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

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 62
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - parent\'s backyard

I have tried SO MUCH high end makeup and was never impressed. I don’t wear foundation though, and I’ve heard that would be one thing that would be worth spending more for. 

the only high end products I use are tarte blush stain and sephora’s brand of nail polish remover. everything else are drugstore items that I’ve been using for many years. 

Post # 63
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Helper bee

@strawberrypixie:  I use Bobbi Brown for all of my make-up and brushes, etc…. not sure if it is considered “high end” but I know it is a lot more expensive than drug store brands. I also use Mary Kay timewise system and I don’t consider that high-end. To me the make up products I use are TOTALLY worth it. I’ve tried lots of other options and nothing compares for me. They lasts all day, don’t smudge, don’t adversely impact my sensitive skin and apply well with little effort. 

A previous bee mentioned that there was a lack of pigment with Bobbi Brown but I never had that issue. I use primer and mine shows well in real life and pictures and lasts ALL day until I wash it off.

Post # 64
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Busy bee

I def think that higher end make up is worth it. I couldn’t see using cheap foundation becauae it goes on so much better and it lasts longer I think. Eyeshadows I mix I think you should have some  sort of mix. Mascara and blush I buy drugstore though most of the time. I have some nice mascara but I always end up using lash blast by cover girl. i love MAC it’s just great makeup I think and I have no issues spending money on it. 

Post # 65
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

The only high end products I buy are mascara (Diorshow, my eyelashes seriously suck) and concealer (Benefit). My Wet and Wild eyeshadow pallet puts my Dior quad to shame, no lie. Definitely check our NYX. Even Jordana (at Walgreen’s) has amazing waterproof, absolutely no budge, pencil eyeliners for less than a dollar.

Post # 66
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

@strawberrypixie:  I think SOME high-end makeup is truly worth it, and you’re getting what you pay for. But for the most part, I have found dupes of a lot of high end products that work or look exactly the same for a fraction of the cost. However there are SOME things that you just need to spend the money on, it all depends on the individual product.

Mascara/eyeliner: I used to be OBSESSED with chanel le volum de chanel mascara, it really is great, then I tried Jordana best lash extreme and it gives me the EXACT same effect, the formula even feels the same, but at chanel ($30) vs Jordana ($3)…I’m going with the jordana. Same with eyeliner, perfectly fine eyeliner at the drugstore.

Foundation: I am on the fence with this, I have half high end, half drugstore foundation in my collection. It really depends, some foundations break others out etc. I have noticed most drugstore foundations tend to be “pink” toned, while higher end tends to be more “yellow” toned, I have found high end CAN have a better color match. But I have found $8 foundations that work better than some $40 foundations, and visa versa.

 

Blush: High end blush tends to have a better color selection, and wear time. But wet n wild’s blushes are the sh***t lol. They are awesome.

 

Lipstick: Unless it is a specific color I REALLY  want that I can’t find a dupe for, I will splurge, but for the most part drugstore lipstick all the way! (I do love YSL’s formula for their rouge volupte lipsticks, but at $35 a pop, the one I own will suffice for now lol)

Eyeshadow: Urban Decay all the way! Wet n wild has awesome eyeshadows too.

 

Post # 66
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

So far the money I’ve spent on my MakeUp Forever foundation that I will be using for my wedding is worth it. It matches me perfectly, doesn’t turn orange on my skin like a lot of cheap foundations I’ve used. Doesn’t feel cakey, doesn’t rub off onto things. And also, eyeshadow. I bought some Two-Faced eyeshadow. As soon as you put this eyeshadow on your eyelid, it’s very hard to get off! unlike the cheap stuff, easily comes off. Mascara I haven’t really noticed a major difference. Pencils, no major difference. Nail polish, no major difference. Lipsticks, haven’t bought enough to tell, nor blush.

Post # 67
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Helper bee

MsGinkgo:  I use both the products you mentioned for blush and primer, and will never convert.

OP- I love love love makeup, and wear a full face daily. I used to only use only drugstore brands because I thought they were just as good. Then, for an event, I went all out and invested on hundred dollars worth of replacing my stash with upscale stuff (I researched top favs for each category, tried diff ones in stores, etc.)… I will never go back. 

The ONLY drugstore things that I use now are mascara (Volum Express is better than any high end one I’ve found so far), liquid liner and lip gloss (though I do use/save nicer ones for going out). I did try to revert back to my drugstore makeup for “everyday weekday” use, as to not waste my high end stuff while at work… And, my face broke out horribly, so I had to pitch it all.

I also find that I have to wear WAY less makeup. I think I was wearing more before to compensate for the poor way that the drugstore stuff would both blend and the odd colors things would turn throughout the day. The nice thing is that you never run out of multiple things at a time, so it’s not as big of a financial hit to “maintain” your stock in designer makeup (like it would be to buy it all initially). 

Last recommendation, would be to use a primer even if you don’t use foundation. It gives your face the most wonderful texture, allowing any makeup applied on top of it to blend so smoothly! It also makes all the difference in longevity of any products that you place over it. 

Post # 68
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I think it doesn’t matter what you spend on makeup if you don’t start off with great skincare.  Since I hit 40, I’ve started really paying attention to my skin, and found some great things by Chanel and Philosophy. 

I use some nite time products from Philosophy and Chanel skincare and make up, (eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara and gloss for the day, Laura Mercier powder and brightening for underneath my eyemake up.  I want a flawless finish and what I use fits the bill.

Post # 69
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

The only high end makeup I use is Stila eyeliner because it is easiest to apply and doesn’t smear. That’s the extent of it though. 

Post # 70
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Bumble bee

Katie918:  That mascara is the BOMB.COM!!! I love it!! Dior show mascara is awesome too!

Post # 71
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Helper bee

 

LadyAprill:  I haven’t tried that one, but its very hard for me to change it up after finding They’re Real!

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