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High end make up that is actually worth the money?

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Lottapianos Wed 15-Jun-16 12:41:45

I'm having a no-spend Summer and saving up my Boots points, so I'm planning to get some nice make-up in the Autumn. I will be in the market for lipstick, lipgloss, powder and maybe foundation.

I have some MAC lipsticks (which are mid-range rather than high-end I know) and while the colour range is great, I'm not wildly impressed with their lasting or hydrating power. Possible brands I'm looking at for the future are Chanel, YSL, NARS, Estee Lauder. For lip products I'm looking for decent lasting power, no bleeding or travelling, decent hydration or at least a non-drying formula. For foundation, I have dry and dehydrated skin so I'm looking for a glowy radiant finish which lasts well through the day.

High street make up products have really upped their game in the last few years. I have had great success with some high street products (Rimmel foundation, Revlon lipsticks, Sleek blushers for example) so I'm wondering if it is worth forking out for £25 lipsticks and £30 foundations at all.

All recommendations gratefully received

Whosthemummy16 Wed 15-Jun-16 12:48:14

Foundation for me is high end all the way.
Ive pretty much tried every foundation in my local superdrug and not got on with any of them.
I love Estée Lauder double wear and Giorgio Armarni luminous silk. Becca also do a gorgeous foundation primer for dewy radiant skin it's amazing but I got mine from QVC and it's not available at boots.
Lipsticks, I have a huge range of, from high end to really cheap. I quite like the kate moss line of lipsticks by Rimmel but don't rate the NYX ones I have tried.
Mrs Gloss and the Goss on facebook is fab for make up advice.

tinymeteor Wed 15-Jun-16 12:57:08

I love Bobbi Brown stuff, they have a brow shaper that is amazing and the colours are subtler than Rimmel equivalents imo.

Otherwise I'd only bother with posh stuff for lipstick as the cheap ones make my lips sore. I have a red Chanel lippy for rare nights out that will last 10 years at this rate

MeadowHay Wed 15-Jun-16 15:32:52

Urban Decay

JohnCheese Wed 15-Jun-16 15:35:20

Foundation is high end for me too, Chanel vitalumiere or aqua vitalumiere.
High street for the rest

almostthirty Wed 15-Jun-16 15:36:53

I've tried so many foundations recently and can't beat dior.

dirtyprettything Wed 15-Jun-16 15:37:28

Foundation for me is always Estée Lauder

I've tried maybelline & other cheaper brands but it's a waste of money as I always chuck them in the bin!

For older I kike Clinique & my fave lipsticks are Chanel

For mascara and other eye make up I find max factor or maybelline as good as anything else

dirtyprettything Wed 15-Jun-16 15:37:52

For powder FFS!

FeliciaJollygoodfellow Wed 15-Jun-16 15:38:02

I go high end for foundation and eyeshadows but will buy drugstore for everything else.

A good match in foundation is hard to find if you aren't colour matched, but if you're happy with what you've got, why change it?

CoolToned Wed 15-Jun-16 21:05:09

I agree too. Foundation or makeup base, high-end. The rest, drugstore.

That said, I have never met a foundation, high-end or otherwise, that my oily face does not eat up in two hours.

BonerSibary Wed 15-Jun-16 22:04:54

I spend on Clinique foundation and mascara, it's worth the money. Cheapy eyebrow pencils, lip stuff, nail varnish etc. Eyeshadow could go either way. If I were investing in one high end product only, definitely foundation.

ITCouldBeWorse Wed 15-Jun-16 22:07:47

fwiw I have tried a load of foundations lately - including expensive ones and the best has been a Poundland purchase bought in an emergency for dds dance comp.

Sometimes I really think it is what suits, rather than brand or even 'quality'. What is too drying for one, is perfect for another!

Lottapianos Wed 15-Jun-16 22:08:03

People who love drugstore lipsticks and lipgloss - which brands do you rate?

Ilovetorrentialrain Wed 15-Jun-16 22:37:35

Bourgeois is pretty good for glosses IMO.

Quodlibet Wed 15-Jun-16 22:46:29

Another vote for Chanel vitalumiere - makes you look glowy and dewy and lasts really well. I also have dry/dehydrated skin and it's the one I've found that doesn't sit/cake/flake.

bearofnothingness Wed 15-Jun-16 22:46:52


Jaimx86 Wed 15-Jun-16 22:54:48

Chanel foundation but Dior Concealor.
Dior and Chanel eyeshadows are fab - they stay in place all day.
I also rate Dior blusher and lipstick.

Everything else I get from Benefit/High street.

JohnCheese Wed 15-Jun-16 23:36:14

CoolToned try the Chanel perfect lumiere one. It's good. Get a sample before you buy tho.

CoolToned Wed 15-Jun-16 23:54:55

Thanks JohnCheese! I'll try that. Even the supposedly long-lasting Shiseido one disappears on my face within two hours!

AmberNectarine Thu 16-Jun-16 07:22:09

Bobbi brown foundation, Charlotte tilbury or urban decay eye shadow, Mac strobe cream.

tigerdog Thu 16-Jun-16 07:34:53

Recently bought a chantecaille eyeshadow (Space NK) and it is amazing! Beautiful colour, very intense pigmentation and stays put all day. Hideously expensive though.

Luminous Silk by Armani is definitely one of the best foundations out there too.

Decadeinthesun Thu 16-Jun-16 07:34:59

I only like high end lipsticks. The three I use over and over are from Estée Lauder, mac and Bobbi Brown. Maybe it's because you can try before you buy and you can get advice on what suits you but every lipstick I have ever chosen off the shelf hasn't been right.

BonerSibary Thu 16-Jun-16 08:04:43

Not a lipstick person, although when I was I liked Rimmel, but I've had some lovely Bourjois glosses in my time. They're at the pricier side of the Boots/Superdrug market but not 'high end'.

Lottapianos Thu 16-Jun-16 16:42:12

I've been using Bourjois City Radiance for the past couple of weeks and I'm not impressed - looks lovely and glowy for the first couple of hours, then goes dry and accentuates flaky bits. Didn't get on with their Healthy Mix foundation either. This is making me wonder if I need to avoid Chanel, as HM is often compared to Vitalumiere

Featherstep Thu 16-Jun-16 17:37:44

OP, drugstore lipsticks I've liked-
Rimmel - very happy with colour range, good staying power and not dry. I have a red Kate Moss one which is very drying though.
Revlon lip butters - great everyday product.
Revlon lip stain in the chubby crayon design
L'oreal liquid lipstick - love this very moisturising.

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