Should You Spend or Save

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I saw a question in a beauty facebook group recently, and it really got me thinking…

What beauty products are worth the splurge, and which can you save your pennies on? Is high-end always better or can you find the same quality for a much more affordable price?


First and foremost is lips. There are soooooo many options when it comes to lip products, and they are bloody good quality too. One of my favourite ever lip liners is under $5 from Essence. I also love NYX Butterglosses, Bourjois Rouge Velvet Lipsticks, Maybelline SuperStay Ink and Burts Bees – I could go on and on and on.



Mascara is definitely a drug-store buy. Although I do love my Nars Climax, it can be pretty pointless to spend upwards of $30 on a mascara that’ll dry up and go bad in 3 months time. My picks would be the Loreal Unlimited, Loreal Lash Paradise or Maybelline Lash Sensational 

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Now, this is where I’ve found that high-end reigns supreme. I am yet to find a drugstore palette that truly ticks all the boxes. While some shades in a palette may perform well, others lack pigment, creaminess, and blendabilty.  But, not all is lost.  Take the Maybelline Burgundy Bar Palette for instance – it’s pretty good when it comes to drugstore standards, but it certainly isn’t perfect. It’ll set you back $26.95.  Compare that to one of my all-time favourite palettes, the Zoeva Cocoa Blend palette, which retails for $38. That isn’t going to break the bank, yet the formulas, colours, and pigments are incredible. What’s even better? You can get the mini version with the same beautiful formulas for only $23.

I feel like beginners benefit even more so from a good, well-formulated palette. It makes it easier to blend and create eye looks rather than using something that is chalky and a little lack-luster. Definitely worth the splurge in this case.



As a high-end lover, I initially thought I would be recommending you spend your dollars on your base. But, after a minute, I thought of quite a few foundations that are just as good, if not better, than their exy counterparts. Take Loreal Pro Glow, for example, it is a beautiful base. It is hydrating, with buildable coverage and has a healthy glowy finish. Back pre smol needy child, when I was working full time and needed to look professional 40 hours a week, this was my most reached for foundation.



Bold pigment isn’t always best when it comes to bronzes and blushes. I find that buttery formulas that you can blend and build up are the best in this instance. Neither drug-store or high-end do bronzers or blush best.  My favourites for cheeks are a good mix of the two. I adore my Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, but I use Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer just as much, if not more.

Face Powders

Face powders are another product that the drug-store do really well. There are plenty of great options when it comes to both colour and setting powders. Rimmel Stay Matte and Australis Fresh and Flawless have huge cult followings and that because these powders perform brilliantly.



The only thing I will always spend more on is skincare. Don’t get me wrong, there are fabulous more affordable options, but nothing will treat your skin better than active ingredients and they are going to cost you more. You can get away with a good quality cleanser for less, but always splurge on your hydrating products and serums. These are the hard working and are also to thank for the overall health of your skin.

I think it is safe to say you don’t NEED to drop ridiculous $$$ on makeup. There are definitely more affordable alternatives. I can admit to being a bit of a snob and enjoying the more luxe options. In the world of Instagram, it constantly feels like you need to ‘keep up’ with everyone but in reality, it isn’t practical to be spending so much money when you don’t need to be. And, at the end of the day, no one is going to know if you’ve spent $5 or $50 on your lipstick.

What are your favourite affordable products?

Chat soon,

Camille x

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  1. January 3, 2019 / 4:42 pm

    I swear we are twinsies! I wrote up a similar-ish post like this on going into detail about the differences between each catagory of makeup compared to high end and drugstore. I definitely agree mascara and lipstick (and for me brow products too) are so awesome at the drugstore level it isn’t necessary to spend the extra $$$

    • onabeautybender
      January 3, 2019 / 5:47 pm

      Great minds think alike x

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