pore clearing clay mask
That looks like this.
A lot of people are saying they prefer the Innisfree over
The Glamglow because it’s so much more affordable
Compared to what this is.
I think the big jar of this is $14 for 3.38 oz
And this is $59 for 1.7.
This is a cult favorite for good reasons.
The volcanic ash in there is from Jeju Island
And they have like this special volcanic luster that can
Help absorb oils and impurities two times faster.
There’s also kaolin and bentonite clay
As well as lactic acid
So it does also help you gently exfoliate your skin.
But on the ingredients list, lactic acid is pretty far down
So I don’t think there’s too much of it, but
I think there’s enough to help with the clarifying effect.
This one, for sure, doesn’t dry the same as the former three.
It’s still, to me, feels a little wet when I remove it after ten minute.
But, regardless, it doesn’t give you that satisfying like
*dodododo* pore effect that the rest do.
But I still feel like it does help with clarifying.
It does help with cleansing and minimizing pores.
And the last one will be the Aztec clay that
I haven’t personally tried because I feel like my
dry/dehydrated cowboy skin would just turn into
Legit the Sahara Desert if I did try it.
But Felicia likes to say that both the Aztec clay
As well as the Glamglow mask are very intense masks.
So the way that she describes it is that both of these
Masks are very good and they’re very similar.
The Aztec clay is like
You can think of it as nature’s Supermud.
And Glamglow’s just like a fancier version of that with
A blend of AHAs and BHAs, which makes it more unique.
Aztec has its own naturally powerful ways to thoroughly
Draw impurities from the face
As she’s never experienced before prior to using it.
So for her, she says, “both are bang.”
But for the price tag, she’d should go with the Aztec clay
Because for a big jug, it’s very inexpensive compared to this.
So for the clay masks, I think the Glamglow is worth
Trying at least one time in your life.
Let’s say if you get a sample
Or if you can get the little pots
I think it’ll be fun to try once in your life.
But if you were to repurchase on a more regularly basis
Or use on a more regular base
There are different options that I feel does what it does.
And you can use AHAs and BHAs in other steps of your skincare routine.
So again, the most unique thing about this is there is a
4.4% of AHA and BHA blend.
Which I really feel like you can use exfoliating assets in
Your toner and your serums
As well as maybe even your moisturizer, if you need.
So I don’t think it’s something that you need in here
But it is definitely worth trying.
Next, we have the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Toner
Which is my personal favorite
And I got one of our members hooked on this.
She just keeps walking next to my desk and like, (sniff) “ahhh”
And then she’ll go back to work.
So the most unique thing about this toner is that there’s
Three different types of roses in here.
There’s rose fruit extract
There’s rose water and there’s rose oil
And there’s rose petals.
So this is filled with roses, but across all of these toners
Rose is the core ingredient.
So they all help with dryness and even texture
As well as your pores like making it appear smaller
So our team’s feedback while trying this toner was
“Whoa 100% perfect!
“Absorbs so quickly and makes my skin so soft and supple.”
And they did say something that really stuck with me.
They’re like, “It feels like my skin, but better.
It’s kind of like my lips, but better.
But it’s like my skin, but better.”
Let’s see if it compares to the rest.
So next up is the Mamonde Rose Water Toner.
This consistency is a little thicker.
It’s a little more like a water essence.
And although it is lightweight and watery
It is not like skin as this one is.
Personally, I actually really like this one.
Next, we have the Honeybelle, which has aloe leaf juice
Witch hazel, rosewood essential oil, and rose flower
Out of all of these, the ingredient list is the shortest.
But the only thing I would say is that
Because there is rosewood extract
I think it has a very warm, citrusy, comforting smell
But some of our team members are like
“No, it smells like something I can’t get used to.”
So I think smells, at the end of the day, are very
Subjective, so you should try it out for yourself to see.
This toner is the thinnest out of all of the toners that we
have, and it also absorbs very quickly
Which we think it’s a good thing.
Moving on to the Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Facial Mist.
