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Cosmetic Query: When to splurge? When to save?

A recent $100 beauty challenge has us wondering which products are worth their weight in Vitamin E.

3 August 2009

Black lacquer cases sporting beautifully intertwined C’s are a pretty penny. While browsing, I found a $100 beauty shopping challenge. New York City make-up artist Jenna Menard was challenged to purchase a new cosmetic wardrobe under a hundred bones. After some additional research, I learned that there are some make-up products worth their weight in dough and others just not worth splurge.

Splurge!dior foundation

Foundation. Most dermatologists and make-up artists alike will tell you to spend on foundation. The right foundation lays the, er…foundation for you’re entire look. Furthermore, foundation has the most direct contact with more skin surface area, and if you are smearing something all over your face, you likely want quality ingredients. Choosing a foundation with an SPF is important and necessary for summertime when you may skip facial moisturizer.

Eye-Liner. If you’ve tried drug store eye liner before you may have noticed that you have to really push and pull to get it on. That is not good for wrinkles, or if it goes on smoothly before dinner, at mid meal bathroom check, it has vanished. A good eyeliner is easy to apply, will stay put and won’t smudge or fade. Brush eye-liners, like Stila Smudge Pot, are more gentle on your skin’s sensitive eye and can create both a straight line and a smokey fade.


drug store mascaraMascara. I think Maybelline Great Lash mascara is the best mascara in the world and I’ve been receiving compliments on my lashes since I starting using it in the mid 90’s. Gasp. I’ve tried Dior, YSL, Lancome and more, but nothing compares to Great Lash.

Lipstick. The more expensive may feel smoother as they’re likely enhanced with nutrients. However, like mascara, the lifespan of lipstick, lipgloss an lip tints is so short, pricey pouts are not worth the money. Plus if you’re like us, you always manage to lose your Dior lip gloss if the night involves dancing. And more often than not, it involves dancing.

It Depends…

Bronzer. If you use bronzer year-round and it is a staple of your make-up wardrobe, you may want to splurge. We like Nars and Bobbi Brown bronzers is you want to spend the money, but you by no means have to. If you only use bronzer in the summer time or at night, then save here and try Physicians Formula Shimer at your drug store. Like the Bobbi Brown, can use it on your eyes as shadow or cheeks as blush and/or bronzer.

Shadow. Rumor has it that pricer brands have more pigment, so you have to use less. Like bronzer, guage your purchase on how often you use it. If you want to try a funky green and aren’t sure whether or not you will like it, then go to Duane Reade. If you’re never seen sans silvery shimmer, then it will be worth the investment.

Emma Dinzebach

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