We’re all about saving money and purchasing cosmetics add up fast. So, let’s explore. When is it REALLY necessary to splurge on designer makeup? Maybe the packaging is prettier and maybe you enjoy the idea of having Dior lipstick in your purse. But when said lipstick can cost upwards to $40, it just ends up burning a hole in that purse.
When it comes to lipstick, there a few reasons you may want to splurge. One reason is better ingredients. Usually the designer brands use higher quality ingredients. These ingredients promote softness and lasting wear. If your looking for a foundation product, these better ingredients might also include ingredients that treat acne or hide wrinkles. These ingredients will require research and testing, adding to the high cost of the item.
In general, department store quality cosmetics use higher quality ingredients, which cause the products to glide on more smoothly, last longer, crease or crack less often, and be gentler on skin. All of which is more expensive to add to the product.
When it comes to pigment, the high end brands tend to have a higher ratio of pigments to fillers. The pigment is probably also finely ground, allowing the color be bolder, to glide on more smoothly and last longer. If you’re looking for your exact shade of foundation, the high end brands have extensive options, versus “fair to light” or “light to medium,” as most drug store brands offer.
While many of us have our go-to makeup staples, it’s imperative to be able to experiment if you’re trying something new (like the complicated nature of picking out the right red). At a department store, you can get a professional opinion and take home some samples. At the drug store, you have to look around in stealth mode before yanking off the cap to try the pigment on the back of your hand, only to quickly replace it, hoping no one noticed.
And the bottom line for many women, is that they enjoy the prestige of Chanel lipstick and Dior eyeshadow. The package will be fancier and Chanel’s recognizable logo will be finely printed on the packaging, for all your friends to see. Just like any pair of ridiculously expensive sunglasses, you are buying the prestige as much as you are the product itself.
In general, here is what you should splurge on:
- Concealer, Foundation
Concealer and foundation need to stay on your face all day, or else it becomes uneven. More expensive powder is more finely ground and less likely to contain talic, an irritant. When it comes to brushes, higher end brushes have more and softened bristles. It will apply more evenly using a better brush.
In general, this is what you should save on:
- Lip gloss and nail polish
- Trendy items
Lip gloss and polish contain generally the same ingredients at any price point. Mascara should be replaced every few months, so it’s not worth overspending. Finally, if you’re going with an electric blue shadow, don’t splurge. There’s a good change it will be out next season.