Beauty Downshift Challenge – Is it worth ditching big brands for cheaper ‘dupes’ to save up to 90%?

At MSE, we’ve challenged you to ‘downshift’ your grocery shop for years (check our Downshifting Guide), but you can also save on make-up and beauty products by downshifting from brands to much cheaper ‘dupes’ – lookalike products, where often even the packaging is similar to the expensive brand.

NOW ENDED: Trick to get £116 of No7 beauty for £30 online by cleverly stacking deals at Boots

MSE Update, Wed 17 Feb at 11.22am: This trick has been very popular and a key element of it – the 'Shimmer All Night' set – has now sold out, which sadly means it's no longer possible to get £116 of No7 for £30. You can now get £40 of No7 beauty for £12 online, plus delivery – it's not as strong a deal, but still decent, and is significantly cheaper.

We've left the original trick below for reference as you may still want to use some of the other offers...

Here's a trick to bag a huge £116 of No7 beauty products for just £30 by stacking deals and a 'free gift' offer – you'll only be able to do this full trick online but it is possible to still get £28 of No7 for £12 in-store. Boots says it has decent stock, but these deals are incredibly popular with MoneySavers and usually go quickly, so don't hang about if you want to do this.

9 Boots tips & tricks incl £40ish No7 mascara for £10

Boots is a high street stalwart and always popular with MoneySavers. Whether you're a fan of big brands, No7, or even just a sandwich, we've been busy filling our boots with deals to bring you nine ways to save right now so you can bag some Boots bargains.

Trick to get £56 of No7 beauty for £10 in Boots stores

Here's a trick to pay just £10 for £56-worth of Boots No7 beauty, by cleverly stacking a '£10 off' in-store coupon with a 'free gift' you receive for buying two or more No7 products.

Beauty advent calendars 2019 – incl £174 of No7 products for £42

Beauty advent calendars, though significantly pricier than their chocolate alternative, have in recent years proven increasingly popular. They often sell out early, so here's a round-up of some of the best I’ve seen, with the best discounts. 

Boots trick... Get £80+ of beauty products for £20

Until Wed 11 Sep, Boots* has a deal where if you buy £20 of selected beauty products in store or online, you get a free 'Beauty Edit' box with contents worth £37 individually.

£85 of No7 beauty for £30 in 'Beauty Vault' set

It was popular last year, and this week it's back - with an even greater amount of No7 beauty products inside, and you can get your hands on it from Wednesday 17th July online and in Boots stores...

Follow the yellow stick(er) road – reductions in places you might not expect

Seasoned MoneySavers will know all about yellow sticker reductions, but did you know you can grab clearance foods outside the ‘big-four’ supermarkets? We’ve looked at this before, and it’s clear there are big bargains to be had...

Up to £56 of make-up for less than £20, eg, No7, Max Factor & Essie.

As we come to ‘the most wonderful time of the year’, you might be thinking about presents and Christmas parties so make-up and gifts may well be on your mind. What if I told you that by maximising ‘gift with purchase’ offers you can bag as much as £56-worth of beauty products for less than £20? I’ve rounded...

Beauty advent calendars out now – incl £35 for £250ish of beauty products with £35 spend at M&S

Beauty advent calendars, though significantly pricier than their chocolate alternative, have in recent years proved increasingly popular. Some have already begun to sell out – so we’re starting to round up some of the best we’ve seen. Now, obviously they’re marketed as advent calendars but we prefer to view them as a means of grabbing beauty items you’d buy anyway...