Tuesday, 6 September 2016

High End v High Street Makeup


I'll admit it I am a lover of expensive cosmetics. The packaging, the luxurious feel of the product and the quality of course for me makes every penny spent worth it. I don't exclusively use high end products though, I also take great pleasure in finding more affordable alternatives. Over the years I have managed to find some pretty great dupes that are similar in almost every way including the packaging. I'm going to talk you through my y thoughts on the high end and high street cosmetic ranges on the market right now.

I think the best place to start is with brushes. I truly believe that when it comes to brushes, generally you get what you pay for and an expensive tool can last you years. A more affordable brush will be good for a few months but you can't expect it to last a life time. When I first began investing in high end products mac brushes were probably one of my most coveted items. I would save up and buy one beautiful brush at a time and treasure it above all my other boots alternatives. The brush I get the most out of has to be the ever hyped Mac 217 Blending Brush, and I must say that it does deserve the glowing reputation. It is the easiest brush to use for blending out a smokey eye and the brush does all the work for you. It is completely worth the £20.00 price tag. 
Now at half the price a great more affordable but very similar brush is the Zoeva 227 Soft Definer Brush. I bought this brush originally about two years ago and I really haven't looked back. When I did a lot of freelance make-up work for weddings etc this brush was an absolute lifesaver. The Zoeva brush line in general were so great for me doing make-up work on a budget. Final thoughts - the brushes are beautiful quality at amazing prices. In this instance I would say both brushes are amazing and you always needs multiple blending brushes for a smokey eye so stock up on both.

So I love a nude or white nail I think it is such a chic look and I always feel like my hands look clean and elegant in that colour. There was a lot of hype around Essie Ballet Slippers back in the day and I actually think it might have been the first Essie polish I ever purchased. I initially really loved this polish and thought it was such a great light nude nail colour but then I discovered Barry M Gelly Hi Shine in Cream Soda and it changed my opinion completely. The Barry M offering is just so high in pigment and applies really smoothly its costs £3.99 and stays put for at least a week on my barista abused nails. Final thoughts - Essie do a great nude nail colour but for pigmentation and value for money I would go with Barry M.

Okay so I love a minimal but dramatic flick of eyeliner on the daily. The only problem is that my eyelids do not agree and I can never get a liquid liner to stay put throughout the day. I discovered Soap and Glory Supercat Black Pen liquid liner and fell deeply in love. It costs £6 it is very black, easy to apply and it stays put for the best part of the day. I used this every single day for a year I'm sure and it was literally fail safe until about six months ago where I noticed it just wasn't lasting as well as before. That is when the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner came to my rescue, and when the say tattoo liner, they mean tattoo liner. This product is black as night and is actually difficult to remove at the end of my day. The only issue is that the make-up line is only available in the United States at the minute. Final thoughts - Other than the location problem if you love liquid liner you have to try out both of these gorgeous liners.

Highlighter is my ultimate product and has been for years and the first product of this variety I ever bought after a compliment about my pale skin from the ladies at the benefit counter was Benefit High Beam. That was around eight years ago and I am still to this day using that product because I love it so much. I use it alone, layer it with powder highlighter and mix it in with my foundation, it is just so versatile and gives my pale skin a lovely natural looking glow. A friend of mine gave me the Technic High Lights and okay it is not anywhere near as versatile and high quality as the Benefit version but it does have its own merit. Firstly it only costs £2.11 on amazon which is great and also it is actually very pigmented and I have used it many times as an eyeshadow or to layer a really strong glow to the top of my cheek bones for evenings out and dramatic make-up looks. Final thoughts - Buy both, Benefit is a life saving all year round favourite and Technic is cheap, cheerful and fun.

Like most people my dessert island product is mascara and on top of that mine would be this particular mascara. Yves Saint Laurent Effet Faux Cils Shocking Volume Mascara is the most amazing, impressive, high drama mascaras I have ever used. I first got is a gift at the airport one year on holiday with my parents and I have never looked back. It just produces the most volumised, long and black lashes and it smells beautiful too. I can't recommend it enough if I am honest. I came across Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Collagen Mascara on a month when I was exceptionally skint and could not afford my YSL favourite. A friend had recommended this mascara to me saying it looked and felt just like my beloved YSL, so I took her at her word and picked it up with my sacred boots point. I have to say that it was definitely worth it, at £10.50 nearly half the price of my high end love it is almost just as good. It produces thick, dramatic lashes and isn't too clumpy at all. Final thoughts - Buy YSL every time it is literally second to nothing especially for light lashes and somebody who loves a dramatic eye.

L x

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18 comments

  1. Great comparisons, i'll definitely be checking some of these products out! I enjoy using the Thick and Fast mascara by Soap and Glory too☺ Leonie x
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    1. Yess that mascara is fab, thanks for reading Leonie. x

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  2. Thanks for writing on this, perfect timing as I tend to shop out my collection in the fall months :)

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    1. I'm so glad you find the post useful Paige. Thanks for reading. x

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  3. I use the mix of the two depending for what, my skin mac, eyeshadow, MAC only, eyeliner, the best ever I've used for past 5 year, Estee Lauder, and the rest I could use from any brand!

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    1. I think that is the best way to go, mixing quality & affordability. Thanks so much for reading. x

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  4. I was also a fan of Essie, definitely going to try Barry M! With light colors it's hard to find a pigment which stays the same for a long time

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    1. The Barry M is so pigmented it is just beautiful on a tanned skin! Thanks for reading x

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  5. great comparisons i like to try new brands and get a feel of a product before deciding whether or not i'm going to use it again when it runs out :)

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    1. Exactly, I am much the same. Thanks for reading x

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  6. I'm not a huge make up buff....I was raised by a tom boy and I'm still learning even now. These comparisons were great to read to help learn what works.

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  7. Seriously, one of the best comparisons I've seen! So good!

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    1. Thank you so much ChloƩ, its nice to have a luxury and affordable option when it comes to beauty! x

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  8. I'll definitely have to check out the soap and glory liner! I love using liners but I have the same issue. It always looks messy and gross by the end of my day!!

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    1. Oh it is brilliant, and great for staying in place. Thanks for reading Kaleigh x

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