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May 28, 2017

Affordable K-Beauty Dupes For These Beauty Vlogger Faves

Coveting the gold face oil of the moment or the eyebrow pencil making the rounds on social media? These K-beauty dupes are just as good, if not better, and they’ll save you a pretty penny.



For women all over the globe, it is essential to have healthy and glowing skin. Particularly in Korea, skincare takes up a big part of a woman’s daily routine. Among the vast number of facial creams, masks, and serums that aim to make your skin look perfect, one useful and important product is a facial oil. And the trendiest, most Instagrammable facial oil right now is the Farsali Rose Gold Elixir.


The Rose Gold Elixir is a mix of a variety of botanical oils, including rosehip seed oil and pumpkin seed oil, as well as flecks of 24k gold. This oil, like other facial oils, has vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids that are essential for healthy skin. Leading beauty bloggers and makeup artists around the world use the Rose Gold Elixir as a prep step before applying foundation.


Of course, the downside of the Rose Gold Elixir is that it’s $54 for a 30ml bottle. (It’s also not easy to get since their site and Sephora only ship to certain parts of the world.) Fortunately, you don’t have to buy a plane ticket to get your hands on a facial oil that will do double duty as a moisturizer and makeup primer. Just look to these K-beauty dupes for alternatives that are not only just as good or better, they’re more affordable.


If you like Farsali Rose Gold Elixir, try Missha Time Revolution Vitality Oil


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Missha Time Revolution Vitality Oil is an anti-aging powerhouse, revitalizing, hydrating, and soothing skin. It absorbs quickly with a non-sticky finish, thanks to the dry texture of the oil. After the first application, dry spots are gone and skin looks soft and smooth.


What makes the Vitality Oil so good is its six plant oils, including rose hip oil, pomegranate seed oil, Camellia oleifera seed oil, jojoba seed oil, and black cumin seed oil; botanical extracts; and squalane. Pomegranate oil, in particular, is full of vitamins that help stimulate the synthesis of collagen and protect skin from environmental hazards. It even helps minimize dark spots and post-acne scars. Another important oil, moringa, speeds the healing of damaged skin and relieves irritation.


Like the Farsali oil, the Vitality Oil makes a great base or primer for makeup. Just apply two to three drops all over your face with your fingers or a beauty blender for a glowing and natural makeup look. (It’s also what keeps Korean actress Son Ye Jin looking so radiant all the time.) The best part of all? Missha Time Revolution Vitality Oil is $28 for 30ml, almost half the price of the Farsali oil.


If you like Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil, try Etude House Drawing Eye Brow Duo


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Anastasia Beverly Hills started out beloved by professionals in the beauty industry to create their makeup looks. But these days YouTube beauty vloggers and amateurs alike are flocking to Anastasia for their beauty looks. In particular, their Perfect Brow Pencil can be seen all over social media. Available in eight shades, it’s a brow pencil on one end and a spoolie brush on the other. While the brow pencil is $23, shipping outside the U.S. can be pricey. But why bother with the hassle when K-beauty offers you a better, more affordable equivalent?


Korean brand Etude House is famous for its cute pink designs, unique patterns, and easy-to-use products. And their Drawing Eye Brow Duo is no exception. The convenient double-ended design features a pencil on one side and a small blending sponge on the other. But it’s not just a sponge — it contains a brow powder so you can fill in sparse areas and blend for the perfect brow shape. It’s a brow pencil and powder in one!


The texture of the pencil is also great — smooth and soft, which makes it incredibly easy to use on your eyebrows. It’s not too heavy, and it leaves your eyebrows looking natural while giving them a clean and beautiful shape. The Eye Brow Duo comes in four shades — #1 Dark Brown, #2 Light Brown, #3 Grey Brown, and #4 Red Brown — so it’s perfect for any hair color and skin tone. And one more advantage of this pencil over the Anastasia one? Its price — $11 — which is more than half the price of the Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil.


If you need more proof, just look at this makeup look by Park Hye Min, otherwise known as Pony, one of the most famous Korean beauty vloggers around. Pony created this look using the Etude House Drawing Eye Brow Duo in #1 Dark Brown, and her eyebrows are on fleek.



Have you found any K-beauty dupes for your favorite beauty products? Share your discovery in the comments below!





Very cool! It was really interesting just learning about the different type of oils in each of the products. The alternatives seem to be just as successful in getting the job done. Pony's makeup look is beautiful! I love it!

Thank you for this!! We all need to save the money sometimes. It's quite interesting how there are so many products that work just as well as the more expensive ones.

Some of my favorite products are dupes. Not just because they are less expensive (sometimes significantly less expensive), but also because they tend to be just as beneficial, high-quality products. I also find that the packaging tends to be better for the environment in certain brands of dupes.

Love this! Quality products do not have to be expensive to be good! Thanks for the product recommendations!


No dupes yet, but I will keep my eyes open... :)