For something that claims it’s a ‘hydrating’ face mist
I feel like it’s not as hydrating as I thought it would be
Especially compared to all of the other products that are here.
So, in here, there’s coconut water
Hibiscus flower, rose, and witch hazel
Which is a very similar profile to the Honeybelle.
But I would say out of all of these
I think the Fresh Deep Hydration Toner is still number one.
And then it’d be in this order.
And for our teammates, it’ll be like this.
Next up, we have Sunday Riley Good Genes
Which is something that I just finished using
So we don’t have it here with us.
It’s been a cult favorite.
And for good reason, I love how it just instantly
Brightens and evens the texture of your skin.
The first time I used it
I was like, “Dude, this is so crazy how instantly your face
Just feels so much brighter and so much
*daaaa* after using it.”
And the texture of Sunday Riley
It’s like this milky, a little iridescent, pearly cream.
Can’t really describe it. It’s pretty cool.
It is also slightly irritating.
Because it does have a concentrated dosage of lactic acid
It can be more irritating than the other products
We’re going to talk about.
So the first product we’re going to compare it to is the
Farmacy Honeymoon Glow.
It’s an AHA resurfacing night serum.
So this one has about 14% of AHAs and BHAs
Which I believe is a lot more than the Good Genes
If it only has 5%.
And this is almost half of the price
So a lot of people are saying this is a really really great
And awesome dupe for Good Genes
So the Farmacy Honeymoon Glow is a 3 in 1
Night serum that resurfaces, hydrates, and clarifies
Dull skin while you are asleep
With lactic acid, glycolic acid, citric acid
As well as fruit acids and willow bark
Which is a natural salicylic acid.
There’s also hyaluronic acid in there, which helps
Hydrate as it’s helping with all of the exfoliation.
There’s also the Derma E, which has 5% glycolic acid.
And, this to me, I feel like is probably the most sensitive
Out of all the other ones.
So a few nights ago, I was testing these two side by side.
One side of my face was the Farmacy.
One side of my face was the Derma E.
When I put on the Derma E, it actually made my skin
So much more brighter and smoother.
But when I put on the Farmacy, it was a little bit
Irritating to the point where you can visibly see redness.
And it did feel prolonged tingling that should not be prolonged.
So general rule of thumb:
These exfoliating acids
When you apply them, they should tingle for a bit
But it shouldn’t be prolonged tingling.
So if it is prolonged tingling, you should probably wash it off.
So the last one is The Ordinary Lactic Acid.
I believe there’s a 10%, as well as, a 5%.
So both of these are more watery in their texture
And it’s less irritating compared to the Farmacy
And the Good Genes.
So conclusion for these serums, I’d say the Derma E and
The Ordinary would be something great to start off with
If you’re new to exfoliating acids and AHAs in general.
And Farmacy is, for sure, a great dupe for Good Genes.
Next up is Drunk Elephant the B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel
The La Roche Posay Hyalu B5
And The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid + B5.
So starting with… Drunk Elephant.
There is vitamin B5 which hydrates
And helps to improve the skin’s barrier function.
There’s pineapple ceramides
Which help boost luminosity and improve the
Appearance of your skin’s texture and tone.
And there’s also sodium hyaluronate –
Hydrates to help reduce the appearance
Of fine lines and promotes firmness.
There’s also watermelon rind, apple, and lentil complex
Which provides hydration, improves moisture retention.
In theory, this serum should be very very hydrating.
It should do a lot for your skin.
But for me, it doesn’t really do that
As well as it sounds like it would.
And if you guys have a similar experience
Please let us know down below.
Or if this is very very hydrating for you
Or this works really well for you
Please let us know how you use it.
Because I feel like sometimes with these
Different types of products, there’s different ways
You can use it for different skin types.
And I really want to love this product
But it’s not as hydrating as I would like.
That said, it is very quick absorbing.
It does leave your skin feeling silky soft.
And it is very smooth.
And it’s as if your skin just like *slurp*, it just
Slurps everything up right as soon as you apply it.
Let’s start with the LA Roche Posay Hyalu B5 serum.
