Advanced search

Whether you’re a beauty novice or a confirmed fashionista, this topic is for consulting Mumsnetters on all things style-related. Plus, check out our Swears By page for the inside track on the next Mumsnet must-have.

Budget Makeup vs Premium

(55 Posts)
ArtDecoGirly Sun 29-Sep-13 13:42:14

I've always bought high end makeup, Dior foundation, Chanel eyebrow pencil, NARS blusher, YSL Touche Eclat, YSL loose powder, YSL Lipstick, YSL mascara... but this weekend, due to being skint after spending a fortune on b/fs birthday last weekend, I went to Boots and bought more budget friendly products and did my full face with each item costing less than £8!! (Apart from my NARS blush...not ready to part with that just yet! there really any point paying for premium beauty? I can look pretty much the same for a fraction of the price, am I deluding myself I look ok?

drawsofdrawers Sun 29-Sep-13 13:49:23

It's personal preference. I use a mixture of products and gave tried various ones over the years. I have used more high end foundatin but No 7 works for me now, and Max Factor false lash is better than Lancombe Hypnose... Rommel always for eye liner. I have a couple of Mac lipsticks but pay about a quid for my brow gel.

ArtDecoGirly Sun 29-Sep-13 13:58:57

I'm getting on for 44 now and things I've used in the past aren't looking as nice on me anymore! I could really use some makeup tips for the over 40s (I only have brothers and my Mother has never worn makeup!)

ElizabethBathory Sun 29-Sep-13 15:05:14

I use a mixture of high end and low end stuff - there's loads of high end stuff that's no better than cheaper brands and you're just paying for the name and packaging. I just use what works for me. My main bugbear with cheaper stuff is lack of colour payoff. Can't stand eye shadow and liner with weak, faded colours or that wears off in seconds (find that with lots of No7 products especially).

Could you go to a few make up counters and get a makeover and/or tips? It's free.

squoosh Sun 29-Sep-13 15:47:44

I mix and match from both high end and low end. I always, always think it's worth spending on a foundation. Nothing beats Nars blushers or their loose powder. Higher end eyeshadows are usually more densely pigmented.

I generally buy a cheap Max Factor mascara and the Collection 2000 concealer though.

DesperateHousewife21 Sun 29-Sep-13 16:04:53

I also have a mixture of both, mac eyeshadow is so good, much better than any budget brand but clinique mascara is just ok, not wildly better than budget. I think its just about trying out different brands til you find one that suits your skin type/ colour etc

DuvetHog Sun 29-Sep-13 16:07:27

I'm having my own Clinique V cheaper brand compact powder debate ATM sad

TallulahBetty Sun 29-Sep-13 16:19:28

Personally I stick to cheaper brands, well the ones I know are good quality anyway. Maybe if I wore foundation I might spend more, but I'd always try cheaper ones first.

CecyHall Sun 29-Sep-13 16:45:23

I look at everything and just try what looks good.
I'm not brand loyal at all and wouldn't discount anything based on whether it was high end or low end. I also read a ton of blogs which helps me get an idea of new products I might be interested in.

JustBecauseICan Sun 29-Sep-13 16:50:00

Duvet- Clinique (superpowder in my case) is the only high end make up product I have decided I am loyal to.

Since discovering Bourjois Health Mix (which I find v similar to Dior Fusion) and Revlon Wake Me Up foundation, I will definitely not be buying ££££s foundation again.

squoosh Sun 29-Sep-13 16:50:54

Bourjois Healthy mix is luminous orange on me!

JustBecauseICan Sun 29-Sep-13 16:55:07

shock Even n51? I am a human mozzarella and 51 is perfect for me. I loved Maybelline Eraser as well, but that is too pink toned I think, whereas the Bourjois is definitely yellowy. I am clearly a going-off mozzarella!

DuvetHog Sun 29-Sep-13 16:55:32

JustBecause, yes that's the one and the answer I was afraid off! wink it really is fab & nothing is coming close to it for me, hence the S &B plea!

practicality Sun 29-Sep-13 16:56:00

Then Mua at Superdrug will bowl you over. Worth getting from there the matte eyeshadows, eyeliners and brow liners which come with an inbuilt sharpener in the lid. The nail varnishes are extensive and worth a shot for £1. Blushers are excellent too.

Maybelline whipped mousse foundation is wonderful and they have colours for warm/neutral/cool skin tones.

Maxfactor masterpiece for mascara.

Revlon for lipstick.

practicality Sun 29-Sep-13 16:59:08

If you struggle with foundation looking too pink/yellow try Revlon colorstay sand beige. It suits skin tones 15-20 and is a bang on neutral.

JustBecauseICan Sun 29-Sep-13 17:00:27

I am also part of a MN love-in for the Boots Botanics BB cream, I have the lightest. I do mix it with a bit of foundation though.

squoosh Sun 29-Sep-13 17:01:25

I'm not sure if it was N51, will have to check, but it was the palest one available. I bought it after hearing so many rave reviews but I've never found a lower end foundation that went pale enough for me. Nars and Laura Mercier are perfect for me foundation wise.

poorbuthappy Sun 29-Sep-13 17:04:55

I find Soap and Glory make up fabulous and mid price range.
Foundation, concealer and powder fantastic.

Openyourheart Sun 29-Sep-13 17:07:07

I've had a few expensive lipsticks but I've never thought that they were any better than budget ones.

plentyofsoap Sun 29-Sep-13 17:08:18

I mix it up too, but I do like Clinique and Mac. Trial and error!

marriedinwhiteisback Sun 29-Sep-13 17:10:04

When I was young and single I used to use Lancome and Clinique. When I had children I switched to No 7 and don't think there is any difference except buying it doesn't feel as glamorous. I still prefer a Lancome or Estee Lauder mascara though. And I like nice perfume but to be honest for work there are plenty similar in M&S to some of the high end stuff for a fraction of the price.

BrianButterfield Sun 29-Sep-13 17:12:55

Eye primer makes even cheap eye shadow last and intensifies the colour - MUA do a cheap one although I love the Urban Decay version.

shabang Sun 29-Sep-13 17:14:21

Anyone seen any voucher codes for hudson boots?
I have my eye on some but getting any form of discount would hep me justify them to myself.....

ArtDecoGirly Sun 29-Sep-13 17:48:33

Thanks for all the brilliant tips! I've used NARS Orgasm for years, but I'm in my 40s now and think it's probably a bit too sparkly for me these days! Need a new shade. I don't mind this Rimmel 25 Hour Foundation I have on, though I'm looking a bit shiny now... I must buy decent eyeshadow though...

squoosh Sun 29-Sep-13 17:49:45

I find Orgasm too shimmery, try Deep Throat it's universally flattering.

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, watch threads, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now »

Already registered? Log in with: