Splurging for the Saving-Savvy

It's a common misconception that more expensive beauty products deliver better results. With a myriad of products lining the shelves, it can be difficult to decide whether to splurge on department store brands or save with drugstore products. Is that "botanical extract" in your lipstick really worth the extra money or is it just a marketing ploy? As a consumer, there is nothing more irritating than buying a pricy product that dissatisfies. I've done some serious sleuthing to determine which products are worth dishing out the cash for. Here's how you should allocate your beauty bucks: Foundation & Concealer: Splurge

A mismatched face is a common beauty faux pas that can be avoided by consulting a makeup professional. Department stores and beauty emporiums, such as Sephora, have the proper assistance to find a complementary foundation or concealer for your skin tone.

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Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation, $43

 

Blush, Bronzer, &  Powder: Splurge

No one wants Bozo-esque flushed cheeks; consulting with a professional can help you find the perfect pink...or red..or beige...that best suits your pigmentation. Drugstore brand blushes and powders are often formulated with talc powder, which dilutes the richness of its color and can cause irritation.

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LORAC Blush/Bronzer Duo, $30

 

Eyeliner: Save

Essentially, eyeliner is made of one main ingredient--wax. While many department store brands are concocted with softer waxes, there are a copious amount of comparable drugstore eyeliner pencils.

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Almay Intense i-Color Defining Liner, $3.59

 

Mascara: Save

Mascara tubes are notorious for amassing bacteria if they aren't replaced regularly. Therefore, splurging on department store brands every couple of months will cost you. Considering the similarity in formulas of department and drugstore brand mascaras, saving is smart.

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Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes Mascara$5.99

 

Eyeshadow: Splurge

Ultra-pigmented, blendable eyeshadow colors aren't likely to be found at your local pharmacy. Department store brand eyeshadows are milled more finely, which results in long-lasting adhesion to the eyelid.

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M.A.C. Cosmetics Pigment, $21

 

Lipgloss: Save

The aqueous viscosity of lipgloss causes the need to reapply it constantly; it gets used up fast. If you're using your gloss for shine and a light tint of color, save your cash for a high-quality lipstick.

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Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss, $6.49

 

Lipstick: Splurge

Department stores have a wider selection of rich, brilliant lipstick colors to choose from. Their formulas are generally enhanced with higher quality ingredients that won't cause dry, cracked lips. Plus, every woman should have a special signature shade!

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Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine, $34

 

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