As beauty enthusiasts, we have to admit that the addition of supposed holy grail beauty products into our routine can sometimes come with a hefty price tag.
But what’s a beauty junkie to do, especially when said products are worth their salt?
If you find yourself nodding along to this, well, you’re in luck because we’re pretty sure we have the ideal solution for all you (broke) beauty lovers out there: dupes.
For the confused out there, a dupe is actually a skincare or makeup product that is often similar to its more expensive counterpart in terms of performance and availability. Yes, they exist, and yes, they work just as well (if not better!) then said OG holy grail products.
Ready to get to saving some cash? We know we are!
Without further ado, here are the best holy grail dupes for both skincare and makeup that we’ve gathered:
1. La Mer Creme de la Mer V.S. Nivea Creme
Who hasn’t heard about the legendary face cream that costs SGD500 a pop in Singapore? That’s right, the La Mer Crème de la Mer is often regarded as one of the best moisturisers of all time, with it renewing and rejuvenating dry skin effortlessly.
A product that pretty much provides the same effect without the ginormous price tag? The Nivea Crème. Ingredients wise, it doesn’t have the same magic Kelp that the La Mer Crème de la Mer contains, but it has the same texture, consistency, and performance that its more expensive counterpart provides. Nice!
Still feeling apprehensive? Check out this article where a reporter slathers on La Mer Crème de la Mer on one side of her face and the Nivea Crème on the other for a whole month. The clear winner will probably convince you otherwise.
The La Mer Crème de la Mer is available at major departmental stores such as Tangs and Metro. It retails at SGD510.
2. Glamglow Supermud Cleaning Treatment V.S. Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask
A good clay mask is essential for drawing dirt and impurities out of your skin (as well as closing up those pesky pores), which is what made the Glamglow Supermud Cleaning Treatment quite so revolutionary when it was first released. This product even helps with blemishes, redness, and scars, leaving behind a clear, smooth complexion that users couldn’t seem to get anywhere else.
Well, until the Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask came along. Widely regarded as one of the best holy grail dupes around, it comes formulated with mud, collagen, green tea and charcoal to mimic the exact effects to your skin that the Glamglow Supermud Cleaning Treatment does. At more than half the price, too! We’re sold.
The Glamglow Supermud Cleaning Treatment is available at selected Sephora outlets and retails at SGD80 (50g).
The Elizavecca Milky Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask is available on Althea.kr and retails at SGD13.50.
3. Tatcha The Water Cream V.S. Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
Oily skin types love lightweight, gel-type moisturisers, which is precisely what elevated Tatcha The Water Cream into holy grail status in the months since it was released. This one also contains soothing Japanese botanicals that makes it suitable for those with sensitive skin.
A moisturiser that does the job just as well? The Laneige Water Sleeping Mask. Considered a cult product in its own right, this baby does pretty much everything the Tatcha does, with its gentle formula being suitable for all skin types as well.
Yes, and at practically half the price of the aforementioned Tatcha, and contains 20ml more product, too. You’re welcome.
The Tatcha Water Cream is available at selected Sephora outlets and retails at SGD98.
4. Bioderma Sensibio H2O Make-up Removing Micelle Solution V.S. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
Regarded as the best micellar water in the market, the Bioderma Sensibio H20 Make-up Removing Micelle Solution has been everyone’s favourite pick since its release. Gentle on skin all whilst removing makeup effortlessly, it didn’t have any competition until the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water emerged.
Much like the Bioderma Sensibio H2O Make-up Removing Micelle Solution, the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is also fragrance-free, soothing on skin, and suitable for all skin types— even sensitive. And it comes in at the low, low price of SGD14.30 for 400ml as compared to Bioderma’s SGD41.90 for 500ml.
With such similar formulations (and even packaging!), it’s no wonder the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is known to be one of the best holy grail dupes out there.
5. SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion V.S. Pixi Glow Tonic
Glycolic acid toners are downright magical when it comes to keeping breakouts, wrinkles, dullness, and congested skin at bay. It is precisely why so many people have cemented it into their makeup routines, which promptly propelled the SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion into holy grail status. Packed with AHAs and their unique ‘Pitera’, it effectively removes stubborn impurities from skin all whilst brightening it.
A product that does just as well in this regard? The Pixi Glow Tonic. With it being ideal for all skin types all while giving an even, brighter, and clearer complexion, it serves as stiff competition to the SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion.
Considering how Pixi contains 20ml more product and costs below SGD50, though, we might say that the Pixi Glow Tonic might have just squeaked past into a victory.
The SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion is available at major departmental stores such as Isetan and Metro and retails at SGD116.
The Pixi Glow Tonic is available at all Sephora outlets and retails at SGD44.
6. Sunday Riley Luna Night Sleeping Oil V.S. The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane
Sunday Riley products have been making waves for how great they are since they’ve arrived in Singapore (we even compiled a list of Sunday Riley’s best products, which you can check out) but there’s no denying that most of their products come with a steep price tag.
The ever-popular Sunday Riley Luna Night Sleeping Oil is no expection. This night oil supposedly works throughout the night to deliver radiant, luminous and even-toned skin, all while reducing the appearance of pores and wrinkles. Whoa.
And while that might sound impressive, so does The Ordinary Retional 1% in Squalone. This baby does just the same as its more expensive counterpart, with its effective formula and affordable price garnering rave reviews from beauty junkies and newbies alike. Score!
The Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil is available at selected Sephora outlets and retails at SGD148.
The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalone is available on Beautylish. It retails at SGD11 (includes shipping fees).
7. Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil V.S. The Body Shop Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution
Tea tree oil is a life saver when it comes to oily, acne-prone skin. Clearing skin buildup and allowing for a smooth, clear complexion is what most tea tree oil products claim to do, and the Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil is no different. With the addition of salicylic acid and cucumber seed oil in the mix, blemishes are instantly banished when it comes to this baby.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution is just as effective, though, combating blemishes and mattifying skin amazingly well. Plus, it comes with 15ml more formula, and costs below SGD50. If that isn’t a steal, we don’t know what is!
The Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil is available at selected Sephora outlets and retails at SGD113.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution is available at all The Body Shop outlets and retails at SGD32.90.
8. Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Milk V.S. Biore UV Perfect Face Milk
Uh, you know the products are pretty similar when even their names are close to identical. The competition isn’t surprising, though, considering how everyone needs a good sunscreen in their skincare routine.
You can’t talk about the best sunscreen in the market without mentioning the Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Milk, though. It is sweat-proof, water-proof, and provides long-lasting protection against the sun’s rays, with it coming in at SPF50+ PA++++.
All of which is extraordinarily similar to the Biore UV Perfect Face Milk, which even has Anessa’s characteristic lightweight texture that is easily absorbed into skin. Hmm, interesting! It comes with slightly less product than the Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Milk (40ml to 60ml), but looking at how it close to half the price, we’ll say it’s worth it.
The Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Milk is available at selected Watsons outlets and retails at SGD39.90.
9. Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade V.S. NYX Professional Makeup Tame & Frame Tinted Pomade
A brow pomade that glides on skin, gives you great pigmentation, and stays put all day? Well, you can get all of that with both the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade and the NYX Professional Makeup Tame & Frame Tinted Pomade.
The NYX one is widely regarded to be one of the best holy grail dupes out there, though, with it enhancing your natural brow shape and adding dimension effortlessly. Do note that it has a more limited shade range as compared to Anastasia’s— but we foresee that the five different shades in the range won’t pose much of a problem to most.
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade is available at selected Sephora outlets and retails at SGD35.
10. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara V.S. L’Oreal Lash Paradise
Who hasn’t heard about the legendary Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara? Referred to in many circles as the best mascara of all time, this baby volumises, separates, and curls short, stubby lashes and transforms into long, luscious lashes in an instant.
The SGD35 price tag can be a bit of a turn off, though, so opt for the L’Oreal Lash Paradise instead. As one of the best holy grail dupes out there, it creates out of this world volume and length that is guaranteed to have heads turning your way every time you so much as blink.
