High End vs Affordable Makeup

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Have you ever wondered what the difference is between high-end and affordable makeup? Perhaps you are thinking about purchasing an expensive product but are unsure if it will be worth the money or, you frequently splurge on quality cosmetics and want to know if you are getting your money’s worth. Either way, here is my view of what makes a product worth the money.
I love everything beauty: makeup, skincare, haircare, and everything else. I own a wide variety of products. Some are expensive and others are affordable, some are brand-new things that I have recently tried, and many are longtime favorites. My range of products has led me to have a range of knowledge and opinions of brands and their items. Everyone’s opinions are different on products and many things lead someone to form their views. You may see my favorite concealer as overpriced or hard to blend but to me, it’s a great product. That’s why you must take into consideration that no number of products tried, or videos watched will lead you to find the solution to what products are the best for everyone and how much they cost.

What makes a good product?

The first thing that I would recommend thinking about before making a purchase is what makes a good product to you and how well it fits your needs. For example, if you wear natural makeup an expensive full-coverage foundation (such as the Nars Soft Matt foundation £34) may not be suitable, and you probably won’t reach for it that often. Therefore, it’s possible that you won’t be getting your money’s worth. On the other hand, you will likely benefit from a good quality tinted moisturiser that suits your skin type (for example the Fenty Beauty Eze Drop Skin Tint £27 or the L’Oreal True Match Tinted Skin Serum £14.99). By considering what makeup would fit your routine you can consider whether to splurge on a product or choose a more affordable option. Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint 32ml | SEPHORA UK


An incredibly important factor to consider when making a purchase is how it will suit your skin. If you have acne-prone skin many products can lead to making your skin worse, therefore researching the product that you are going to purchase beforehand would be beneficial. If you have oily skin a key feature to look out for is if the product is oil-free. A product that contains oil will likely cause your skin to produce more oil and therefore your makeup is not necessarily doing the job that you want it to. An example of a great oil-free product is the Nars Pure Radiant tinted moisturiser £36; it contains SPF30 which is essential to protect your skin along with it being fragrance-free. NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser SPF30 | Boots

Price difference vs Quality

One key factor that is likely the reason most people choose not to purchase high-end cosmetics is price. The cost difference between products in Superdrug to Selfridges is substantial and causes many people to ask the question “Are they really worth the price tag?” There is not necessarily a set answer to this question as it is very much down to people’s opinions and what they can afford. Some people will choose to save up to buy a great product that they would like to try whereas others will choose to buy whatever is cheapest and therefore would likely have different views on the value of expensive makeup products.
In many cases, more expensive products are of higher quality meaning that the makeup may be longer lasting or have more coverage. In other cases, it may be that a customer purchases an expensive product because their skin is sensitive, and they need a certain product to ensure that they do not react to what they have purchased. Many factors contribute to what makes someone spend more on cosmetics but the quality of what they are purchasing is arguably the most important.

Quality of affordable products

In my opinion, and many other people, there are a vast number of amazing products out there that are very affordable and accessible. For example, the Maybelline Fit Me collection is loved by many and has products ranging from £5.99 to £9.99. The range includes concealer, powder primers, and foundations that are all great quality at a low price point. The impressive standard of products like these is what leads to many people choosing these over the highly-priced alternatives. maybelline fitme | Superdrug

The experience of purchasing a high-end product

If you have ever purchased a high-end product you will probably know that they often come neatly packaged and wrapped in tissue paper in a branded box or placed in a nice bag depending on if you have bought the product in-store or online (there are often a few free samples too). Purchasing from most less expensive places, however, can be slightly different and much less of an experience.

In conclusion, when there is such a wide range of products out there at so many different price points it is important to assess how much you are willing to spend and what you are looking for in the item. If you have no budget, you can buy the item that suits you best without considering the cost. Because this is not the case for most people, finding the best product for your skin and budget is essential.