Drugstore Cheat Sheet: Generic Vs. Name Brand

Posted April 14, 2014 by in Lifestyle

We’ve all been there – standing in the beauty aisle trying to decipher the difference between the name brand product and the less expensive generic brand. When two products have similar ingredient lists and product designs, it’s hard to tell the difference.

Today 800razors.com, the burn-free razor company, wants to share a cheat sheet for when to splurge versus when to save on seemingly similar beauty products.


1. SAVE your shave – Razors from the drug store have become increasingly expensive over the years, as Gillette has monopolized the market. There is no need to spend a fortune on “name brand” razors. 800razors.com makes American-made razors that compare to the Gillette Venus and Fusion Pro Glide, but cost about half the price!

2. SPLURGE on Moisturizers – Many skin care lines can be quite pricey, but if you opt for the generic versions, you could be cheating yourself out of hydrated skin.

Many generic brands will water down their ingredients in order to charge lower prices. When it comes to hydration, particularly for your face, go for the products with low water content and a quality ingredient list.

3. SAVE on Polishes – Some nail polish brands will charge almost twice as much as other companies, making people believe there is something better about the quality. The fact is, you shouldn’t need to pay more than about 5 dollars for a bottle of polish. Anything more than that, and you could be getting ripped off.

4. SPLURGE on hair coloring – Ok, we know the salon appointments can be pricey but in the end, it truly is money well spent. Box dyes and highlighting kits are not only harsh on your hair, but can end up looking far from the photo on the box.

In the end, you’ll likely end up back at the salon to fix the damage anyway. Look for online deals from sites like Groupon and LivingSocial for hair treatment discounts in your area! If you live in a city, check out Salon Apprentice.