💰BEST Affordable Dupes for Sephora’s BEST SELLER Skincare Products 💸: For ALL Skin Types
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💰BEST Affordable Dupes for Sephora’s BEST SELLER Skincare Products 💸: For ALL Skin Types


Welcome back beauties! We’re gonna start something new with these Saturday videos. For now, bye Fel 🙂 (Fel: Byeee!) Starting this week, every Saturday Fel and I will each take a video and dive into topics or things that are specific to our skin type. So for this video, I looked through Sephora’s best-selling skincare list, picked products that I was most familiar with, scanned through my brain, and scoured the depths of the internet to find affordable dupes for each of them. My personal philosophy is that if you can save money, save your money girl! If you know a product that works well with your skin, but it happens to be more expensive, look at the active ingredients and see if you can find a product with similar ingredients that are more affordable. So this is what we’re gonna be covering most of today. Let’s get started ~ Let’s start with SK-II’s Pitera Facial Treatment Essence. This is a holy grail for many people. So Pitera is a fancy name for galactomyces ferment filtrate. That is a mouthful! And it is a bio ingredient derived from yeast fermentation that resembles our skin’s natural moisturizing factors. And it contains over FIFTY micronutrients like, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and organic acids, to condition the skin’s natural function. SK-II is something that Felicia and I have both had for a few years now, and it’s something that we just generally don’t gravitate towards as much. Many many people on reddit, on blogs, on the internet – everywhere – have said Missha is the number one dupe for SK-II. So 90% of this [Time Revolution Essence] is made up of Himalayan purple barley yeast extract, which contains a rich amount of amino acids and peptides to help the skin’s cellular renewal and improve collagen synthesis. Fermented yeast extract also plays a role in soothing skin irritation, keeps skin hydrated and moisturized, and reduces skin damage. So is Missha really a dupe for SK-II? It’s yes and no. We both contain a form of yeast, but these forms are quite different. Yeast extract comes from a pasteurization process, whereas fermentation of yeast comes about when you make alcohols or even bread. And it’s when the yeast cells run out of oxygen and begins to ferment. So THIS is why SK-II charges the amount of money that it does. But if you do want to try the galactomyces ferment filtrate, there are three other products that you can try. One of them is the CosRX Galactomyces 95 Toner Balancing Essence. So this is formulated with 95% of the galactomyces ferment filtrate. So if you want to see if your skin will like [it], this is a great start. And there’s also niacinamide, as well as hyaluronic acid, to help you soothe and moisturize your skin. So this is the CosRX. There’s also Purito. This one is the Galacto Niacin 97 Power Essence. It’s made with 92% galacto ferment filtrate and has 5% niacinamide. So these two [Purito & CosRX] are quite similar. And in the Purito, there’s also yeast extract, as well as rice probiotic bacteria. So this is pretty interesting! I would highly recommend the Purito Essence, as well as the CosRX. And the last one that I want to mention is the iUNIK. Hopefully I’m pronouncing that right… The Rose Galactomyces Essential Toner. It’s made with 70% rose flower water and 10% ferment filtrate so I feel like this is more comparable. And it smells a lot like Fresh Deep Rose Hydration Toner with the floating roses in there. But I thought I just mentioned this because it does have 10% of the galactomyces ferment filtrate. So if you are more dry skin, if you have more sensitive skin, this is great. There’s no fragrance in here, but it does smell heavily – heavily – of roses. So there you have it – SK-II! Next we have the Drunk Elephant Lala Retro. So THIS is something that I’ve repurchased many times in the past. And then [at] the beginning of Beauty Within, we loved using everything Drunk Elephant. But I think there’s a reason why Felicia and I both haven’t been repurchasing a lot of their products. It’s not that they’re not GOOD. There’s a reason why they sell like hotcakes and are best-sellers on Sephora. For us, we found alternatives or we just tend to gravitate towards other products. So for Drunk Elephant’s Lala Retro specifically, the star ingredients are the six rare African oils. And there’s also a ceramide complex, as well as hyaluronic acid and fermented green tea extract, which is really high in antioxidants. The ingredients that are in Lala Retro are MASSIVELY and HEAVILY moisturizing and very very good for your skin. Especially if you’re leaning more towards dry/dehydrated. What I’m SO excited about is to share with you guys the Paula’s Choice Omega Complex Moisturizer. This has just completely taken over Drunk Elephant and my heart

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100 thoughts on “💰BEST Affordable Dupes for Sephora’s BEST SELLER Skincare Products 💸: For ALL Skin Types

  1. Avoid galactomyces if you do have fungal acne because it will only worsen and spread the problem since fungal acne, unlike any other acne, it is an overgrowth of YEAST that hangs around from the hair follicles and galactomyces is a nutrient dense form of yeast and will only feed the already existent yeast from your pores.

