(Closed) Should I buy the Expensive makeup…

posted 13 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
34 posts

I personally love MAC make-up! I use to use it back in high school and than about 3 years ago I stopped buying just cause I  didn’t want to spend the money, but since the marine corp ball came around I splurged and bought foundation and a transulcent pressed powder and I bought a blush, but returned the blush because I  felt guilty. Having worn it to the Ball I think ask myself why I quit buying it. Yes it’s expensive, but I love it. It’s so much nicer than the drug store brands in my opinion. My opinion is Stick with the high brand make-up cause you get what you pay for and it looks great so much so that I’m now considering doing my own make-up for my wedding. 🙂 Hope that helps. I’m sure someone with more expertise on the make-up scene can give you more advice, but thats just my two cents. 🙂

Post # 4
257 posts
Helper bee

If you know specifically what colors you want, check ebay. I buy all my high end beauty products that way. I usually pay full price the first time and if I want to replenish them I go the ebay route. I save the most money on my skin care line b/c I don’t change it the way I change my make up.

MAC probably wrote down what they used for you so it should be easy to buy it on ebay. Try to stick to power sellers who have a lot of inventory. Then you know it isn’t someone who got tired of their mascara.

Good luck!

Post # 5
96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2021

My personal suggestion would be to buy the basics from MAC and then expand.  What I mean is buy your foundation, powder and cover up from along with lip color (they have the BEST lip stains) all from MAC you know you are going to have great quality.  After that you can purchase several differnt blush colors or eye shadows at the drug store at great prices….this way you know you will have fabulous coverage for all of those photos and can spend some time playing with eye shadow looks before the big day. 

Post # 6
27 posts
  • Wedding: June 2009

you can also try eyeslipsface.com.  this company was featured in the o magazine, cosmo, and other beauty magazines.  their make-up runs from $1-$5 plus $7 for shipping and handling, much more affordable than mac and good quality.  the makeup comes in smaller sizes than others, so it’s a great size if you don’t use a lot of makeup. 

i used the blush, eye shadows, eye liner, and mascara…didn’t try their lip liner or lip gloss.  i like their blush and eye shadows and got compliments.  the mascara was pretty good, similar to other drug store mascaras.  you can order them and see what you think.  i think you can return them if you don’t like them, but check the return policy.

Post # 7
370 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

I’ve heard great things about Bare Minerals and DIY makeup wedding pictures. They have a pretty good deal on a starters kit for about $60 which includes brushes, bronzer, foundation, mineral veil (softens the look) and a prep moisturizer.  I use it now and love it.


Post # 8
785 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

I buy the pricey make-up because I’m a sucker for packaging and sephora. But, know this: a lot  of the "department store" make-up is owned by Loreal. So  your lancome mascara is made in the same factory as  loreal lipgloss. 

My rule of thumb is this: basics should be quality. My blush is nars, my foundation is clinique, and I’ll confess to a chanel concealer. I also stay away from drugstore lipgloss because I think it’s much stickier than the "better" brands. But things like eyeshadows I stay away from the brands because I generally fall out of love with the color long before I use it all up. Make-up unused is money wasted. 

But in lieu of all that, I also pay attetion to drugstore prices and volumes and compare them with those in sephora. Drugstore eyeshadow may be a few dollars cheaper than the cheapest brand at sephora, but the pot is also usually very very shallow. So I weigh options that way as well.  

So I guess my advice is: invest in the lipgloss, go cheap on the liner and mascara?


Post # 10
125 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

I second Habibi’s comments.  I have a gaggle of MAC and more than half of it I bought from a wholeseller on e-bay for a 20%-30% discount.  Sometimes, even cheaper than that.  For my wedding, I bought my primer and foundation from Nordstrom’s, but everything else either came from e-bay or a discount cosmetics shop I like to go to at an outlet mall.  For your wedding, I don’t recommend you go on the cheap side (especially when there are ways to get high-end cosmetics for a reasonable price).  You’re going to need make-up that shows well in photos and has staying power for the day.  If you don’t find what you’re looking for on e-bay, check out L’Oreal H.I.P. at your local drugstore/Walmart. They have a whole line of cosmetics.  I have several shadows (a few in very similar shades to MAC) and they’re high pigment shades that last all day (like MAC), but they are way cheaper!

Post # 11
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I had my makeup done by clinique for free for my wedding day and I went back and got their products. They are not nearly as expensive as MAC (I think) and I love how it came out. 

2 tips for great wedding makeup: use a primer (I got a little sample from sephora since I never use makeup normally).  2nd is to use something that makes your makeup stay, I used "model in a bottle".  Be sure to read the labels before you apply!  I am not sure if you can substitue that with a hair spray. Basically it’s something slightly sticky that makes your makeup stay put.

I heard mineral makeup will make you look too shiny with the flash, so I stuck with liquid foundation. 

I think the most important thing of all is to have a great skin before your wedding, no makeup can beat that.  I would make an appointment w/ the dermotologist beforehand and cancel when time gets closer if you don’t need him/her.

Post # 12
174 posts
Blushing bee

I can’t use drugstore makeup simply because there isn’t a shade light enough for me there, hah! I’m death pale (purposefully), so I use a combination of Cargo Liquid Foundation in F-10 (has a yellow base to balance out my pink tones), Nars Loose Powder in Snow (go on, take a look, it’s WHITE, hah), and Makeup Forever Micro HD Powder (which I think is absolutely indespensable for flawless, photographic makeup- I pass makeup counters in the mall and have been told my skin looks like pure porcelain, seriously this stuff is amazing!). All of this on top of Shiseido SPF 55, which is an awesome moisturizing base. I can’t wear MAC because the colors are too dark for me, but they make a good lipstick. Personally, I prefer Dior or Smashbox lipsticks and lipglosses, because they aren’t sticky and the colors are great. Urban Decay 24/7 pencil eyeliner doesn’t smudge or smear, so it’s amazing, and Too Faced Lash Injection Pinpoint mascara gets every single lash and is waterproof, the stuff is fab! I’m a Sephora addict, so I’ve tried tons of makeup from every brand, and these are the best that I’ve found.


And for anyone out there that is extremely pale also, I highly recommend Amphigory.com for super-pale high quality foundations. I’ve worn them before, and they are great, I just prefer Cargo because I can run to the mall and get it if I run out as opposed to re-ordering and waiting for my makeup to be made. 

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