Tuesday, December 18, 2012

As Requested: Reviews and Dupes from My Most Expensive Face- Skincare Edition

I was requested to do reviews and dupes for some of the products from My Most Expensive Face- Skin Care Edition. This is going to prove to be quite difficult for me because I haven't tried a lot of drug store brands, so I might cheat and just use some less expensive alternatives.

Eye makeup remover: 
Biotherm Biocils Lash Optimizer- $31
This dual phased product is supposed to removed stubborn eye makeup and condition lashes. I agree that this is a fantastic eye makeup remover, but I don't know how well it "conditions" my lashes. This expensive eye makeup remover could easily be replaced with:
Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover that's only $6.99

Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner- $34
This product is an exfoliating toner so there isn't much to compare it to. It uses fruit acids from tamarind to exfoliate and white nettle to tighten pores. It's very gentle on the skin so I can even use it when I have a cold and my noses is sore and full of dead skin. The only thing I can compare this to, but do not prefer, is the Clinique Clarifying Lotion in Level 3 for $16. It has a lot more chemicals in it and is definitely not as gentle.

Day Cream: 
Dr. Brandt's Pores No More Anti-Ageing Mattifying Lotion- $60
This lotion contains apple stem cells to fight signs of ageing and retinol to stimulate cell turnover and keep lines at bay. It also helps to reduce pores and keep the skin mattified throughout the day. I also like the yellow colouring of the product to instantly reduce some redness. What's a cheaper alternative? The Olay Professional Pro-X Clear Acne Protocol and the entire set is only $40. The set includes the cleanser, toner, and lotion. This product uses Salicyclic acid to fight breakout and Ginseng to fight lines. I personally find retinol to be more effective ingredient but if you are sensitive to that, try Olay.

Night Serum: 
Neostrata's Skin Brightener - $72.50
This intensive serum contains 20% Vitamin C. This helps to fight discolorations in the skin but is VERY strong on the skin and you will see a vast improvement after the first couple of nights. This product is not for anyone with sensitive skin. A cheaper alternative to this is the Body Shop's Vitamin C Skin Booster- $26. It uses Vitamin C and E to brighten and soften the skin, as well as brazil nut oil to hydrate the skin. If you have sensitive, dry skin, choose the Body Shop option, if you want to see results fast, use Neostrata.

I have to admit, this was a tough challenge for me. Some of the products on the list I bought because I found them unique. These were the best dupes I could give as I have at least tried all these.

Are there any other products that you want me to find a dupe for?


  1. I love the olay lotions! I have the acne set from them, and it's the best!

    1. I couldn't find the price of the lotion by itself. Any idea what the cost is?

  2. this review is awesome :)
    great post!


  3. this was really helpful, I'm definitely going to try these dupes! I'm a massive Olay fan already but haven't tried the Pro X Acne range before, will have to see if I can find it here in the UK x

    1. It's a fairly new line so if it isn't available now, it should be shortly.

  4. I love finding affordable dupes! I have tried the Neutrogena makeup remover and like it but I'll go even cheaper and get the store brand version of it.

  5. I might need to give some of these products a try!(:

    P.S My give away closes on the 22nd be sure to enter!

    1. I'm not one for giveaways but I will check out your blog.

  6. Thanks for posting this! Very cool post! Hugs from Cali! Happy Holidays! xx The Golden Girls

  7. I love dupe posts! Great read :)

    Kimberley x

  8. Great post - love it!!!
    And I cant believe how cheap especially Clinique is for you guys, here in Australia a 200ml bottle of Clarifying Lotion is almost double the price at AUD$38!!! Clarins is a little more expensive, but only by a smidge!!
    You are so lucky!!

    1. I'm not big on Clinique so for me it doesn't really matter. Also, to be fair, Clinique is number 1 in Canada for prestige skincare.

  9. Thanks for the tips! Sometimes it doesn't pay to get lower priced because it can mean low quality.

    1. That's how I feel. The cheaper option is only worth it if it's on par or better.

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  11. I wanna try that mattifying lotion now!!!