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.
We don’t care who you are; over $600 for a pair of sandals is bonkers, especially when you consider incredible look-a-likes like these Steve Madden Dariella leather sandals, which offer all the same comfort, style, and versatility as Hermès’ Oran sandals for hundreds of dollars less.
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.
Anastasia Beverly Hills changed the palette game forever with the Modern Renaissance palette, featuring rich reds, juicy berries, and wildly versatile nudes and browns. For half the price (and way more portability), you can get similar warm tones in multiple, long-lasting finishes.
Ah, uggs, the divisive boot of the early aughts that, despite its less-than-sleek appearance, are literally like walking on two warm, fuzzy clouds. Enjoy all of the comfort and none of the buyer’s remorse with these Minnetonka fur-lined boots that put UGG’s short boots to shame and last forever.
Louis Vuitton’s signature brown and gold monogram fabric can be spotted a mile away. What can’t be spotted a mile away are the incredibly subtle differences between a $1,600 authentic LV bag and this look-a-like dupe from DewyLuxury on Etsy.
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.
A Doc Marten price tag can seem alarming to someone who only plans on wearing combat boots three or four times a year. Instead, try these combat boots from SZZC. They have the same classic look as Doc Marten’s 1460 style but cost less than $40.
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.
Highlighter is the cherry on top of a make-up look, making cheekbones, brows, and lip bows pop, shimmer, and shine. Dazzle without going into debt with Maybelline Master Chrome Highlighter, an excellent stand-in for (and much cheaper alternative to) Fenty’s Killawatt highlighter.
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.