Friday, March 7th, 2014

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How important is the quantity of product for the price?

  • Very important! (48%, 1,241 Votes)
  • Somewhat important... (47%, 1,199 Votes)
  • Not important! (5%, 120 Votes)
  • Other -- I'll tell you in the comments! (0%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,573

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40 thoughts on “How important is the quantity of product for the price?

  1. Avatar of Denise Denise

    For me, it depends on the product. If it’s a powder color cosmetic (eye shadow or blush), it’s not terribly relevant. I own so many, I have never once hit pan! But for liquids, or lipsticks, or skincare, I want some bang for my buck.

  2. It really depends. If the quantity is smaller, but the product is super highly pigmented, you really won’t need to use much each time you pull it out. So if it’s a higher-priced product with smaller quantities but a big ‘punch’ with regard to ‘a little goes a long way…’ honestly I don’t mind. Now, if the price is high with very little payoff, then I’m an unhappy camper.

  3. Carrie

    Quality is more important than quantity, as long as the amount isn’t insultingly scant.

    It makes the most difference for me in nail polish because there are so many good options out there for $10-$12 or less and rarely are the high end polishes unique enough to justify the extra cost, especially since they are more expensive and tend to come in smaller bottles.

  4. Avatar of Amy xamyx

    I misread the question as “quality” before I voted, which is very important, but as far as “quantity”, it really all depends… If it’s an *extremely* pigmented formula, or a pure pigment I know I’m not likely to go through in a short amount of time, I’m willing to pay for “less” product weight/size. For example, the new NARS Matte Multiples are “half” the size, but one needs to use so much less product per application than with the original, shimmery Multiples, so I can see them lasting just as long. Also, when MAC lessened the amount of pigment in the jars, I didn’t see it as being a major issue. For one, I use so little product per application that I feel there is still plenty of product for the cost. Second, I still end up with twice as much product than I do with other similar products from other brands for around the same price. When it comes to certain products that will go off after a year or so, I wish brands would make them smaller, and drop the price a bit, though…

    • Kate

      I totally agree with your last statement. I have to use expensive foundation and concealer (Chanel) because I am allergic to just about everything that goes on your face, and I have never ever come close to finishing a bottle before it goes bad. I would rather have half the size for a lower price.

    • I also misread the same thing. I completely agree with your statement.

  5. Sophia B.

    If it’s a cream or liquid product I prefer for there to be less product even if it isn’t as good of a value because I’d prefer to pay more for less product and use it all up than pay less for more product and have it expire before I can use it all.

  6. I suppose it is completely dependant on what kind of product we’re talking about. It’s very hard to give a specific answer, which would require a more specific question. Quality is very important to me – but if quality is not a factor (like with nail polishes, like Carrie said) then I would also like a bit more bang for my buck – so I’d go with quantity.

  7. Quantity matters when deciding between two products of comparable quality. If pink blush A is significantly larger than pink blush B, but they’re the same quality, I’m going to go with A unless there are other factors to influence my purchase (packaging considerations, for example).
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  8. It depends on the product. Some products I just know I can never finish, like nail polish for example. But others I go through pretty fast, so for those I really want to get a lot product for my money.

  9. Vee

    Quantity is somewhat important for me because, of course, you want the most bang for your buck. But the quality of the product is more important. I’m willing to forgive a small amount of product if the quality is great. Plus, with my makeup products, I never completely finish any of them anyway because I always like to try out new stuff.

  10. The quantity x price relation is important but to me there’s another important factor here: frequency of use. I don’t mind buying an expensive product that does not contain a lot of product if it’s something I will use once in a while and therefore it will last longer such as a face or hair mask, a body exfoliator or an eyeshadow. However for products of daily or frequent use that relation becomes vital because I cannot afford buying the same expensive product over and over during the same month so it has to be something affordable but yet with enough product to last at least a whole month.

  11. I’m not super picky with quantity. But, if it’s incredibly obvious that you are only get speck of product for a high price, I will usually pass.

