7 Cheap Swaps for Luxe Skin Care Products
Can't understand who would drop $145 on a night cream? You really won't get it after you try this $16 imitation! Here are the cheapie products that work just as well as their high-end counterparts
For her, the mere thought of buying a drugstore skin care product makes her die a little inside.
Now don't get us wrong, we have nothing against beauty brand junkies. And we're the first to admit that cleansing with Clarins gives us not-so-cheap thrills, too. But what's a beauty editor on a budget to do? Find cheaper alternatives that work just as well as those crazy spendy products, of course.
See the 7 cheap swaps for high-end skin care products now.
Here's a little insider secret: While some prestige brands have hefty price tags to cover their high quality ingredients, a good chunk of their production costs go to their fancy-looking packaging. In fact, many brands spend more resources designing the package than creating the formula itself. On the flip side, drugstore brands' bucks go into researching the product formulas -- which means much of what you can buy for $20 or less at CVS is pretty damn similar to what you'll pay $80 and up for at the department store.
That's why we went to skin care expert Paula Begoun, best-selling author of "Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me," to find out which drugstore products are truly comparable with high-end faves. Now you too can have flawless skin like your Sephora-obsessed friend -- except with more cash in your pocket to spend at H&M, too.
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