(Closed) Expensive make-up…is it worth it?

posted 12 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: Is the high-end, expensive make-up woth the money?

    All the time

    Most of the time

    Some of the time


  • Post # 3
    200 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2008

    That’s hard to answer if you’re really "green" when it comes to cosmetics.  Fist of all, the mineral makeup doesn’t make your face look shiny in photos – I’m African-American and just used some mineral products for a wedding last month and no one looked shiny at all, so I doubt you would either.  Most mineral makeup has shimmer to it, but it’s not going to make you look like a disco ball. You don’t HAVE to buy expensive makeup.  You’re biggest concerns are a good foundation, primers (especially eye) and makeup that has a good color payoff that will last all day without you having to fuss over re-application because it’s worn off after an hour.  I did the makeup for a bridal party as a gift to a friend, and some of the products I used were:

    • Napolean Perdis primer Auto Pilot eye primer
    • Mac primer (face)
    • E.L.F. eye pallette in Drama (costs $1.00)
    • Smashbox eybrow powder and wax
    • Laura Gellar, MAC and E.L.F. mineral blush (E.L.F. blush is $3.00 I think)
    • Assorted M.A.C. and E.L.F. glosses
    • L’Oreal HIP eye pallettes (paid about $8.00 and caught a 2 for 1 sale)

    E.L.F. you can buy on their website, their products are super cheap, and so far I don’t have any major complaints as far as color..suprisingly good products. HIP you can get in just about any drugstore for less than $10. You should mix and match according to what works best for you.  The most important thing is that whatever makeup you choose, make sure that the color has high pigment.

    Post # 4
    250 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    Sometimes expensive products are worth it, but you don’t necessarily have to buy expensive products to get the same kind of results.  Have you ever heard of a book called Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me? by Paula Begoun?  Loved it years ago, but I’m not sure what the latest edition is like.  You might want to have a look at that.

    I buy what I consider mid-range cosmetics and skin care products (MAC, Origins), but have an aunt who is really into makeup and likes to give Chanel, YSL, etc. as gifts.  I have always liked using that stuff as a luxury item, but never thought it actually made me look any prettier. 

    You can always go to the makeup counter and get them to apply a few products.  Just don’t fall for any sales pressure!  It is ok to walk away and think about things.  I remember once when I was 22, a lady at the Clinique counter tried to sell my 22-year old friend anti-aging cream for her neck.  Sure, it’s never too young to start moisturizing, but come on!  Anti-aging cream for a 22-year old?

    Good luck!

    Post # 5
    445 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    The mineral makeup has mica in it I think, which reflects.  It also has SPF in it, which reflects back whiter.  Models don’t wear SPF in their makeup for shoots b/c of that.  I wanted to wear mineral makeup for my wedding, and I talked to a makeup artist who explained that MAC makeup is perfect for weddings b/c it doesn’t reflect back.  So it looks good IRL AND in pics. 

    My sister’s college roommate started using anti-wrinkle cream the day after her 20th birthday.  Her explanation?  She’s in her 20s!!  Haha.  I turned 30 last month and I STILL don’t use anti-wrinkle anything.  To each her own!

    Post # 7
    2365 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    My daily mu brand is Chanel. I will swear by it.

    Post # 8
    2856 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    @futuremsburkett, yes, Sephora does do free make-up trials. Just ask one of the associates. It is best to know what you want to try and make sure you express it to them. I absolutely love mineral make-up but I am not expert. What I have noticed is that most places that professionally do make up use the MAC brand of products.

    Post # 9
    948 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2021 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay

    I would definitely head to Sephora for a makeover!  Not only can you sample lots of brands, but it feels great to be pampered 

    I am a slave for Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown.  Also, Christian Dior mascara.  But, you can definitely sub some things with products from Walgreens or CVS.  For example, my girlfriends swear by Lash Blast mascara (which is what I’m going to try after my CD tube runs out!). 

    Post # 10
    141 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    In terms of the shininess thing–maybe what you’re thinking of is that certain makeups make your face really white-ish when you’re photographed with flash. MAC Studio Fix for example–pros use it in photo shoots all the time because they have outside lighting and not flash, but my college roomie used to wear it all the time and when she was in a flash photo she looked like a ghost (but normal photos with no flash–great!)

    Post # 11
    18 posts
    • Wedding: September 2009

    There are some pricier products that are SO worth it that I use on a daily basis:

    -Diorshow mascara

    -Stila Eye Shadow

    -Stila Lip Glaze gloss

    -Make up forever concealer

    The primers are a must – MAC paint in Bare for lids and Smashbox Layer for lashes

    For foundation, I love Loreal True Match… Havent found any pricey brand that’s any better!

    Post # 12
    773 posts
    Busy bee

    I use Bare Minerals, and it is expensive, but I really love it.  It covers everything, and it really does last forever.  I wore it on my wedding day, and I don’t look shiny in any pictures 🙂

    Post # 13
    1363 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    If you’re worried about how minerals look in photos, I’d recommend doing your makeup as you would for the wedding, and asking a friend to take pictures of you inside, outside, and in similar lighting to what you’re expecting.  If you think you look shiny, find another option.  If you’re happy with it, stick with what works.  I also would recommend doing a trial and then thinking about what you’re willing to splurge for based on what you think you need. 

    I bought far too expensive makeup in preparation for my wedding.  It was significantly more than I wanted to spend, and I won’t be replacing it all when it runs out, but there are two products in particular I may try to spring for on a regular basis.  A corrector and concealer do wonders for my under-eye circles and the constant bruising around my allergic nose.  They were like $20 each, for impossibly tiny tubs.   

    Post # 14
    174 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    Check out In Style mag for tips on products and what looks good on what skin types, etc.

    Anyone have any advice on mascara for weddings? I’m afraid I will cry and have black tears! And that’s just not bridal at all. Do I go with waterproof? 

    Post # 16
    60 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I don’t know if you’ve been to http://www.makeupalley.com but I love this site so much.  It has scads of searchable reviews for nearly every cosmetic product under the sun.  I’ve used it to find out about lots of cool stuff I’d never heard of (like the Everyday Minerals brand) and now everytime I need new makeup, I check there first.  Try it out!

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