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Expensive products that aren't worth it and alternatives

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susiefen Thu 21-Mar-13 20:12:21

Inspired by the previous "beauty products you hate" thread, I thought it might be starting one for products that you've spent a lot on but been disappointed. I'll start with the Estee Lauder serum everyone raves about but I don't find it's done anything for me and also Creme de la Mer - absolutely lovely and smells utterly divine, but I'm not sure it's done more for my skin over the last 6 months than Olay ever did...

Kennington Thu 23-Apr-15 19:30:26

Any vegetable oil is as good, if not better to hot cloth cleanse than any high end stuff I have tried. I use grape seed oil for cleansing and moisturise with it at night.
Agree with bourjois chocolate bronzer too.
Make up revolution iconic palettes are v similar urban decay makers and last too. 4 quid from super drug.
I read the ingredients list and now have an idea if am being ripped off. Filler ingredients such as parafinim liquidium mineral oil are cheap and block pores so I avoid.
ReVlon concealer are as good as any high end products.
In the end many formulations are very similar. Things like pigments cost more, likewise certain ingredients like natural oils don't last as long so are more expensive.
The gold no 7 mascara is exactly the same as the Estée Lauder tubing mascara.
Have saved myself a fortune!

Tizwailor Thu 23-Apr-15 15:29:12

I'm seriously tempted. I had an over zealous technician an extra layer of a heavy duty acid peel a few years ago and my skin just won't heal at the moment. I have resorted to IS clinical recovery balm, but it does respond well to oils. Sorry for hijack OP.

avagosling Thu 23-Apr-15 15:17:34

Tizwailor I also use oils instead of a night time moisturizer hehe! If you're up for it I'd recommend to give camellia or moringa oils a try, they are beautiful smile

Tizwailor Thu 23-Apr-15 14:19:31

Thanks so much will give that a try!

avagosling Thu 23-Apr-15 14:11:00

Tizwailor I use half castor oil and half jojoba oil, rub them into your face, over mascara and all, then wipe off with a hot flannel. If you have dry skin, increase the ratio of jojoba over castor, and if your skin is oily, do the opposite and have more castor oil than jojoba. Castor oil is always the base, I have also tried olive, sweet almond, grapeseed oils instead of jojoba. It really depends on everyone's skin! But to keep it simple just start with castor and jojoba 50/50. Oh and you can also add your favourite essential oils like lavender, geranium etc

Emo76 Thu 23-Apr-15 14:07:44

Bourjois Happy Light Luminous Primer for ~£11 is a dead ringer for Dior Dream Skin ~£70

morningsarepants Thu 23-Apr-15 13:52:16

Contrary to most people on here I absolutely love my Touché Éclat and wouldn't be without it! It is the only expensive make up I have. Mind you I don't wear make up at all on a daily basis so maybe anything I try is an improvement.....

Oscarandelliesmum Thu 23-Apr-15 13:47:14

Great thread! Can anyone please, please recommend an alternative to Ma Petit Cherie by Annik Goutal (any loitering perfumistas?)

jjwhite Thu 23-Apr-15 13:30:46

Oh yeah - expensive lip glosses... Why bother when there are plenty of decent lip gloss/shines from cheaper brands? I bought a Dior one that cost c. £20 and it was full of tacky looking glitter, didn't smell very good and tasted rank if you got it in your mouth. Will stick to cheaper alternatives in future!

jjwhite Thu 23-Apr-15 13:28:58

I really didn't like Caudalie Eau de Beauté (the spray that everyone raves on about online) - it actually irritated my skin and gave me blotchy, red patches. Likewise, pretty much all (non-exfoliating) toners and spritzes/water sprays inc. Avene Thermal water, Caudalie Grape Water, La Roche Posay water spray, La Roche-Posay Serozinc, Mario Badescu Rose Aloe Water... They're all basically redundant! Save your money as some of these can be £20 upwards, and genuinely do nothing... And as for an 'alternative' I guess the only alternative really is just to say don't try and hydrate/refresh using a toner but instead invest in a good moisturiser...

Other high-end expensive products that I didn't rate: Guerlain mascara (double ended one), Clarins beauty flash balm, Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream, pretty much all Clinique skin care but esp. their three step system (face wash, toner, moisturiser) as well as their moisture surge, their eye cream etc. etc. I think they're really overrated, esp. if you have spot-prone skin.

I'm sure I'll think of more!

HellKitty Thu 23-Apr-15 13:24:44

Bioré blackhead strips? Use duct-tape.

Tizwailor Thu 23-Apr-15 13:22:53

Ooh what oils do you mix for cleansing please Ava?

