Beauty Products: When to Save and When to Splurge
BUYING beauty products can be a complicated, fickle and downright frustrating process. One problem so many of us girls have is whether to buy a high-end product or the inexpensive brands in the local pharmacy. To solve this dilemma, here is a guide to the beauty bits that high-end, department store brands get right and the products that are worth rummaging in Boots for, so you know when to save and when to splurge!
When to Save:
When it comes to mascara, the affordable make-up brands have to come out on top for a number of reasons. Firstly, with mascara, it is recommended to only use it for three months before disposing of it, therefore spending upwards of €25 on a single tube seems a little wasteful and not friendly on the bank balance. Also, with numerous choices to suit every girls lash needs, there is no reason to look beyond affordable brands for this beauty staple.
Top Picks: Maybelline ‘The Falsies‘ and Max Factor ‘False Lash Effect‘
Bright pinks and reds are great for a night out but most girls simply don’t wear them on a day-to-day basis so why waste your money? Many affordable brands offer great lipsticks that are playful, fun and enable a girl to experiment with wilder lipsticks that perhaps aren’t suitable for everyday wear.
Top Picks: Revlon Matte Lipstick in ‘Really Red‘ and Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick in ‘Pink Punch‘
Surprisingly, finding a good eyeliner in your local pharmacy is relatively pain-free as many reasonably priced brands have recently brought out some amazing products. From gel, pencil or liquid, there is now a plethora of effective eyeliners that offer great value for money, stay on all day and give an effortless smolder to an eye look.
Top Picks: Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Khol Kajal and L’Oreal Paris Superliner Blackbuster Intense
When to Splurge
Nude Eye Shadow Palettes
High-end brands are masters at making the perfect nude eyeshadow palette. But buying a great nude palette is more than just a simple purchase, it’s an investment as a good nude palette can last for years and can be used to make numerous looks. From an everyday wash of colour to a full-on smokey eye, they are definitely worth the extra few euro. Currently, many luxury brands are offering the perfect nude palette with a mix of both matte and shimmery colours that the high-street has yet to emulate as well.
Top Picks: Urban Decay ‘Naked‘ Palette 1, 2 & 3 and Stila ‘In the Light‘ Palette
Sadly, something that the affordable brands seem to struggle with is brow products as they can infamously be rather limited in shades. Luxury brands are strokes ahead as it seems that they provide hues that cater for the lightest blondes to the darkest brunettes. Although costly, brow products are a must to correctly shape the face so spending that little extra is a necessity.
Top Picks: Hourglass Brow Arch Sculpting Pencil and Benefit Gimme Brow
Bronzer and Contouring
High-end brands know the value of a good bronzer/contour product and offer them in a wide variety of shades, something that affordable brands slack on. With an excellent range to be found that caters to the every skin tone, luxury bronzers and contours cannot be beaten when it comes to adding glow and shaping those cheek bones.
Top Picks: Bronzers – Nars Laguna and the Body Shop Honey Bronzer
Contours – Illamasqua Cream Pigment in ‘Hollow’ and Kevin Aucoin Sculpting Powder
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