Thursday, 14 August 2014

Splurge or Save

When it comes to buying make-up there is a huge range to choose from out there, so how do you know which products are best to spend your money on and is it worth paying out more money for products or will budget products work just as well?

Some products are worth spending a little more on, and others you can save your pennies. I have put together a list of some frequently used products and where it's best to splurge or save.

Make-up, Michelle Louise Love

Foundation - Splurge

This is the product you use the most of on a daily basis, it cover the whole of your face and creates the base for the rest of your make-up. I feel that unless you have really good skin this is where you would really benefit from spending a little bit more and getting yourself a high end foundation. The quality of the product will be better, it should have more staying power so will still look good at the end of the day instead of having worn off. A high end foundation will provide better coverage and often the colour match will be more natural as well. I have used both high end and budget foundations and I always have a nicer result with high end. Although it may seem an expensive outlay a bottle should last the best part of a year (unless you cake it on), not so expensive now huh?

Powder - Splurge

I know this isn't a very exciting product, we would all much rather spend money on something pretty or colourful but this will help keep you from looking shiny (not cute) and set your foundation so you get a longer wear out of it. If you don't spend as much on powder it can look cakey and powdery on the skin and make your skin look a funny colour. Some might not help keep shine under control either, so this is a good product to spend a little more cash on and go for quality.

Blusher - Save

Most budget blushers are pretty good, so this is a good place to save a penny or two. You can always spend a little more time blending the colour to get the finish you want.


Eye Shadow - Splurge

Cheap eye shadows often don't blend very well or have great colour pay off, you really do get what you pay for. Higher end shadows should blend with ease, be colour rich and have good staying power without creasing.

Mascara - Save

Mascara dries up and goes off so fast it's just not worth spending out a lot of money on them. Even a lot of make-up artists will use budget mascara because of this. Drug store ranges will often give as good result as you would get from a designer brand so don't feel bad about making savings on this one.

make-up, urban decay, MAC

Lipstick - Save

I have gone back and forth on this one but finally decided it should go in the save list. My reason for this is because even high end lipsticks will also wear off and need reapplying throughout the day so you won't really get much better staying power by spending more. You may get a creamier formula when spending more, but if you are on a budget I think this is a good place to save a little as it can be better spent elsewhere.

What products do you like to spend a little more on and why?


  1. Great post :)
    I always spend on foundation and concealer, but for powder, I guess I'm lucky that I found a cheap one that works for me!
    I have a few pricier ones but I tend to go for inexpensive blushers and eyeshadows, so I can play around with colours
    Definitely agree on mascara but I do like Benefit's one, and I tend to go half and half with lipsticks too

    1. Hi Jasmine. What powder do you use?
      I have tried cheap and expensive versions of most things, I have paid a lot of money for mascara in the past and it was lovely but then you're more annoyed when it dries out and goes clumpy because of how much you've paid for it!

  2. This is such a great post to do! I've been really inspired by this! x

    1. Thanks Megan, I'm glad! Thank you for stopping by to read my blog x

  3. Really interesting post! I like to splurge on base products. I'm a big fan of Bobbi Brown loose powder because it's so finely milled. Xxx

    Alice Adores Apparel

    1. Do you know I have never tried any Bobbi Brown products. I should really give them a try!


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