Today I am back with another edition of affordable alternatives for pricy skincare products and this time it’s all about face mask dupes! As you probably know by now, I love finding cheaper (yet effective!) substitutes for expensive beauty buys, whether it be skincare or makeup.
Whether you’re looking to brighten, detoxify or infuse your skin with moisture, there’s no shortage of top-notch face masks at the drugstores these days.
However, please note that these cheaper face mask dupes have pretty similar but not the exact same active ingredients as the luxury brands and in some cases, the feel & texture of the formulas can also be slightly different.
So, even though these drugstore face masks are not exact dupes, they offer the same great benefits for your skin…without the hefty price tag and fancy packaging of course! It’s all about the formula, not the brand or price.
Here are the affordable alternatives for 10 high-end face masks that will pamper and perfect your skin without costing a fortune!
1. Splurge: Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial ($80)
Save: The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution ($7.20)
Dull skin giving you the doldrums? Drunk Elephant’s TLC Babyfacial is just what you need for the ultimate pick-me-up! This innovative at-home “facial” contains a whopping pro-quality 25% AHA blend (glycolic, tartaric, lactic, and citric acids) and 2% BHA (salicylic acid) that gently but efficiently resurfaces skin as it exfoliates, smooths texture and gets the grime out of your pores!
Even better, this AHA/BHA peel is power-packed with a soothing antioxidant complex, redness-fighting niacinamide, hyaluronic acid plus chickpea flour for brightening. The result? Fresh, glowing, baby-soft skin in just 20 minutes!
If you want to save yourself some serious cash, go for The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution that also works like a professional peel in a bottle!
The formula is in fact more powerful with a blend of 30% Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic/Lactic/Tartaric/Citric), 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid (Salicylic Acid), Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin B5 and Tasmanian Pepperberry (to reduce irritation). It doesn’t have as many good-for-your-skin ‘extras’ like potent antioxidants and plant extracts but for under $10, this one is practically a skincare steal! You may want to steer clear though if you have really sensitive skin.
2. Splurge: DIOR Hydra Life Glow Better Fresh Jelly Mask ($69)
Save: Vichy Double Glow Peel Face Mask ($20)
Dior’s gel-mask is like a spa facial in a jar that softens, exfoliates and brightens, leaving your skin with a healthy glow! It pulls double duty by offering a gentle AHA peel from fruit extracts (bluberry, sugar cane, orange, lemon, sugar maple) and a physical scrub from apricot kernel particles. Great for anyone with dull and uneven skin tone/texture, this refreshing face mask gets you glowing but the price tag…ouch!!
On the drugstore front, Vichy’s face mask gives you the same results (glowing, luminous skin) for a fraction of the price! This mask also offers double-peel exfoliating action with the exact same AHA fruit acids (from blueberry, sugar cane, maple sugar, orange and lemon) and volcanic rock particles provide physical scrubbing for refined skin texture.
3. Splurge: FARMACY Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask ($56)
This moisturizing face mask is a spa-like treat for dry skin! It features an intensely moisturizing combination of honey, propolis extract (an antiseptic found in beehives), glycerin and amino acid-rich royal jelly. The skin soothing formula warms and transforms to a rich cream as it’s massaged into the skin. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse off and voila…you will love the skin you’re in!
The Bliss honey mask feels just as indulgent and intensely moisturizing! Enriched with acacia honey, propolis extract, glycerin, antioxidant-rich cocoa seed extract and lavender oil, it melts in for an instant boost of hydration and leaves skin feeling oh-so-soft and supple! Also available at Target.
4. Splurge: FRESH Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask ($58)
Save: Pixi Glow Mud Mask ($22)
Designed to reduce oiliness and blemishes, Fresh’s Umbrian clay mask helps to balance, purify and clarify your complexion. It mattifies skin and cleanses deeply while reducing the appearance of pores…just perfect for combination to oily skin types!
For about a third of the price, Pixi’s mask is a great alternative! It’s also a purifying clay mask that offers the same skin-clarifying and oil-absorbing benefits. The mineral-rich treatment also draws out impurities and fights breakouts while giving a brightening boost to your complexion.