  12. Avatar of Emi Emi

    I picked other, because it really depends on the product. For something that I’m likely to use up completely (skincare especially), the price per ounce is very important – way more important than the overall price. But, for something like a brightly colored blush that I’m unlikely to ever hit pan on, I don’t care about the price per ounce & instead the overall price matters.
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  13. It depends on the product and formula. If it’s something sheer or not long wearing then quantity matters because I’ll run right through it. But if it’s a powder or something with great pigmentation and staying power then it’s less of a big deal
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  14. Avatar of Barbie Barbie

    very important to me. i want more bang for my buck

  15. For some products, I’d like to cut down the size AND cut down on the price! I don’t think I have ever finished a highlighter or blush since i have a drawer full of them. LOL

  16. Avatar of Lisemarie Lisemarie Visnic

    Depends entirely on the product, if shadow not at all. It is one of dozens and the rate of replacement is inconsistent. Something essential that needs constantly to be repurchased needs to be cost effective. Or I have to look for something that is of better value. Nowadays you can find quality at almost every price point. Going through choosing what to do about my powder foundation because of this very reason, it’s the best color match I have come across in ages but I hit pan after two weeks of use. I really like it but I can’t see paying a premium price to replace it every few weeks. I haven’t found a good replacement for it yet so I will most likely buy it again and just be less likely to purchase anything else from the line.>_<

  17. It really depends on how the product perform and how concentrated it is. If Iook at my MUFE HD blush (old formulation with the pump) it takes so little product to have a good result. For foundation and skin care though it does matter.
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  18. rach

    I agree with a lot of the other statements here. The quantity of product I receive for my money is important, but what I consider an acceptable quantity for the price is also influenced by the quality of the product in question. For cosmetics especially, I am often willing to pay a bit more for less product if the quality is wonderful. For skincare though, a lot of my decisions do come down to straight price per ounce or price per use calculations.

  19. I chose other because I do like getting more product if I’m paying more money, but it’s not a must. If I like the product, it doesn’t really matter to me how much there is, I’ll still get it because it takes me forever to use anything up anyway. HOWEVER, if a product stays the same price but decreases quantity, that is unacceptable to me! (I’m looking at you, new Tarte lip and cheek products!)

  20. Avatar of Veronica Veronica

    It really depends on the product. Something like lipstick or eyeshadow, it’s not a big deal because it’s unlikely I’ll get through the whole thing before it expires. For products that I use extensively, like foundation or mascara or concealer, I expect a decent amount of product. I will say that I find it a major turnoff when a brand ups the price and decreases the amount.

  21. Oh dear – when I first read this, I thought the question was about “quality for price” and went off on my typical tirade! Good thing I caught my error before embarrassing myself.

    Okay, QUANTITY for price….whatever price, I do like to get good value for money – sometimes, that has to do with performance (a really good eye cream, for example, may be really pricey for a small – 15 ml usually – amounty). When it comes to colour cosmetics, considering that I rarely hit pan on or finish anything, quantity clearly isn’t all that significant in my every day life though I admit I am impressed by the quantity of Inglot shadows, EXCELLENT shadows, that you get for the price. Not that I’m ever likely to finish a single one….

  22. I never finish anything cosmetic before it gets old and needs replacing, so I couldn’t care less how much product I get (within reason) so long as the product impresses me.

  23. I tend to care more about absolute price then price per ounce. I will buy a mini even if the price per ounce is higher because I’d rather get less product. I finish full size products so rarely!

  24. Zainab

    It depends. There are certain brands who’d have to double the quantity you get in a product before their prices wold be something I’d consider. There are certain types of product where limited quantities would really put me off- those Giorgio Armani palettes with (usually) a blush and four eyeshadows- I think the eyeshadows will be used up long before the blush, which makes the packaging annoying dead-weight, plus it’s expensive for the amount you get of everything. There are some brands whose pricing would still be something is consider but the quantity for the price means if have to be absolutely in love before I’d buy it – bare minerals loose blush is like this- low overall price, high price per ounce. I’d still buy it, but I won’t unthinkingly buy the whole range because I do feel I’m being ripped off a bit.

    With other products I think you get too much, and I wish the brand would have made the compact smaller and cheaper- theBalm’s Mary Lou Manizer. It was cheap overall but even if it was a daily use product it would be years before I’d even make a dent in it. However since it’s easy to sanitize I don’t mind too much. Some products I wish you got more *pigmentation* for your buck. MAC Hug Me and Lady Danger are both favorites I use often, but I have to reapply Hug Me over and over, so I wish it cost a few $ less. Still I love it so I’ll suck up a higher ‘cost per day’s wear’. I wish MAC would make their Sheertone blushes cheaper than their other range because they definitely get used faster.

  25. Hm. It depends how much I’m likely to use before the thing goes off, really. There’s no point paying more for more product that I’ll never use and have to throw away.

