I have a few guilty pleasures I like to indulge in.
Chocolate, red wine, trashy television, ’90s playlists and makeup. Oh boy, do I ever like my makeup.
Like many people in this day and age, I am a contributor to the every growing beauty market. A market so large that it is estimated to reach $265 billion in 2017.
Having so many options for beauty products these days can be overwhelming. Between the drugstores, department stores, and high-end cosmetic stores – it’s hard to know where your allegiance lies, or more importantly, what your budget will allow for.
That’s why I’ve put together a makeup Splurge vs. Steal list, because after years of trial and error, countless dollars spent, and more lipstick purchases then I would like to admit, I have finally discovered what makeup products are worth spending hard earned dollars on.
Here is my Makeup Splurge vs. Save list:
In my opinion, Estee Lauder Double Wear is the holy grail of foundation even though I’ve heard some people refer to it as “my Grandma’s makeup”. If that’s the case, your Grandma is a smart lady because this foundation is gold. I discovered it via my favourite beauty blogger, Barefoot Blonde, and have used it ever since. It would definitely be considered a “full-coverage” foundation, so for me, it’s not part of my everyday routine but it is worth every penny when you need it.
The perfect matte bronzer for my pale, or as my mother says, “porcelain” skin is HOOLA by Benefit. Warning: It’s highly-pigmented, so it might take a few tries before you get the subtle bronzed look you’re going for. But I promise it far exceeds discount brands I’ve tried.
Cheekers by Covergirl is all I need. I’ve always felt blush is necessary yet never something I could justify spending money on. Therefore, this one gives me the subtle glow I need without breaking the bank.
I don’t regularly use eyeshadow, but when I do, I want something that is going to actually show up and stay on my eyelids. The Naked palette by Urban Decay is a great starting point for any makeup kit, because the colours are universally flattering and the eyeshadows blend easily to create a variety of smoky looks.
Eyeink Ultra Precise by Annabelle is the ultimate liquid liner, because the felt tip applicator is easy to control, allowing you to create a soft or dramatic line. Bonus: It’s under ten dollars and Ophthalmologist approved (eg., it won’t totally destroy your beautiful eyes,
if when you get some in them).
I have less than perfect eyelashes. They are short, straight and blonde, basically invisible if I don’t have mascara on. I have tried every kind of mascara in attempt to create something out of nothing but I keep coming back to Covergirl Lash Blast. I hope you trust my research on this one.
Lipstick: Splurge/ Save
I can’t choose!
I absolutely ADORE my Giorgio Armani lipstick; it is by far the best lipstick I have EVER splurged on, but I can’t afford to have a whole purse full. Therefore, lipstick comes down to a tie. If you want an everyday colour to invest in, definitely splurge, but if you like to change your look and are tight on cash, hit up the drugstore for that trendy colour. After all, this is a product that stays with you for the least amount of time (especially if you like to kiss).
Ladies! Excited to hear what YOUR favourites are – when do you splurge, and when do you save?