October 31, 2016

Splurge or Save: My Favorite Beauty Products

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 or Save: My Favorite Beauty Products


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.


Splurge: Marc Jacobs BeautyUnder(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer – Oh my gosh, this feels and smells so lovely. It isn’t cheap, but it does the job well. It’s very moisturizing which I like in the colder temps.

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.

Lip gloss

Splurge: Anastasia Beverly HillsLip Gloss in Metallic Rose. 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.

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!

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  • i definitely splurge on skin products and makeup but the only makeup I use is concealer (giorgio armani) and eyeliner (marc jacobs).

    • definitely agree on splurging on skincare versus makeup

  • Sheanna Caban

    I splurge on mascara. Too Face Better Than Sex (waterproof) is gold. I save everywhere else. I love makeup dupes.

    • my favorite dupe is maybelline eyeshadow primers (like mac paint pots)

  • Biana Perez

    I really like to splurge on foundation and save on mascara, but if I get a higher end mascara I’ll get the travel size so I know I’ll use it all! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Lauren Scorzafava

    Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  • I would say I save on eye makeup (mascara, shadows, primers, eyeliners) and splurge on items for the face. I feel like the higher end foundations and concealers work better, at least for my skin. Oh and I definitely splurge on skincare products. I’m a product junkie.

  • Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso is my jam!

  • I have yet to find my favorite mascara and am still bargain hunting in that arena. I’ve recently got into urban decays basic palette 2 and their Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector for my every day coverage.

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