Let’s talk makeup. Do you splurge or do you save? Or a little of both? I’m all over the place with what I wear, but I have favorites in both the splurge and save categories.
Splurge: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hour Long Wear Foundation. This is one solid foundation. Does it last 24 hours? Ehh…but honestly, it does last a long damn time. Even on days I forget to take my makeup off (the horror), I can still see some of it in the morning. Overall, I love this foundation because it goes on smoothly, does not cake, and looks very natural despite being full coverage. For reference, I wear 260 N or 250 Bisque W.
Save: L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup. This foundation is also full coverage but is a bit thinner. Try to only use a couple of squirts or you’ll end up looking like you have makeup on. This is a great alternative and they have a ton of shades to choose from.
Save: e.l.f. Mineral Infused Face Primer – It primes like it says it does. Nothing thrilling about this, but if you need a quick option, this one works at a very fair price. Just don’t buy the green one; it smells like a cleaning product.
Splurge: MAC Powder Blush in Pinch Me – This is the prettiest color and I think it would look great on a lot of skin tones. I wear this in both the summer and winter and it’s always very flattering. What I love most about MAC’s powders is that they stay put. No looking like a clown if you accidentally rub your face!
Save: Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso. This one is hard to find so I get it on Amazon. The Luminoso color is very pigmented with a bit of shimmer, so if you use this you won’t need a highlighter. It has peach undertones but like the MAC blush, I think it would be flattering on most people.
Splurge: . This may look like a plum color, but it’s not as dark as it appears here. The website says it’s a “shimmery dusty rose” but what does that even mean? Just trust me on this one; it’s a beautiful shade. I used to switch up my glosses every day but this one goes on my lips more days than not. Lip Gloss in Metallic Rose
Save: NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Sponge Cake. Hello, the name alone makes me want it! I like NYX glosses because the texture is just wonderful. Not sticky, just smooth. They definitely rival MAC lip glosses and come in a very similar tube…for a heck of a lot cheaper.
Splurge: MAC Haute & Naughty Lash. Out of everything on this list, this mascara is by far my favorite. If I could only wear one item I’ve told you about so far, it would be this. Promise!! It is amazing. It will take your lashes to another level. Maybe 2.
Save: L’Oreal Voluminous Original Mascara. I think this is a favorite for a lot of people. It’s been around a while and there’s a reason why. It gives you la la lashes. Very full. That brush can pack a ton of mascara onto your lashes with just a couple swipes. My only gripe about this mascara is that it can be hard to take off. Otherwise, it’s so worth the $5 price tag.
Where do you splurge and where do you save?
If you’re interested in more splurge vs. save products, let me know!