Low budget & high end tag

Tag time! I thought it was high time for me to do a beauty tag. I don’t do these too often, but they are fun from time to time. Today I will be taking you through a rather controversial topic in the land of beauty: low budget vs. high end make up products. Care to know what I prefer to spend a bit more on or what I love saving my pennies on? Then stay tuned!

Budget vs High end

Do you have more low budget or high end products in your make up collection?

I think it’s mostly 50/50, though in some categories one or the other type of product is more prevalent than another. I have for instance mostly budget concealers, but most of my bronzers are high end. But I do have to say that the more make up I try, the more I like my high end products. The quality is often times better and I find that the more pricey products also expire less quickly.

Low-budget or high end mascara?

Budget most definitely! But not super low budget: I swear by L’Oreal and Maybelline mascaras which are a bit more higher end drugstore products here. However, I always buy them on offer which makes them a lot less expensive and they are still half the price of a Dior mascara.

Low-budget or high end foundation?

High end I’m afraid. I find the formulas easier to work with, the shade range is usually a lot better and the staying power is a lot nicer as well. I will use a drugstore foundation for a while, but then after a few weeks I always revert back to my high end foundations. In the end, I also think that cost per wear for a high end foundation turns out to be pretty reasonable. If you think I have had a certain Dior foundation for almost 3 years now that is only halfway gone vs a Rimmel foundation  I feel I only used for a few weeks last year and is already used up for 1/4 of the bottle then I think the higher end foundation do give you more bang for your buck.

Low-budget or high end eyeshadow palettes?

I like both, but in all honesty, I do wear my high end palettes a lot more. I rotate the palettes I use on a regular basis (read: every day) and I am quicker to grab for my high end palettes than the low budget ones. But I love my affordable eyeshadow palettes. There are a few by Make Up Revolution, I Heart Make Up, Catrice and let’s not forget about Sleek, that I wouldn’t want to miss in my collection for the world.

Which product do you always buy from a low budget brand?

Brow products! Some of my all time favorite brow products are by Catrice and Soap & Glory. I have tried higher end varieties in the past and just think that you can easily do your brows for less.

Which product do you always buy from a high end brand?

Bronzer? Or highlight? I have found good products from drugstore brands, but to be fair, I much more prefer my higher end products in those categories. Bronzer because I’m fair skinned and most low budget bronzers make me look like an oompa loompa with a fake tan. And most budget highlighters, while pretty, contain some sort of glitter or shimmer or a finish that just doesn’t make me grab for them that often.

What product did you used to buy high end, but have you now switched out for a budget variety?

Mascara is the first thing that springs to mind, but I would have to say make up in general. When I first started wearing make up I thought it had to be expensive in order to look good. After testing and trying, I have found out that is not the case at all. There are some great drugstore options out there, it just takes a little bit more effort to find them.

Why doesn’t this product have a low budget equivalent yet?

Eyeshadow primer! I have tried sooooo many and unfortunately, none of them work for me. So I stuck with Lorac, Too Faced and Urban Decay for that category. I do like the NYX one though. Their HD eyeshadow primer definitely gets the job done, but I still much more prefer the high end version.

There is no luxury make up product that can hold a candle to this budget product:

A Dior highlighter. Especially when they still came in the hefty metallic packaging, I thought it to be one of the best high end make up products on the market. Sadly, their highlighters now come in plastic packaging and feel hardly as luxurious, but I own three of them and I feel like a princess each time I use them.

Would you rather spoil yourself with 10 cheap items or 1 expensive item?

That depends on my mood. I love trying out loads of budget items to test and see how good they are. But if I am truly in a mood to reward myself and spoil myself, then I would pick an expensive item every time. There is just an experience that comes with buying a luxury make up product, which makes me a lot more emotionally attached to the product.

I would like to tag Adryana, Hilde, Astrid, and Jolanda. And anyone else who would like to do this tag!

14 responses to “Low budget & high end tag”

  1. Thank you for tagging me! For me there’s always a struggle with mascaras. I want to buy that 30 euro Clinique mascara so bad but I can’t justify the price. Why they are so damn expensive? Lol

      • I have only had sample size high end mascaras. They should hand them out more often like: “oh, you bought *some cheap brand’s* lipstick? Here take this *some ridiculously expensive brand’s* mascara for free!”

  2. Aah leuk, ik ben getagd! Ik ga ‘m zeker overnemen Maaike! Goede budgetmascara: glam and doll van Catrice. Ik was echt onder de indruk! Ik ben wel benieuwd naar jouw stash oogschaduwpaletten…

  3. Wat een leuke tag! Bij mij is het ook een beetje 50/50. Mascara is vaak wel high end tegenwoordig hihi Foundation juist weer niet 😀

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