    At the same time, sometimes I think things really are a bit stingy – unless there’s something Tardis-like going on with the Tarte click-pen lipglosses, and there’s more in there than I think, then the quantity of actual makeup goo for the price is ridiculous. I might understand more if the gloss was SUPER PIGMENTED and you only had to use a tiny bit, like a Lip Tar, but…for a sheer (albeit very nice) gloss? Hm…

    If it’s skincare, I like there to be a fair bit for the price – you use so much more moisturiser than you do blush! (well, I do :-P)
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  26. Sarah

    Depends on the product, but for me skincare is the most important and of course eyeshadow.

  27. Oops. I thought it said “quality,” not “quantity.” Lol. So I voted incorrectly. I would say it’s “somewhat important” instead of “very important.”

    Quantity is not as important to me as quality. I think the only time quantity rakes me in is when I’m comparing products of the same quality but of different quantity. Or it of course just makes my life when something is great quality for the amount you get/price. But overall, I value great quality the most because those last just as long, if not longer, than bigger products that are just okay to subpar. Plus they’re not as annoying to work with. So I am okay if a quality is amazing and it’s less product. I just don’t like it when a company suddenly cuts the product in half and still charges the same expensive price. I’m looking at YOU, Nars and Tarte.

    Of course I’d rather have both for everything on the market, but this is reality. :P

  28. Usually I evaluate a product on how much I get for the price, but sometimes something rare and unusual comes out that I must have and logic flies out the window!

  29. Quality is more important.

  30. Avatar of Maggie Maggie

    For products I use daily or often, quantity is important–along with the ingredients and the formula’s “recipe” and effectiveness. As far as beauty, this is mostly skincare.

    For most cosmetics, I normally don’t check quantity unless it’s a foundation or concealer–bc I tend to use those sorts of products up more often. I could see beauty professionals and MUA’s caring about quantity of product for the price–bc beauty products in this case would be part of the inventory of a business.

  31. Avatar of Quinctia Quinctia

    It’s somewhat important. It’s nice to get a deal on something in a cost per ounce measurement, but I do buy quite a bit midrange stuff, so I’m not against paying a bit of a premium for something I would enjoy and use a lot, anyway.

    There is one annoying thing, hopefully I can explain it. I really don’t like when there’s an average size for a type of a product, and then a higher end brand comes out with one that’s above the average in price AND below the average in product size. Like, I haven’t actually crossed the line to spending more than $15 on a bottle of nail polish, but, if I do, I’m going to at least spend that amount on a line that also puts out normal sized bottles.

  32. I’ve always been a firm believer in quality over quantity. I don’t mind the price as long as the product performs well. One perfect example of this is Chanel’s Le Blush Creme, it has less content when compared to other brands, but the quality is there, so I did get my money’s worth. :)

  33. Reading through all the comments, I see I’m in good company with regard to misreading “quality” for “quantity”. Maybe the wording should be changed to “amount”! :)

  34. Avatar of Antonia Antonia

    It depends on the product. However, I hate when a company releases new colors of an existing product and decreases the quantity. For example, the new Nars multiple is the same price as the original multiple, but you get less product. I won’t purchase a product when this is the case.

  35. For me it’s extremely important. I really dislike companies that charge unreasonable amounts for their products. Even if it’s high quality, there has to be some sort of proportion between how much it cost to make and market the product and how much they charge for it. I really don’t believe “high-end” products cost THAT much more than drugstore products to manufacture, even factoring in the different ingredients, marketing, where it’s manufactued, etc. If most of the money went to the people who manufacture it in their factories, then I would certainly pay the extra amount – but it seems to be that drugstore and high-end companies equally make use of underpaid labour and it’s the profit margin that they’re considering while pricing their products.

    So having said all that, it really irks me when companies reduce the quantity of products or provide a minuscule amount of product for the same extortionate price. I love companies that charge reasonably, provide a generous amount of product for great quality – and nearly all the makeup I have is from companies like that. There’s no reason to demand less in any of these three areas, in my opinion.
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  36. I definitely agree with a lot of what’s being said. The value of quantity vs. price is way more important with, say, an eye cream, than with a blush that I’ll never finish even if I use it every day. But it definitely is helpful to look at size when comparing products. For instance, Cle de Peau’s concealer is amazing, but crazy expensive, right? But if you take the size into consideration, it definitely changes things. The Cle de Peau is $70 for 0.17 oz and the YSL Anti-Cernes Multi-Action Concealer (another cult classic, high end concealer) is $37 for a measly 0.07 oz. If you look at it that way, the Cle de Peau is an absolute steal.

    That, and I hate when brands do what Nars did with the Matte Multiples. I love me some Nars, but man it annoyed me that the Matte Multiples are half the size of the original, yet the same price.

  37. What I think matter is the quality of the product. Why would I want a ton of product that doesn’t perform well?