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Budget-Friendly Alternatives for Fall’s Hottest Beauty Buys

We get it ... sometimes you don't want to spend beaucoup bucks on cosmetics you will only wear for a season or two (hello, feather extensions!), so we've compiled some of the hottest beauty products of the moment, along with their budget-friendly counterparts. Department store or dollar store, there's no excuse not to look good.
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Trendy Splurge: Buxom’s Amplified Lash Mascara
Similar Steal: Revlon’s Customeyes Mascara
Trendy Splurge: Chanel’s Iridescent Polish
Similar Steal: OPI’s Designer Fig Leaf
Trendy Splurge: Guerlain Rouge Orange Lipstick
Similar Steal: L’Oreal’s Colour Riche Lipcolour
Trendy Splurge: Living Proof Straight Hair Spray
Similar Steal: Garnier’s Blow Dry Perfector
Trendy Splurge: NARS Shimmer Shadow
Similar Steal: L’Oreal’s Gilded Bronze Shadow
Trendy Splurge: The Clarisonic
Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System
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Trendy Splurge: Buxom’s Amplified Lash Mascara

The fall 2011 runways were full of models sporting long, defined lashes. Buxom’s new Amplified Lash Mascara features an expandable brush that extends to give the ultimate in both lengthening and definition. ($22, Sephora)

Similar Steal: Revlon’s Customeyes Mascara

Revlon’s Customeyes Mascara has a similar adjustable brush. Use the long brush to lengthen lashes and the short brush to precisely separate and define. ($8.99, drugstore.com)

Trendy Splurge: Chanel’s Iridescent Polish

Falls nails have a split personality—they’re either coated in muted neutrals or silky iridescent brights. Chanel’s luxe polish will make you think you’re a lady of leisure. (Le Vernis Nail Colour in Peridot, $25, Nordstrom)

Similar Steal: OPI’s Designer Fig Leaf

This polish features similar gold swirls against a deep olive green, without DBP, toluene, or formaldehyde—for half the price! (Sephora by OPI polish in Designer Fig Leaf, $9.50, Sephora)

Trendy Splurge: Guerlain Rouge Orange Lipstick

The hottest color of the season is definitely orange, and it’s showing up on lips, eyes, cheeks, and nails. This rich burnt orange lipstick comes in a black lacquer case with a built-in mirror. (Guerlain Rouge G Série Noire lipstick in Orange Euphorique, $47, Bloomingdales)

Similar Steal: L’Oreal’s Colour Riche Lipcolour

Get the same effect for a fraction of the price with L’Oreal’s Colour Riche Lipcolour. (lipstick in Volcanic, $8.99, ULTA)

Trendy Splurge: Living Proof Straight Hair Spray

Stick-straight hair is always perfect in fall, when temps are cool and the air is dry. Living Proof’s Straight hair spray is like a humidity shield that keeps your blowout fresh for days without heavy oils or grease. ($29, livingproof.com)

Similar Steal: Garnier’s Blow Dry Perfector

Garnier’s two-step system starts with a protein treatment to smooth hair and a heat-activated styling cream to seal hair against humidity. (Sleek & Shine Blow Dry Perfector, $11.99, Walgreens)

Trendy Splurge: NARS Shimmer Shadow

A smoky eye never goes out of style, and this season, ditch the dark shadow in favor of bright metallic shades. Line the upper and lower lids with your favorite black liner, and then highlight with a single metallic shadow. (NARS Shimmer Eyeshadow in Voyage, $23, Narscosmetics.com)

Similar Steal: L’Oreal’s Gilded Bronze Shadow

For the price of one prestige shadow, you can stock up on four inexpensive shadows to change up your look more often. (L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Eye Shadow Single in Gilded Bronze, $4.48, lorealparisusa.com)

Trendy Splurge: The Clarisonic

The ultimate in sonic cleansing, the rechargeable Clarisonic brush is waterproof, cordless, and features interchangeable brush heads to match any skin type. This is a rosy glow that you can’t fake. (Classic Cleansing System, $195, Clarisonic.com)

Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System

Olay’s budget-minded version has similar features, but uses alkaline batteries instead of a wall charger. (Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleaning System, $26, Amazon.com)

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