Should you invest in your cosmetics?

If you are like me and have spent long minutes standing in front of a cosmetic display trying to justify spending your money on another eyeshadow palette, foundation or mascara with thoughts like…

“This one has colours I don’t have…”

“Maybe just as a back-up…”

“Well it is on sale…”

“Maybe I won’t eat meat for the rest of the week…”

“I wonder if rent ever goes on sale…”

So, for all you beauty bargain seekers out there, I have composed a little guide as to where I think you should and should not invest, cosmetic wise.

Foundation and Concealer:

Foundation does depend on your skin type. If you have very sensitive skin then definitely invest in higher-end base products. They generally have better ingredients that won’t irritate your skin.

However, if you generally don’t react from make-up there a great range of affordable foundations available for various skin types. I will say that from personal experience, higher end foundations and concealers do wear better throughout the day. They have a longer wearing time and sit better on the skin after a few hours of wear. If you’re a self-tanning kind of gal, invest in colour correcting drops as opposed to multiple foundations with different colours. It will be a lot easier to match your foundation to your skin as you go through the fading phase.

The body shop shade adjusting drops ($29.95 AUD) and  Cover FX custom cover drops ($72.00 AUD) are both great options.

Bronzer and Blush:

Save. Bronzers and blush are generally things you change from day to day depending on the overall look you’re trying to achieve. Brands like Maybelline, L’Oreal and Rimmel carry a great range of affordable products that blend easily and wear well over the day*. Instead of investing in one bronzer/blush you can have a few affordable products in your collection to switch between depending on your mood.

*If you find your bronzer or blush gets patchy throughout the day it may be the product or the way you wear it. Make sure to set your base product with a powder before applying other powder products. Applying bronzer/blush on a wet base will result in patchiness. Dry skin sufferers should reach for a loose powder, while oily skinned girls can use either pressed or loose powder.

The Rimmel natural bronzer ($15.95 AUD) and the Maybelline master hi-light blush ($19.95 AUD) are some of my favourites.

Mascara:

Save. Mascara has to be changed every few months because they run out or dry out depending on how often you use it. It is not worth a $40+ price tag when you have to re-purchase so often.

mascara

My favourite mascara at the moment is the L’Oreal Paris false lash butterfly sculpt mascara ($25.95 AUD).

Lipstick/Glosses:

Save. If you’re like me lip colours are something you change on a daily basis. I like having a variety of lip colours to choose from and purchasing affordable products can help you achieve that. However, from experience I have found that higher end products have less transfer and wear better.

My favourite affordable liquid lipsticks are the Chi Chi creamy matte liquid lipsticks ($16.95 AUD)  and the NYX liquid suede cream lipsticks ($14.95 AUD).

Eyeshadow:

Spend and Save. Investing in a high-end neutrals palette and purchasing more affordable vibrant colours is a great way to get the best of both worlds. Higher-end eyeshadows really are easier to work with and will crease less on the eye. Neutrals are the colours you wear more, even in a vibrant look. A neutral shadow will act as a transition shade and help with blending. The more affordable vibrant colours you will only use sporadically, so they generally are not worth the investment.

A good neutrals palette is the Tartelette in bloom clay palette ($67.00 AUD). For more vibrant colours NYX Avant Pop palettes ($34.95) are a great option.

 

I hope these tips help you justify your goo-hording purchases.

 

Zena  xxx

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Naomi Louise says:

    Thanks Zena, very useful information!!

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