I am going to throw a pretty weighty statement out there. Just because something is expensive doesn’t make it good. There is a belief in the world and the beauty community that the more you spend on something the better the product must be. Honestly though, I feel as if people put too much stock in expensive products.
It’s instinctual to think that a $50 foundation must be the best foundation around. It must have perfect coverage, a light consistency, never break you out, and look natural and flawless, because after all the more expensive the product, the better it must be. Right?
To be fair, I think that a lot of the time expensive brands will top drugstore brands simply because of the ingredients involved. In expensive brands you are more likely to find essential oils or organic ingredients rather than the chemical cocktails that make up the majority of drugstore brands. However, just because something is expensive isn’t going to make it perfect for you.
I say this because it’s time that I admit that I don’t like spending all of my money on expensive beauty products. I mean, I wish that I had the money to buy only expensive products. And if I had an unlimited budget, I would only shop at Sephora (I drool over their website on a weekly basis). However, I am a broke college student, and when I do have extra money, I’d rather spend it on something fun like lunch with a friend, the movies, or Skinny Cow ice creams rather than forking over $30 for eyeliner.
Obviously, I make exceptions. BareMinerals is one of the products that I have always felt was worth the cost, namely because it lasts forever, and I know it works for me. However, spending $28 for a foundation that will last me 6+ months is different for me than buying a lipstick for $25 that I will only wear once every other week.
I think there is a lot of pressure on beauty bloggers to go to Sephora and ULTA, and spend a lot of money on beauty products, and to be honest, I don’t have the means to do that. I have a Naked palette, and I think it was a worthwhile investment, but to be honest, I haven’t bought eyeshadow in the three months since I bought it because I’ve barely made a dent in it. Why would I buy more eyeshadow, when I’ve invested $50 in a palette that has all the colors I really need?
I guess, what I am trying to say is three things. One, just because you blog about beauty doesn’t mean you have to go broke buying high end products. There are a lot of good products in the drugstore that are made cheaper by coupons and sales that lower the price. If you take the time to look for deals and clip coupons, buying products doesn’t have to be a huge drain on your wallet.
Two, makeup snobbery is lame. Yeah, I get it. The Naked palette is awesome, but I have a L’Oreal palette that was $6 and I like it just as much if not more than the Naked palette. Expensive doesn’t necessarily make a product better. Judge a product for what it is not how much it costs.
Three, if you don’t have money to buy makeup – don’t buy it. Seriously, don’t go broke because of your beauty blog/thinking every product is the cure-all and end-all. I buy makeup when I need it or when I have the money to spare. I save up for expensive products when I want to splurge and stay out of the Target beauty aisle when I know I need to save.
Just because big bloggers are going to MAC and buying $200 worth of makeup in one go, doesn’t mean you have to. Spend your money as you feel comfortable doing so. Buying makeup should never make you feel guilty.
It’s your life, and you are ultimately responsible for your decisions. Buy when you can, save when you have to, and write what you feel. After all, makeup is supposed to be fun, and when it becomes something that becomes a negative drain on your life, it’s time to step back, put down the credit card, and think – do I really need this?
Do you feel pressure to buy expensive products? Would you rather have six products from the drugstore or one from a high end store? What’s the most you would spend on a beauty product?