Oola’s the name; balling on a budget is our game. And while we pride ourselves in our ability to find diamonds in the rough (aka a messy Goodwill rack), we humbly admit that thrift shopping has all but ruined our perceptions of how beauty, fashion, and other similar items should be priced.
If you’re like us, you’re hesitant to dish out extra cash in the name of, well, brand names. The solution for those with a champagne taste and beer pocket? Dupes, or cheaper alternatives of similar (and sometimes better) quality as name brand items.
We’ve scoured the internet for the absolute best dupes of popular beauty and fashion items, from high-end cosmetics to trademark designer wardrobe staples. Treat yo’self and your wallet.
Leggings and a comfy shirt have become our Official Quarantine Uniform, but spending almost a hundred bucks on a pair of glorified long johns seems...unappealing. These Sunzel leggings on Amazon offer a perfect solution for those longing for Lululemon’s “buttery-soft” fabric but not their “shockingly-high” price tag.
Yep, Vitamin C is not just for stopping colds, folks. A potent Vitamin C serum can lift, brighten, and reverse the aging 2020 inevitably wrought on all of our faces. But don’t add to the stress wrinkles with a hefty price tag; Derma E vitamin C serum is a great, affordable alternative to the cult-favorite product, Drunk Elephant serum.
There are few things more humbling than looking at one’s own webcam feed, but you can help keep your face looking fresh and make-up on lock for every Zoom call of the day with setting spray. NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray can be found at most drugstores and easily rivals MAC’s cult favorite, Prep + Prime Fix Plus.
Rain boots are one of those things that you don’t need until you really need them, which makes spending hundreds of dollars on a pair you might wear a handful of times a year more than a little frivolous. Joules Women’s Field Welly Rain Boot is affordable, durable, and offers a similar aesthetic to the iconic (and pricey) Hunter rain boots. However, if you're hung up on Hunters and happen to be a member of Sam's Club you might be able to find the real deal in your size for half the price!
There’s something undeniably classic about Chanel’s quilted sheepskin, gold hardware detail, and sleek flap closure. But paying several thousands of dollars for it? Sorry, we're not that classy. The Adele Medium Flap Lambskin bag offers the same timeless look without any cheesy, clearly-fake logos or low-quality materials.
With long-lasting, beautifully blendable pigment that works perfectly with virtually all skin tones, it’s no wonder the Nars Orgasm blush has become the end-all-be-all of blushes. But for a third of the price, e.l.f. provides a similar warm, coral tone and buildable color for an eye-catching, naturally flushed look.
Kylie Jenner turned an otherwise unassuming (but still incredibly expensive) gold banded bracelet from Cartier into the most googled piece of jewelry in 2016. You can rock the same enduring, minimalistic glamour with this eternity bracelet that costs less than $50—meaning you can actually afford to buy several to stack.
Tame quarantine caterpillars into big, bold, and beautiful brows with a pigmented brow mascara. Glossier’s Boy Brow has quickly become a cult favorite, but it’s certainly not the only option out there. AOA Go Brow Mascara is great for building dramatic, striking looks or subtly structuring brows for an on-the-go natural makeup routine. Oh yeah, and it’s ONE DOLLAR.
Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara has been a long-loved favorite for flirtatiously full lashes and a captivatingly dark, rich pigment. But if you use this go-to product every day, a $26 tube gets used up fast. Get the same look for a fraction of the price with Rimmel London’s Scandaleyes Mascara, a buildable, long-lasting mascara that only sets you back six bones.
After losing approximately 432,198 pairs of sunglasses over her lifetime, this author cannot imagine spending more than 20 bucks for a pair of (non-prescription) shades. Luckily, none of us have to—KALIYADI offers multiple look-a-like Clubmasters that only cost $13. So when you inevitably lose these, it will be sad, but not, like, tragic.
Gymshark has recently become a household name in athleisure wear due to their uncanny ability to make certain ass-ets really, uh, pop. Redqenting provides a cheaper alternative to Gymshark’s famous booty-sculpting leggings with similar eyelet details on buttery soft, breathable, and squat-proof fabric.
FARSÁLI's elixir is a powerful potion of rosehip seed oil, safflower oil, and 24K gold. But for just a smidge less “pizzazz” in the packaging department, you can get the same natural ingredients for considerably less money. Because if Goldschläger taught us anything, it’s that gold flakes don’t make something inherently better.
Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Brow Wiz quickly became a cult favorite for its functionality, versatility, and long-lasting pigment. But for half the price, you can get all of that in NYX’s Micro Brow Pencil. In fact, you could get two NYX pencils for the cost of one ABH Brow Wiz. That’s just smart spending.