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I try not to spend over $100 on a single item, unless it’s like completely rock my socks something I can’t live without. (I haven’t come across said item yet, although Wulong came close!) But the more I spend on an item, the better I expect it to perform. I have better expectations for, say, my Burberry lip velvets than I do for my Maybelline Baby Lips. (Random comparison based on what’s on my desk.)

I don’t think price = quality; you can get some really good quality products for not very much, and drugstore brands are stepping up their game these days. But if I’m buying high end products, I expect them to be quality products, and be worth the money I spent on them.

I won’t stray from DS products, at all, when it comes to mascara & liners, as they have such short shelf-lives, and I don’t need a mascara to do more than just darken/define my lashes a bit. I can also get by with DS foundations, and unless I find one that *completely* eradicates my pores, I see no reason to go HE. I also go DS for lipstick & nail polish, unless a particular shade absolutely floors me.

When it comes to eyeshadows, I will indulge in HE products. I’ve come to the point where I keep a list, so depending on my budget for the month, I may pick up something with a lower priority if it’s less expensive, but the following month I’ll pick up something higher on the list if I can afford it. I also pretty much stay within a handful of brands (NARS being the priciest), but that’s only because they appeal to me. I did just pick up UD Naked Basics because it cost so little to begin with, plus I still had $6 left on a gift card, which I felt “justified” the purchase, even though I didn’t really need it.

I have allowed low prices/sales/discounts to get me to buy things I already have too much of, but I’ve realized if I add up what everything costs, I could have put that toward something I really wanted, so now I’m sticking to a list I “update” every couple of weeks.

I agree, Christine. If the product is expensive, but the quality is excellent, I’m willing to pay the big bucks. Better to have a few expensive but really amazing products that you really love than a whole lot of cheap stuff. That’s not to say that there aren’t cheap products out there that are great, because there certainly are!

I agree with what you said, Christine. Guerlain, for example, is quite expensive when compared to other brands, but the products they put out are spot on, they are of high quality when it comes to packaging, pigmentation, and wear. Definitely worth every single penny consumers shell out for them. 🙂

I totally agree, specially about long lasting lipsticks quality: the Rouge G is a tad more expensive than the other high price brands (Chanel, Lancôme, etc…), but as have to touch up my lips 2 to 3 times a day with a Chanel one, compared to the Rouge G. which doesn’t move, in the end the Guerlain is actually LESS expensive, as this lipstick will last several more months… And the packaging is sooooo to die for!!

It highly depends on whether I think a product is worth the price or not, and whether any consequences and sacrifices I may have to make after forking the cash is going to be too much to bear or not. If it’s something I really need or really blows my socks off, then I may try to save up for it, or if I have no choice but to use a credit card, I have to be sure I can afford to pay it off before interest hits — I love make-up but there’s no way I’m letting myself drown in debt for it!

You wouldn’t believe me, but when you say it’s good quality, I don’t think about the price. That’s how I have bought the Guerlain meteorites Wulong compact. Good that I won it and the other items on ebay from the same seller at less price than the retail in the US. Btw the Wulong retails for $280 in Australia!

Australia (among other countries, like Singapore) reaaaaally need to review their prices, since their currencies have strengthened by a large margin in the recent years. This means the AU$280 price tag for Wulong would have made sense when the Australian Dollar were worth half to two-thirds of an American Dollar, but NOT when the currencies are at parity!

The weirdest thing I find is that cosmetics tend to be more expensive in Europe than in the US, despite many of them being European brands and were produced in Europe as well (Guerlain is one example). It makes so little sense, and end up putting non-American consumers at a major disadvantage. :/

Absolutely right re: Europe
I also lived in the USA for a long time, and when I moved back to Europe, my first reaction was: holy ****, everything is 30-50% more expensive here.

The same applies in Canada. When the Canadian dollar was way below the US dollar, I could understand the price disparity. But for a long time now, the CDN dollar has been at par with the US or above it and we are still paying a LOT more for the same product and there isn’t even the excuse of “distance” to use. Some of the products are even MADE here and still we are paying a lot more…not just a buck or two but often ten dollars or more on a 30 or 40 dollar product.

