Are high end cosmetics better than drugstore/middle range? Share your favs!

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
15011 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I take it product by product. I love MAC foundation but I use a drug store mascara. I refuse to ever again try drug store eyeshadow, it just doesn’t have the pigmentation that higher end brands have, imo. Again I prefer MAC for eye shadows, I actually use the paints which last for ever on and I usually have to replace before I use it all up. 

Post # 3
2132 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I do prefer high end mascaras- drugstore ones often irritate my eyes.  Like the above, I also prefer my eyeshadows from higher end brands- MAC and the Naked pallate are my faves.  I’ve also been trying to move towards products that are more natural, like Tarte and Bare Minerals.  There are less options for natural cosmetics at drugstore prices.  Physicians Formula make some products that are OK, but most of their stuff just doesn’t hold up to the nicer brands.  

Post # 4
6948 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

Definitely depends on the product and your skin. Personally, I’ve never found a primer I like more than Smashbox Photo Finish or a mascara I like more than good ol’ Covergirl (though, I use the wands from higher end tubes). For my money, MAC’s eyeshadows are the best because of the saturated pigment and “stickiness”- I find UD and some of the higher brands too powdery so they get all over the place. I like Bare Minerals but honestly don’t see much of a difference between that and drugstore brand mineral makeup, so it’s not worth the extra money for me. 

Post # 5
461 posts
Helper bee

I used to not think it mattered (and maybe in my early 20’s it really didn’t), but now I don’t think there are very good equivalent drug store products–the higher-end ones are just so much better now.  There is one “drug store” find in my make-up bag that I love.  It’s a blush from Target–sonia kashuk in pink.  It’s just the perfect color for my skin tone.  Super-natural and a great shade for me.

Once I find something that works, I rarely deviate from it.  For correction, it’s Givenchy’s Mister Light–love how it covers without getting cakey.  For mascara, my go-to is Benefit’s “They’re Real!”  My lashes are thin and blonde.  I am sold on Benefit’s BADgal waterproof liner in gray also–literally wear it down to the nub.  lol 

I also love Tarte’s Amazonian clay 12-hour full coverage foundation, and it is lasting forever (don’t wear foundation everyday, but still a little goes a long way).  It blends very well and does not feel heavy. 

For skincare I admit I hit the drug store, but it’s only for Cetaphil cleanser and CeraVe moisturizer, and I swear they work better than any high end skin care regiment. 

Great topic–can’t wait to see some other things I might want to try.  🙂



Post # 6
3389 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I love MAC pro long wear foundation, prep and prime highlighter pen, primer, eyeshadow, blotting powder and lipGlass.

For Drugstore brands I buy NYX doll eye Mascara and dewy setting spray. I still haven’t found a decent blush and bronzer.

Tarte makes a decent blush stick but it’s shiny and sometimes I’d like it to be not as noticeable. 

Post # 7
2264 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I definitely prefer high end makeup — especially when it comes to foundation and eye shadow. The foundation is always lighter and blends better. The eye shadow is always better pigmented and lasts longer. 

I swear by Urban Decay. I also really like Tarte’s products. 

Post # 8
1878 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Valparaiso, IN

Honestly I think high end and drugstore makeup has their place. I have a high end foundation that I love, but I also have a drugstore foundation that I love almost as much. I stick to drugstore mascaras, blushes, bronzers, eyeshadows, eyeliners, etc. I find that you can find drugstore versions of all of those products that work just as well as the high end ones. But I definitely find that bases, foundations and face powders last longer when they are high end.

Post # 11
7281 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

I think there is a difference. I gave drug store mascara the ol’ college try and it just was not working for me. After trying L’Oreal, Cover Girl, and Maybelline, I gave up. Why keep wasting money? So I tried Benefit and i’m never going back. It’s worth it to me to buy a good mid-range product. I have nopt tried any high end brands, but I am intrigued by the cult following for Armani foundation. I may just have to try some when my Smashbox runs out.

Post # 13
413 posts
Helper bee

I haven’t found a high end product that’s sooo much better than the drugstore. I  don’t waste my money and go drugstore for everything. Smashbox photo finish leaves me greasey. Lancome shadows last add long as drugstore brands. I love Revlon colorstay foundation. The only foundation I’ve found that lasts for me. NYX eyeshadow primer. I just bought a coastal scents pallet and the price was great, so many colors, and the pigmentation is great! I love l’oreal true match blush and powder and maybeline gel liner! That’s just my opinion!

Post # 14
4827 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

I’m assuming then no one is interested in my Dollar Tree finds….?

Post # 15
88 posts
Worker bee

I am strictly aveda but probably have tried everything in my life. I think sometimes the low end brands can be better than the high end ones, but I found nothing that I like as much as aveda (with one exception to the 5 tone christian dior eyeshadow – which I will never buy again since it is not vegan)

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