I totally feel your pain- KCCC is my HG product and I can't seem to find a half decent dupe anywhere (I'm in Canada so options are limited... it's also 46 dollars a tub here... yikes!).
I've tried Kiss My Face as a cheaper alternative but I found it made my hair really dry and dull (I'm a low 2, high 3 texture if that helps). I also had to use a lot of it to get any result and had a lot of frizz when blow drying or sleeping on it. Some people love it though and for under ten dollars why not try it?
I've had better results with the Giovanni brand clear gel, I found I could use less and get better hold but it still wasn't as great as the KCCC.