Gazette Gal

Fashion trends, popular styles, and elevated skincare routines evolve as quickly as the seasons change, which can make it hard to keep up with physically and financially. That’s why finding dupes for your favorite brands can come in handy when you not only want to stay up-to-date with fast fashion but also find pocket-friendly prices. When you’re looking for an affordable alternative to pricier styles, that doesn’t mean you’re compromising on the quality or design of an item. It simply means that you’re aligning your financial goals with your natural affinity for fashion, and, with this guide, we’ll direct you on where to start your fashion journey to stylish affordability! Here’s how to revitalize your wardrobe without emptying your wallet.

Make-up

1. Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand vs. e.l.f Halo Glow Contour Beauty Wand

The Charlotte Tilbury contour wand has been a hit among makeup fanatics since its first launch of the product in 2021. But is the price really worth the hundreds of dollars poured into it? Not when e.l.f.’s halo glow contour wand exists. Not only is it a third of the price, but it's applicator is nearly identical to that of Charlotte Tilbury’s.

2. Dior Addict Lip Glow Oil vs. NYX Fat Oil Lip Drip

If you’re a glossy-lip girl like myself, the Dior Lip Oil has always been a going-out essential. Not only does it soften and give a little shine to your lips, but adds that smooth, non-stick effect that lasts all night long. I thought I couldn’t find a more perfect gloss until the NYX lip drip crossed my path. It’s about a quarter of the price for the same lasting, glossy, effect and, unlike Dior, is animal-cruelty free. It’s the perfect dupe for the perfect price for the perfect animal-loving person.

3. Milk Hydro Grip Primer vs. e.l.f Power Grip Primer

An essential to every makeup-wearing gal is the primer. It adds the dewy finish we need and the long-lasting effects we hope to acquire throughout a long day at work or a night out with the girls. While Milk Hydro Grip Primer holds a special place in our hearts, it doesn’t in our wallets. You could buy four of e.l.f. 's Power Grip Primer for the price of one Milk product, and it’s not only double the product amount, but a smarter financial save for a product that accomplishes the same dewy effect.

4. Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush vs. SHEGLAM Risky Business Blush

As much of a Selena stan you may be, you’re going to have to let her Rare Beauty Blush go. Speaking from someone who’s made the (very conflicting) switch from her pigmented blush, SHEGLAM provides the same long-lasting, hydrating look you’re going for only $7. It comes in just as many shades as Selena’s brand and gives off the same vibrant finish, in addition to working with all skin tones to create that natural-flush look we all want!

5. Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick vs. e.l.f Hydrating Core Lip Shine

It may be hard to imagine that another product can accomplish that sheer, lightweight color Clinique’s Black Honey lipstick does, but e.l.f. has done just that. The pigment, although isn’t an exact replica, still possesses the flattering, hydrating style for everyday wear and contains more product than Clinique’s black honey. Not to mention, it’s a quarter of the price, which makes it the perfect affordable dupe for this cult classic.

Skin Care

1. Drunk Elephant Bronzing Drops vs. L'Oreal Paris Makeup True Match Lumi Glotion

The Drunk Elephant Bronzing Drops have been the new craze of the month due to their illuminating and hydrating appeal, but their popularity has made it nearly impossible to obtain. If you’re looking for the same radiant glow this product accomplishes, I suggest turning to L’Oreal’s Lumi Glotion. While its lotion texture isn’t the same as the bronzing drops, it still creates that light wear, illuminating glow that enhances your body’s natural tan, and for a fraction of the price.

2. The Ordinary vs. ROLANYIN

The Ordinary products may be effective and cheap at first, but they involve a multi-step skincare routine that starts stacking up the price. ROLANYIN offers a smooth, even complexion that The Ordinary accomplishes after the use of five products, and provides the hydrating, non-greasy feel essential to your skincare routine.

3. Sunday Riley C.E.O Glow vs. Origins Ginzing Into The Glow Brightening Serum

Sunday Riley has been a favorite among many due to its revitalizing and antioxidant properties, but its prices have not been. Paying nearly $100 for a product can create a heavy dent in your pocket and it may seem like no other brand can replicate the effects Sunday Riley possesses, but Origins has managed to accomplish just that. The Origins Brightening Serum possesses the same ingredients as Sunday Riley and leaves your skin feeling smoother and more radiant than before for a more affordable price.

