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Absolutely yes! For the most part, I cannot stand drugstore makeup. It’s just so cheap feeling to me. I try not to be a snob, but sometimes it’s tough not to be. Especially when you go into the drugstore, feel adventurous, and are proved right once again – it’s crap! I did, though, find a diamond in the drugstore rough – Revlon Photoready. Absolute FAVORITE foundation of all time. I’m in love with it.

What does irk me though, is how much drugstore prices have gone up! Who do they think they are, selling crap makeup for almost as much as department store? Makes me so mad.

I’ll stick to my MAC and Sephora. I’d rather spend money on one or two quality items than waste the same amount of money on 3 or 4 crappy things.

I totally agree. I used to use drugstore brands all the time but a co-worker introduced me to high end brands and after that I pretty much stopped buying make-up and skincare products from those brands. I thought I would try again and I bought a couple glosses from Revlon and threw them out – they were so drying on my lips. So far the only one I have liked is NYX eyeshadows – the staying power is strong and great pigmentation.

Lol your post made me smile. I agree, I have tried out some drug store items and I just want to cry because there are higher end things that I could have gotten for the price I paid for two drugstore items… which is essentially what you just said hehe.

I agree. In general I prefer high end brands for pigmentation, blendability and packaging. However, there are some really awesome drugstore items that beat out the high end in my opinion (i.e. CG Lashblast) I generally won’t buy drugstore items unless I see something has gotten rave reviews online.

i feel the same way, i won’t buy any drug store products unless there’s a real buzz about them online, or i just feel that i’ve wasted my money!

I really dont care as long as its something i like but generally i dont think you have to spend alot of money. Even thow they r some products that clearly better than drugstore one. This probably didnt make any sense. :p

I’m generally a high-end makeup junkie, but Covergirl’s lip stains are very, very good. It’s a felt tip marker that delivers a semi-permanent stain, and the colors aren’t bad. The only thing that sucks is the fact that there are no testers.

I also use expensive skincare (Skinceuticals, etc.) but Olay’s sensitive skin lotion has been a mainstay on my bathroom counter!

Yeah I remember that about the US all those years I lived out there, the drugstore brands of makeup never have any testers at all which stinks and then once you open the item you can’t return it or exchange it, which makes no sense to me. That’s another drawback about drugstore make up brands when you buy them over in the US at least.

But when I moved to the UK, I found out that all the drugstores here have testers for all their make up brands, and they’ve probably set it up this way so that no one can return the make up, which is fine because you just want to try the things before you buy ’em! What I love best of all is how the larger Boots drugstores sell a lot of the high end designer make up brands (Chanel, Dior, YSL, Clarins etc.) , Benefit (I don’t use them), Urban Decay, and sometimes Fashion Fair as well as some good skin care brands like Origins and the really good designer perfumes, not just the Revlon Charlie perfumes (which I do like actually) or the God awful vanilla perfumes.

I think Walgreens in the US some time before I moved away were trying to do somrthing so that you could return or exchange make up that you opened if you kept a receipt but I don’t know if they still do that, plus when there’s no testers in the drugstores that’s when people (teenagers possibly) start opening up the selaed packaging and stick their fingers in it. That always used to happen.

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Your last statement is exactly why I do NOT buy any makeup from actual drugstores. I have to buy online. I’ve bought stuff from stores and opened to find HAIR stuck to a lipstick. SO GROSS. Oh, and it was “sealed,” but it’s one of those seals that’s easy to move up and down.

I am glad you said that about CGs lipstains. I tried Maybellines and loved it untill a week later when it dried out. I will have to try cover girls 🙂

Pretty much the only things I’m willing to buy from drug stores are lipstick and lipgloss. Drug store lipsticks are essentially the same as higher end ones, and these days drug store brands are coming up with some bold and unique colours. Otherwise, when it comes to everything else, especially foundation and mascara, I have to say higher end is always better!

Yeah but with the drugstore brands of lipsticks they could still do with some wider variety in the colors, and I’m talking about the brands that are better quality that Wet n Wild or Jordana or whatever it is. And they all definitely need some wider variety of colors in their lip pencils.

Oh yeah! Cheap plastic packaging, crappy color payoff, limited color choices, no testers (a rarity, although some drugstores allow you to try and return, but I’d rather not do that), etc., etc.

I do think some gems can be found in the drugstore, such as lipsticks. A lot of them are just as good quality as you’d find at a counter and I’ve had luck with mascaras, the new Maybelline shadow palettes and gel liners. Oh, and Physician’s Formula makes a good gel liner set, but that’s it. It’s hit and miss, but mostly miss!

I agree, high end is hype. Drugtore lipsticks and mascara is my fav. I love Revlon lipsticks that work as well any other brand ans sometimes i found them in clearance bins for a dollar.

I tend to disagree. I have tried drugstore lipsticks before and let me just say, every single one has broken on me at one point or the packaging is just crap. I do not have this problem with high end lipsticks. I have sensitive lips so drugstore ones always make my lips peel like no other. So, is it safe to say that Revlon is comparable to Chanel? IMO, most definitely not!

I don’t care which brand it is as long as the product is satisfactory. But I have found that products from high-end brands often do have a better quality concerning pigmentation, texture, staying power, etc. Nevertheless I also had a few crappy products from expensive high-end brands, which made me totally angry. Thanks to Temptalia this doesn’t happen anymore :). There are certain brands – both high-end and drugstore – I would never purchase anything from as they are on the PETA list of brands which test their products on animals, e.g. Maybelline, L’oreal, Lancome.

Ha ha I agree with you, thanks to Temptalia I no longer get crappy product from higher end. ^_^ saves my money

I agree! Although my favourite drugstore gem is Max Factor’s false lash effect mascara. Beats all the high end one’s I’ve had (Lancome, Urban Decay, Dior).

