(Closed) Drugstore makeup vs. higher end makeup

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
7779 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I use anything and everything, lol. I have some super-cheap stuff (like the 120 palette, but it’s actually awesome!), I have drugstore stuff, middle-value stuff and some high-end stuff. My favs are:

I really like the drugstore brand Milani. I think it’s used to be geared to ward “women of color”, but i dont think it is anymore. Anyway, their eyeshadows are super pigmented. I use them a lot. My other thing is this felt-tip eyeliner I got. It’s called “InColor FabuLiner”. I got it at Walgreens for like, 1.99. It’s awesome! Favorite eyeliner ever.

The middle of the road stuff is like Rimmel, NYX, and the Very Sexy brand from Victoria’s Secret. I have some Rimmel foundation that I am not a fan of, but I’ve never used anything else by them. I LOVE my NYX lipsticks and lipliners, they have some really awesome colors. The hidden gem here is the Victoria’s secret Makeup. It’s actually, really, really good. Even the cheap VS Beauty Rush brand is good. I love my VS bronzer, except that it is discontinued. The Very Sexy eyeshadows are really good, and not too expensive.

In my heart, I am a total MAC girl. I love, love, love everything I’ve ever gotten from them. The eyeshadows and pigments really have no equal that I have ever tried. I also love Urban Decay, their Primer Potion is a god-send.

Post # 4
990 posts
Busy bee

i have all of the spectrum too…i have drug store foundation, MAC pressed powder, dollar store brushes, drugstore eyeliner, and Christian Dior mascara. I used to use L’Oreal Lash Explosion until I found this Christian Dior mascara…and I am not going back. It does the job ten times of the lash explosion (I have short and curly eyelashes), it volumizes and brings them out and makes them look long…LOVE IT!

Post # 5
140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I use a mixture of both, i buy most of my mascara at the drugstore, and some impulse buys or if I see something that I think will work for a certain outing or something, most of my staples that I can’t live without are high end and I feel like for my eye liners and things I tend to buy the high end ones and they quality and how long they last I usually tend to think is better and they last a lot longer.

Post # 7
2821 posts
Sugar bee

I agree that expensive doesn’t always mean better.  I experiment with lots of stuff and have a mixture, though since I don’t wear a lot of makeup I do tend to have more drugstore stuff.  But if I find a more expensive product that works better (it has to work better for me to pay the extra money) I definately buy it.  I just haven’t found all that many products that actually work better.

For some reason I’ve found with lotions, and concealers my skin is more sensitive to more high end items.  It doesnt’ make any sense and I never thought I had sensitive skin until I started trying the more expensive products and then whoa, hi red skin. 

Post # 8
5263 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I can’t wear most drugstore brands because I have really pale, sensitive skin that gets splotchy with them. But I agree that price definitely doesn’t always equal quality. I’ve had to shop around quite a bit for my “must haves.” The only thing I consistently buy that is not from Sephora or Philosophy is Burt’s Bees because who doesn’t love Burt’s?

Post # 9
7779 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@Tulip61110: I think Walgreens has started to phase it out, unfortunately. If you have an Ulta nearby, they carry NYX and Milani. So does this website: http://www.cherryculture.com/index.php AWESOME site to get stuff cheap.

My brushes are from eBay. lol. $14.99 for a set of 15, baby.

Post # 10
4466 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I pretty much only buy high-end.  I figure it’s touching your face and worth the money.  Plus I wear lots of eyeshadow and the pigments are better in the more expensive ones.  I also feel like higher end eyeliners go on more smoothly.

I mostly use Clinique, but also Lorac and Nars.  I will admit though that I cheat on my higher end stuff with Rimmel because I do like their eyeshadows.

Post # 11
1927 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Drugstore stuff I love

  • Revlon’s Colorstay foundation (blends very nice, great price, long lasting coverage)
  • Cover Girl Lash Blast mascara (HUGE eyelashes)
  • Covergirl loose powder (I have been using this stuff since highschool)
  • Equate (walmart brand) makeup remover pads /// I really liked the neutrogena ones too but the walmart brand is less expensive

High End makeup

  • Makeup Forever – Aqua Eyes -pencil eyeliner ( I am seriously in love with this eyeliner, I have been looking for a good eyeliner for seriously 6+ years and I have found this one to be the best!)

