Splurge vs. Save: Bobbi Brown Buffing Grains and Mark Berry Grand

Besides having a thing for lip stains and highlighters, I also love exfoliators. When Bobbi Brown Buffing Grains for the Face came out, I thought it was genius. What a unique concept to add exfoliation to a cleanser you already love, plus the ability to control how much or how little exfoliation you get from it. I was sold but I was not happy about the $40 price tag for what is really just grains. When I came across these Mark Berry Grand Super Exfoliating Beads on the Mark website, I thought I had just found a replacement at a fraction of the cost for roughly the same amount.

The main difference between these two products beside the price tag is the texture of the grain in each jar. Bobbi Brown’s is not quite as thick as Mark’s, it consists of Japanese adzuki bean powder to help get rid of dry patches while Mark’s has cranberry and pomegranate sees along with apricot seed and rice powder. Mark’s has some chunkier grains in it but it also has the fine powder that Bobbi Brown’s has as well. Perhaps it is a different caliber of ingredients in each product but both are effective at exfoliating skin without being harsh or abrasive, the grains are not thick or sharp enough to do that. In my testing, I didn’t see anything that made one product better than the other.

I’ve certainly caved on my share of more expensive products when a cheaper dupe was available, but sometimes it just comes down to which brand you prefer or trust more. I am a sucker for packaging though and have to admit that Bobbi’s jar looks rather sleek on my bathroom counter. Mark’s container has handy function though, like some of its makeup, itΒ  “hooks up” to the tops of their cleansers. If you already use them, I admire your available bathroom counter space! πŸ™‚

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6 thoughts on “Splurge vs. Save: Bobbi Brown Buffing Grains and Mark Berry Grand

    1. Hi Isa, it doesn’t really fall into a category like that, neither of these products is professional grade. They are just powders/grains you add in to cleanser.

  1. Amen sister! I love Bobbi Brown products so much, even when sometimes they don’t seem as fun as Mac or other lines, you can’t beat the quality- but the the PRICES.. OYE> Sometimes it just plain hurts. So thanks for helping us find an alternative because when it comes to Bobbi Brown I know it’s not easy to do!

    1. Hi Jane! Thanks for stopping by. πŸ™‚ I’ve been using a little bit of the Mark’s grains every day lately, I love it.

  2. These are similar to Dermalogica’s Micro-exfoliant that I love. Another great idea is to use Aspirin (yeah, the stuff in your medicine cabinet). You can’t get much cheaper than that.

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