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

posted 9 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: Is expensive makeup worth it?

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    My face is a priceless canvas. You bet I spend money on it!

  • Post # 62
    2015 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Hm…I would say, usually not worth it. I have a fair bit of high end makeup, and, for almost every product, I’ve found a drugstore product I think performs just as well. My one main gripe is selection of foundation shades at the drugstore. I use Revlon colorstay whipped (between coupons & ECBs at CVS, I can generally get this for around $5, which is a steal). It’s a great formula, but they don’t make a *perfect* color for me. I have yellowish undertones, and even their “yellow based” shades are just too pink for me. I generally counteract this with a yellower powder (Milani’s products run yellow), but, optimally, I would just pay the extra money to get a MUFE foundation or something.

    For eyeshadow, I love my WetnWild (as other posters mentioned). I have the Naked Palette, and some other eyeshadows, and WNW is just as pigmented. 

    For mascara, I use L’oreal, and I find it to perform just as well as the Dior mascara (never really understood the hype on that one, I didn’t really find it anything that special).

    Maybelline makes great concealers (I like the instant age rewind undereye).

    I like Revlon lip products.

    My WNW eyebrow pencil works better than any other product I’ve tried- and for $.99!

    I like Milani & Jordana eyeliners. They’re awesome.

    My ELF eyeshadow base works just as well as UD’s. I like Milani shadow pencils for color bases, and they’re the same formula as UD’s.

    Post # 63
    6386 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @Janaic88:  Don’t feel bad, I know anything about primer/foundation or concealer or any of that, my skin is just too sensitive; I can’t put anything besides moisturizer and sunscreen on daily.

    Post # 64
    1101 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013 - Country Club

    While I would love to wear expensive makeup, it’s just not practical for me at this point in time.

    Post # 65
    59 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    It depends for me.  I used to be a cosmetic junkie back in my living at home days, lol.  Now that I have to be a little more conservative with my money, I’ve learned to use drugstore mascara-usually Maybelline, Gel Eyeliner-Maybelline, eyeshadow-any!, face cream-oil of olay! I love my oil of olay like its nobody’s business!    

    I will never stop using the following more expensive makeup:

    – MAC studio fix

    – MAC pro longwear concealer

    – Urban decay eyeshadow primer

    – Blush – MAC & NARS

    For me, I can’t find drugstore items that compare to these items.  If I could, I would switch.  

    Post # 66
    858 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I am a Makeup Artist, so I tend to really splurge on my cosmetics.  I’ve tried almost every brand out there, and honestly, it depends.  For foundation, I will absolutely splurge.  I’ve yet to find a drugstore foundation (although Almay Clear Complexion comes close) that has great coverage and lasting power.  I LOVE MUFE’s foundations! I don’t even care that they are ridiculously expensive haha.  MAC’s eyeshadows/pigments are to die for, so I usually buy those too.  Mascaras, honestly, I don’t have a preference so I go cheap.  Eyeliners can go either way, but if I had to chose, I do high end.  Wet and Wild is a great sub though!

    Post # 67
    994 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I spend money on the foundation/concealer/powder but i get cheap mascara (lashblast is amazing!!) eyeliner and eyeshadow at the drug store.  I also have cheap lipstick right now, but I might upgrade that soon.

    Post # 68
    269 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I have several beauty staples that I spend quite a bit on, but in my mind it is worth it for the quality and effect.

    I typically do my makeup the same everyday. Pressed powder, loose powder, blush, eyebrow pencil, mascara, lipstain. All of these products I spend more money on.

    I buy inexpensive eyebrow pencils from Target and have really loved Revlon’s Just Bitten stain in Forbidden, but besides that I buy from Sephora or Saks. My skin is really sensitive and cheap makeup just wears poorly on me/makes me look cheap. Honestly, I think it is that way for most people. 

    Foundation/powder is definitely worth spending more on, as is mascara. It lasts longer, doesn’t cause skin problems, looks more natural.


