BEST KOREAN DUPES FOR EXPENSIVE PRODUCTS
Many Korean Beauty products have a cult following in their own right and for good reason – they are highly effective, contain stellar ingredients and are very reasonably priced.
But some K-Beauty products also contain similar ingredients to more expensive skincare products. Which ones can you swap over and what’s the price saving?
STYLE STORY investigates:
SWAP: ESTEE LAUDER ADVANCED NIGHT REPAIR FOR MISSHA TIME REVOLUTION SCIENCE ACTIVATOR AMPOULE
Estee Lauder’s famous serum contains active ingredient Bifida Ferment Lysate, as well as other ingredients that claim to heal, repair, hydrate and aid cell turnover. Missha’s Time Revolution Science Activator Ampoule (affectionately known as the Borabit Ampoule) also contains Bifida Ferment Lysate, along with a whopping 9 other fermented ingredients, multiple peptides, plant extracts and niacinamide .
Unlike Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, Missha’s serum contains no irritants or acne triggers.
Price Swap: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair ($150 for 50ml) vs Missha Time Revolution Science Actiavor Ampoule ($49.95 for 50ml) = $100.05 saving
SWAP: FRESH’S SUGAR FACE POLISH FOR SKINFOOD’S BLACK SUGAR MASK
Fresh’s Sugar Face Polish is an exfoliating scrub with a brown sugar base that contains strawberry seeds to exfoliate, as well as calendilia wax and fruit seed oils.
Skinfood Black Sugar Wash Off Mask contains many of the same ingredients as Fresh’s version, but at a 7th of the price. No wonder it is one of Korean beauty brand Skinfood’s best-selling products and winner of Sure Magazine’s “No 1 Facial Scrub of the Year”.
Price Swap: Fresh Sugar Face Polish ($114 for 125ml) vs Skinfood Black Sugar Wash Off Mask ($14.95 for 100g) = $99.05 saving
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SWAP: ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS BROW WIZ FOR TONY MOLY’S LOVELY EYEBROW PENCIL
Anastasia Beverly Hills may be legendary for their eyebrow products and services, but unfortunately so are the prices. With a brow pencil and spoolie similar to Anastasia’s and a crayon texture that makes it easier to work with and create more realistic, feathery brows, Tony Moly’s Lovely Eyebrow Pencil is a beauty bargain that doesn’t skimp on quality.
Price Swap: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz ($38.95) vs Tony Moly Lovely Eyebrow Pencil ($6.95) = $32 saving
SWAP: SKII FACIAL TREATMENT ESSENCE FOR MISSHA TIME REVOLUTION FIRST TREATMENT ESSENCE
SK II’s pricey essence contains “Pitera” as its star ingredient, a yeast derived from the sake making process. Missha’s First Treatment Essence also contains a yeast derived the same family as Pitera, although this one is from beer.
Missha’s beloved essence is packed with 90% fermented yeast concentrate, as well as Niacinamide for brightening. It is also free from parabens, fragrances, alcohol, colorants, silicon and mineral oil, meaning it can be used on even the most sensitive skin.
Price Swap: SKII Facial Treatment Essence ($210 for 160ml) vs Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence ($49.95 for 150ml) = $160.05 saving (minus 10ml)
SWAP: BENEFIT GIMME BROW EYEBROW MASCARA FOR CLIO TINTED TATTOO KILL BROW
Benefit’s signature Gimme Brow product contains tiny microfibers that adhere to skin & hairs, creating fullness and definition. Clio’s version works slightly differently by combining two products in one, with a dual-type brow pen and a mascara.
Clio Tinted Tattoo Kill Brow was so popular when it first launched it sold over 1 million products within the first 6 months. And it’s no wonder why – with a tattoo effect that is so long-lasting you can go swimming with your eyebrows still on fleek – this is one K-beauty product worth swapping over to.
Price Swap: Benefit Gimme Brow ($39) vs CLIO Tinted Tattoo Kill Brow ($23.95) = $15.05 saving
SWAP: THE EMMA HARDIE MORINGA CLEANSING BALM FOR BANILA CO CLEAN IT ZERO PURITY
The Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm is a rich and oily cleanser containing grape seed and sweet almond oil. It works to break down makeup and remove stubborn eyeliner and mascara. Banila Co’s Clean It Zero Purity works just the same, but for half the price. It also contains no mineral oil, making it perfect for sensitive skin types.
Price Swap: Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm ($65 for 100ml) vs Banila Co Clean It Zero Purity ($32.95 for 100ml) = $32.05 saving
SWAP: BIOLOGIQUE RECERCHE P50 LOTION FOR COSRX BHA BLACKHEAD POWER LIQUID
Biologique’s Lotion P50 is an all-in-one toner, balancer and exfoliating lotion that helps speed up the epidermis’ natural exfoliating process. COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid is quickly becoming a cult Korean Beauty product for its ability to prevent the formation of blemishes before they even occur. It is an oil-soluble chemical exfoliant that clears dead skin cells from deep within pores to minimise their appearance and prevent breakouts.
Price Swap: Biologique Lotion P50 ($87 for 145g) vs COSRX Blackhead BHA Power Liquid ($21.95 for 100ml)= $65.05 saving
THE STYLE STORY VERDICT?
If you’re looking to save moosh without scrimping on quality, Korean Beauty products offer a perfect alternative to pricier western products.
Not only do they contain similar ingredients, they also don’t sacrifice on results, meaning your skin and your bank account will love Korean Beauty products too!
What are the best Korean dupes for expensive products that you’ve found? Let us know in the comments!