Coastal Scents – Coastal scents is a website that they sell alot of great makeup for really great prices, check it out!!!

  • 78 piece pallet ( this comes with blushes and eye shadows, they are very very pigmented, and they last all day!)
  • Gel Eyeliner (let me tell you, this stuff is great. I have always had problems with liquid eyeliner and someone told me to get a gel liner with a bent eyeliner brush and it is seriously so easy!)
  • Bent eyeliner brush (if you use gel liner this is a great brush)
  • 13 (I think it’s 13 pieces) brush kit ( this comes with a pouch and I think 12 great brushes)


Also there are some GREAT video’s on Youtube where people rate products, they also have some awesome tutorials on how to apply makeup (even if you have been wearing makeup for years you can still learn stuff from these girls)

Post # 12
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Tulip61110: Amen on the Great Lash!  It is the only mascara I will use.  It goes on sale a lot and sometimes you can find two-packs of it, too!

I, too, use a mix of high end and drugstore brands.  Generally, I use more expensive brands for what goes all over my face (Smashbox Primer, Bare Minerals foundation) but I’ll use pretty much any brand of eyshadow and lipgloss. 

Post # 13
249 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I agree with other saying price does not always equal better products.

I have a mix of both i have a lot of NYX shadows..some MAC..some Too Faced..for foundation i love Maybelline the shade Classic Ivory is a perfect match for me ๐Ÿ™‚

sadly i am allergic to most lip product from the high end brands (too much fragrance maybe?) I am a fan of UDPP it is the best (for me the Too Faced one did not work)..i also love Clinique’s gel liners ๐Ÿ™‚

However i always read reviews and watch videos to make the best choice drugstore or not i want the best value for the price ๐Ÿ™‚

as for brushed i LOVE LOVE my Ecotools (drugstore) and I love Sigma (sigmamakeup.com) for their stippling brushes (they are comparable to MAC even the numbers are the same) ..my favorite is the SS 197 for foundation.  I try to stay away from real hair brushes (i know i know the 187 and 188 have goat hair) i LOVE taklon (Ecotools and Too Faced uses that) …it really depends on ur skin..budget and how much u want to experiment.. sadly i have yet to find a drugstore in  Canada that allows to return used cosmetics (i miss USA for that) so i have to be even more careful what i buy ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
2090 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have a mix. I’ve tried a bunch of higher-end foundations, and just keep going back to Revlon color-stay. I just like the way it looks, covers, etc. better than anything else I’ve tried. I also like their loose powder.

I do however, love my Dior mascara, and so do splurge on that.
I don’t wear eyeshadow a lot, so I tend to buy higher end eyeshadows because the pigment seems better – richer color, etc., and I feel like I use less of it this way. Same for eye liner pencils.

I do use pretty high end skincare products, because my skin is very fussy, and what I use works on it, and its worth it to me to spend more but great a really great product in return.

Post # 15
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Im in the high end makeup category for the most part. I have some inexpensive revlon, mary kay, sephora brand, and ulta makeup, though! I use a lot of Laura Mercier, Dior (mascara), clinique. For some things, I REALLY can tell a difference. Mascara is one, foundation and primer is another, and I also like Cargo’s blush. Even though it was $30, i’ve had it for years and the color is just spot on for my complexion. And I definitely use high end skin care products….can’t skimp on those!

Post # 16
866 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Yep, I use a mix of low, middle, and high-end products. My favorite eyeliner pencil is the one for $1 from NYC, because it smudges beautifully. My powder bronzer, summer moisturizer, and most lip products are mid-range like VS, Neutrogena, CoverGirl, and so on. Everything else is from brands like Clinique, Sephora, Smashbox, MAC, Nars, etc.

Two things I’m an absolute “snob” about are my makeup brushes and perfume — I’ll pay just about anything for my favorites.

Oh, and nearly every lotion I’ve ever owned if from Bath & Body Works. Heaven for my skin.

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