This one has a mucusy-like texture
But, to me, it’s a lot more moisturizing and hydrating
Compared to the Drunk Elephant
And out of these three, this one is my favorite.
I keep going back to this one.
And I just, I bought it pretty recently
And I’m almost halfway through the bottle
For The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% and B5
This also has a similar thick texture as La Roche Posay.
The way that our teammates describe this is that it just
Absorbs as if you didn’t apply anything to your skin.
And it is more moisturizing to me than the B-Hydra.
But if I had to rank these three, it’ll probably be like this.
This is $30, this is $52, and this is $6.80.
So with that in mind, I feel like if you want to see how
Your skin reacts to hyaluronic acid
This is definitely worth trying first
Because you can tell for $6.80
If your skin reacts positively to hyaluronic acid
Which, for the most part, it should.
And the last full comparison we’re going to do is the
Drunk elephant Marula Oil and The Ordinary Marula oil.
We’ve talked about this in a very recent video
And the conclusion, after using it for a few more weeks, is still the same.
I feel like the Drunk Elephant Marula Oil absorbed
Very very quickly into your skin.
And it doesn’t really leave any oily residue
Compared to The Ordinary.
This does absorb into your skin a lot better
Compared to other oils.
But if we’re comparing these two
The Drunk Elephant one for sure is
Super quick absorbing in your skin.
And it leaves my skin just feeling very
Soft and supple and hydrated.
If I were to use this at night, I wake up in the morning.
And sometimes even during the winter
I’ll have to use this during the daytime
Because it’s so cold and my face is so dry.
So the reason why this baby is $72
And this is $9.90 is because they go through like a
Patented process of extracting this oil.
So like we said in our previous video
If you want to try marula oil
Definitely start with this one.
The Ordinary at $9, like it’s less than ten dollars.
And if your skin reacts well to it
And you want to try something a little different
That could be better for your skin
Then it’s worth investing your money into
The Drunk Elephant Marula oil.
And this does come in a smaller bottle, as well as, sample sizes.
And because this video is already pretty long
I’m just gonna really quickly go through the next two.
So for the Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum
I really liked this when I was first using it.
But now that I use it
It didn’t have the same effect as it used to.
So, for me, something like this being $90
I’d much rather go for something like this –
Like the OzNaturals with vitamin E, rosehip, vitamin C 20, and hyaluronic acid.
To me, this serum
It’s like very fluid, very liquidy.
It works just as well.
There’s also the Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop
With pure vitamin E and centella extract.
So this, I’ve used before
It didn’t really change my skin that drastically
So it wasn’t really that memorable.
But I also feel like I didn’t try for long enough.
So for vitamin C, we’re gonna create a specific video
Dedicated to: What vitamin C is
The different types of vitamin C
What’s l’ascorbic acid
And how vitamin C can be very temperamental
And how it’s very sensitive to the light and all that.
So there will be an in-depth video comparing all of the
Vitamin C serums coming very soon!
So that’s this.
And then for the T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum.
So the main ingredient in here
Would be the glycolic night serum.
There’s a 12% AHA and BHA blend
So for something like this, similar products would be:
The Pixi Overnight Gel Serum
The Caudalie Glycolic Peel
And the Paula’s Choice 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant with Glycolic Acid
And there’s also this KraveBeauty toner
That has 5.25% glycolic acid.
So looking at this
I know like toner and serum is very different
But I feel like
The main purpose of this is to exfoliate your skin.
Then you can definitely get that
Exfoliating benefit from other products.
Or like from other steps of your skincare routine.
Similarly with the day serum
We’ll do a more in-depth review of the dupes for this
in an upcoming video.
I hope with this video, you learned a bit more about how
You can almost always find something that
Like a product that you like for a more affordable price.
Whether it works as well as the original product
That’s up for debate
But if you want to try out specific ingredients
If you want to try to specific products
There’s always a way.
That’s with anything in life
And that’s with anything in skincare.
So thank you guys again for joining us today.
We’ll see you in the next video.