While working on a personal finance project I came across, for the first time, mint.com’s blog – highly recommend!
One particular post was titled “Which beauty products are worth the extra cost?” which of course I had to check out!
Below is my take on the article’s Save vs. Splurge items.
Lipstick SAVE – Agree!
As I’ve stated before I used to be a total MAC snob but that was the most expensive it got. I’ve seen some beautiful colors from YSL & Chanel but I could never bring myself to do it.
Enter drugstore lipsticks – LOVE! I have found some really amazing lipsticks, some of which are dupes to popular higher-end items. Sometimes I’m a little surprised a the price of drugstore lipsticks which is why I hit the sales and take advantage of in-store and manufacturing coupons.
Faves: Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters & Milani
Foundation SPLURGE – Agree, but….
I have found some great drugstore foundations such Loreal True Match and Revlon photofinish. There are tons of beauty gurus who use drugstore foundation as part of their everyday routine. However, not a, ll skin is created equal. I’ve been experiencing skin issues and I believe it’s because of the face makeup I’ve been using.
I used to use MAC and then went to Makeup Forever HD Foundation. I loved it, but I got tired of paying $40+. I then looked to drugstore makeup to utilize as my “everyday makeup” then save the good stuff for special occasions. Over time though I transistioned fully to drugstore makeup.
To that point I agree with the article’s comment on foundations.
FAVES: MAC Studio Fix & Makeup Forever HD Foundation
Mascara SAVE – Agree!
Now I can’t say I have too much experience with higher end mascaras. In a random Ulta haul I purchased the Too Faced Better Than False Lashes & Benefit’s They’re Real Lashes which I am embarrassed to say how much they were because they’re stil sitting untouched in the boxes – fail!
The drugstore offers a huge selection of mascaras. Pick one that you really like or pick five and layer them. Seriously! My favorite youtube beauty guru Nicole Guerriero has a tutorial on just this. Check it out! :)
Blushes SPLURGE – Eh
My criteria for blushes are 1) a great color 2) great payoff 3) long lasting. But when it comes to brands I’m kind of all over the place.
I have few blush palettes from Coastal Scents which I really like. They have great colors and are super affordable. The blush that’s currently in makeup bag is Milani’s #08 in Coralina – Love! And of course MAC has an amazing selection. My two faves are mocha and peachykeen though I have a few different ones on my MAC shopping list.
Eyeshadows SAVE – Disagree!
In my opinion not all eyeshadows are created equal. They all differ in pigmenation, payoff, long lasting & ability to blend etc.
What I like to do is a buy one palette that I use everyday until it’s pretty much gone. I did this with the Urban Decay Naked, Naked II and my current palette is a cusom MUD one I picked up at IMATS.
So yes you’re spending a nice chunk on a palette but you’re going to get your money’s worth if you use it til the end.
My Savings Tips
Shop the sales! My drugstore of choice is CVS and I normally only purchase beauty items when there’s a sale – buy one get one 50% off, extrabucks offers or even manufacturing coupons. Also a great way to stock when the products are least expensive.
Shop online! Boy have I learned my lesson. When it comes to higher end stores such as Sephora or Ulta I shop online. Why? Too many times did I go into those stores for those one or two items and left with way too many products. Not good! By shopping online it controls my purchases and a lot of times you can sometime get better deals online (hello free shipping!).
Organize your current collection! I need to take my own advice on this one. I feel like I lose products all the time. And of course it’s the one item you REALLY want to wear and can’t find it. Fail! By organizing your current collection you’ll most likely find stuff you forgot you had and put it to good use.
Check out the rest of the mint.com blog post below.