Beauty Shopping: Luxury or Budget?

When it comes to your beauty essentials, do you head to Sephora or run to the closest Walgreens? With the strides beauty brands have made, you can now pick up everything you need in one go. There are drugstore foundations blowing the beauty community away, and there are high end bronzers that are still snatching up our week’s pay. And there are no wrong choices when it comes to beauty. It is unique to everyone, and entirely up to personal preference and, of course, budget.

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There are some products that are no brainers from the drugstore, and others that are worth investing a bit more in. I’ll explain why and which ones. This is not to say that the drugstore has less quality products. Just because products under $20 may feel less luxurious does not mean they are any worse. With that being said, when beauty products cost less for you, they often cost less to make. Now that can come down to marketing, packaging, and just the name brand, but there are some steps in your beauty routine you may want to invest in. And others you can certainly save on without cutting any corners.

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In skincare, there are a lot of amazing options at all price ranges. But there are certain ones you may receive better results from when you choose the high end alternative. Those include moisturizers, serums, and eye creams. These products may have similar ingredients to their drugstore counterparts, but there tend to be more of the most effective ingredients in the luxury version. These items sit on your skin, and are absorbed to offer intense results, so when you use more potent products your beauty will benefit more. Then when it comes to cleansers and face masks, drugstore products are perfectly ideal for anyone on a budget. Most of these products only sit on the skin for a short amount of time, so they usually will not offer you the type of treatment something like a serum would. So going for a more budget friendly option will help your routine and wallet.

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On to my one true love, mascara. The mascara collection at the drugstore is unmatched. Yes, there are some great options from Benefit, Lancome, and more, but Maybelline and L’Oreal are winning the lash game. Whether you love a rubber brush, a traditional one, or something totally new and unique, you can find it for under $10. There is no need to spend upwards of $20 for something you can find even better for less than half that price. And the same goes for eyeliners. Liquids, gels, and pencils — all of these are rocking at a low price. I’ve used some high end liquid liners that have dried out in half the time of ones that cost $7. So when it comes to the lashes and the lash line, a budget buy is the best buy.

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Highlighter is everything right now. And what is so amazing about it is that you do not have to spend an arm and a leg to get a subtle glow or a blinding brightness. From Essence to Maybelline you can get rose gold, rainbow, and champagne highlighters under budget. The same goes for blushes. Milani and Wet'n'Wild both make some of the most pigmented blushes around. But when it comes to bronzer and contour, luxury may be the way to go. Don’t get me wrong, there are certainly some shades at the drugstore like Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer that are wonderful. But in my experience there are more tones to choose from at the department store. With options like Benefit Hoola and Hoola Lite, and the new line of cool toned contours from The Balm, you are sure to have a pigmented, creamy, and long lasting look.

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Now the drugstore certainly has some stand outs when it comes to eyeshadows. But when you are walking through the displays they are much more hit and miss than at Sephora. There you can pick up Urban Decay, Lorac, Too Faced, Smashbox, Stila, bareMinerals — I could go on. If you want a sure thing for your eye look the department store has every shade that is pigmented, long wearing, and unique. Plus eyeshadow palettes tend to last years so a small investment like $40 or so goes a long way.

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As you may well know, foundation and concealer are very personal and unique to each woman. From shades to skin types and coverage options, the budget and luxury buys are both amazing. If you need help choosing, we have an entire post dedicated to helping you find your perfect foundation. So check that out for a few pointers, or have fun trying and testing out a bunch of foundations until you find your holy grail.

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Your beauty look is always pulled together with the finale of a lip color. Whether it is lipstick, gloss, or liner, there may be more options in this category than any other. And they are all wonderful. Drugstore, indie, and luxury are all a go when it comes to lip colors. Build a diverse collection, and enjoy loving every tube of luscious red, pink, and more.

Naturally all of these are personal preferences, and there is no right or wrong answer. Use what works for you, and what you love. But for those who struggle when it comes to shopping for their beauty collection, this is your guideline. As there are, of course, wonderful products on and between both ends of the spectrum, I do hope this helps if you weren’t sure which route to go.