(Closed) Spinoff: Is Expensive Makeup Worth the Cost?

posted 9 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: Is expensive makeup worth it?
    No way! Give me my $2 eyeliner! : (21 votes)
    10 %
    Sometimes... I spend my money on... (fill in below) : (111 votes)
    55 %
    My face is a priceless canvas. You bet I spend money on it! : (69 votes)
    34 %
  • Post # 32
    1953 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @BlondeBee:  I have found that you can always find a similar product for cheaper. Every single high end product has a cheaper version that gives the same results. I will never splurge on eyeshadows since you can pretty much get any colour under the sun for a fraction of the cost of higher end shadows. Some lower end ones have poor lasting power, but even for those ones, does having to do a touch-up really make the price difference worth it? If we’re talking a price difference of $15 or more, then i don’t think it does.

    Not all cheap make up has horrible staying power either. I will only splurge on products that can do double duty. Like a lip stain doubling as a cheek stain. 

    Post # 33
    215 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I voted sometimes. I love makeup but I like a pretty natural look so  I wear pretty much the same colors every day and mix it up for fun at night. I found that even if I splurge here and there, if I don’t have tons of variety it won’t add up too bad.

    Foundation/makeup: I have an every day one that is a tinted moisturizer and one with a little more coverage. It’s $20 ish so not too big of a splurge for something that lasts a while. And I always get it when there is a free gift so I get my lip color and different eye looks to play with that way.

    Every day eye shadow: MAC. This felt like a splurge but it has lasted forever – accent color still has plenty in there two years later! Base colors I’ve replaced once or twice.

    Eyeliner: I work at a computer all day and the only thing I’ve found that doesn’t smudge under my eyes is Stila waterproof. It’s $20 I think and lasts me a couple months. But sometimes I catch it on sale and stock up. It’s worth it because it’s not under my eyes by 3:00.

    Lip gloss/mascara/blush – whatever I get for free in gifts/samples, or the cheapo brands. Same with most ‘fun’ eye color that I would only wear occasionally. I’m excited to try the Wet N Wild that a PP mentioned!

    Post # 34
    5317 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Umm, if you mean the most expensive brand names, not really, they have just as much heavy metals and carcinogenic chemicals etc. in them. I used to use both these alnd drugstore brands because my grandma insisted on buying me top end stuff and myself, I couldn’t jusify the price in most cases, so I’d buy stuff at drugstores. Sometimes the ritzy brand products work better, sometimes they don’t.

    I switched over to organic makeup as much as possible, and that is more expensive than drugstore brands, and a hassle… There is a smaller selection, some of it sucks, and you have to find out your favorites by trial and error all over again. But is it worth it to remove those poisons from being added to my bloodstream on a daily basis and the long term health risks? You betcha.

    My advice is to work on the switch of one mainstay product to organic at a time.

    Post # 35
    3338 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I find that the expensive products last longer.  The only thing I don’t spend money on is concealer, but that’s because I hardly wear it.

    Eyeshadow – Urban Decay

    Blush – Nars or Fratboy

    Mascara – Bad Gal (Benefit)

    Bronzer – Nars

    That’s all I wear though, and I probably refresh products like every 5 or 6 months.

    Post # 36
    35 posts

    I buy almost everything from Sephora or a similar store, my favorite brands being Urban Decay and MAC (however, I always get Lancôme mascara and Dior lip gloss). That being said I don’t wear a lot of makeup, so it tends to last 🙂

    Post # 37
    1893 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - UK

    I have rosacea, so I have to spend a bit more to help smooth that out. The best stuff out there for it is Clinique, because they’ve got a specialist line to help not only cover, but also treat rosacea flare-ups. I spent about £40 on a face-powder compact to help me calm down flare-ups, and the consultant gave me a load of tester-pots full of the primer base that has SPF (sun causes flareups) and a green tint to cancel out the red, as well as soothing it. But for a full set, with each bit starting at £40 – for primer, foundation, coverup, and the powder, it could get super expensive.

    I’ve got a prescription for some camouflage makeup that I could use underneath normal makeup, or on its own, just to clear the redness, which will mean I don’t have to buy specialist rosacea-covering makeup, but the doctors are really digging their heels on signing it off, because they want to “discuss other treatments”. When they’re the ones who referred me to the camouflage clinic in the first place, and I’ve been waiting since bloody June, I think that’s a bit unfair. And it would take me down to about £8.00 each for the cover-up cream and the powder. MUCH cheaper than Clinique.


    ETA: I don’t wear makeup on a daily basis, only nights out and special occasions.

    Post # 38
    7960 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    if you have certain sensitivities, you may want to spend a bit more on specialty makeup items but overall, i think most of the drug store make up is just as good as the high end stuff (for everyday makeup).  maybelline, covergirl, revlon, rimmel, bonne bell, etc.  of course some brands are better for certain products but not so good with other products.

    ladies, what it all really comes down to is the application of your makeup. 

    you can spend 100’s of $$ on makeup but if you aren’t applying it properly, you are still going to look like a $5 whore.  (no offense)

    Post # 40
    2721 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Except for mascara and eyeliner, all of my makeup is from Bare Escentuals.  My mascara is Maybelline, and my eyeliner is from Almay.  

    Post # 41
    2354 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Face and eye make are usually better when more expensive. 

    I use Laure Mercier tinted moisterizer, HD makeup, and NARS blushes for my face and Clinique eye/lip products. 

    Post # 42
    4554 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    EYESHADOW: Splurge. Victoria’s Secret, ELF, etc. all fade on me within an hour, even with primer. And you have to use a TON of product for vivid results. I buy Urban Decay and MAC.

    MASCARA: Cheap. Mascara doesn’t last too long anyway, and I haven’t noticed much difference in the Estee Lauders and the Max Factors. I usually get Revlon

    EYELINER: Cheap. Revlon makes a liquid liner that’s every bit as good as the expensive ones, and Avon makes some good ones, too.

    LIPS: Cheap. I don’t wear it at all!

    FOUNDATION,POWDER,CONCEALER: Splurge. Cheap makeup tends to either completely disappear on my skin after a few hours, or get really pancakey. I get Benefit’s Oxygen foundation or Dermablend for when I’m really broke out, MAC pot concealer, and some sort of powder. (Trying Victoria’s Secret mineral powder right now, and it’s breaking me out like crazy. Looks like this should stay in the Splurge category!)

    CHEEKS: Urban Decay sent me a sampler of four different foundation colors. Right now I am using the too-dark shade as bronzer, so cheap. But generally this is a mid-priced item. Though I have wanted to try that Nars blush everyone has been raving about for awhile.

    Post # 43
    41 posts

    On a day-to-day basis I don’t wear much make-up since I tend to break out, but for the wedding I’m planning on going to Bare Essentials to have a consult and potentially buy some stuff. I don’t usually wear a ton of make-up, just the basics, but especially for my skin issues, I feel like getting quality stuff is worth it.

    Post # 44
    1606 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I don’t mind spending a good chunk of change on a good foundation or concealer, as well as mascara.  I guess bronzer, too.  

    Post # 45
    481 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Depending on the product, I will spend the extra $$$.  I always try before I buy too. 

    Bobbi Brown – amazing eyeshadow that lasts and great mineral powder.

    Lancome – mascara


    Post # 46
    363 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I splurge on face makeup, meaning powder and blush that’s about it. The things I use the least like eye shadow and lipsticks I just get at the drug store. If I have the money I like to splurge on mascara from Lancome because I love it!

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