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

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 47
225 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@strawberrypixie:  I think some if it is worth it and some stuff the cheaper stuff works just as good. I have Bare Minerals foundation, blush, mineral veil, primer that I use sometimes and Mac bronzer and blush I use sometimes and I love that stuff but my mascara is a 7 dollar cover girl mascara and I love it! 

Post # 48
1638 posts
Bumble bee

It depends for me. When it come to the liquid stuff I tend to prefer higher end. It feels more natural. But then powder stuff I could really care less.

Post # 49
691 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

High-end eyeshaddows and blush/face powders are definitely a better quality than what you can get at the drugstore. However, I use mostly drugstore blushes because I switch up my blush color so much I cannot justify the expense for high-end. Drugstore blushes are completely doable imo.

Most drugstore eyeshaddows I find to be completely un-workable.

The only other products I use regularly are from the drugstore (mascara, lip products) I find that for these products the cheaper brands work just as well as the more expensive brands.


Post # 50
914 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Depends on what beauty product you are talking about.  Product like foundation, primer, eye shadow make a different. Yes, it’s expensive but the quality are so much better than regular drug store foundation.. so I bite the bullet abd buy them.. never regret.  Before, I just use $10-$15 BB cream now that I’m using Armani/YSL foundation, boy it makes a huge different. I notice it so much smoother on my skin.  very natural 

I will cheap on false lashes for daily use though but for my big day, I bite the bullet again and bought a pair of Shu Umera lashes.  They are beautiful and last soooo long.  I can re-use it for sooo many times afterward. 

Post # 52
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@strawberrypixie:  ABSOLUTELY!  Especially for skincare, foundation, powder, primers & eyeshadow.  The quality is so much better, the pigmentation is better and it really does last longer!  I am a Laura Mercier devotee, using her skincare on a regular basis really did improve my skin by leaps & bounds and her eyeshadows have a luxe pigmentation that lasts all day.  IMO, the higher end cosmetics are definitely worth it!

Post # 53
6317 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

In general I would say that yes, it is worth it… to a point.

I love Urban Decay eye shadows… I don’t really consider a $60 palette to be super expensive, though because you can use it for years and the color selection is large.

I buy Clinique mascara… it’s cheaper than Dior and I like it better, but it’s still a lot more than Maybelline.

Post # 54
1988 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

There are absolutely some star products from drugstore brands, in general I perfer higher end products.  Everyone has a bottom line though, I think Urban Decay/MAC/Benefit/MUFE are worth it, but there is no way brands like Chanel/Guerlain/Dior are worth their prices to me.

Post # 55
93 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I agree with others who have said that some high end makeup is worth the money and some isn’t. 

But high end skincare is worth every penny, IMO.

Post # 56
106 posts
Blushing bee

I’m a Chanel girl for the most part.  Their eyeshadows and blushes are finely milled, the color is gorgeous and lasts.  They have great pencil eye liners in wonderful colors as well.

I have really good skin and don’t usually use a base or foundation, but when I do I use the Sisley cream foundation in the black tube.

Rimmel Lycra Lash Mascara works for me.

I go crazy with lipgloss, so that is an area I’ll cheap out on.

I find the best nail polish is Sally Hanson.  Chanel is too expensive {unless it is one special color not available in other lines}.

Post # 57
315 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

In my daily life I pretty much use L’Oreal, Ulta, Bare Minerals, NYX, pretty much any random drug store product that works for me (lots of trial and error!).

I did my own makeup for the wedding so I treated myself to some Nars and MAC cosmetics. I bought Nars tinted moisturizer, eyeliner, blush, and eyeshadow, and MAC setting powder. I LOVE the Nars tinted moisturizer! I also went to Ulta and purchased  trial sized Bad Gal mascara and Smashbox primer.

Post # 59
451 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I use both high end and cheaper cosmetics.  What is have found:


mascara: the drug store has fabulous mascaras. I love L’oreal Voluminous and Rimmel.  I have bought expensive mascaras such as Diorshow, Too Faced etc and they are fine but nothing better than drug store.  And you are supposed to throw away mascara every three months.  Who wants to do that with a $30 mascara?


lipstick: I love the Revlon lip butters and L’oreal products.  I have Chanel, Dior and Nars lipsticks but they also dry out my lips and I tend to wear Revlon the most. 


Eye liner: I love drug store liquid liner and pencil liner.  I love Bobbi Brown gel liner but kind of off it at the moment. I have the Stila liquid liner which is good but the same as me Revlon one.


Eyeshadow: always high end for colour payoff. i love Dior, urban decay, and Laura Mercier


Foundation/primers : always high end.  Seems to not break me out and I have someone to help me find my perfect colour as opposed to guessing at the drug store. I use Nars Sheer Matte and Hourglass No 28 primer. 


blush/bronzer:  seems to be always nars.  I have a lot!


moisturizer: neutrogena anti-wrinkle with retinol


face soap: cerave (ceravive?)


FYI: my skin is really good. I don’t have acne and I don’t need makeup but I love it. I love a good 10 years younger than I am.

i guess people have to find what works for them but I wouldn’t rule out the drugstore! Sorry about any wonky spelling, iPhone auto correct hates me!


Post # 60
3201 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

To me, certain products are splurge worthy and others are not. I buy better primers, foundation and eyeshadows and cheap mascara, eyeliner, and lipstick. 

Post # 61
8 posts
  • Wedding: July 2014


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