Splurge or Save?
Splurge or Save?[ Edited ]
Is there no pleasure in the world so great as finding that inexpensive beauty product at a drugstore whose quality exceeds that of its luxury counterpart?
Are there any types of beauty products you like to - or even prefer to - get from drugstore brands? What products do you insist on getting from higher end brands?
For me, I'm pickier with my skincare items -- I like to use Clinique and Ole Henriksen. The only exception is cleanser and toner -- if I go out of my way to buy these, I'll usually go to Ulta and buy whatever brand's on sale, lol. As far as makeup goes, I think my only must-always-be-a-splurge is foundation. It's for my entire face, I wear it the whole day, and almost every day, so I need to be absolutely sure it has good quality ingredients. Plus there's more variety in shades!
While I have high end brands for pretty much all types of products, almost all of them are from point perks, free deluxe samples, on sale, or from value/combination sets available where I get to try multiple items in one purchase. I have a TON of high end makeup that way, but apart from foundation I never really go out of my way to buy individual/single makeup items at regular price. That's when I turn to drugstores! I actually have quite a few eye makeup items (shadow, liner) and lipsticks from brands like Ulta, NYX (those eyeshadow pigments! so many pretty colors!), and Wet n Wild (they have surprisingly good lipstick!).
Ah, and fragrances. My perfumes are my babies. I get everything from Jordan Sparks and Britney Spears to Gucci and Dior! If it smells good and comes in a nice bottle, I want it!
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Totally agree on skincare and foundation. My skin is red, sensitive and rosacea-prone so I have to be really careful. I use this french line of skincare products (Guinot) that I just LOVE and I stick to mineral foundations cuz they don't aggravate my rosacea. (Although I got color-matched last week at the store, and they recommended a NARS powder in Pujab so I am trying that this week and hoping I don't react. I hope it stays OK cuz the color seems to be EXACT to my skin.) I also tend to like higher-end eye shadows as well.
Everything else, I go back and forth between high end and lower cost brands. Mascara especially - benefit to revlon, clinique to maybeline. Lipsticks are my weakness - Clinique, Covergirl, Estee Lauder, Revlon, Laura Mercier, Sonia Kushak. Bring. them. on.
Hair products are another matter. My hair is fine but I have a lot of it. High end brands seem to just weigh it down so I only use drugstore. Frizz Ease, Garnier, Elnet, John Frieda, Pantene - love them all! And every time I try a salon brand I am disappointed.
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oh, I forgot about hair care! Ditto on using drugstore brands. I pretty much use Organix shampoo/conditioner (the coconut milk one smells heavenly) as well as their hair masks and serums, and they do a pretty good job.