The Two Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is available at all Sephora outlets and retails at SGD35.
11. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner V.S. Maybelline Hypersharp Power Black Liner
A liquid liner that glides over your lash line to give a crisp, sharp line is what we’re looking for when it comes to eyeliners. Oh, and did we mention that they should also be smudge-proof, water-proof, and have amazing staying power to boot?
Luckily enough, both the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner and the Maybelline Hypersharp Power Black Liner is more than up to the task. Of course, the Maybelline one comes at half the price and works just as well, so if you’re looking to save some moolah, this is the best option out there.
The Kat Von D Tattoo Liner is available at all Sephora outlets and retails at SGD32.
12. Benefit The Porefessional Face Primer V.S. Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser
The similarities don’t just lie in the packaging and colour scheme, but in terms of what it can do for your skin, too! Both Benefit The Porefessional Face Primer and the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser works to minimise the appearance of pores and fine lines, giving you a smooth, even canvas after.
The Benefit The Porefessional Face Primer comes in a little more at 22ml worth of product (Maybelline is at 20ml), but the stark price difference between both is more than enough to make up for 2ml worth of product, we feel.
The Benefit The Porefessional Face Primer is available at all Sephora outlets and retails at SGD56 (22ml).
13. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Moonstone V.S. Colourpop Super Shock Highlighter in Lunch Money
There’s nothing that can quite get your glow on like a great highlighter. A particular favourite amongst beauty junkies? The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlight. The shade Moonstone is known to be super flattering on all skin tones, giving a beautiful, subtle pop of bronze on your cheeks.
For those strapped for cash, you’re in luck— the Colourpop Super Shock Highlighter does the exact same job, and at less than half the price. Both pretty much come in the same texture and consistency, too, though the Colourpop one is a hint more buttery than the Becca.
The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Moonstone is available at all Sephora outlets and retails at SGD58.
The Colourpop Super Shock Highlighter in Lunch Money is available on its site. It retails at SGD8.
14. Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette V.S. NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Shadow Palette Warm Neutrals
The iconic Urban Decay Naked Palettes are always at the top of the list when it comes to holy grail makeup items any beauty enthusiast should own. Availability aside, of course (R.I.P the Naked Palette), they’re also notoriously pricey for a set of twelve shadows, going up to SGD83 just for a set.
Thankfully, there are more than enough dupes going around when it comes to these babies. Our favourite pick has to be the NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Shadow Palette in Warm Neutrals. It is an almost exact match for the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette, cementing its spot as one of the best holy grail dupes in the market right now.
The Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette is available at all Sephora outlets and retails at SGD83.
15. Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation V.S. Maybelline SuperStay 24H Full Coverage Foundation
The more expensive the foundation, the better it is, right? Wrong! These days, drugstore foundations are truly stepping up their game to provide high coverage, long-lasting, and weightless formulas that truly rival their luxury counterparts.
One such instance is the Maybelline SuperStay 24H Full Coverage. It is virtually identical to the luxe Huda Beauty in terms of performance, though we’ll give it to Huda Beauty for having more shade variations. Still, a great option when it comes to being one of the best holy grail dupes there is!
The Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation is available at selected Sephora outlets and retails at SGD75.
16. Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored V.S. Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in Ambush
The only difference between the two is in texture— the Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored has a more soft matte finish, while the Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in Ambush is more towards a satin, glossier finish.
Nevertheless, both shades are extremely alike, and both has great lasting power as well as hydration abilities. Score!
The Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored is available at all Sephora outlets and retails at SGD36.
The Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in Ambush is available on its site. It retails at SGD9.
17. Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick in Lady Balls V.S. Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red
High pigmentation, amazing staying power, and all with a super easy to use applicator tip? Yup, there is virtually no difference between the Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick in Liquid Balls and Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red.
The shade is identical as well, barring from the more luxe packaging courtesy of Too Faced. Honestly, you won’t be missing out on much by purchasing the Sephora one instead.
The Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick in Lady Balls is available at all Sephora outlets and retails at SGD
The Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red is available at all Sephora outlets. It retails at SGD19.