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When To Save & When To Splurge

When it comes to high end and drug store make up it's hard to know when to splurge and when to save. Having tried out my fair share of products I thought I would advise where I think the drug store beats high end. 

When is comes to lipstick I think that you really can't beat high end, I think the formula and longevity are generally better and the colour pay off is always much better. However when it comes to lip liners and lip glosses I think the drug store do them really well. If you're looking for a non-sticky lip gloss then the Tanya Burr ones are really great for this and super pigmented.
Being someone who always wears liquid liner I've tried many different brands from both the drug store and high end and I'd definitely say this is a product you can save your money on. I think there's a huge selection of liquid liners in Boots and my favourites are those from L'Oreal of the Soap & Glory Super Liner. 

With the exception to a few drug store eye shadows I think overall high end shadows seem to be better in terms of texture and pigmentation. Of course Mac shadows are a favourite of every beauty lover but I also love the shadows from Tarte and Bobbi Brown. 

When it comes to mascara's I think you can find both amazing ones both high end and in Boots. In terms of drug store my favourite mascaras are always from Max Factor but my all time favourite mascara is Lights, Camera, Lashes from Tarte.

This category goes hands down to high end. I haven't found a foundation that I love from the drug store in so long yet my all time favourite foundations are all from the beauty hauls and Space NK. I would recommend to Nars Sheer Glow and Chanel Vita Lumier Aqua to anyone as they're both beautiful and site really nicely on the skin. However, I think you can get some really great affordable Primers in the drug store and my favourite is the Max Factor Face Finity one.

Many of my favourite blushers are from the drug store, I think they do an amazing range of shades and textures and I think these are definitely worth saving on. Max Factor have released their new baked blushers and they're absolutely beautiful and exact dupes of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting blushers.

The drug store does a lot of bronzers but I think many of these are super dark of orange and not aimed at pale skin tones. Normally I would say that high end bronzers are better but I recently found an amazing one from Topshop, which is a great dupe for Benefit Hoola.

Make Up Brushes
This category was the easiest choice for me as my favourite make-up brushes to use are hands down Real Techniques. I think they're so affordable for the quality, they apply make-up beautifully and wash really well. If you would like to try a more luxe professional version of these then have a look at my blog post on their newly released Bold Metals collection as they are absolutely beautiful. 


  1. Going to buy those brushes now! thanks for the advice

  2. Loved this post! I agree with foundations and eye shadows- you can't beat the high end ones but for lipsticks I have some really good drugstore ones which beat my high ends! Brushes just have to be real techniques- they are the best!

    Jasmine |