Tizwailor Thu 23-Apr-15 13:21:22

The NUDE facial oils. I bought a gift set of the facial oil and oil cleanser, and really didn't rate them. I love Neal's year replenishing rose oil, but almond oil from Holland and Barrett with a few drops of Triology rose hip oil is actually hard to better.

avagosling Thu 23-Apr-15 12:32:34

Any cream cleansers for taking your make up off and washing the face at night - ok they smell lovely and come in nice packaging etc, but since I've tried mixing my own oils for cleansing the oil cleansing method way, never looking back - so much cheaper and just as effective!

Stevie77 Thu 23-Apr-15 08:31:08

What a great thread!

My contribution is the Boots mascara I now use instead of more expensive ones. It is £1.99 and I tried it on another S&B poster recommendation and it's great!

Has anyone got an alternative to EL Daywear? I do like it and it does make my skin nice but the price of it keeps going up and up. I fancy one of the French pharma brands but no idea what to look forhmm

VeritableFeast Wed 22-Apr-15 21:50:10

Agree with loads here.

Almost all high end foundations I have ever bought (too many to mention, but including Laura Mercier, Chanel, YSL, Estee Lauder) were highly disappointing. I use Revlon Colour Stay for full coverage/nights out and Bourjois CC cream for day to day. Cheaper, better.

Eve Lom hot cloth cleanser was nice. But then I discovered that any old hot cloth cleanser was pretty much fine. It was the method of double cleansing with a creamy cleanser and cloth that my skin liked, not the 60 quid stuff in the pot. Superdrug Vit E cleanser all the way now.

Posh nail polish. Its all branding and packaging. Revlon is the best, longest lasting stuff I've found.

Expensive moisturisers. Bollocks to them. Have tried dozens of them. Nivea light day cream is fine. Ditto to relying on expensive SPF moisturisers. You cant possibly be protecting your skin if you are only putting a few small blobs of a factor 15, fifty quid cream on. You need to slather on the sunscreen instead of or after moisturising. Sun Sense off Amazon - SPF 50 facial sunscreen for under a tenner.

FrownsAndDimples Wed 22-Apr-15 21:32:47

Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream. Crap for the price. Alternative Lansinoh lanolin nipple cream. Truly. Don't laugh.

yazzy85 Wed 22-Apr-15 21:04:45

Estee Lauder double wear and double wear light, colour match horrible even though done many times they are either super pink or orange..switced to no7 foundations, much better and feel less like a mask with better colours.

chanie44 Wed 22-Apr-15 21:03:29

Jenny, it's probably lidl. It's called suddenly.

HellKitty Wed 22-Apr-15 20:05:19

I'm a total beauty snob/mug but haven't found any moisturiser better than Nivea Soft, a big fuck off pot for about 10p. Slight exaggeration maybe.

EuphemiaCoxton Wed 22-Apr-15 19:57:00

I remember being told Avon makeup is made using the the same ingredients and in the same place as MAC

jennyCee Wed 22-Apr-15 19:49:49

Several of you talked about a perfume "copy" of Coco or No 5 which was
so much cheaper and I have been trying to remember it. Can someone remind me what the cheap alternative is to either please?

Flo825 Fri 24-May-13 08:10:26

What a fantastic thread! I don't suppose anyone has a recommendation for a good (cheap) alternative for Clarins Hydraquench tinted moisturiser in blonde (11) please? Or Clinique lash power mascara? I live in the sticks and it's such a trog to get them, a cheaper alternative would at least let me feel like I was getting a bargain for my 2 hour round trip.

tearoomtrash Sat 18-May-13 22:52:22

Most of the high end make up that I've tried has left me disappointed. Especially MAC. Although, i do rate Origins "Pinch Your Cheeks" gel blusher, Benefit "Benetint" lip & cheek stain, Benefit "Brow Zings" (lasts for years), and Nails Inc "Kensington Caviar Topcoat". These are my "regulars" I suppose.

My favourite mascara is the Aldi Lacura volumising waterproof (it really IS waterproof though & needs oil to remove!), Vaseline is the best highlighter & lip gloss. I'm using the Collection 2000 translucent loose powder at the moment, which is fine, but prefer the No.7 equivalent.

I agree that Tweezerman tweezers are by far the best, and also love their 10x magnifying mirror (not pretty though - can see inside every pore)

FJL203 Sat 18-May-13 22:51:25

I've a couple of questions for all you experts please.

I've been wearing all manner of not very satisfactory foundations for years but the one I loved and which I'd really like to find a match/alternative for is EL's Lucidity. Any suggestions please?

And what's the best mascara? I have long blonde lashes which need thickening. I usually use Clinique.


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