  2. Ur hair looks super cute here!! I rlly appreciate how u guys talk abt prices and affordability it makes this channel way more accessible

  3. In every video the inkey list tranexamic acid night treatment is not for sale anywhere at all on any sites😣why is that

  4. Will y’all see if the cetaphil daily advance lotion is a dupe for the first aid beauty moisturizer? I recently replaced my first aid beauty with this bc I didn’t want to pay $30 a month and I have super dry skin and nothing worked for me as well as the first aid beauty UNTIL I found this cetaphil🖤🖤🖤

  5. I’m confused. The Ordinary suggests mixing its pure L-Ascorbic Acid with pretty much anything. But, if you mix it with a product containing water, doesn’t it loose like 80% of its efficacy? Even if you mix it with a non-water based product, if you put it on your skin, and the skin is still hydrated, won’t that water oxidize the powder making it less efficient as well??

  6. What a way to start your vacay is with a good video from my favorite beauties and i have the dupe from the the inkey list the Tranexamic night time treatment and i absolutely love it !! I picked it up during the sephora sale and got 20% off !!! Love you ladies !!!💗💗💗💗💗🍹🍹🍹🍹☀️☀️☀️

  7. Are these products suggested in this video recommended for a 20 year old? 😅 I'm starting to get dryer skin and have not have a good practice of using skincare products. But would really love to try out some that does the job well with reasonable pricepoint.

  8. Maybe off-topic but I'd love to see fashion hauls because both of you guys totally fit my sense of fashion and your outfits ALWAYS look bomb!! <3

  9. I have the Iunik toner and I love it, I apply a good amount with my hands and It leave my skin very hydrated, also I enjoy the beautiful smell of roses.

  10. Omg thank you guys. Your channel has helped me soo much and now I know how to take care of my skin properly. Once again thank you😘

  11. For future videos, would love more dupes for green tea/rice/mugworth products if you can. I know they're a dime a dozen now in K-beauty, but just in case you guys can manage that, that would be great. So far, I have nothing but praise for this new series you've started. SOOO wonderful and such a treat to watch. Thank you for your time and effort in making this <3 sharing with all my family and friends now…

  12. Just want to say I started to watch skincare videos last week, and mainly you guys, and in 3-4 days after using hydro.. acid and retinol products I really truly saw a difference in my face. Thank you so much for your videos!

  13. Kiehls dark spot didn’t do anything for me. I went for The ordinary Alpha Arbutin and I started to see my spots lighting up. That in combination with the vit c am and retinoid pm.

  14. Could you guys please review Environ products? I'm not sure if you get it in the US but they're a pretty cool skincare brand

  15. Acure night cream has almost the exact same peptides as the protini peptide cream just in a richer formula. It’s almost like a lala retro protini hybrid cream for a loooot less!

  16. Hi Beauty Within! Can you also post on each video the outfit details for each of the hosts. I always like the clothing they wear. Please give us the details. Great job to the style team 👍

  17. The Tatcha Water Cream is like my holy grail moisturizer. I keep coming back to it, but I’m really curious about the Make P:rem Micro Tension Cream to see if it gives me everything I need like the TWC. I agree with you about Drunk Elephant. While I do LOVE the Framboos Glycolic Night Serum most of their stuff is way overpriced. I didn’t really notice much of difference when using their products

  18. Have you tried Paula’s choice new fave moisturizer with electrolytes? I heard you can feel the burst so thought it might be a similar feeling as the Tatcha water cream

  19. You guys are becoming one of my new faves. I watched a video where you reviewed some fresh beauty (bought the soy face wash and the rose toner, verdict is not out) and you had me going back to my Dr Jart+ green cream, the one in the tube…. I don't think I gave it a good enough chance in the first place, but it is a bit magical and can kick red out quickly! Thanks for that reminder.

  20. I hope you can come up with an episode/series where you take video questions from viewers that need help with their skin issues.

  21. I can't wait to try the Purito deep sea cream. I used the Belief aqua bomb over the summer and while I found it to be a lovely moisturizer, I finished using it in just a couple months and for nearly $40, I was bummed at how quickly I went through it.

  22. Rowena- try the Clearly corrective! I feel like half the bad reviews are from people who never use sunscreen so it just cancels out. It is also PHENOMENAL for asian skin. I love it over Glow Recipe Pineapple, Herbivore Prism, even the COSRX triple c serum!!

