6 Budget-Friendly Dupes For Holy Grail Face Creams That Should Be On Your Radar

Ayushi VermaAyushi Verma  |  Nov 15, 2021
6 Budget-Friendly Dupes For Holy Grail Face Creams That Should Be On Your Radar


Face moisturisers are having a serious moment in the beauty spotlight. Cult-favourites, holy grails, desert-island favourites – whatever you call them, these are the face creams that are celebrated by high-end, effective, and covet-worthy. Think La Mer, Glow Recipe, and Tata Harper. They are favourites and touted all over Instagram by makeup artists and their ‘glowing’ clientele. 

While the urge to splurge on a small jar or tube of the stuff is stronger than ever. But sometimes a girl’s gotta save before she can splurge. As much as we love a decadent whip of 24-karat, rose-spiked quartz spring-water dew, we’d almost argue that you shouldn’t spend your hard-earned cash on two ounces of such an elixir. Because the good thing is several drugstore brands and moisturisers are taking nods from the aforementioned highly coveted formulas and utilizing some of the exact technologies and ingredients in their way-more-affordable versions. Want to rock a dewy, glowing skin without bleeding your bank account? Ahead, we’ve matched six of the best holy-grail face creams with six equally lovable drugstore dupes. Keep scrolling to save!

Neither your skin nor your credit card will be sorry. 

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The Best Drugstore Dupes For Cult-Loved, High-End Face Moisturisers


If You Love: Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Acid Moisturiser

Try: It’s Skin Hyaluronic Acid Moisture Emulsion

Both of these creams provide that lit-from-within kinda glow, thanks to the powerhouse hydrator aka hyaluronic acid. Looking for a moisturiser that gives your skin some serious hydration while also combatting skin’s texture? Well, your search ends here. Here’s introducing you to moisturiser being touted for its hydrating abilities. This clever formula contains hyaluronic acid that deeply hydrates the skin, while its heling the skin create its own internal water source to continually rehydrate itself, then locks in moisture for an endlessly plump, healthy-looking glow without any irritation.

If You Love: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream

Try: Sol De Janeiro Bom Dia Bright Cream

Both of these moisturisers are excessively glowy thanks to their shared ingredients vitamin C and E. This moisturiser is like a generous hug for your face and can brighten even the dullest complexions. This vitamin-rich treat is an instant thirst quencher for parched skin. The best bits? It also fights the signs of aging and will give your skin a subtle iridescent glow.

If You Love: Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream

Try: Weleda Skin Food

If you are really into the science behind how a product works, prepare to be blown away by Augustinus Bader The Cream’s revolutionary formula and no we’re not using the word revolutionary lightly. Just like Augustinus Bader’s cult-loved face moisturiser, Weleda’s OG formula comes in two versions – lightweight and uber-rich – and boasts equally luxe and moisturising results. 

If You Love: Tatcha The Water Cream

Try: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid

Neutrogena’s version doesn’t have quite as fancy ingredients line-up as Tatcha’s holy-grail face cream. Yeah, you just can’t compete with 23-karat gold and the brand’s triple-threat mix of rice, green tea, and algae. However, both formulas DO have a lightweight texture that’s ideal for folks with normal to oily skin. The MVPs in both? Hyaluronic acid, of course. 

If You Love: La Mer Moisturising Cream

Try: La Roche-Posay Face Moisturiser

Okay, so La Mer will always be La Mer and rather untouchable in terms of how iconic and beloved it is. Makeup artists and A-listers love this deeply luxurious face cream by La Mer. But if you want to reap its benefits without breaking your bank, La Roche-Posay double repair moisturizer is the one to call on. Infused with the magic of ceramides, glycerine, and niacinamide, this moisturiser is a triple threat that delivers lots of hydration but is super lightweight and absorbs quickly. It’s an ultimate plumping skin saviour that boasts a semi-comparable ingredient profile.  

If You Love: Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturiser

Try: Ariul Watermelon Hydro Glow Cream

Both are whimsical and jelly-like in the formula which is the reason why they deeply hydrate the skin. Thanks to uber-nourishing ingredients like watermelon that keep skin happy. An amazing moisturiser, this gel formula is the perfect buy for those with extremely uncomfortable and sensitive skin. All it takes is a swipe of this lightweight, non-greasy gel onto the skin for a cooling, soothing effect that instantly imparts a glow. Its unique aqua-holding formula prevents dehydration of damaged skin while keeping it fresh without any irritation. 

Get, set, glow!

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