10 Local Dupes for Skincare Junkies

They're budget-friendly, too!

ILLUSTRATION Warren Espejo

(SPOT.ph) If you’re a skincare addict, you’d probably agree that shopping for new products to add to your routine (10 steps just isn’t enough!) is almost a therapeutic experience. You know how it is: You’re just always on the lookout for that holy-grail product. And whether it’s to clear your acne, lighten your under-eye area, or give you that glow from within, you won’t stop until you find it. But hey, shopping for skincare can get pretty expensive. And while we can’t control your addiction, we sure can make it easier on your wallet. Here are 10 local dupes for some popular skincare items—and these ones won’t break the bank!

Unicorn Elixir (P380) from Hello Gorgeous

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Dupe for: Rose Gold Elixir (P2,966) from Farsali

Both of these elixirs from Hello Gorgeous and Farsali can be applied to prep your skin for makeup or for an extra bit of moisture in your routine. Each one contains a blend of vitamins and antioxidants to keep your skin bright and healthy. Pro tip: Mix a drop with your foundation for a dewy finish.

The Aftermask (P264) from Sage & Tera

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Dupe for: Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater (P573) from Mario Badescu

Either of these mists can be sprayed over just-applied makeup or throughout the day to keep your skin feeling fresh. Sage & Tera's mist is about half the price of the cult-favorite Mario Badescu spray and is also great for spraying on after treating your skin to a face mask to lock in those nutrients.

AHA Brightening & Exfoliating Serum (P250) from Beaublends

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Dupe for: AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid (P850) from COSRX

AHA is a chemical exfoliant that clears out your pores, leaving your skin smoother and brighter. This AHA serum from Beaublends is a great alternative to the COSRX one. It also contains coconut and sunflower oil to keep your skin nourished and moisturized.

Beauty Sakura Bloom Brightening Peeling Gel (P799) from Happy Skin

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Dupe for: Rub-A-Dub Refining Peel Gel (P1,380) from Saturday Skin

This peeling gel from Happy Skin is gentle enough for those with sensitive skin. Like Saturday Skin's version, it lifts away dirt, impurities, and dead skin cells at a much lower price tag.

Matte Moisturizer SPF 30 (P250) from Celeteque

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Dupe for: UV Perfect Face Milk SPF 50 (P435) from Biore

Sun protection is an essential step to skincare no matter your skin type. This one from Celeteque is a cheaper alternative to Biore's UV-blocking face milk. Both contain SPF to keep you protected, plus their lightweight formulas won’t clog your pores. Bonus: Both promise a matte finish so even oily girls can stay fresh under the sun.

Volcanic Mineral Mud Mask (P600) from Skin Revolution

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Dupe for: Glow Mud Mask (P1,538) from Pixi

Detox your pores with this mud mask from Skin Revolution, a great option if you’ve been curious about Pixi's mask, but hesitant about its price tag. It contains volcanic mineral ash that combats the effects of pollution and helps with collagen production. Bonus: If you’re nervous about mud masks in general, don’t worry because this one detoxifies without that intense tightening sensation.

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Anti EYEging (P150) from Skin Genie

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Dupe for: Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG (P650) from The Ordinary

Lighten and depuff your under-eye circles with this roller-tip eye cream from Skin Genie, a great dupe for The Ordinary’s caffeine eye serum. Just swipe some on before bed or first thing in the morning to instantly look more awake.

C-E-Collagen Serum Concentrate (P380) from Leiania House of Beauty

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Dupe for: Super Glow (P1,750) from Glossier

This serum from Leiania House of Beauty contains vitamins C and E to brighten up your complexion when your skin is feeling dull. You’ll notice your dark spots clearing up and your skin looking more energized in no time—and for a fraction of the cost of Glossier’s.

Witch Hazel Healing Toner (P280) from Beach Born

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Dupe for: Alcohol-Free Original Witch Hazel Toner (P695) from Thayers

Witch hazel is a popular ingredient for fighting off acne and shrinking your pores. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to the witch hazel toner from Thayers, try this one from Beach Born. Bonus: You can also use it as a facial mist to keep your makeup fresh.

Marula Oil (P1,170) from V&M Naturals

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Dupe for: Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil (P4,245) from Drunk Elephant

Marula oil contains anti-aging properties that fight off wrinkles, fine lines, and redness on the skin. This one from V&M Naturals is a great alternative to Drunk Elephant’s popular variation. It’ll sink right into your skin without leaving a greasy residue.

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