By BR Kellie
When it comes to buying beauty products does spending more mean you get more? Does it mean the products work better than more affordable products? That they'll moisturise or cleanse more thoroughly? That their staying power will be greater? That they'll mattify or glow-up your skin more effectively? In some cases, we say yes. In others? Well, in others you're paying for the packaging, the marketing and the prestige of flashing the brand Yes it's safe to say paying the big pingers doesn't always mean you're getting more bang for your buck. So what can you save your pennies on? Check these out...
A good micellar water, or makeup remover in general, need not cost the earth - though some do *cough* La Mer *cough*. Take a quick trip down your local supermarket beauty aisle and you'll find yourselves effective makeup removerage at a budget-friendly price.
Sure there's something delightful about whipping out a designer brand balm and dabbing it on your lips, but it's totally unnecessary if you're goal is to get your smackers in tip-top lip condition. For less than a tenner kissable kissers can be yours.
It's crazy to spend all the dollars on mascara. Sure, Chantecaille might make a magnificent mascara, but for a whole lot less you can enjoy fluffed and flared lashes that look every bit as marvellous.
The team have tried some preeeeetty fancy highlighters. Some cash has been flashed. The highlighters we reach for again and again? Drugstore all the way. Wet n Wild. Essence. Colourpop. All cheap as chips, all amazing.
A good body moisturiser need not cost the earth. If it sinks in, leaves your legs feeling smooth and keeps reptile skin at bay, it's a winner.
We had quite the conversation around powders. You see on the whole we do think the more expensive blushers and bronzers we've tried have been easier to blend, longer lasting and basically made our skin look like we've had angels blow love dust on it. When it comes to a setting powder however we feel you could spend a pretty penny on the likes of Hourglass - which is amazing - but the likes of Rimmel, Maybelline and Australis create powders that do the job just as well for a fraction of the cost.
How much do we love a good toner? So very much. How much money do we like paying for one? Not very much. Lucky for us a good toner doesn't mean having to shell out a small fortune.
The wrong concealer can emphasise texture, not cover dark areas and crease even when set. The right one? Well, it can make you look more refreshed while adding a little more youth to your face. Do you need to pay through the nose to achieve this? Not at all. Supermarkets, department stores and online have options galore - from Collection Cosmetics to LA Girl to Maybelline. Dropping a few dollars to drop a whole lot of years? Sounds good to us!