5. Splurge: GLAMGLOW ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment ($59)
Save: Derma e Hydrating Mask With Hyaluronic Acid ($17)
Glamglow’s indulgent 15-minute face mask packs a powerful punch with deeply hydrating hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, coconut and apple fruit extract, glycerin and detoxifying natural clay. Slather it on, put up your feet and enjoy your mini moisturizing break! You can even leave it on overnight to replenish and rejuvenate dull, dehydrated skin.
Derma E’s intensive moisture mask also boasts hyaluronic acid as its star ingredient that delivers long-lasting hydration for all skin types. Plus, the nourishing formula is infused with antioxidant-rich olive and green tea, avocado, jojoba oil, natural clay, soothing aloe and vitamin E to leave your skin feeling hydrated and healthy.
6. Splurge: DIOR Hydra Life Pores Away Pink Clay Mask ($69)
Enriched with natural pink clay and jojoba extract, Dior’s creamy clay mask deeply purifies, gently eliminates impurities and mattifies. It makes your skin feel velvety smooth and pores refined in just 3 minutes…like an instant facial!
But if you are not up for the splurge, try Origins pink clay mask that has a similar set of ingredients, including Mediterranean rose clay and exfoliating jojoba beads, plus Canadian willowherb to refine pores and restore your skin’s natural radiance. Just like Dior’s version, it also deep cleans gently and absorbs excess oil, leaving you with a smooth and clear complexion.
7. Splurge: Dior Hydra Life Jelly Sleeping Mask ($69)
Save: Laneige Water Sleeping Mask ($25)
Dior’s jelly sleeping mask is all about providing deep soothing hydration overnight, so that you wake up with soft and radiant, glowing skin. It has an ultra-lightweight jelly-water texture with a no-rinse formula that’s suitable for all skin types.
However, if you don’t want to commit to the $69 price point, choose Laneige Water Sleeping mask that does the exact same thing! The cooling gel mask delivers high doses of hydration to recharge stressed, dehydrated skin while you sleep. More to love, it has a calming and relaxing scent infused with orange flower, rose, and sandalwood that’s heavenly!
8. Splurge: Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask Dermal Resurfacer ($58)
Save: Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask ($11.99)
Peter Thomas Roth’s Pumpkin Enzyme mask gets your dull, drab skin back on track with a triple-action formula that exfoliates with pumpkin enzymes, resurfaces and peels with Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), and polishes with aluminum oxide crystals. It’s the perfect pick-me-up for dull, congested skin. And it smells like pumpkin spice!
Andalou Naturals Pumpkin mask does the same thing for a fraction of the price! Infused with a decadent blend of vitamin C, manuka honey, glycolic acid and pumpkin puree that’s rich in beta-carotene, this mask is also a brightening formula. It exfoliates and smooths while moisturizing to leave your complexion looking bright and beautiful!
9. Splurge: GLAMGLOW Powermud Dualcleanse Treatment ($59)
Save: Honest Beauty 3-In-1 Detox Mud Mask ($22)
When your skin is desperate for a detox, Glamglow’s Powermud deep cleansing treatment is the perfect pick! It clarifies congested skin by removing the gunky residual buildup of dirt, oil and makeup. Formulated with a custom blend of four rare, non-greasy deep cleansing oils and four detoxifying clays, this mask gives your skin a good deep clean while being gentle and non-drying.
Honest Beauty’s luxurious mud mask is a great affordable alternative that helps detoxify and remove impurities with a blend of natural refined clays, volcanic ash and activated charcoal. Post-detox, your skin feels soft and luminous – thanks to a nourishing blend of plant oils like sea buckthorn and lavender oil, aloe, manuka honey and shea butter.
10. Splurge: REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask ($55)
Save: Pixi Peel and Polish ($24)
Great for anyone struggling with sun damage, hyper pigmentation or uneven texture, REN’s cult-favorite peel mask does a great job of brightening and improving skin tone/texture and radiance. With a cocktail of AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) including glycolic acid from pineapple, lactic acid, tartaric acid and papain from papaya, it offers multi-action exfoliation that gives your skin a brightening boost!
Pixi’s dual-action peel is also a radiance revealing formula that does the trick with a combination of exfoliating lactic acid and natural fruit enzymes. It also contains papaya and sugar extracts to gently scrub and polish your skin. Although the blend of ingredients is a bit different, the final result is the same: soft, supple skin with a dewy glow!
I hope you like this list of drugstore dupes for high-end face masks! Which of these face mask dupes will you be trying first? I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below!
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