7 budget-friendly alternatives to atas beauty must-haves

Good news, beauty junkies! We’ve sourced for value-for-money steals for some of the best-loved, beauty insider-approved beauty products out there. But if your year-end bonus prospects are looking promising, go ahead and splurge. We won’t tell, promise. 

1. Splurge: Fresh Rose Face Mask, $95
1. Splurge: Fresh Rose Face Mask, $95
21 Nov 2017

1. Splurge: Fresh Rose Face Mask, $95

What’s more indulgent than a face mask infused with real rose petals? This refreshing gel mask contains rosewater, a ‘smart algae’, cucumber, green tea and aloe vera extracts to soothe and hydrate and replenish dehydrated skin. It’s been flying off the shelves since it was launched, partly due to the fact that it looks like it might have been hand-made in some hipster’s kitchen. 

Save -  The Body Shop British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask, $32.90
This pretty pink gel mask also contains real rose petals (hand-picked from Britain, no less) along with rosehip oil and organic aloe vera from Mexico. 

2. Splurge - NARS Blusher in Orgasm, $50
2. Splurge - NARS Blusher in Orgasm, $50
21 Nov 2017

2. Splurge - NARS Blusher in Orgasm, $50

The world’s most famous (or is it infamous?) blusher got its uber-iconic status in part thanks to its provocative name, but equally to the super-flattering gold-tinged coral-pink shade that makes any skin tone come to life.

Save: NYX Professional Makeup Ombre Blush in Soft Flush, $18
This pretty ombre blush lends a similar coral-pink hue to the cheeks with a slight shimmer, although it’s more pigmented and looks less natural than the Nars one.
 

3. Splurge: Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze, $76
3. Splurge: Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze, $76
21 Nov 2017

3. Splurge: Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze, $76

The gorgeous Shimmer Brick highlighter and bronzer compacts are handmade in Italy using ultra-finely milled pigments that give a soft, natural-looking sun-kissed glow to the tops of cheeks.

Save: Sephora Collection Microsmooth Sculpting in Sophisticated, $32
This baked powder trio also feels smooth on the skin and gives a similar golden radiance, although the Bobbi Brown version is more versatile thanks to its multitude of shades.
    

4. Splurge - Skinceuticals CE Ferulic serum, $248
4. Splurge - Skinceuticals CE Ferulic serum, $248
21 Nov 2017

4. Splurge - Skinceuticals CE Ferulic serum, $248

This dermatologist-approved combination of 15 per cent pure Vitamin C, ferulic acid and Vitamin E not only protects skin with its high antioxidant powers, but also reduces hyper-pigmentation and boosts collagen production.

Save: Kew Organics Ferulic C Revitalize Serum, $67.90
This organic, water-based serum combines ferulic acid, vitamin C and resveratrol with exfoliating malic acid and sugar apple extract to increase cell renewal and collagen production in stressed, prematurely aged skin.
 

5. Splurge - Sisleya L’Integral Anti-Age Eye and Lip Contour Cream, $250
5. Splurge - Sisleya L’Integral Anti-Age Eye and Lip Contour Cream, $250
21 Nov 2017

5. Splurge - Sisleya L’Integral Anti-Age Eye and Lip Contour Cream, $250

The luxury French label is most renowned for not holding back on loading its products with the most efficacious and premium ingredients possible, and this new generation of its popular anti-ageing eye and lip contour cream is no different. A whole host of potent botanicals and high-quality emollients work to erase the ravages of time from your eyes and lips.

Save: Shiseido Future Solution LX Eye & Lip Contour Regenerating Cream, $192
Ok, so this isn’t exactly a budget buy, but it’s not easy finding a dupe for the Sisleya cream on the budget racks. This luxurious offering from Shiseido’s premium anti-ageing line contains a high-tech sounding complex SkingenecellEnmei to also effectively erase tell-tale wrinkles and firm droopy eyelids.
 

6. Splurge - SK-II Facial Treatment Mask, $127 for six pieces
6. Splurge - SK-II Facial Treatment Mask, $127 for six pieces
21 Nov 2017

6. Splurge - SK-II Facial Treatment Mask, $127 for six pieces

This needs no introduction, considering it’s probably the world’s most famous sheet mask. Each mask is soaked with as much Pitera essence as the pure cotton sheet can hold, and it works to instantly revive tired, dehydrated and dull-looking skin.

Save: DHC Bio-Cellulose Mask, $10.90 per sheet
We actually prefer bio-cellulose sheet masks to cotton ones, and this one is a value-for-money one that is infused with hydrating amino acids, neem leaf extract and vitamin C.
 

7. Splurge - YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch, $62
7. Splurge - YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch, $62
21 Nov 2017

7. Splurge - YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch, $62

This iconic highlighting pen is the original that spawned a whole host of radiance-bestowing pens. The distinctive click dispenser brush helps smooth application of the semi-sheer fluid that acts as a concealer for dark circles and a subtle highlighter for strategic spots on the face.  

Save: Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer, $19.90
This radiant concealer also illuminate the under-eye area with a slighter more opaque finish but has a tendency to cake on drier skin types. More suited to oily-combination skin. 

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