The other week, I randomly thought to myself, "You know what would be fun? Having drugstore makeup on one half of my face, and high end on the other to compare quality and longevity. Yeahhhhhhhhh........that would be the bomb diggity ʘ‿ʘ" (...I obviously have no sense of 'fun').
So I finally found time this Monday to do just that...and even though taking selfies is the actual worst for me, I braced myself and did it. You know, for
On a serious note though, I really do feel like the quality gap between high end and drugstore makeup is narrowing, which is fantastic because it makes quality items more affordable. But it got me thinking, why do we even pay for high end items anymore? Which items are worth it? And while my high end makeup collection isn't quite extensive, I set out to compare my favourites from both high end and drugstore categories against each other.
Here's what I used for high end (not pictured - Benefit's 'Coralista'):
And for drugstore:
Did you guys notice I didn't use eyeliner? Because I totally forgot, but I went 'eh' because the darker eyeshadows 'lined' my eyes anyways.
Swatches are fun (lolnotrly,justryingtobecomprehensivehere)
Brace yo'selves, selfies ahead.
Also, guess what? I realised I forgot to apply something after I took most of my selfies. Can you guess what I forgot?
|Selfies fear/lack of mascara/lots of hair flyaways horror face.|
Alright, 11:30 AM selfies, let's do this.
|This photo makes me cringe...also, OOPS, CHAPPED LIPS o_o''|
Love how one cheek is significantly more orange than the other, yikes. The difference in eyeshadows turned out to be not so prominent!
UGH, 6:30 PM SELFIES ARE HOT MESS.
(Especially if your day consists of going to school + downtown trekking)
Not going to lie, this eye chart is scary.
I decided not to use an eyeshadow primer for this experiment because 1) I don't have a drugstore eyeshadow primer, 2) I figured I'd just use white eyeshadow as a base to brighten up the other shades, and 3) I wanted to see how both brands would both hold up without it!
The taupe in the Wet N Wild is stunning and I vastly prefer the shades and texture in the Wet N Wild trio over the Lorac shadows. Unfortunately, the Wet N Wild shadows transfer onto the lower lash line much easily compared to Lorac. You can see that more of the Wet N Wild dark eyeshadow has transferred onto the lower lash line compared to Lorac. However, both also have creased and faded on the lid!
I don't know, I feel like this is a toss-up! Though, I'm definitely using an eyeshadow primer next time!
As for concealer, my camera sucks and really can't pick this up, but both my high end concealers really like caking up and fading on me by the end of the day! I also have oily skin, which results in me blotting throughout the entire day, which means removing a bit of concealer.
Olay x Covergirl's Concealer Balm is a really creamy stick concealer, and it gives me a lovely dewy finish while my NARS and Benefit concealers are on the matte side. Both end up slightly cakey by the end of the day, but my high end concealers end up absolutely terrifying, and I would definitely choose my drugstore concealer (especially considering the prices of the high end ones!)
As for blush, I do feel like they do stand on equal ground. Both did fade during the 7 hours without touch-ups (?do people touch up blush??), and both shades are equally gorgeous (though I am leaning towards the Coralista shade--it's just so pink and pretty!). The only qualm I have about Coralista is it's pigmentation, as I did have to build it up a bit more just because it's such a light coloured blush. I'll take both my drugstore and high end blush! (I mean, price point for the high end blush could be better, but the fact that 'Luminoso' still held up throughout the day does speak about it's quality and longevity)
Should I do another round of this in the distant future? Say with less ratchet hair? Say winter, with foundations, liquid concealers and eyeliners? I figured since it was still summer, I'd keep products to a minimum, haha.
Anyways, I hope you found this post interesting/informative/
disturbing! I had to resist cleaning up the eyeshadow smudges 'til I got home, which was a tad bit embarrassing! See you next post! ʘ‿ʘ
I'm sorry but this is my favourite picture of myself of all time, can't even deny.