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10 CLEAN BEAUTY DUPES FOR NOT-SO-CLEAN CULT CLASSICS

by Amelia Pridham 3 min read

10 CLEAN BEAUTY DUPES FOR NOT-SO-CLEAN CULT CLASSICS - Paradox

Bye-bye, toxins. Hello, clean beauty!

The idea of swapping your beloved (but not-so-good-for you) beauty staples to cleaner products can be daunting. So many new labels to read. So many toxic ingredients to avoid. So many new products to test. (But first, know the  difference between clean, natural and organic beauty to find out what it can do for your skin.) 

And hey — saying goodbye to some of your favorite products of the past can be a bit sad. We know because we’ve been there.

But we’re here to help make the transition a bit easier. Grab all your bottles of your favorite beauty cult classics, and get ready to find its clean beauty twin. 

 

1 / GIORGIO ARMANI LUMINOUS SILK FOUNDATION 

Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation is to die for. However, leaving this cult classic behind is worth it. The Gressa Skin’s  Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation makes your beauty routine a little bit easier and cleaner. It’s lightweight, buildable and leaves a flawless finish. Who wouldn’t love a multivitamin for their face?

2 / SMASHBOX PHOTO FINISH FOUNDATION PRIMER 

Silicone is used across beauty products to achieve that smooth, silky finish on your skin. It’s even in your beloved Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. Yikes! What should you do? Swap it for the Couleur Caramel’s  Smoothing Velvet Primer. It’s only made with the “good stuff” like organic plant oils that diminish the appearance of pores while controlling excess sebum.

3 / YSL TOUCHE ECLAT RADIANCE PERFECTING PEN 

Yves Saint Laurent — the ultimate brand for luxury. Unfortunately, it’s not the best for your skin. Keep the luxury and ditch the harsh chemicals by swapping it for Beautycounter’s  Touchup Skin Concealer Pen. It’s literally its clean twin. It covers up all the undereye darkness with a simple push of a pen and formulated with ingredients that actually improve your skin. Gotta love that!

4/ NARS BLUSH IN ORGASM 

Forget parabens, preservatives and color additives. The Korres Zea May blush in  18 Peach applies smooth and buttery, just like your Nars blush. The pigment is also to die for!

5 / MAC LIPSTICK IN RUBY WOO 

Every girl needs a classic red lipstick in her beauty collection. It’s a fact. The Nudus lipstick in  Ruby Rose is an amazing alternative to the well-known Ruby Woo lipstick by Mac. It is full of organic ingredients while packing a punch with its runway-ready red color.

6 / URBAN DECAY NAKED PALETTES 3

Do you own every single Urban Decay Naked palettes? We might have been a little guilty of that too — until we found this clean dupe. The  Bare Necessities Set 3 by Silk Naturals is cleaner, cheaper and skips the talc. Beauty youtubers like, The Green Bunny, love it too!

7 / MAKEUP FOREVER HD FINISHING POWDER 

If you want to avoid the talc, switch to RMS Beauty’s  Un-Powder for minimal, clean ingredients while keeping your skin soft and under control.

8 / NARS VELVET LIP PENCIL 

We love Nars, but their ingredients? Not so much. Treat your lips to Bite Beauty’s  Power Move Creamy Matte Lip Crayon. There are no parabens and sulfates included, yet it keeps all the creaminess and intensity of your favorite lip pencil. 

9 / MAYBELLINE GREAT LASH MASCARA 

Clumpy mascara that  falls into your eyes is never a fun moment. That’s why we suggest swapping to the  Black Vegan Mascara by Lily Lolo. It’s formulated without any dyes and chemicals and perfect for even the most sensitive eyes. 

10 / YSL ROUGE PUR COUTURE LIPSTICK

We’re ending with one of the ultimate cult classics you should leave behind on your clean beauty journey. We love YSL, but the ingredients in their Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick isn’t passing our clean beauty test. Swap it for its clean dupe — the Honest Beauty’s Lip Crayon in  Coral. Its lightweight texture glides on your lips just like YSL, and no one will ever know.

The journey to clean beauty and tossing those beauty cult classics have never been easier. Visit us on  Instagram, and let us know which clean products you’ve been loving! For more inspiration, don’t forget to follow us on  Pinterest.

Amelia Pridham
Amelia Pridham



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