May 17, 2013

Beauty Budget: Drugstore vs. High-end Beauty Products

Drugstore makeup has come a long way since I've bought them when I first started getting into makeup - and that was in middle school! You can find nearly every type of beauty product that is similar to the high-end brands, from makeup to skincare to hair care.


But don't be fooled, just because it's drugstore, doesn't mean it's cheap makeup. Some of the products cost almost as much as a mid-range product such as from M.A.C or Urban Decay. Shopping at various pharmacies for the best prices can help though. Depending on where you go, the price can differ by a few dollars and using coupons or even online offers can help.


Sometimes stores don't carry all the products or get sold out quickly as well. For example, the Revlon Nail Arts that I bought were only found at my Walmart and a lot of them were gone. Also, if it's a new or limited edition product, it takes a while for them to get stocked.


The difference between a drugstore product an expensive product can be anything from the quality, to the packaging and shade selection. Some of the quality in the inexpensive products are "watered-down" a bit, the pigment either not as intense or the textures not as smooth. The packaging is quite noticeable as well. Expensive  products have glass or metal casing that are sturdier and just look more luxurious, whereas drugstore products are made of plastic which can feel and look flimsy. With higher end brands, you'll also find a wider range or more unique shades. When searching for the "perfect" foundation for instance, you might find a better match at a department store especially for those that in-between colors. For fun products like eyeshadows and lipsticks, you may find luxury brands use complex shimmers and pigment but with affordable makeup, they have more basic colors.


The experience of shopping from the drugstore versus department store is different, too. Being able to test products or even take home samples from the makeup counters makes it much easier to know what you're buying. At the beauty aisle almost everything is sealed and if you are able to swatch products, the testers are so dirty that you don't even want to touch it.

I used to be a beauty brand snob but now I'm a little more open-minded since I've take the time to research what's out there and have found some hidden gems. My favorite blog to find out what's new in the beauty aisle is Nouveau Cheap, she even lets you know the weekly sales. To coincide with reviewing the products I've bought, I'll be filming makeup tutorials to show that with the right products and techniques, you can do a full face makeup. I've done two already, a Taupe-Bronze Eyes, Berry Lip Stain and Peachy-Pink Cheeks look and a Rose-Gold Eyes, Matte Wine Lips and Contoured Cheeks look.

What drugstore products do you recommend that I should check out? What type of products do you think matters when spending a little more than drugstore?



 Glamour Girl

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