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 Comments Add yours

  1. chucky1012 says:

    Great tag 😉
    Pretty make-up products.


  2. Naked 2 is a must😍

    1. indiequeen84 says:

      It so is! One of my favorite naked palettes.

  3. Adryana says:

    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

    1. indiequeen84 says:

      I stopped buying high end mascara years ago. I now only use them if I have a sample size.

      1. Adryana says:

        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!”

  4. ikhouvanbeautynl says:

    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…

    1. indiequeen84 says:

      No problem, you’re welcome. En die laatste opmerking ga ik zeker wat mee doen. Moet alleen even bedenken of ik het als blog post of als video ga doen.

  5. zazazoobeauty says:

    Superleuke tag!! Ik ga hem invullen 😄

  6. Chantall says:

    Hele leuke tag! Leuk om te lezen ook 🙂

    1. indiequeen84 says:


  7. My Little Happiness says:

    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 😀

    1. indiequeen84 says:

      Ah bij mij juist andersom. Grappig hoe dat verschilt van persoon tot persoon. Als je wilt mag je de tag uiteraard overnemen.

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