There is a huge difference between drugstore and high end makeup. I prefer drugstore products for mascara and basic black eyeliners. There are just as good -sometimes better- drugstore products that you can find but that is very limited and very hit or miss.
As an Asian woman its hard for me to find drugstore foundations that have yellow undertones. It’s difficult but not entirely impossible. I’d rather save the energy and time on high end products that have more choices that I can test and try.
As for eyeshadow, I have found that it’s a better buy to get a higher-end palette, with great pigmentation, unique colors, and 8 shadows for $40, than 1 badly pigmented single eyeshadow for $4. It is the number one justification I have for buying higher-end cosmetics.

Let’s just say I will never ever forget the moment I bought a guerlain eyeshadow quad and realized what it meant for shadows to be BUTTERY smooth and rich. I do love drugstore mascaras, though!

Yes, there’s a different. I have a small handful of drugstore products, that are worth keeping. I buy drugstore mascara though, because that’s something that gets replaced often along w/ foundation.

Speaking of prices. I went to Target and saw a Pixi palette for $38! I thought “wow, I can go to MAC or Sephora and get a small palette for that price!”

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Pixi isn’t technically a drugstore brand – I know that Target rolled out a few “high-end” brands to mix in with their other brands, that would be why! 🙂

Buying from drugstore brands is financially smart so to question those brands does make me feel guilty or silly but unfortunately where those brands fail is with their lack of variety and options obviously. So I have to buy what I need first and what I want, and finding the right color for me anyway is very important. But of course some of the drugstore cosmetics are really bad, or not as good as they could be.

For instance, I can’t find any decent colors of, or decent variety of different brown lip pencils at all. Certainly not among the drugstore brands but sometimes not even among the high end/ designer make up brands. I can only get decent brown lip pencils, in a variety of brown shades, at MAC. I don’t know about now, but less than 10 years ago in the US, a MAC mascara cost less than a L’Oreal Voluminous mascara in NYC by about $2 or $3. Although Voluminous is very good and it’s a bestseller for L’Oreal.

And some drugstore brands fail with their variety of foundation colors all the time with exceptions such as Black Opal, maybe Milani, and if you can find it Black Radiance. But in London in the UK, there is Sleek Cosmetics in some of their drugstores but the colors of their foundations and powders are AWFUL. They look red like lipstick (bleuggh) yet strangely enough the rest of their range is alright enough. LOL

What shocked the heck out of me was finding possibly two (?) foundation, concealer, and possibly powder colors from Rimmel London of all things that were actually true to life neutral BROWNS, to match Ciara or darker. That was shocking but I already have MAC at home so…

Revlon foundation and powder looks like it’s good enough quality but they need more different shades I’m afraid, no variety. But now I’m looking forward to Bobbi Brown’s new powder foundation to see how that looks on me.

Yes! Absolutely! It is fair to say that some drug store brands are pretty decent, I find that Revlon and Loreal are two of the better ones and Nyx which is a little harder to find is great also. However, you just can’t beat the color pay off, the quality, the range of items and the lasting power of higher end brands.

I totally agree with this. I love L’Oreal and Revlon lipsticks. They are creamy, pigmented, and long lasting. Although they are not that cheap. Also there are testers for those at Ulta.

I, for example, would be willing to try drug store lipsticks and glosses if there wore testers available. How on earth do you decide if the shade is right for you if you can’t swatch it or try it at all? It is mostly miss and very rarely a hit while you look at the color from a tube and try to decide if that color really looks like it does in a tube in the inside lighting of a drugstore. Plus the prices are almost comparable to high end products where the quality is not.

I generally stick to HE stuff, but there are some good drugstore finds too. Wet nWilds color icon single eye shadows are amazing (nutty & brule are my faces), and only 1.99 full price. I also really like Milani Minerals Compact pressed minerals. Great yellow toned shades and only about $8.00 each.

YES! I feel that these products are so underrated and forgotten about- Wet n Wild eyeshadows are AMAZING! I’ve gotten the same pigmentation and same buttery smooth texture with these eyeshadows that I’ve gotten with my NARS shadows…they are gems.

The only drugstore product that i like is L’Oreal HIP chrome eyeliners. other than that, i love high-end beauty brands like MAC, Chanel. Better quality and i will use them more. I wish i can test out drugstore products but unfortunately, some places don’t let you. PLus, you’d have to take a risk and buy them and they may not work out for you.

The biggest difference for me is the mascaras. Drugstore mascaras go bad and flake much quicker than higher end department store mascaras. I feel like you get your moneys worth more with dept store mascaras since you get the 3-6 months of wear as opposed to 2 weeks from the drugstore.

Really? My experience with DS mascaras is that they are comparable in just about every way to HE. I use DS mascaras exclusively and I love them.

I like to try before I buy because I am not good at returning things. So, my preference is mineral or higher end makeup. The only real things that I will buy from drugstores are mascara and the occasional eyeliner. I don’t think high end mascara is better, and I just cannot justify the difference in price.

I save all my beauty receipts in a bin and take a bunch back at a time…last time I did this,I got $58.00!!

And,would you believe I’ve never used a HE cosmetic? All mine are a mix of drugstore and mid priced brands!!

IMO, after trying every single drug store mascara from the famed CG Lastblast(which I HATED!!!) to Loreal Voluminous Carbon, I finally bought some Dior Iconic mascara and lets just say by the end of the day I have no flaking, smudges, or raccoon eyes!

Really? I had the Dior Iconic as well and though I liked it part of the time, I found it too wet at the beginning and flaky near the end.

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