Clothing

Athleisure

1. Lululemon Scuba Half-Zip Hoodie vs. LASLULU 1/2 Zipper Pullover

Name-brand styles are out, and affordable dupes are in. Lululemon arguably has the best athleisure for working out, performing day-to-day activities, and even relaxing at home, but the astronomical prices are hard to work with when you’re trying to define your newfound sense of style. Luckily, Amazon provides the best dupes for the most affordable prices, as seen by the Scuba Pullover dupe above. It’s practically the same material and style, save for the name-brand insignia and half the cost!

2. Gymshark Leggings vs. HeyNuts Workout Leggings

Start the New Year off on the right foot by saving money and keeping up-to-date with new fashion trends. Gymshark is a popular brand renowned for its no-show, breathable leggings, stylish workout gear, and unaffordable prices. If you want a cute, fashionable workout set that doesn’t break the bank, the HeyNuts brand on Amazon is for you. Their gear is made with the same fibers Gymshark uses and comes in a plethora of colors that you can choose from.

3. Athleta Essential Tops vs. CRZ YOGA Long Sleeve Workout Tops

While you’re rebranding your style, make sure the price is right for you. Athleta may seem like your choice when it comes to looking stylish at the gym, but CRZ Yoga’s selection of affordable, trendy items surpasses anything Athleta offers. As someone who owns this workout top in several different colors, I can attest that it provides the perfect material for those of you who want a sweat-proof, colorful outfit while working out.

Comfy

1. Free People Hot Shot Onesie vs. AUTOMET Jumpsuit

Like you, I’ve fallen victim to Free People’s chic style and heinous prices. Luckily, Amazon never ceases to fail in supplying the best dupes for overpriced name brands like Free People. Instead of paying $70 for that trendy Onesie that caught your eye, try AUTOMET’s near-identical twin for less than half the price of the original!

2. SKIMS Cotton Jersey T-Shirt vs. SOLY HUX Slim Fit Basic Tops

Kim K’s clothing line has boosted in popularity since its first release, with the waist-cinching shirts and buttery smooth fabric being the reason for its popularity. But why pay $50 for a simple tee when SOLY HUX provides the same snatched effect for less than half the price? Elevate your casual, chic style with this slim fit top, and look like a million bucks while only paying a small dent!

3. Anthropologie Beyond Yoga Lounge Set vs. SHEWIN 2 Piece Lounge Set

Looking cute while going for the casual, day-off look is essential when rebranding your style. Although Anthropologie’s lounge set seems like a must-need when you’re going for that comfy look, the shirt alone is $62. There’s no need to spend all that money trying to look effortless when you can obtain the same style with SHEWIN’s 2-piece lounge set for half the price.

Stylish

1. Free People Suddenly Fine Maxi Slip Dress vs. Amazon Lace Patchwork Maxi

Updating your wardrobe on a budget is no easy task, especially when Free People’s Maxi Slip Dress catches your eye. For almost $100, you may think it’s almost worth it as it would be the perfect addition to your closet, but, like all dupes, Amazon has found a way to make this fashionable number affordable. Don’t blow all your money on Free People when Amazon has a near-identical match for only $30.

2. Revolve Monica Mini Dress vs. Zaful Satin Halterneck Dress

Balancing your checkbook and sense of style may seem impossible when Revolve releases new, trendy clothes every week, but it is possible when you find near-identical dupes on Amazon. The Monica Mini Dress is perfect for a night-out with the girls or date night with your significant other, but why pay $150 when Amazon’s version is a quarter of the price? Looking chic on a budget has never been easier!

3. Revolve Kerry Dress vs. GORGLITTER Mini Black Tube Dress

Whether you’re having brunch with your friends or eating somewhere nice with your significant other, you may want to add this timeless, classy piece to your collection. However, not for over $200. That’s why the GORGLITTER brand on Amazon made an exact replica of this mini dress for you to add to your wardrobe for only $27, assuring that you not only look the part but dress the part, too.

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