Makeup: To Splurge or Not to Splurge

*this is post is participating on the High Five for Friday bloghop at www.thelaurenelizabeth.com*

Last Christmas ruined me. Having received an Ulta gift card from my sister, I bought my very first pricey makeup product – Benefit’s Gimme Brow. Now, whenever one of my cheap products doesn’t deliver, I always wonder if a nicer brand would do the trick.

Well, so far, I have come to the conclusion that these are the 2 reasons I’d be allowed a trip to Ulta/Sephora:

1.If I have some kind of allergy reaction/special need (and just a particular brand will do);

2.If it LASTS.

Notice that I capitalize the word LASTS – as in, the tiny eyebrow-filler I bought 6 months ago is still going strong! I think 22 dollars twice a year (if that much) is a pretty reasonable price.

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Ha! Words to live by :)

Another thing I discovered recently is primer. I used to think this was such a waste, but really, the older (and busier) you get, the less time you want to spend in front of the mirror fixing what you did a couple of hours ago. So I decided to give this thing a try, but went cheap first, of course (if you’re on a budget like me, always go cheap first! :). After some research, I grabbed the Rimmel’s Stay Matte one.

I learned quickly that if I applied it to my entire face I’d look like I was going to a wedding (a little too effective!). So I started just applying it to my T-zone, which is the area where my make-up melts. That worked, except for the fact that it also dried up my skin. Plus, if I dared putting it anywhere near the eyes, it irritated them so bad that I needed eye drops everyday. Worth the cheap price, I ask you? I didn’t think so.

After another Ulta gift card for my birthday (my sister knows me so well lol), there I was again at the Benefit section. By the way, the great thing about cosmetic stores is that there are testers everywhere – they WANT you to try out the products. You don’t have to sneak a drop on the back of your hand before the Target salesperson notices it (not that I’ve ever *cough* done that).

So I’d heard about this miraculous 15-hour primer, that calls itself the “makeup magnet”. Sounded good to me! And indeed, I’ve been very impressed. Not only it holds everything really well, but it actually makes it all look more natural. I don’t know about you, but I hate SEEING my makeup. I think the point of it should be for people to think you’re polished without exactly knowing why. I don’t want someone to look at me and say, “what a nice powder!” instead of “what a nice skin!”

Just a wee bit different – left: me at 23, with no glasses, no kids and much paler/lighter makeup. Right: me today (30), holding a kid, having discovered foundation+bronzer (oh, and a flat iron!)

Speaking of powder, I’m ashamed to say that I’ve disobeyed my 2 valid reasons and committed the violence of buying a nicer brand before trying all the cheap ones. I was so excited when I got Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Mineral Powder, thinking I’d transcended to a higher level of make-up, but now I’m disappointed. Yes, it performed well, but it’s only been a couple of weeks, and I can already see the the bottom of the case! Seriously?? I cannot afford to spend 32 freakin’ dollars on my face every month. So I feel like I’ve been through a whirlwind romance. It was good while it lasted (not long), but it’s over.

In summary, my suggestion is that if you’re on a budget, it could be best to go for cheaper versions of products you need to use a lot of (such as foundation and powder). Now, for things like blush or eyebrow stuff, that we only need a little of, that’s when I’d allow myself to grab something nicer sometimes (preferably near Christmas or my birthday lol).

What about you, what’s your parameter when it comes to makeup brands?

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2 thoughts on “Makeup: To Splurge or Not to Splurge

  1. I totally agree, there is few times I try a high end first, but sometimes it is just nice to splurge!

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