    Post # 69
    1850 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I’m usually the type that saves as much money as possible, but when it comes to make-up, I’ve learned that’s it’s definitely worth paying more for great makeup.

    What I do the off-set the cost of individual products, I go for the kits. Lorac is my personal favorite, and they have great kits that have full-size mascara (their 3D mascara is AMAZING! People compliment me on my lashes all the time!), full-size blush, full-size eye-liner, a brush, as well as a full-size eye-shadow trio and eyeshadow primer

    When I get that kit for $45 (each item separately runs for about $22), then I save money and can devote it to getting a good foundation, which I typically get Neutrogena Healthy Skin & Oil Control foundation for $13. I use Victoria’s Secret Sugar Rush clear sparkly lip gloss, which runs for about $7, and it lasts forever and tastes delicious.

    I bought my first Lorac kit back in December, and there is still plenty of blush and eyeshadow and primer. I just had to replace the mascara and eyeliner, which I found in a duo set (full-sized) for about $25 on sale.

    The eyeshadow is much silkier and the eyeliner never melts or runs (nor does the mascara), which was always a problem for me in the past because of my oily skin.

    I switched to pricier make-up, but I don’t regret it! If you watch for the sales, you can save money while getting the products you want!

    Post # 70
    7941 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Absolutely. For years I have battled with makeup that doesn’t last, breaks me out, sweats right off etc. I found a high end foundation that is quite pricey but improves my skin condition and lasts 10+ hours without any shine. 


    Post # 71
    308 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I think it is worth the cost. More expensive makeup lasts much longer, especially products where you are layering on a pigment (blush, eyeshadow, ect). I will always spend extra on foundation and primers (because you can tell the difference) and eyeshadow that I will wear every day.

    Post # 72
    2649 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2002

    ill splurge on a good foundation. and occasionally a good lipstick. MAC lipsticks get me. more so in the summer months vs winter. i find a good lip color can be the perfect accesory. 

    ill buy drugstore mascaras all the time & switch up my brands. i have yet to find one that i LOVE. 

    im pretty much makeup handicapped, so those are the only 2-3 things i wear. im completely horrible and knowing how to do eyeliner, eyeshadow etc.

    ps. if your mascara is running low/drying up – squirt a few drops of contact solution inside! it’ll last another 2-3 weeks or more!

    Post # 73
    177 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I don’t really collect or buy a lot of makeup so I just will go ahead and buy expensive products.   I also have acne, combination and sensitive skin so you can only imagine what it’s like trying to find something that works out.  Once I find a line I like, I am generally loyal to it.  Case in point lip products:  I am allergic to burts bees, MAC glosses, all revlon items and a whole bunch of others.  Now that I know that I am not allergic to Clinique and NARS I’d rather go for those!   

    Post # 74
    557 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I splurge on eyeliner, I think it’s like $18 at Sephora.  My foundation is from the pharmacy though and works just fine.

    Post # 75
    311 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I am a makeup junkie and will usually spend quite a lot in Sephora.

    Right now I’m using Lorac foundation and powder.

    Primer- MakeUpForEver

    Blush- NARS

    Mascara- Bobbi Brown/Buxom

    Eyeliner- MakeUpForEver (pencil)/Bobbi Brown (gel)

    Lips- Buxom lipglosses which are to die for!

    Eyeshadow- Lorac/Cargo/Sephora (I’m dying to buy the Naked 1 and 2 palettes from Urban Decay though)


    I’ve used Chanel powder and blush before but I don’t really remember if it was any good on my skin. Anyone else use it? Is it worth the price?

    Post # 76
    1075 posts
    Bumble bee

    im a MAC grl and i see the difference when i get the cvs etc brands i like shading shadowing and smokey eyes so for me its worth itespecially because not only the quality of the product but the color as well so its really depends on your preference

    DO splurge on good foundation to keep ur skin from breaking out or looking cakey

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