So many times we assume higher end makeup products are better and so many times we tend to overlook cheaper brands however I wanted to do a post about what makeup I feel is worth spending extra on. I love to get myself a bargain in makeup and having tried higher and lower end items I feel my makeup bag is a good mix.
Foundation: Higher end. I have brought so many high-end and lower end foundations in my lifetime and the only ones that gave me the look I wanted were the higher end ones. Two in particular are my absolute favourite and they are ” Clinique Beyond Perfecting 2-1 concealer and foundation” and ” Estee Lauder Double Wear”. These foundations for me personally are worth the money as both are oil free and give me a flawless finish on the skin that lasts all day. I don’t feel guilty parting with say 25£-30£ on foundation because it is the canvas to the face and I am yet to find a lower end foundation I am truly happy with or would repurchase.
Mascara: Lower end. There is no mascara on the planet I adore more than L’oreal Voluminous and Million lash. Hands down, I think L’oreal consistently have the best mascaras. It seems pointless to me to spend 20£ on a mascara that won’t last as long as a foundation, whilst I did like Lancome mascara I do not feel it was anything my L’oreal mascara couldn’t do. I really can not rave enough about L’oreal mascaras and if you buy one lower end product after this post make it a L’oreal mascara and you will never look back.
Lip Liner: Lower end. I am absolutely obsessed with Jordana lip liner ( I think they only sell it in the states and it is one dollar from dollar store) and MUA lip liner which is also £1 and you can get it from Superdrug! Ladies let me tell you, I have found the perfect nude shade for me and its only £1, what could be better? MUA lip liners are so creamy and long-lasting, they come with a built-in sharpener and have such a lovely choice of colours. My favourite is called Caramel and I literally got my mum to send me a handful of lip pencils all the way to USA. I haven’t even tried many higher end lip liners because I see no reason to switch from my £1 lip liner! I love it that much!
Powder: Lower end. Once again I need to praise MUA for creating the best powder to set under eye concealer for only £3. I have tried the Chanel mattifying powder and whilst it was ok, there is no way I would continue spending so much money on powder when MUA have an amazing one. The thing I love about the MUA powder is the texture as it is so silky that it glides onto the skin and doesn’t get oily during the day. I don’t use much powder personally as I don’t like to set my whole face with powder but when I do, I find my lower end powder does more for the look I want than my Chanel one.
Bronzer: Higher end. I like that higher end bronzers tend to have more of a brown colour rather than an orangey colour that most lower end brands have meaning a less orange shade can also pass as a contour shadow. I do like the Benefit bronzers which have become quite a cult favourite and don’t look orangey. However there is one lower end bronzer I really rate, actually I don’t even know if it counts as lower end as it was £22 from KIKO. It was from the premium range designed by Ross Lovegrove in shade 201 I believe. You get so much for your money and it smells divine too!
Eyeliner: Lower end. I personally feel any kohl eye pencil can do the trick of opening up the eyes and I adore Maybelline gel pot eyeliner for defining my eyes. The trick is to get a waterproof eyeliner as they won’t come off easily so therefore are long-lasting. A bonus is that when you wash your eyes some residue is gonna be left on your lash line giving the appearance of thicker lashes for a few more days until the waterproof product finally comes off. I did have a Lancome kohl pencil and just did not see why people would pay 14£ for a kohl pencil when lower end brands can triumph.
Concealer: Both. I use my Clinique foundation as a concealer to cover blemishes but for under eye concealer I love Maybelline age renewal eye concealer in the lightest shade they have as it really makes my eyes pop from the contrast of black mascara and pale under eyes. I know many beauty influencers praise Maybelline age renewal but I totally see why, it is so long-lasting on the skin, creamy and non-sticky plus gives a decent coverage. I use a foundation to cover my blemishes because I like it to match the exact shade of my face so I can blend away the blemish into my skin colour rather than creating an obvious cover up attempt with a concealer a different shade to my face.
Highlight: Lower end. Revolution Highlighter is my life, need I say more. I will link my post dedicated to the wonders of this £3 highlight: This highlight? It’s £3!
These are the main comparisons I wanted to make, I didn’t want to start comparing blush or lipstick as I feel they are very unique to people’s own likes. In terms of lipsticks I don’t wear them too much either so didn’t feel it was right to review and analyse them!
I hope this post was beneficial in evaluating whether it is worth spending money on something expensive, remember these are just my opinions! Let me know if you guys have any favourite high-end or low-end products!