Friday, April 8, 2011

Friday's Fabulous Find - Drugstore Dupes!

Who doesn't love a dupe for a more expensive product...anyone?  Well this Friday I thought I'd share an article I came across last week by Paula Begoun's team.  Read on to find their suggested drugstore dupes for everything from skin care to lipgloss. As always, let me know your thoughts.  Have a great Friday everyone!

How to Find Department Store Doubles at the Drugstore

By Paula's Choice Team Contributors, Daynah Burnett and Desiree Stordahl

Why splurge when you can find better for less?

If you tend to indulge in makeup and skin care from high-end department stores, The Paula's Choice Team is here to save the day! Not only can we save you lots of money, but we can guide you toward looking sensational and feeling beautiful no matter where you shop. Our 30 years of research proves without question that there are equal or even better products available at the drugstore or online for a fraction of the price!

You know that on, The Paula's Choice Team diligently helps you sort through the products and the hype—from the designer brands to the bargain bin. Since we research, review, and test cosmetics in all price ranges, we constantly encounter nearly identical products we find at the department store right on the drugstore shelf. We’ve looked at it all and set out to narrow down the top products in each price category to show how much you could save without giving up looking gorgeous.
If you can get past the misconception that “expensive equals better,” we promise you’ll feel just as beautiful and spend hundreds less on skin care that works!

If you like this Department Store Skin-Care favorite . . . then you’ll love this Drugstore-priced recommendation!
Your $$Saved!
Laura Mercier
Foaming One-Step Cleanser($35)
 Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser ($6.59)
Estee Lauder
Re-Nutriv Intensive Softening Lotion ($40)
 Jason Natural  Red Elements Calming Toner ($13)
Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc.
Factor-A Plus Mask ($81)
 Paula’s Choice 2% Beta-Hydroxy Acid Lotion ($18.95)
Kate Somerville
Anti Bac Clearing Lotion ($39)
 Oxy Spot Treatment ($5.95)
    or Paula’s Choice CLEAR Extra Strength Acne-Fighting Treatment ($17.95) 
Daytime Moisturizer
Peter Thomas Roth
Un-Wrinkle Day SPF 20 ($90)
 Olay  Complete Ageless Skin Renewing UV Lotion SPF 20 ($14.99)
    or Paula’s Choice Moisture Boost Daily Restoring Complex SPF 20 ($20.95)
Nighttime Moisturizer
Super Rescue Antioxidant Night Moisturizer ($42.50)
 CeraVe  Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM ($13.99)
    or Paula’s Choice RESIST Barrier Repair Moisturizer ($22.95)
Dr. Brandt
UV SPF 30 ($32)
 Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 30 ($8.99)
Body Moisturizer
B. Kamins, Chemist
Bio-Maple Body Lotion ($36)
 Eucerin Daily Replenishing Lotion ($7.79)
    or Paula’s Choice Slip Into Silk Body Lotion ($16.95)

Total Savings = up to $293.25

We’ve matched department store makeup products with their drugstore doppelgangers in texture, wear, and shade selection—so you don’t have to spend a fortune to look like a million bucks!

If you like this Department Store Makeup favorite . . . then you’ll love this Drugstore-priced recommendation!
Your $$Saved!
w/ SPF
Mat Lumiere Long Lasting Luminous Matte Makeup SPF 15($54)
 Avon Perfect Wear Extralasting Liquid Foundation SPF 15 ($12)
    or Paula’s Choice Best Face Forward Foundation SPF 15 ($14.95)
Foundation w/o SPF
Natural Finish Oil-Free Makeup($38)
  Cover Girl TruBlend Liquid Makeup ($9.59)
Tinted Moisturizer
the supernatural superbeautiful spf 20 ($30)
 Paula’s Choice Barely There Sheer Matte Tint SPF 20 ($14.95)
Pressed Powder
Bobbi Brown
Sheer Finish Pressed Powder($32)
 Paula’s Choice Healthy Finish Pressed Powder SPF 15 ($14.95)
Multiple Bronzer ($38)
 Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Sun Glow Powder Bronzer ($12.99) 
Cheek Shade ($28)
 L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Blush ($10.95)
Matte Lipstick
Estee Lauder
Double Wear Stay-in-Place Lipstick ($22)
 Revlon Matte Lipstick ($7.99)
Lip Color
w/ SPF
Trish McEvoy
Beauty Booster SPF 15 Lip Gloss($25)
 e.l.f. Cosmetics Super Glossy Lip Shine SPF 15 ($1)
    or Paula’s Choice Sheer Cream Lipstick SPF 15 ($10.95)
Liquid Liner ($22)
 Physician’s Formula Eye Definer Felt-Tip Eye Marker ($6.95)
Eye Shadow
Eye Shadow ($14.50)
 Wet ‘n’ Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Singles ($1.99)  
DiorShow Iconic Mascara ($27)
 Maybelline  The Colossal Volum’ Express Colossal Mascara ($5.99)
    or Paula’s Choice Great Big Lashes Mascara ($9.95)

Total Savings = $231.15


  1. Thanks for posting this! I'm bookmarking this page for a reference guide. (Oh and thanks for posting my giveaway on your side bar!)

  2. Marie - Thanks, and of course, you have a FABULOUS giveaway going on!

  3. Wow that is so cool! Thanks for this Tracy, very useful!

  4. LOVE her tips. Her book was one of my very first beauty book purchases!

    p.s.) FINALLY sent your package today...I am a terrible giveaway host! Yipes!


  5. Love Paula! Her book was my Beauty Bible for awhile there!
    Thanks Tracy!

  6. There's always a cheaper dupe out there somewhere! Just because a product is "high end" doesn't mean its better in my opinion!! Thanks for sharing this list!

  7. Thank you so much for uploading this post. I love finding dupes for high end products~ xox

  8. Thanks for the post! I will have to try some of these out, although to be honest I am a bit sceptical, particularly when it comes to the Maybelline mascara...

  9. Thanks for all the comments..also if any of you have tried BOTH the high & low end I'd be curious to hear your thoughts :)

  10. Oh my gosh thank you so much for doing this post! So awesome.

    I had been wondering if there were dupes for certain products!


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