Happy Monday! Being budget conscious, I’ve wanted to write a post for a while about what products you can save money on and what products you might want to splurge on. I should preface this by saying that of course you can save on all of these products, but I wanted to write this as if you were like me, that is, you can splurge every now and then, so what should you splurge on? Enough of this rambling introduction. Let’s begin.
- Mascara: When it comes to making lashes longer and thicker, it’s up to the brush, more so than the formula. That means you can skip on expensive formulas without sacrificing your chic look
- Unusual Colors: If hot pink eyeliner magically became “in” this season, you wouldn’t want to drop big bucks on it. It could be out of style next season. Drugstore brands are great for testing trends out. Ditto if you want to try a lip color that you don’t normally wear. If you try it and love it, you can always go and get a higher end formula
- Lip Balm: Even if you have to apply it 3 times a day, as long as it stops your lips from getting chapped, you can get away with a $1-$3 product
- Makeup Brushes: I really love how soft luxury makeup brushes feel. But besides that initial feeling, I find that my Target bought brushes do just as good a job on application.
- Lipstick (sometimes): I should say that I have quite a few drugstore brands in my arsenal, but if I’m going to splurge on something, it’s usually a lipstick. There are some great drugstore lipsticks, but I’d be lying if I said I couldn’t tell the difference in both color payoff and creaminess when I apply something like YSL (which I don’t anymore since it’s not cruelty-free! sadness)
- Everyday Eyeshadow: I used to be a diehard e.l.f fan and in a lot of ways, I still am. However, since purchasing a higher end palette for every day wear, I’ve noticed that 1. I use a lot less product. 2. It feels silkier and smoother going on and 3. There are less duds. You know the dud eyeshadows: the deep chocolate brown that comes out as a faint wash of color when you actually apply it or the eyeshadow that’s inexplicably difficult to blend. All brands seem to have them, but there are certainly more hits than misses in higher end brands
Either (Highly Personal)
- Foundation, Concealer: I went back and forth about where to put this one, because there are some drugstore lines that have a great range of color (hello Loreal True Match). At the same time, it’s going on your face–that area that can get breakouts, clogged pores, etc. It’s more important to nail your foundation and concealer than other products. You can make a slightly off lipstick work for you. Breaking out or finding your face is a different color from the rest of your body? No, no, no. So while there are a lot of great drugstore brands out there, splurge if you need to or else you’ll wish you weren’t wearing foundation at all.
- Bronzer: I would have put this in the “save” category, except for my trouble finding a great drugstore brand. I’m sure there are some great drugstore products, but being pale and having a cool skin tone, I needed something a little lighter and slightly less orange than what was on the market. There’s a point when you realize you are going to spend more searching for a great cheap product, than if you were to buy just one expensive product that works. Again, highly personal depending on your skin tone.
So what do you think? Any products that you save on? Splurge on? Let me know in the comments below!