I’ll admit it–I’ve spent my fair share on both high-end and low-end beauty products. Usually, I’ve found that low-end products work nearly as well as their higher-end counterparts (and especially well given the massive difference in price). When my face was erupting in cystic acne, I spent quite the pretty penny trying to find some solution for my skin woes. Here’s a few things that I learned about beauty “deals”:
- Cheap does not necessarily mean ineffective. The $20 concealer from Sephora that I used to hide blemishes wasn’t any better than the $3 concealer I bought a Target.
- It takes money to figure out where to save money. This is unfortunately true. You have to be willing to spend some money on lower-end products to figure out what works for you. If you buy at a retailer that has a generous return policy, you may be able to reduce your total out-of-pocket expense. User reviews are a Godsend in many cases for helping you figure out what may work as a substitute for a higher-end product.
- Some high-end products are worth it. For instance, I use Urban Decay eyeshadow only. Why? For one, it works the best our of any eyeshadow I ever tried. It also lasts FOREVER (still using my palette from more than 5 years ago). And, I have every color I could ever want so trying a new look is easy and doesn’t require any new purchases. Some application tools are also worth forking out a bit more cash since they will likely perform better and last longer than cheapies.
- Used products are never worth it. Believe me–people use leftover cosmetics and beauty products from complete strangers. Just browse eBay postings to get an idea of what I mean. Sick…disgusting…dangerous! You have no idea what weird eye infection or cold sore outbreak or rosacea issue somebody is dealing with. Don’t ever buy used products…please!
- A good price is not necessarily a good buy. Similar to #4, if you see a great price, consider the source. A Chinese knock-off brand or estate sell or even eBay with rare exception usually are not worth the potential health hazard of getting a good “deal.” Walmart/Target, dollar stores, and clearance aisles should also be approached with caution because of crappy people sampling the goods without purchasing.
What about you? Ever find a deal that really wasn’t a deal in the long run?