I find the mark ups to be around 20% to 40% one products and it boggles my mind how some brands are 40% while other chose the 20% at Sephora. I mean Physicians Formula is the same price as MAC products…

This is my biggest pet peeve about MAC…its a Canadian company and the prices are 20% higher than US prices, and the Canadian dollar has been at par for quite some time now.

I completely agree about the Australian prices it’s ridiculous(I’m not familiar with the other places). I noticed the huge disparity too.
When I convert prices from the old exchange rates, from before the USD crashed to such low levels with the new USD/AUD rates, the prices make sense, but not with the rates from the past couple of years (the other currencies haven’t really strengthened, rather the USD, EUR and GBP have all fallen so low in value, it looks like the other currencies are stronger).
If the companies won’t cut prices, they should just freeze the prices for those countries until inflation eventually catches up to them.

Prices here in Europe are high (whether you are in UK, France, Germany, Sweden etc.) because our VAT is so high. By EU law, VAT cannot be less than 15% and in the vast majority of EU countries it hovers around 20-25%. As I understand it, the highest sales taxes in the US don’t even hit 10% and that’s only the extreme end.

In most cases, it has absolutely nothing to do with pricing set forth by the cosmetic companies, but rather the taxes added to “non-essential” goods, which has to do with the government of said country. Instead of blaming the cosmetic industry, perhaps petition the local governing parties to lower the taxes?

Not to mention that in Mexico there are NEVER sales on makeup (maybe in some supermarkets but those sales usually suck), and we have a no return/ no refund policy

When discussing Canada/US/Mexico inequities, this is untrue as of 1994, the year I married my 1st husband, due to the NAFTA agreement. The price inequities may be more in part to America’s increasing export deficit, and we have actually lowered prices to try and help fill the void. NAFTA appeared to be a brilliant idea for us in 1994, but long-term consequences were not forecast fairly, and it has had a lot to do with the 2006-2008 US recession, and we all know where that went.

Sadly, most of these price hikes around the world have to do with the equations of supply and demand, which can really screw countries like the UK and Australia. China pegs there Yuen to our USD for a reason, and it works.

(I knew my MBA was good for something…)

Joking aside, I can make these statements because I’ve been watching it happen for over 20 years while my nose is stuck in politics. That, and I used to trade FX.

Who know a conversation about makeup might turn into world economics? Interesting.

I have a feeling that a lot of it is simply “because they can”. Guerlain is sold in Indonesia very close to the US retail prices, while MAC and NYX are doubled, for example.

In some cases, yes; but I live in Indonesia where MAC prices is all over the map really. A lipstick is double the US price while powders got 15-30% increase. Even if you do count for taxes, AU$62 for a NARS blush is beyond ridiculous, considering it retails for $26 in the US.

I agree with the mindset of having a few good quality items instead of a bunch of cheap price/quality items. I HAVE spent a bunch of money on cheap makeup that was cheap quality. I’ve stopped because it’s just a waste. If the quality can justify the price, I’ll be tempted. That said, I just ordered my first Guerlain products. I’m so excited! I don’t really feel the need to buy expensive mascara though as it has such a short shelf life. I won’t, however, buy expensive mineral eyeshadows as I make my own. I also have a hard time justifying the price of lipsticks because I have made my own so I know how cheap they can be to make. I have extremely dry lips though so if the right product comes along, the price isn’t an issue to me.

If something is more than a few dollars, I definitely read a review first. And I’m more willing to shell out for a brand I’ve had good luck with, just in general.

And if something gets reviewed highly (or I try a product in a line and love it) and it’s very affordable, I get very excited to buy it. That’s why I have a bunch of Jordana EasyShines. They’re like $2, and I really love them. Why would I not try to get all of them?

