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They work very well for me. I switched when I was pregnant, and even in the peak of Summer, I had no issues. It’s not a matter of “quality”, but more “chemistry”.

Generally try not to. Recent exception was for one of the 88 color Coastal Scent knock-off pans (totally that palette, without the label). With primer + Nyx’s milk, it’s a workable product. I find it worth it since I bought it for colors I wear rarely enough that it isn’t worth buying for $15-$20 in formulas I prefer.

On the whole I really try not to. I don’t think buying something cheap is worth it if means I have to use a slew of other products to get the effect that a more expensive item would have achieved by itself. I also won’t buy things (even if the formula is good) if I think the packaging looks flimsy or annoying, or if I think the value is poor for the price.

That said, I’ll accept fallout (up to a point) from glitter shadows and I don’t expect anything to stay on forever.

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Honestly, stuff is so expensive in this country, I just can’t bring myself to purchase a subpar product – even if it is purple (shocking, I know!) πŸ˜›

That’s why I love Temptalia, because you give us all the lowdown on everything! ^_^ It really makes all the difference for people like us in countries where a MAC lipstick is $45 and a Revlon lipstick is almost $30. Even if you can technically ‘afford’ the loss on a dud, it just makes you feel bad inside.

But it’s Christine to the rescue! πŸ™‚

It doesn’t have to be A+ material *necessarily*, but it needs to be at least a decently performing product, or I’ll never enjoy that unique colour because I know how badly I’ve wasted my money
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For drugstore and online – one often doesn’t know if it’s poor quality until they try it.
Also, for one off stage productions (schools, church) involving a group – I tend to purchase something inexpensive and let everyone do their own thing.

I am susceptible to impulse buying when it comes to makeup. I try and do as much research as I can on a product before buying it. But every now and then I see something and go “OMG SOOO PURDY” and I grab it; which on occasion has lead to regret.

Most recently I purchased a few of the Hard Candy creme shadows. And boy was that awful. I saw them in the store and was very excited. Got them home and they were all sucked up and bone dry. After opening, I did some research online and found that they’ve got a packaging issue and that is why they dry out. (If I had read that before I wouldn’t have purchased them).

When I took them back, I decided to swap them for the Hard Candy Shadowholic sticks. These again are not the best at all but I am going to stick with them and try and make it work

I never spend very much on nail top coats as all you need is a barrier in my opinion and mascara I like to pile on so usually go for cheaper brands

I don’t wear makeup everyday and when I do its for a few hours at a time so I don’t mind a shade that looks great on me but isn’t going to last very long.

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My work involves a lot of local and international travel so I frequently end up changing outfits and makeup throughout the day – occasionally three or even four times a day. So I definitely feel the same way about not needing my makeup to last more than 2-3 hours at a time. I looove playing with the really unique shades regardless of the quality.

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Deliberately? Not a chance! I love makeup too much to part with any of my “beauty budget” on crummy stuff when I can use it for good stuff. I did ask for a sample of MAC’s Prep+Prime Eye, after reading so many awful reviews, because I wanted to see if it was as bad as so many people said. I mean, a company that can make Paint Pots that work so well as shadow primers HAD to be able to make a good eye shadow primer, right? Well, my own experience showed me that I was in the majority…it didn’t work for me and I was glad to have got just a sample. I don’t like buying and returning cosmetics because I know that in the long run, those costs are passed on to us all. It’s just one reason I almost always make sure that I’m going to love a product before spending my hard earned dollars on it. And it’s on reason I love Sephora – you can get samples – decent sized ones that will last a few days – before buying.

Not knowingly. I’m always looking for a good drugstore mascara and obviously there are no testers so I often just go by descriptons, images or commercials. I’m often disappointed with the results though.

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Yes–if they’re cheap. I saw this pretty sparkly jewel toned palette at Forever 21 last night and bought it. I haven’t tried it yet but I’m expecting it to be a bust. But 10 (or 12) eyeshadows for $5 is a steal, so if it does end up sucking I wont mind. However, it’s EXTREMELY frustrating to pay a kidney for a beauty product that’s a flop. Thank to Temptalia that has become extremely rare! I am a firm believer in returns/exchanges for things that just don’t work though.

If I know that a product has gotten bad reviews, I definitely won’t purchase it. So if I do buy a poor quality product, it would be because I didn’t know much about the product prior.

I’m big on reviews and recommendations, so if I see that a product has more negative reviews than positive reviews, I will usually skip it for fear of wasting my money. If a product has mixed reviews, I’m more likely to give it a chance and draw my own conclusions.

No I don’t. I have to try them out first usually at Sephora to find the right quality for me. Sometimes it doesn’t work right, so I return them.

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Not on purpose. I usually research before I buy, but If it’s an impulse buy and I discover the product is of poor quality, I return it.

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