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Splurge or Save?

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? Smiley Happy


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. Smiley Happy 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! Smiley Happy

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I love the Maybelline color tattoos too.  Another, very similar to those, are L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadows. Amazing colors and staying power.

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Bronzed Taupe!!! Holy smokes, the only taupe one ever needs in life haha!

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Fun thread! 


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.



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