With all the makeup that’s out there, it’s really hard to know what’s worth splurging on and what products really aren’t worth the price. Through a crapton of what I’ll call ‘research’ I’ve found some products that are definitely worth spending the extra money – and a lot that aren’t.
Worth The Splurge:
Formula X (Sephora Brand Nail Polish) – $10.50 – 12.50 US
With some products, nail polish especially, you get what you pay for. Formula X is by no means the most expensive nail polish out there, but paired with their base and top coat the polish lasts ~7 days without chipping. It’s the second best after gel nail polishes and is much cheaper. The Formula X range is fantastic, as well. Lots of variation in shade, level of sparkle and finish. Plus, they’re constantly coming out with new colors.
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliners – $20.00 US
I am very picky about eyeliners and Stila’s liquid eyeliners are beautiful. They’re very easy to put on (even for a liquid eyeliner novice like myself) and actually stay on all day. They have a lovely range of everyday colors, and they’ve recently released some gorgeously neon pastels (that I probably won’t be trying because I’m a color purist when it comes to eyeliner – black and brown only on me). And the best thing about these is that while they do ‘stay all day’, its easy to take off with makeup remover.
Mac’s Matte Lipsticks – $15.00 US
I will never stop singing the praises of Mac Lipsticks, but their matte line are my favorite lipsticks all together. And I have a lot of lipstick. I have a problem. I know. But it could be much worse. I could be addicted to drugs, but I’m addicted to matte lipsticks. They are by no means the most expensive matte lipsticks you’ll find, but the lasting power and level of pigmentation are to die for. With their matte lipsticks, you really get what you pay for and Mac’s aren’t flakey or drying or any complaints you normally hear about matte lipsticks.
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation – $45.00 US
Fantastic coverage without being immensely oily or clogging your pores. Unlike the name states, it isn’t sheer but is buildable, provides lots of coverage and lasts all day. And, it doesn’t dry out 30 minutes after application (Mac’s Studio Fix concealer has this problem for me. If it weren’t for that, the Studio Fix line would be my number 1 foundation and concealer). The price of all NARS’ products make me cringe, but they have so many gorgeous products it’s hard to stay away. Sheer Glow is very much worth that price.
Not Worth The Price:
CC Creams – $35.00 and up
A CC Cream is a BB Cream with SPF and is normally tinted. A BB Cream is just a fancy moisturizer. But for my money, CC Creams are made equal. The high end ones will make you cry with the tiny amount of product you get for the price, but there are some good alternatives at drugstores. The least oily and most moisturizing that I’ve tried (and, god, I have tried so many freaking CC Creams.) is the L’Oreal Nude Magique CC Cream – it’ll only set you back $12.00 – whereas a sample of a high end brand will cost upwards of $20.00.
Cream Blushes – $25.00 – 50.00 US
While powder blushes truly are worth the price – Benefit and Mac are my favorites, most cream blushes aren’t. So long as you keep them clean and use them with a light hand, drugstore brand cream blushes are fantastic. My favorites are the Maybelline’s Dream Bouncy Blushes, NYX’s Rouge Cream Blushes, and Revlon’s Cream Blushes, their color ranges are great and they are all long lasting. Maybelline’s Blushes will run you around $4.50, NYX are $6.00, and the Revlon ones are $12.00.
Mascara – $25.00 and up
To be honest, I’m not a big fan of mascara, but Sephora loves to send me sample sizes of high end mascaras and 90% of the time I end up giving them to my mom because Rimmel and Maybelline make great mascaras and aren’t expensive. The nicest thing about drugstore mascaras is that there is an equally wide range of colors, water-proofness and brush types as are at Sephora and Ulta. The mascara that I’ve been going back to are Rimmel’s Scandaleyes ($7.00) line and Maybelline’s Great Lash ($6.40).
Powder Eyebrow Filler – $28.00 and up
While most high end brands have brow lines, not many drugstore brands make them. Thankfully, the best brow powder I’ve tried has been NYX’s Eyebrow Cake Powder. There’s a wide range of palettes – so you’re likely to find a color that suits your brows, and each comes with a spooly to tame your brows, an angled brush to apply the powder, and a wax to set your eyebrows. The wax isn’t too heavy, the brush and spooly are fantastic and easy to use. I’ve had the best luck finding the widest range of NYX products at Ulta and Target. Probably my favorite thing about this product is the price: only $6.00!
What are some of your favorite makeup products that you think are worth the splurge? Did we forget any thing? Let us know in the comments below!
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