When to Spend and When to Save on Beauty Products
I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes walking through a makeup store makes me cringe a little bit. There are so many beauty products in pretty packaging, just waiting to be bought, though I don’t think my bank account would be very happy if I splurged as much as my heart desired. Some beauty products are worth paying a pretty penny for, while other drugstore buys will give you a just-as-good, if not better, outcome. Curious about when it’s best to save your bucks and when it’s best to splurge in the beauty department? Let’s break it down:
When it comes to lip color, the drugstore could be your new best friend. The lipstick color selection strongly competes with specialty makeup and department stores, and you can snag three or four for the price of one high-end tube.
Try this: L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Lipstick ($5.79, walmart.com)
Many people don’t realize this, but luxury face washes often contain the same ingredients as those in your favorite drugstore cleansers. Unless your skin needs special care, it’s best to save in this department and turn to the aisles of Target and Walmart — your holy grail cleanser is out there somewhere, I promise!
Try this: Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit ($6.56, jet.com) will leave your skin smelling fruity and sweet.
Whether your skin is sensitive, oily, dry, or a combination, there are a plethora of reasonably-priced facial moisturizers at the drugstore. Naturally-sourced and dermatologist-approved brands also take up residence at most stores, and most products come in at $10 or less. Kill two birds with one stone by investing in a facial moisturizer with SPF in the formula.
Try this: Olay Complete All-Day Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15 ($8.21, walmart.com)
Similar to other beauty products, ingredients found in different brands of mascara only vary slightly. Trying a new mascara is often a trial-and-error process, being that every woman’s eyelashes react differently to formulas and brushes. Mascara packaging will tell you everything you need to know about the product — whether you’re opting for length, volume, waterproof, or a brown formula.
Try this: For thick, plump lashes, give L’Oreal Voluminous ($5.59, walmart.com) a shot.
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Blush and Bronzer
For the most part, blushes and bronzers are their best selves over a strong primer and foundation. Save a little money to invest in those rather than binging on a colored powder. Here’s a tip: Your favorite lipstick can double up as a blush! Sweep your (clean) index finger over the tip of the lipstick and gently rub between your two fingers to warm it up. Work the product into the apples of your cheeks and up your cheekbones.
Try this: NYX Baked Blush ($7, beautyplussalon.com)
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Behind every dazzling eyeshadow look is a great primer that made it that way. A high-quality eyeshadow primer can give a inexpensive eyeshadow the oomph that it needs by extending its longevity and making it more pigmented.
Try this: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Base ($28, belk.com)
Not only do the finishes on higher-end face makeup look smoother, but finding a foundation to match your skin is easier at a department store or specialty makeup store than it is a drugstore. Foundation is also a beauty product that can last a long time, so making an investment will be worthwhile.
Try this: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Le Teint Radiance Awakening Foundation ($58, sephora.com)
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Clean, good quality makeup brushes are fundamental to a makeup collection. Professional brushes not only provide exceptional coverage but are also gentle on the face, steering away from the possibility of skin irritation that rough bristles can cause. Investing in a quality set of brushes will make your wallet happy in the long run; if kept clean and taken care of, those makeup brushes will last for years to come. To clean your brushes, all you need is baby shampoo and warm water, and then a lint-free cloth to lay your brushes on to dry.
Try this: I’m a strong believer that every woman should own a good allover powder face brush. Try the Make Up Forever Medium Powder Brush ($55, sephora.com).
Hair Styling Tools
In a perfect world, we’d all have perfect hair and wouldn’t need tools to give our hair perfect curls or make it perfectly straight. High-quality styling tools are worth the money because in the end, you’re saving your hair. The better quality the curling iron = the less time needed for heat on your hair. Similarly, using a blow dryer’s cool setting, rather than blasting strands with piping hot air, will cause less heat damage. Many high-end hot tools also come with multiple styling features, so you can easily achieve that fresh-from-the-salon blowout at home.
Try this: Elchim Professional Hair Dryer ($93, overstock.com)
Have you been eyeing a serum on the pricier side? If you really want to see a difference, splurge on anti-aging collagen treatments. Look for a serum containing the active ingredients hyaluronic acid, which aids in hydration, and retinol, the cure-all ingredient that assists in aiding fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, and more. Not ready to buy an expensive serum yet? Many beauty product subscription services like Birchbox provide samples of serums to test out before you make an investment.
Try this: Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Firming Serum ($75, sephora.com)
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