It's no secret that the beauty blogging world can lose its grip on reality sometimes. Eyeshadow palettes upwards of £50, perfumes over £80, candles over £100 - we've seen it all. And it's a kind of debate I often have with myself - what am I endorsing here? Who is reading my blog thinking that they need to go and spend £30 on a lipstick? I try to always include a good mix of low and high end products and give you my honest opinion on everything, but it's important to remember that I'm in my mid-twenties with a full-time job that (thank God) is well paid enough for me to be able to treat myself occasionally. I don't endorse bankrupting yourself over an idea of beautiful. This stuff should be fun, not stressful!

My best friend is actually the inspiration behind today's post - I remember a long time ago she asked whether it was really worth it to 'fork out' for high-end beauty products. She prompted me yesterday and in tribute to her and her ever-practical attitude, I decided to create a little product-by-product cheat sheet for you!

PRIMER: You know how if a house is built on crappy foundations, you get land subsidence and stuff? WOW, have I been watching too many property programmes. The gist of the idea is - don't scrimp on the basics. Your primer is the thing that your entire make-up look is going to rest upon, so decide what you need - moisture, longevity, imperfection-blurring, redness-cancelling - the options are endless! I would say go with a brand you trust with this. For me, Laura Mercier wins this hands down, every time.
VERDICT: SPLURGE

FOUNDATION: Always high-end for me, but if you are going to go for high street/drugstore, Bourjois is a great choice. Healthy Mix Serum, Happy Light and 1-2-3 CC all come highly recommended. It's worth remembering that a lot of 'drugstore' brands are owned by heavyweights like Lauder and Chanel, so there's often a lot of crossover! My favourite high-end foundations are from Dior.
VERDICT: SPLURGE

CONCEALER: Toughie. I do think the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is the best I've ever tried. I would say this one is an either/or - concealers like phwoarr paint from Seventeen are really creamy and pigmented, great for covering up blemishes. But I think for under-eye, the colour range and pigmentation of high-end wins out.
VERDICT: TIE

SETTING POWDER: As long as your choice is finely milled, I'd say here is a place you can save some pennies. The Bourjois Healthy Mix powder is a firm favourite, and I used to use the Rimmel Match Perfection translucent powder back in the day.
VERDICT: SAVE

BLUSHER: Again, another place you can save. Rimmel Santa Rose and the Bourjois Cream Blush in 01 are staples for me. There are some new options from Max Factor which look like a really great dupe for the Hourglass Ambient blushes.
VERDICT: SAVE

HIGHLIGHT/BRONZER: I might be showing my snobbery here, but this one really is high-end territory for me. The pigmentation in high street bronzers always seems to come off as orange, and i find a lot of low-end highlights to have too many chunky particles of glitter. The shade range and finely milled texture of higher-end highlight and bronzing products make it worth the spend for me. Faves include the Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder in Candlelight and NARS Laguna.
VERDICT: SPLURGE

EYESHADOWS & PALETTES: Again this comes down to pigment and payoff, and I don't think high street compares in this category that often. That being said, I was super impressed with my Collection All About Eyes palette in Nude Bronze but it can't compete with my MAC Quad or LORAC Pro palette unfortunately.
VERDICT: SPLURGE

BROW PRODUCTS: Another heavy hitter! High-end pays when it comes to your brows. Any high street products I've tried have been a weird orange or reddish brown cast, the gels have been gloopy, and the outcome has made me look like Cousin It rather than It Girl. For me, the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpt has my heart, but I hear amazing things about Soap and Glory's Archery pencil.
VERDICT: SPLURGE

MASCARA: Low-end wins out! I am telling you, my Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara is my holy grail, best mascara I've ever had, and I much prefer it to the likes of Benefit They're Real! or the YSL Shocking mascara, both of which sit relatively untouched in my collection.
VERDICT: SAVE

LIPSTICK: Breathe a sigh of relief for your bank balance, because the high street and drugstore is absolutely crawling with incredible options for lips. Firm faves are Rimmel Moisture Renew, Revlon Colourburst Matte balms, Revlon Lip Butters and Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets, but I could go on and on. This is always the section I go absolutely mad on, whatever drugstore I'm at, so fill your little heart's content!
VERDICT: SAVE

I hope this was useful! Even though there's a dead heat on whether it's better to save or splurge on your make-up products, hopefully this will help you spend smarter and make it an easier decision when you reach payday. 

2 comments

  1. I really love high end blushes but most of the ones I own are drugstore. If you know which are the ones that will stay put all day, you can definitely save on that one. Totally agree with splurging on eyeshadow though, I love me some Urban Decay!

    Love, Charline | Charline Has a Blog

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  2. Totally agree with these! Except maybe mascaras, but I am PICKY. And I like that awful spidery look, I know...yuck :D

    Brodie Jay

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