When it comes to the world of makeup, sh*t adds up fast. I found that my tastes have gotten more expensive in recent years, which doesn’t help either. Realistically, most people can’t afford to buy every single product in the $50 range (and you don’t need to either). I thought it would be fun to share what beauty products I save vs. splurge on. Remember, there are no iron-clad rules to what you should spend your money on. If you wanna buy $50 sheet masks, do you boo.
BEAUTY PRODUCTS I SPLURGE ON:
I can justify a higher cost for powder products because I know I will probably have them for over a year. The quality of a bronzer of highlight that blends well and doesn’t skip or look chalky on the skin is worth the higher price to me. Plus, the packaging of higher end powder products is just so much nicer to display or bring places. It’s all about the experience.
I tend to be a snob when it comes to eyeshadows. I’ve tried shadows of all price ranges and I always go back to the higher end. I find the blendability and pigmentation of luxury eyeshadow is everything. Smokey eyes take long enough without having to try and make an eyeshadow work. A really good eyeshadow shouldn’t have to be layered over and over and over again to look smooth and have colour payoff.
If you guys follow my Instagram you’ll know that I can never decide on one fragrance because there are so many good ones out there. That being said, I do gravitate towards higher end or niche fragrances. I like the story behind them and that there are real botanical ingredients in every bottle. They also last longer on the skin than cheap body sprays! I tend to apply fragrance only once per day so I don’t want to be out and worried about reapplying because my scent has faded. It really completes an outfit when you put on a scent.
Foundation + Concealer
Your base affects how the rest of your makeup applies. That’s why I tend to use higher end complexion products. There are some good foundations and concealers at the drugstore, but I’ve had mostly mediocre experiences with cheaper products. Either the shade ranges are too limited, or the product looks cakey and/or smells like paint. Higher end foundation and concealer wears better, has more specific options for finishes and shades and looks better overall for me.
Beauty Products I Save On:
I’ve only ever purchased a few high end lip liners in my life. I find it dumb to spend $25 on a pencil that you will sharpen away into the trash. Lip liner is one in a million and unless the formula is super dense, I find that they are all pretty similar and drugstore brands have the same basic shades as high end brands. That’s just me though! I’ve had good luck with drugstore pencils from brands like NYX, Milani and now True Fiction Cosmetics. I like the ritual of a luxe lipstick, but a liner pencil is just a pencil so who cares if it has fancy packaging?
Spending $26 on a Beauty Blender makes me want to scream. Even if you have a ton of disposable income, it is SUCH a waste of money in my opinion. Beauty sponges need to be replaced every 2-3 months so that’s an annual spending of $104-$150 on a sponge you throw in the garbage. There are so many dupes out there nowadays that I just cannot physically justify buying Beauty Blenders anymore. The sponge I consistently go back to is the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and it’s only $11CAD.
This is one of those weird items where yes I do have some high end blushes, but I find myself feeling just as happy with drugstore blushes. I honestly probably reach for my Milani ‘Luminoso’ more than anything I own. For a product you barely tap on the cheeks and never will run out of, it’s harder for me to justify a $50 blush. Luxe bronzer that blends like a dream and matches my undertones, sure. Blush is again one of those easy to dupe products and there are great brands like Wet n Wild and Milani who make beautiful products for under $12.
Ever since I discovered that the NYX Micro Brow Pencil is a complete dupe for the Anastasia Brow Wiz, I’ve never looked back. See my full comparison review here. Brow pencils usually never last me more than a month so why would I want to splurge on them? Taupe brow pencil is just taupe brow pencil and I found a less expensive product that works just as well.
I hate buying setting powder. It’s boring! I’ve tried many high end and drugstore powders and find that they have one thing in common- they work or they don’t. I’ve tried $40+ powder that still leaves flashback and makes my under eyes crepey and dry. It all depends on formulation. My go-to favourite setting powder is the L’oreal Infallible Pro Sweep n Lock Translucent Setting Powder. It doesn’t dry out my skin or leave flashback and it only costs like $12.
I love wearing fake eyelashes but they sure don’t last forever. I’ve tried higher end brands that claim you can get 25+ uses out of one pair of lashes. I find after about 10 uses no matter what, they get gross. They also get harder to clean and more delicate the more times they have been worn! I hate spending money on throw-away products, so I no longer buy high end lashes.
I’ve recently discovered True Fiction Cosmetics at Shoppers Drugmart and you guys, I am obsessed. I’ve been tagging them in a million posts and now I’m on their PR list which is amazing! Their lashes are so high quality and no more than $12 a pair. This isn’t sponsored whatsoever, I just had to spread the word. If you are on even more of a budget, you can get multi-packs of wispy lashes from Ardell. They average at about $4.50 a pair for a 5-pack of lashes.
BEAUTY SAVE VS. SPLURGE:
Basically, I tend to splurge more on products that are going to last and have an experience attached to them. I’ve realized writing this post that yes I do in fact splurge on a lot of things. I also save on products that are more utility based and need replacing often. We’re all just trying to save a little cash here and there but also enjoy the finer things! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post and got a few handy tips.
Let me know what you save vs. splurge on 🙂