I Tried Kim Kardashian's Skin-Care Routine With Budget Products

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Like Kim Kardashian, I have champagne tastes. Unlike the reality star, I'm on a beer budget. So when I heard that the cost of her skin-care routine is in the four digits (and that's just for the products!), I knew I'd have to get creative. (Oh, did you think I wasn't going to attempt to get her flawless complexion for myself? Please.)

The challenge? To find quality alternatives for the pricey products stored in the bathroom cabinets of the 1%. Which led — where else? — to the drugstore aisles. Since Kim isn't shy about sharing her beauty routine, it was pretty easy to do some research on her favorite ingredients — rose, jojoba oil, and lots of vitamin C — and source them at a much lower price point.

Her star lineup of beauty weapons includes a By Terry rose facial cleanser, a Guerlain cream, and an at-home LED laser — plus a whole host of other anti-agers. She's taken us through her regimen on Into The Gloss, Snapchat, and her website — and after studying it all, I'm determined to get that glow, too.

Ahead, take a look at the under-$200 product lineup I put together to replicate Kim's $2,000 one, and find out just how well they worked.
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Kim's Pick: Neutrogena Cleansing Towelettes
My Pick: Neutrogena Cleansing Towelettes

The most affordable product in Kim's routine happens to be a favorite of mine, too. These makeup-cleansing wipes are saviors for late nights when you just can't be bothered to fully wash your face (we can't endorse skipping cleanser post-wipe, but we've all been there). As Kim told Into The Gloss, “They take off everything, but really gently — even mascara!” Keep a pack in your bathroom, bedside table, and gym bag.

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Towelettes, $8.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
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Kim's Pick: By Terry Purete de Rose Refreshing Cleansing Gel
My Pick: Sonia Kashuk Dissolve Oil To Gel Facial Cleanser

Kim told Into The Gloss her fave cleanser is a luxurious gel facial cleanser, which can be tricky to duplicate at the drugstore price point, but this Sonia Kashuk option is your best bet. It goes on like a gel, but with a few gentle, upward motions turns into a silky oil. The makeup melted right off — even my stubborn mascara.

Sonia Kashuk Dissolve Oil To Gel, $14.99, available at Target.
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Kim's Pick: Caudalie Premier Cru The Elixir
My Pick: L’Oréal Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Advanced Skin Care Repair Serum

Bear in mind that I have 22-year-old skin, so the reparative effects of anti-aging formulas aren’t as obvious to me as they may be for someone in their 30s. Still, this rich serum plumped my skin, erased all dryness and flakiness, and I even noticed a subtle fading of my sun damage.

L’Oréal Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Advanced Skin Care Repair Serum, $19.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
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Kim's Pick: Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence
My Pick: Pixi Glow Mist

I live for essences these days. In the morning, they prep my skin for makeup and give whatever goes on top a dewy finish; in the afternoon, a quick spritz wakes my complexion up; at night, they serve as a soothing pre-bed ritual. This one is packed with oils, like lemon, lavender, olive, and avocado, and smells like the most beautiful garden.

Pixi Glow Mist, $15, available at Target.
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Kim's Pick: Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale The Rich Cream
My Pick: St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer

Kim is all about anti-aging and opulence — so a cream that costs $455 fits the bill. Unfortunately, I don't see that purchase in my future, so I found this gentle, preventative moisturizer formulated with collagen proteins at a price that can't be beat.

St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer, $6.49, available at Walgreens.
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Kim's Pick: C+C Vitamin Cream
My Pick: 40 Carrots Carrot + C Vitamin Serum

As time goes on, your skin cells don’t turn over as often, resulting in signs of aging and other skin damage. Kim sometimes alternates between the Guerlain and the vitamin cream, she tells Into The Gloss. If you need a boost of antioxidants (and who doesn't?), this one delivers. I have some hyper-pigmentation, so it's perfect for gradually brightening those spots.

40 Carrots Carrot + C Vitamin Serum, $13.99, available at Walgreens.
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Kim's Pick: By Terry Baume De Rose
My Pick: Smith's Rosebud Salve

Kim's choice is ultra-rich and perfect for repairing dryness overnight, but this salve is a great everyday classic. It smells like a bouquet, fills in the lines in my lips, and lends a pretty pink tint that just enhances my natural lip color. And one tin lasts forever.

Smith's Rosebud Salve Balm, $6, available at Sephora.
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Kim's Pick: La Mer The Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid
My Pick: Ulta Suncare Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion

Sunscreen is a tricky category for me — my makeup usually piles over it, it leaves a chalky feeling behind, and just feels too heavy most of the time. Kim told Into The Gloss she uses La Mer, and I knew an alternative would be a challenge. After a lot of testing, I discovered this lightweight, oil-free lotion that goes on invisibly and doesn't make my pores feel clogged.

Ulta Suncare Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion, $9.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
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Kim's Pick: Chantecaille Bio Lifting Mask
My Pick: Mario Badescu Super Collagen Mask

In Kim's world, there's no such thing as too much collagen. The lifting mask she prefers gives an instant skin-tightening effect that's perfect to apply right before a big event. The kaolin in this substitute does the exact same, plus oatmeal takes redness down a notch.

Mario Badescu Super Collagen Mask, $18, available at Nordstrom.
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Kim's Pick: Guerlain Super Aqua-Eye Anti-Puffiness/Smoothing Eye Patch
My Pick: Earth Therapeutics Hydrogel Under Eye Recovery Patch

If you’re looking to conceal your under-eye circles like Kim, you need a rejuvenating patch treatment. This one de-puffs (keep it in the fridge for a spa-like cooling effect) and gives the sensitive, thin-skinned area a big dose of nutrition.

Earth Therapeutics Hydrogel Under Eye Recovery Patch, $9, available at Ulta Beauty.
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Kim's Pick: Lancer Skincare Pure Youth Serum
My Pick: Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Serum

Kim’s top youth-boosting serum is by celebrity dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer, but there are some comparable ingredients in this drugstore find. Retinol? Check. Damage-fighting antioxidants? You bet. Just make sure to use before bed, not in the morning, to avoid irritation from the sun.

Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Serum, $20.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
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