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Why do you buy high end products?

This thought popped into my head this morning and I asked myself, "why do i buy high end products?" I buy a few high end products because there's more options, finishes, and shades to choose from. 

 

Do you shop high end because of the different shades and options? or is it because you like brand name products? 

Re: Why do you buy high end products?

Because they are pretty and the quality is so, so much better than drugstore options. I'm not too deep, lol. 

Re: Why do you buy high end products?

I was always obsessed with high end products. I remember in junior high haunting the make up counters at the mall often and reading Vogue religiously. My mother used Clinique so that was all I could get my greedy little hands on! I did her make up all the time and then had a career as a professional opera singer where I learned a lot about make up. Now I do make up for executives and it's nothing glamorous ! But I'm off on a tangent, sorry! I love high end brands because much of the time the quality is better, colours are more beautiful and I love the gorgeous packaging. I would never spend a lot of money on certain things like face toner but I do on skin care and always have. I love having a trunk full of gorgeous compacts and fancy cases. When black tie season comes around, I have a ball with my make up.  It makes me feel special.

Re: Why do you buy high end products?

I buy high end because I have sensitive skin. When I buy drugstore brands, I find myself having to buy more products in an attempt to remedy my reaction to the makeup, I can't just buy makeup itself. It always ends up being a foundation, PLUS a repair cream or something along those lines.

 

I found that with the high end products, I don't get the same awful reaction as I do with drugstore brands. My skin doesn't turn red, get flaky, or break out. So even though it could be a pain on my wallet, it's nice on my skin, and that's what matters to me. 

Re: Why do you buy high end products?

I like to know that what I am buying is gonna work for my skin type (dry & can be sensitive). I LOVE the shopping process, it's kinda like a mini vacation for my mind too! I get some " me " time & get to look & read a/b all these GORG. & fun color's, creams, packages (love set's, lol), packaging, etc. I like to look at swatches on other ppl's lip's ( I am a lip junkie), eye's, etc. I like knowing that I am putting good-quality ingredient's on my face, neck, body, etc. too. It just makes me feel better about myself (& knowing that I am taking care of myself). I don't hardly ever do a "full face" look, but knowing I have all the goodies to do so gives me gratification (& I know if I feel like wearing something I can b/c it's there, lol)! I love putting my pretty's away in their place where I can look at them too! hehe Everyone has something that makes them happy ( I wouldn't necessarily call it a hobby when it comes to the health of my skin, eye, lashes, lip's, and so forth) & shopping for (& using) nice things that make me look & feel healthier & happy is a BIG plus {even though I really can afford it either, hehehe}! I started off w/ only Clinique & then got brave & stepped into the wonderful world of Sephora! Good Times & Lovin It! 

Re: Why do you buy high end products?

Quality versus quantity. I saw how many different drug store foundations, lip sticks, mascaras that I was buying trying to match my shade. The foundations were always thin and runny and would never settle well, the lip sticks were drying and unflattering and the mascaras I've had luck with but it's hit or miss. Once I got rid of all that and stuck with high end products, my make up last longer because I actually use it instead of throwing it in my make up bag never to be seen again. Also, I love the higher end packaging My Urban Decay palettes and lip sticks are so pretty I keep them on my desk. Also, since switching I've noticed my skin tone has been better. My pores don't get clog and my acne doesn't flare up anymore. I love it! I don't splurge on much so I have the disposable income to splurge on this.

Re: Why do you buy high end products?

I have to agree, I do have breakouts especially during that time. I do have drugstore foundation which I use when I must go out for an errand, and I actually noticed my acne flaring up when I do (especially since its now summer) and I didn't know why so I started using my Naked foundation and the flaring stopped. and now that I think about it my skin does flare up with drugstore foundation.

 

I also ran out of my Tattoo eyeliner from Kat Von D, and out of an emergency I went with Loreal infallible eyeliner..... didn't even last half a day when it had smudged everywhere. but theres hits and misses the NYX liquid liners are amazing they last on my oily lids all day. I used to go to school from 10-6 but there was a 2 hr trip home and to school. I would be up at 6, and it would last me until I got home around 8....

 

 

Re: Why do you buy high end products?

I agree with irenet - "Quality versus quantity." Drugstore makeup was not only hard in terms of finding the right match, but it left my skin feeling dry and I would break out a lot. When I got to college and was making a bit more money, I started shopping at Sephora. Even though I have tried and used many different brands at Sephora, none of those products gave me that "bad skin feel" nor did any of them cause me to break out. The only high-end product that makes me break out is MAC but I avoid them at all costs. High-end products have more of a variety for matching skin colors and tones, and I like that. I also like that you are able to test different shades with high-end products before you actually buy them. You definitely get your money's worth in that sense! I guess I am mostly partial to the variety of shades and what high-end products can do for the skin more than drugstore products.

Re: Why do you buy high end products?

My reasons are both practical and admittedly frivolous. It began by wanting the perfect foundation shade. I have dark skin so there are limited options for drugstore products where I live. The makeup I did find only partially matched and looked/felt heavy. Plus it was harsh on my sensitive skin. Once I found the perfect foundation at Sephora, I started wondering what other things work better than less expensive alternatives. Now I buy things which are promoted by beauty gurus on youtube, blog websites, and highly rated by customers here. I'll still always be focused on the quality but sometimes I purchase things just because I want something new from a particular brand. And my among friends and acquaintances it's like your brand = your level of beauty knowledge. My friends used to ask me for advice before (even though I wear minimal makeup) but it has dramatically increased now. And of course it's a nice feeling to be that go-to person.

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Re: Why do you buy high end products?

I buy high end products because they generally work better and the texture/pigment/how long it lasts just doesn't compare to drugstore. I'm not a brand snob, and I do have my drugstore must haves, but I don't mind paying a higher price if it means that it will work better and last me longer. I also have sensitive skin and have to be careful of what I put on my skin and high end products usually contain better ingredients. Plus, drugstore prices these days aren't that much lower than mid range products like MAC. And I can usually find amazing mid to high end products at outlet malls or tjmaxx for the same price or lower than drugstore prices.

Re: Why do you buy high end products?

I don't always buy high end products, but when I do it is usually for the packaging, because it's a limited edition item, or because it clearly performs better than the other stuff I have tried. I usually buy mid-range products since it is more sustainable for my wallet.