8 Affordable Alternatives to Celebrities’ Go-to Beauty Products
By Jica Lapena
Ever wondered what goes into the makeup kits of celebrities to give them that enviable Hollywood glow? You could try for yourself, but it will cost you.
While not all celebrities’ go-to products are worth more than your month’s salary, there are still some that are pretty extravagant–like if you are Kylie Jenner, for example, extravagant to the tune of Php 27,000 for a single look.
Here we list 8 beauty products celebrities swear by and their beauty junkie-approved alternatives that won’t make you feel like starving yourself in favor of a beauty binge. Bonus: even the alternatives are celebrity-approved, since, like the rest of us non-famous people, these celebrities buy drugstore products too from time to time.
1. Sarah Jessica Parker – Laura Mercier Caviar Stick – Php 1,550*
The Sex and the City star, quite the opposite of her TV persona Carrie Bradshaw, is a self-confessed beauty nonaddict, but if there’s anything she has stuck with over the years, it’s an eyeshadow that sticks.
For her signature smoky eye, SJP uses Laura Mercier’s Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Jungle which she wears “every single day of… [her] life,” so much so that she has to keep stock of it to make sure she doesn’t run out.
Unfortunately, not all of us can afford to keep stock of the Caviar Stick, and for that Nyx offers a 300-peso alternative in the form of the Jumbo Eye Pencil. Just think–for ever Caviar Stick, you can have 5 Jumbo Eye Pencils! But of course, it’s not about quantity, but quality, and that’s where this nifty Nyx product, with its creamy, non-crease formula and bold pigments, still comes out on top.
2. Rihanna – Crème de la Mer – Php 15,000
What can Php 15,000 get you? A round trip flight to Japan, an 8-week course in fashion school and… a 2 oz. jar of moisturizing cream, if you’re Rihanna. To be fair, it’s one pretty amazing cream trusted by an impressive number of celebrities, from Riri to Mimi.
Be that as it may, you don’t need to be a pop diva to enjoy pampered skin. We heard Banila Co.’s It Radiant Brightening Sleeping Pack feels pretty luxurious on the skin too, and for a less luxurious price of Php 1,185.
3. Taylor Swift – Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl – Php 1,300
Many celebrities have claimed a signature red lip, but none have been quite as influential in selling a particular product as Taylor Swift. She claims that she was “the last person” to discover MAC’s Ruby Woo, but, really, she’s the reason you can hardly catch it in stores anymore. Pre-Ruby Woo, her go-to shade was a fiery red matte lippie called “Dragon Girl” from Nars.
While any girl serious enough about her lipstick wouldn’t think twice about spending over Php 1,000 for a single shade, it doesn’t hurt to get the same bold color and smooth formula for less–less being Php 649 for Happy Skin’s Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Matte Lippie in Heartbreaker.
4. Kirsten Stewart – Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Sunscreen Makeup – Php 2,500
To achieve that twilight glow, Kirsten Stewart wore a luminous liquid foundation from Chanel to the premiere of Breaking Dawn (we know it’s a bit late, but it’s a beauty look that has stood the test of time). The product, loved for its ultra-light formula, also comes in a reasonable range of 10 different shades.
A close match, or rather, True Match, from L’Oreal is also well-loved by many celebrities, from Blake Lively to Beyonce, comes in an impressive 33 different shades, and can be bought for Php 600 at your neighborhood drugstore.