Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Beauty: Save or Splurge?

I've seen a few beauty blogs that have taken their stand in this save or splurge debate...and now it's my turn.

Foundation - SPLURGE

Foundation is a very particular makeup product. When you go to a department store, you'll be able to use testers to find the perfect colour match and can even ask for a sample to test at home before fully committing to the product. Even though drugstore foundation is starting to offer some awesome foundations lately, I find investing in a solid foundation that will more or less perfectly match you is a better investment in the long run. Plus, complexion is the starting point for anything as it serves the base for your face. 

Concealer - SPLURGE

Similar to foundation, it's the colour match that matters. Also, department store usually has a better return policy - so, if the coverage, finish, lasting power, etc. wasn't the way you want it to be, you can exchange or return it to find your perfect match. 

Powder - SAVE or SPLURGE

It really depends on your skin type in my opinion. Speaking from a perspective of a dry skin girl myself, I never powder my face after I apply foundation; it just ends up making my face look extremely cakey. But, I know you combo and oily skin lovely faces rely on this product. Thus, powder is more of a personal thing. I find a higher end powder would have a longer last power and is more finely milled, making it less likely to give you a powdery look on after applying it. Plus, colour selection is then again, very important....unless you get translucent. 

Bronzer - SPLURGE

There's not that many variation with bronzers - they usually only come in a few different shades of brown(ish) and they do their job. I find it's best to splurge on one bronzer that looks natural on your skin tone and stick with it.

Blush - SAVE 

My biggest mistake I ever made in my beauty history. Blush comes in all different shades and finishes that you can change up. Splurging on multiple high end blushes may not be a good idea, since you won't be able to use them up. I have learnt my lesson - drugstore blushes has that variation for you to choose from and you can pick multiple ones up without breaking your wallet. 

Eyeshadow - SAVE

Eyeshadow is similar to blush that it's a beauty product that people tend to love to change up. Drugstore eyeshadow have definitely gotten better with their pigmentation lately. Plus, the variation in colour and brand gives you the freedom to test out what works best for you without draining your bank account. It's good to start at the drugstore to find the perfect colours that work for you.

Mascara - SAVE

It is usually advised to change your mascara every 3-6 months to avoid eye infection. Depending on your use, the small tube of black liquid is not worth it to splurge over $20 on one. The drugstore has some great ones that can do it's job. I highly recommend to give Covergirl Lash Blast a try! 

Eyeliner - SPLURGE

Eyeliner is one of those products that people hate when it smudges. It's best to invest in a higher end that is long-lasting to get you through the day!

Lipstick - SAVE

No matter how hard you try, you'll have to reapply lipstick throughout the day. Drugstore lipstick is cheap and they have a good range of colours and finishes. 

Lipliner - SAVE

Same as lipstick! 


Tools is a wide category. There are some products that are worth the investment, while some that are not. Makeup brushes are definitely the tools that needs splurging on. They are not the cheapest, but investing in higher quality brushes will do you good in the long run; they will sled less, they will not bleed, they will be densely packed with hair, etc. On the other hand, makeup sponges are definitely a tool that you can save on. It's recommended not to use a sponge multiple times, making it pricey if you splurge on them and continue to re-purchase them.

Nail Polish - SAVE

This another one of my beauty mistakes. You change your nail colour often and it chips. Plus, a nail polish bottle can easily dry up.

Makeup Remover - SPLURGE

Even if you use it on a daily basis, a good makeup remover will not irritate your skin.

What is your take on the beauty save vs. splurge war? Let me know in the comments below!


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