A very low price can put me off a product. I know that low price doesn’t necessarily equal low quality but I still think that way, hence I don’t buy much drugstore. I’m trying to branch out but it’s not going well! When I have a drugstore product that under-performs I get really annoyed that I bought it – sort of like “You should know better than to think it would be good!”

A very high price, at the moment, prohibits me from buying. I would LOVE to buy Meteorites in some form, but I just don’t have the budget. It’s true that a well edited collection can be a better investment than lots of cheaper things, but there is always something else I need – new foundation, or mascara, or skincare, or haircare, or I need waxing done, or something! And there goes my grooming budget.

The result is, I tend to buy mid-end!

I’ve never really been compelled to buy anything high end. Firstly, since I only wear make-up for work or special occasions, I think it’s a waste to get something so expensive. Secondly, I find that the sales assistants at high end counters are always trying to force me to look at or buy more than I need. Case in point, I went to a YSL counter once to look at foundation, and they ended up trying to get me to buy Touche Eclat, setting powder, foundation and blush. I like shopping in pharmacies/from shelves because I can wander in, look at what I need/want, then walk out without any pressure to buy.

It really depends on what the item is. Like what many others say, if the quality is there, than paying a little more really is worth it. Take NARS blushes, they are the priciest blushes I own. But, I only have to tap my brush so lightly to color my cheeks and I know that they are going to just last so long. So for me, it was worth the money.
On the other hand, there are some brands out there that I feel just based on the name alone they charge a ridiculous price for their items and the quality is generic at best. For those, I would not pay.

Yes, it does. There are some things I just consider “too expensive” or “out of my price range”. I love makeup and have spend a LOT of money (as my kids delight in telling me) amassing the amount of stuff I already have but with children in university, a wedding to pay for next month and other priorities as well (travel, our home, etc.), there is a limit to what I will spend on makeup (though that amount seems a bit “elastic”, depending on the product!).

I never think about the price whatever the product may be : budget, middle or high end. When pigments are good, I always purchase the product. Yesterday I bought a matte lipstick from Rimmel ( deep raspberry colour ), it was around 9 € but I found the quality was very good, the packaging ok etc… I FIRST pay attention to colours and pigments, that’s all that counts to me before purchasing even if I often go high end ( but not always though ).

It definitely affects it. I won’t spend more than $60 on any cosmetics product. With the exception of the UD 15th Anniversary eyeliner set but that’s because it was for the actual amount of product, not the packaging. I can’t justify spending $80+ for a measly 4 color eyeshadow palette just because it has pretty packaging.

Price is a major factor in whether I’ll try a product. If it’s pricey, I tend to research the product extensively to find as many reviews on it as possible. I also sample it out a couple times to make sure that out works for my needs. If I do purchase it, and it fails to meet my expectations, it’s immediately returned!

It depends on the product. There are some things I’m NEVER going to pay a lot of money for. Others, I just might if I can’t find a cheaper alternative.

I’ll save up for high priced cosmetics because I enjoy them and the experience associated with them. By that I mean the enjoyment I get from having a beautiful product, it’s just the experience really and purely subjective.

Honestly, if I didn’t enjoy makeup, I could survive on DS for the most part except maybe foundation since shades don’t run pale enough, but the enjoyment of it is why I pay the prices.

That being said, high price must be high quality, otherwise there is no point especially since the markup on cosmetics is so outrageous! I buy the higher prices without any illusion that expensive=quality and I will only buy when that is true. If expensive isn’t quality, there is no point.

Inexpensive can also be quality, it’s important to remember that, so I only buy expensively when I know the type of product is either unique or I’ll just enjoy it so much more.

I have a hard time buying products that are too inexpensive (i.e. $1.99 beauty supply anything. I shied away from lines like Wet & Wild, etc. – until I started reading your reviews 🙂

As long as the product really is high quality, I don’t mind spending a decent amount of money on it. Especially for things like foundation that cover the whole face, I want to make sure I’m getting a quality product. I use several Guerlain face products and tend to go with Urban Decay for eyeshadows. I’ve recently tried Le Metier de Beaute eyeshadows and those were very nice too.

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