(Closed) Is high-end makeup really worth the price?

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 33
873 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@MsGinkgo:  I’m with you on the Stila!!!!

Post # 34
404 posts
Helper bee

@NauticalDisaster:  YES.  I swear by Revlon ColorStay foundation.  


@strawberrypixie:  OP, I use a mix of high end and drugstore products.

Facial cleansers / makeup removers / eye cream – Clinique

Primer – lately have been using Maybelline’s Baby Face, and I love it.  It’s silica based, like many high end primers.

Foundation – Revlon Colorstay

Powder – Cover Girl loose powder

Bronzer – Benefit (although I have a Rimmel bronzer to use in a pinch, and it works decently)

Eye Primer – NYX

Eyeshadow – MAC & Clinique (I just happen to have purchased these a long time ago, and I rarely do eyeshadow, so they last forever)

Eyeliner – Benefit waterproof eyeliner (all other liners seem to drift away to places I don’t want them to be)

Lip Liner – Revlon

Lipstick – mostly MAC, also some Maybellines

Post # 35
310 posts
Helper bee

@strawberrypixie:  I’m not a BB cream person myself, but I don’t think it’s necessary to use primer with it.  I agree that drugstore mascara is pretty good, and there are also several drugstore lip colors I would use {though I do love MAC lipglasses}.  Anything else I tend to go high end with.  The beauty of places like Sephora and Ulta is that you can buy a bunch of stuff, and then even if you’ve opened it and tried it, they’ll take a full retun if it’s not for you.  Makes it really easy to play around.

ETA: There was a beauty blogger on Youtube who made a video about dupes for MAC brushes, and lots of them were natural hair paintbrushes she got at Michael’s craft store.  I tried some of them and they were amazing-for like $3-6 a piece!

Post # 36
6107 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

IMO, it depends on the product.

Foundation: yes, yes, yes

Primer: yes

Concealer: sometimes

Eye shadow: yes, mostly…there are a few exceptions

Powder: nope, high end is good but Rimmel makes a setting powder that’s pretty dang awesome

Mascara: nope, I love Maybelline even when compared to high end

Blush: nope, I use NYX blushes and they work just as good as high end. Although I do loooove Tarte’s blushes

Brushes: yes and no. I love Sigma brushes which are considered more high end but aren’t as expensive as, say, MAC. However, Real Techniques (from Ulta) are realy good and they’re inexpensive.

Post # 37
451 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@strawberrypixie:  It really depends on the specific product. There are some drugstore cosmetics that perform better than their designer counterparts, and some really expensive products that are hands-down the best. Personally, I’ve wasted enough money on crappy high-end products that I would never say “expensive is worth it” as a general rule.

I use a mix of drugstore and high end. I love reading the reviews on makeupalley.com. A few high-end products that are worth it – MUFE foundation, Nars orgasm/laguna duo, Urban Decay Naked palettes, Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner. Cheapos that are awesome – Monistat anti-chafing gel as primer (seriously!), Wet n Wild Fergie eyeshadow primer (it actually makes it almost too difficult to take my eyeshadow off at the end of the day), Wet n Wild eyeshadow palettes (amazing pigmentation).

Post # 38
635 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@strawberrypixie:  I splurge on a few items like mascara, blush, eye shadow and foundation. I also have VERY sensitive skin and I find that the more expensive brands don’t irritate my skin as much. My favorites:

  • Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer
  • Benefit “They’re Real” Mascara
  • Clinique blush in Smoldering Plum
  • Urban Decay, Too Faced, Smashbox eye shadow

Eyeliner is drugstore though (Almay).

Post # 39
1612 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@strawberrypixie:  I’ve used all sorts of makeup over the years.  Things I will spend the cash on are moisterizer (which isn’t really makeup but important) and foundation (I use an anti-redness one from Clinque).  I’ve used all sorts of mascaras over the years and always come back to Great Lash…love it. I do have some Sephora eyeshadow that a friend gave me and it is quite good although I use cheaper stuff too. 

The key is to not overdo the makeup too much imo.  You want to look like the best version of you.  I am planning on doing my own as well will be doing a nice lip, eyeshadow, maybe eyeliner on the top lip (I never do the bottom), some curled lashes with mascara, eyeliner and a must is my good foundation and powder.  I have rosacia and need to downplay redness rather than add blush.

Post # 40
9823 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I would say yes for:

Foundation, eyeshadow , eyeliner (LOVE the UD eyeliner)


No for:

blush, mascara, powder.  I do use more expensive blush and powder and I love it, but I think there are some good cheap options out there.  Mascara is a big one for me that I think the cheaper is just as good as the expensive…I’ve gone through a lot of expensive mascara (including ones mentioned by PP) and still haven’t found one that was any better than some of the cheaper stuff.

Post # 41
3725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@strawberrypixie:  Yes, better pigments in the colors and I find the liquids stay on the skin nicer and don’t weep or creep into lines. I would do a cheap eyeliner. Some mascara that’s cheap works really well too.


Post # 42
567 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@strawberrypixie:  UD Naked palettes are amazing – I don’t wear much, but I wear that!  The UD eyeshadow primer is great, too.  I can definitely tell a difference when I wear it.  

I use drugstore mascara!  It really is the best I’ve tried for the look I like (and I LOVEEE mascara).

I wear mostly lipstick – I like MAC for bright shades and Clarins.  I HATE Mary Kay lipsticks.  My fave for everyday lipsticks is Origins.

I don’t wear powder at all, I can never get a not made up, natural look so I avoid it.  I also avoid foundation for the same reason, but will wear it sometimes.  I mostly just use tinted moisturizer.

Post # 43
11165 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@strawberrypixie:  Yes, a million times yes. I cannot tell you what a game changer it is to use the make up that I do, especially the primer and foundation. They are pricey but last 12+ hours and even look amazing post after work exercise.

@donna_saur:  I just wanted to say that I finally jumped on the Naked bandwagon and bought Naked 3. Amazing!!!!! I use it daily now.

Post # 45
80 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@strawberrypixie:  Yes and no. If you have sensitive skin it’s definitely worth it. But a lot of stuff is trial and error. At Sephora and they have a really good return policy so if you try it out for a week or so and if you don’t like it, you can always return it or exchange it.

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