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This $20 Moisturizer Is a Great Dupe for a $500 Favorite

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Lumene Overnight Bright Sleeping Cream
Lumene Overnight Bright Sleeping Cream ($20)

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Have you ever had a moment where you experience something for the first time and you immediately know you never want to live without it? That was me the second I applied Clé de Peau’s La Creme. It has incredible anti-aging benefits thanks to retinol, rosemary extract to improve skin density, and skin-firming licorice root extract, but it was really the smell, the soft creamy texture, and the dewy results that made me fall in love. What could possibly be the downside, you ask? It costs $535 for a 1-ounce jar and $785 for a 1.8-ounce one.

When I ran out, I had to say goodbye and find an affordable option. My much more modest substitute is Lumene’s Overnight Bright Sleeping Cream. I love its faint citrus scent and the smooth luxe-feeling texture. At first it feels like it’s going to be ultra-rich, but once it’s applied, the cream absorbs incredibly quickly and evenly. Not to mention it delivers the most important thing: results. Thanks to its vitamin C and hyaluronic acid-packed formula, my skin has never looked so fresh or bright, and my complexion has taken on a whole new level of radiance that rivals any highlighter.

Oh yeah, and it only costs $20 — so even though I’ve cleaned out this jar too, it didn’t take weeks worth of paychecks to buy another.