  23. I currently use the Clinique moisture surge hydrating concentrate + moisture surge intense creme. I have dry and dehydrated skin and it works well, but I was wondering if there is something more affordable on the market especially because I live in Switzerland and here we don't have as much products even at Sephora, in my city you can't find all the brands as in USA. Have you ever tried Clinique products? What's your opinion on them? Are there more affordable dupes? Love your channel <3 greetings from Switzerland

  24. I swear by the SK-II pitera essence. It helped my face with brightening and hydration without feeling heavy, my skin loves it! I have tried the missha as well but it didn't give me the same effect

  25. Can you provide suggestions of how to use all these products “together”— say like a typical week/“day in the life”? You may have already made a video, so if you can point me in the right direction, that would be great! Thank you!

  26. I’ve seen so many people saying Missha and Secret Key are dupes for SKII, and I wanted it to save money so I tried. BUT in the end, I had to bust out the piggy bank and go back to SKII. 🤦‍♀️

  27. The rose ingredient in Biossance product is rose essential oil, which is completely different from Rose hip/fruit Oil. Both are very good and important aromatherapy ingredient, but they belong to different categories.

  28. This might be weird but would you guys review Medline’s skincare products? They are a hospital brand but they sell their products online and I really like their moisturizers!

  29. Thanks for posting this super useful video. Could you please post a dupe video for hair care products? I would love to find a dupe for DRYBAR Prep Rally Prime & Prep Detangler.

  30. Absolutely loooved this video – thank you. I've been using Dr Hart Ceramidin (which has been ok) – but never knew there was water moisturiser.

    Here's a Q for you BW: I have dry dehydrated skin (and live in Australia and it's very dry where I live) and I've always wondered can you ever get rid of dry dehydrated skin? Even though I'm using products for my skin type and testing what's working best. Do people stay with the same skin type for ever? Or do you always have dry or dehydrated skin and just have to learn to live/manage it?

    Maybe a silly Question – but interested to know what others think.

  31. I've recently have switched to using clean/green products in my skincare routine and am IN LOVE with Eminence Organics! Has Beauty Within ever experimented or tried the brand? Does anyone else enjoy this brand? I feel like it's very appropriately priced for the quality of products! 😀

  32. Seriously, we need to stop encouraging mixing emulsions with diffrent form of reactive agents. It causes instable photoaging reactions and it's a waiste of your money. Stick to pharmacy dermatologist created emulsions and stick to intutive evidensebased skincare to adress patogenic indications. Everything is chemichal. The diffrence is that FDA does regulate pharmacy dermatologist created emulsions. This makes me sad with perfume scents and whatnots mixed without knowing chemistry or basic biology.

  33. Loving the new video format. I think it’s such a great idea. Absolutely love your guys videos. There’s so many products out there and you ladies definitely help navigating the world of skincare easier. My favourite YouTuber’s.

  34. Love how you both always give great info and options.
    Would love some dupes for Sunday riley please 😊 and may also recommended routines to cover what should be in a evening and day. 😘🐼

  35. All these products are trash trust me read the ingredients they are just full of harmless chemicals. We don’t need random chemicals unless it’s to solve a problem like vitamin C

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  37. Hi ladies! I hear the praises of Color Science Total Eye 3 in 1 Renewal, but it is $69. Are you aware of any less expensive dupes or similar products? Thanks very much! I love your videos

  38. Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence is another dupe for SKII, I think it actually has something like 94% Galactomyces and SKII is 90%. I think it might be a little bit lighter in texture but it’s pretty comparable. I’ve used the Missha one as well, it’s a bit more viscous than the SKII but like everybody says it’s a pretty good dupe too.

  39. Would you please have a review on ISIS Pharma products? They are quite expensive and I'm wondering if they are truly effective or not.

  40. Has anyone stumbled upon the brand Babor?? I’ve used their moisturizer for dry skin but I feel like it doesn’t work so much for me anymore

  41. I Was Wondering What Product’s Would You Splurge On ? I’m Oily Combo Acne Prone Skin And I Do Like My Drugstore Cleansers and Toners But I Feel Like I Should Splurge On a Good Moisturizer Am I Right ? 🤔 I Can’t Splurge on My Whole Skin Care Routine But I Do Feel Higher E.N.D. Brands Give You More Of What You Need, So I Where Can I Splurge and Where Can I Save Money 🤔 #HelpMe lol

  42. Missha Time Revolution Essence ($32)

    Mizon Original Skin Energy Peptide 500 ($18)

    Paula’s Choice Omega + Complex Moisturizer ($29.75)

    Paula’s Choice Advanced Smoothing Treatment with 10% AHA ($27.75)

    The Inkey List Tranexamic Acid Night Treatment ($14.99)

    The Ordinary Organic Cold-Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil ($9.80)

    The Ordinary Plant-Derived Squalane Oil ($7.90)

    The Ordinary 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder ($4.47 – 5.80)

    Make P:rem Micro Tension Cream ($23.92)

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