Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Survey Says

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  • Best bang-for-your-buck brand?
  • Best brand when you want to splurge?
  • Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty?

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81 thoughts on “Survey Says… October 13th, 2010

  1. Michelle

    Best bang-for-your-buck brand? MAC
    Best brand when you want to splurge? Chanel
    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? Revlon or Loreal, although MAC feels thrifty compared to Chanel :)

  2. cxb

    1) MAC or urban decay, especially MACs pro palette refills and urban decays palettes!!
    2) NARS, but im going to invest in some Guerlain next time I come across ay, thanks to Christine’s praises : )
    3) Cover girl, I still haven’t found a mascara that beats lash blast

  3. Rosa Napoleon

    1. MAC
    2. Dior or Nars
    3. NYX I love their eyeshadow palettes.

    • Charlene

      I agree.
      1)NYX is thrifty & great pigment & blendability
      2) so far my splurges have been on MAC products also.
      3)NYX & maybelline mascaras-they’re the only ones that wrk for my lashes.

  4. Best bang-for-your-buck brand? Wet n’ Wild
    Best brand when you want to splurge? MAC
    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? E.L.F

  5. Christen

    * Best bang-for-your-buck brand?
    I’m going to go with Mac – although it depends on each product of course. As a whole though, quality products at a reasonable price. At $14 for a lipstick, some of the “drugstore brands” are close, at $9-10!

    * Best brand when you want to splurge?
    For me, either Chanel or Guerlain. LOVE the Guerlain lipsticks, but $40+ is a lot for one. The eyeshadows from Chanel are top-notch, usually well pigmented and buttery smooth.

    * Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty?
    L’Oreal. Although the newest products can seem pricey for a drugstore brand, wait a little bit and scoping out the sales can yield some terrific products.

  6. Best bang-for-your-buck brand? NYX Cosmetics
    Best brand when you want to splurge? Chanel/Dior
    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? Cover Girl/Avon

  7. Kathy

    Best bang-for-your-buck brand?: I actually don’t have a specific brand to put into this category. Usually when I get a lot of “bang for my buck,” it’s because a specific item is a good deal. For example, a lot of cosmetic brands release a generous gift set during Christmas for a reasonable price, whether it be a Stila lip glaze set or an Urban Decay 24/7 liner set.

    Best brand when you want to splurge?: I’m gonna say MAC, surprisingly. I only buy MAC when I feel indulgent and want to end up buying a LOT of things at a counter. I call my huge haul on the Venomous Villains collection a splurge. :)

    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty?: Either NYX or Maybelline. NYX has always been an affordable and reliable brand, and I think that Maybelline has improved a LOT over the past year!

  8. Best bang-for-your-buck brand? MAC
    Best brand when you want to splurge? NARS
    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? NYX

  9. Best bang-for-your-buck brand? MAC
    Best brand when you want to splurge? Chanel
    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? NYX, ELF

  10. Mandy

    NYX, I would say.
    Urban Decay!
    Maybe Rimmel? Though I only buy their polishes. They’re super cheap and a lot of them are gorgeous.

  11. * Best bang-for-your-buck brand? — MAC cosmetics
    * Best brand when you want to splurge? — NARS & Bliss
    * Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? — Rimmel for polish & Sephora for makeup

  12. Mires

    Best bang-for-your-buck brand? MAC
    Best brand when you want to splurge?NARS
    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? NYX, L’oreal.

  13. Bree

    * Best bang-for-your-buck brand? Stila (especially on sale at Sephora)
    * Best brand when you want to splurge? Chanel or Guerlain
    * Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? NYX (especially on sale at ULTA)

  14. Avatar of Malaika Malaika

    Best bang-for-your-buck brand -NYX
    Best brand when you want to splurge? – Nars/Mac
    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty?- Nars

  15. 1. MAC
    2. Guerlain
    3. NYX

  16. Best bang-for-your-buck brand? NARS, MAC & Shisheido
    Best brand when you want to splurge? NARS
    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? ELF, NYX & Avon

  17. Leah

    Bang For Your Buck: MAC because you can buy a couple eye shadows, a fluidline, a foundation, and blush and lipstick/lipglass for a little over $100

  18. Verna

    Best bang-for-your-buck brand? MAC or Urban decay
    Best brand when you want to splurge? Guerlain,Chanel,YSL
    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? Revlon,Maybelline,NYX

  19. Vanessa

    Best bang-for-your-buck brand? NYX hands down good quality and very inexpensive

    Best brand when you want to splurge? MAC or NARS

    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? Again NYX, or hmmm Cover Girl/Mabeline

  20. Avatar of Natalia natalia

    Best bang-for-your-buck brand? MAC

    Best brand when you want to splurge? Dior

    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? L’Oreal for the best drugstore mascaras or Maybelline for foundation. I think the new smooth foundation and the dream matte powder are pretty darn good! And Voluminous in Carbon Black is a total dupe for YSL faux cils imo.

  21. Kerri

    Best bang-for-your-buck brand? I’d actually say NARS and Chanel for me – I get the most use out of my Chanel stuff than anything else I own.
    Best brand when you want to splurge? Dior, Chantecaille, Edward Bess
    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? MAC

  22. Jessica

    Wet n wild….NARS…..nyx or elf

  23. Avatar of Tosha Tosha

    Best bang-for-your-buck brand? Mac
    Best brand when you want to splurge? MUFE
    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? Nyx

  24. Shay

    Bang/Buck = NYX
    Splurge = MUFE/Nars
    Thrift = Wet n’ Wild

  25. Lizz M.

    Bang for your Buck: Mac
    Splurge: Make Up For Ever
    Feeling Thrifty: Revlon

  26. GlamOrocK

    Best bang-for-your-buck brand? mac
    Best brand when you want to splurge? chanel
    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? loreal

  27. kiwi

    Bang for your buck brand: Stila
    Splurge: Lancome
    Thrifty: NYX or Revlon, especially their lipsticks!

  28. Avatar of LillyRowan LillyRowan

    Best bang for your buck – Graftobian
    Best splurge – Eve Pearl
    Best brand Thrifty – Revlon or Cover Girl

  29. Avatar of Trista Trista

    Best bang-for-your-buck brand? Urban Decay for sure (though some items are chotskies) but just starting on Mac items
    Best brand when you want to splurge? I just buy ALOT of UD or MAC.. hhahah
    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? Rimmel… love their nailpolishes (especially the brush.. it’s shape is awesome!) the mascara is nice and lipsticks are pretty decent.

  30. Camille

    MAC
    NARS
    Revlon

  31. Best bang-for-your-buck brand? MAC
    Best brand when you want to splurge? Chanel
    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? Barry M.

  32. Ani_BEE

    Best bang-for-your-buck brand? NYX, Sassy Minerals
    Best brand when you want to splurge? MAC, Urban Decay, TooFaced and IMATS. ;)
    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? ELF and Maybelline (gel liners), Covergirl mascara, Hard Candy (lip glosses), Avon (eye liners).

  33. Deb

    Best bang-for-your-buck brand?
    MAC

    Best brand when you want to splurge?
    Dior. I would love to try Guerlain one day.

    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty?
    NYX

  34. Leenie

    Best bang- MAC
    Splurge- NARS
    Thrifty- Milani and NYX eye shadows

  35. Avatar of Jill AnGeLwInGz

    1)Urban Decay
    2)Dior
    3)L’Oreal. Their prices have risen dramatically in the last few years but I honestly find many of their products comparable to higher end brands.

  36. Valerie

    Best bang-for-your-buck brand? Dior
    Best brand when you want to splurge? Guerlain, NARS, Chanel
    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? MAC and Smashbox

  37. Linnea

    Best bang-for-your-buck brand? I would have to say Quo or Gosh, as well as clinique.
    Best brand when you want to splurge? Chanel. Hands down!
    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? Rimmel.

  38. Mita

    Best bang-for-your-buck brand? Bourjois, L’Oreal, Maybelline
    Best brand when you want to splurge? Dior, Chanel, Guerlain
    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? Wet’n’Wild, Avon

  39. Tiffany

    Best bang-for-your-buck brand? MAC
    Best brand when you want to splurge? NARS
    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? It’s hard to find a drugstore brand that doesn’t test on animals. Perhaps NYX for this category

  40. CeeBee

    * Best bang-for-your-buck brand?
    Nothing. Makeup in NZ is RIDICULOUSLY expensive. Insanely so. Easily 2, 3 or 4 times US retail…
    OK, maybe Natio, since I am loving their lip pencils right now, and they’re only $16.

    * Best brand when you want to splurge?
    Dior. Or Guerlain. Or Chanel!

    * Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty?
    Jordana! Cheap as chips and some really, really lovely products. The blushers and colour effects eyeshadows in the silver pots are amazing and the lipsticks aren’t too shabby either

  41. Avatar of Sally Sally

    Best bang-for-your-buck brand? MAC
    Best brand when you want to splurge? Chanel
    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? L’Oreal or Covergirl

  42. Mor

    - MAC
    - Chanel, Dior, Guerlain
    - NYX

  43. GinaTheresa

    Loreal or Revlon
    MAC haul or NARS
    Maybelline

  44. Avatar of Emily Emily

    Best bang-for-your-buck brand? MAC
    Best brand when you want to splurge? Chanel or MUFE
    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? probably Maybelline

  45. ilmy

    * Best bang-for-your-buck brand? I would say Mac
    * Best brand when you want to splurge? Nars, Benefit
    * Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? Milani or NYC

  46. Cintamani

    1. mac for lipsticks. urban decay for the palettes and kits.
    2. hourglass and chanel lip products. though i’ll feel hourglass will be less of a splurge when they finally have refills for the lipstick!
    3. nyx and milani for lipsticks and eye shadows

  47. Christine L

    Best bang-for-your-buck brand?
    >>> Inglot. The prices are just a tad less than MAC but the quality is SO GOOD. Everything in their line is well-thought out and practical, with a good range. Availability is limited though. I happen to live in NYC, where they have a store in the theater district.

    Best brand when you want to splurge?
    >>> Hmm…If I wanted to splurge it’d do it all at Inglot. :)

    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty?
    >>> Milani. Drugstore cosmetics (nail polish especially) can’t get much better than this. Revlon is a great, classic drugstore brand as well, but pricier than Milani.

  48. Nora

    1) Makeup: MAC. Skincare: Mario Badescu.
    2) Most Sephora brands. My favorites are YSL and Chanel.
    3) Sally Hansen nail polishes. I am never disappointed!

  49. Best bang-for-your-buck brand? MAC
    Best brand when you want to splurge? Chanel or Dior <3
    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? NYX <3

  50. Ashley D

    1. Silk Naturals – probably no one has heard of it but I love their lipgloss, lipsticks, and cleanser! and so cheap, $4.75 for lipgloss!
    2. oh so many! Dior, Chanel, Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown
    3. NYX

  51. Avatar of Shannon Keen Janine

    Best bang-for-your-buck brand? MAC
    Best brand when you want to splurge? Chanel/NARS
    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? NYX

  52. Amanda Enn

    Best bang-for-your-buck brand?
    -MAC

    Best brand when you want to splurge?
    -MAC; the quality is great and I don’t regret spending my money on it!

    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty?
    -MAC; the quality is great, so I don’t end up returning anything unlike drugstore products since you don’t get to test them.

    xD

  53. 1) MAC, bobbi brown (great pigmentation, product sizes etc. for the price)
    2) chanel, dior, NARS, guerlain, i can’t decide… all are excellent
    3) l’oreal (pricier than some, but better than most)

  54. Elusive

    Best bang-for-your-buck brand? MAC
    Best brand when you want to splurge? Chanel
    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? L’Oreal

  55. Yumi

    Bang for your buck: MAC
    Splurge: Lancome, Chanel
    Thrifty: Maybelline, Loreal

  56. Marie

    Best bang-for-your-buck: NARS
    Best brand to splurge: Chanel
    Best brand when feeling thritfy: MAC/Nyx

  57. Best bang-for-your-buck brand? MAC
    Best brand when you want to splurge? Nars, Lancome, Dior
    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? Revlon, Milani, NYX

  58. Katie

    Best bang-for-your-buck brand? MAC
    Best brand when you want to splurge? Chanel
    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? NYX, Revlon, and Coastal Scents

  59. Loquita

    Bang for Buck: Urban Decay
    Best Splurge: Chanel (sigh….LOVE…)
    Best Thrifty Brand: Barry M (from the UK…fantastic nail polishes!)

  60. adrianne

    Best bang-for-your-buck brand? MAC
    Best brand when you want to splurge? NARS
    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? L’Oreal

  61. Abril

    Best bang-for-your-buck brand? MAC
    Best brand when you want to splurge? Chanel
    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? I guess MAC… I tend to buy the same brands all the time haha… Mostly MAC, I don’t really look at drugstore brands… :)

  62. Hez

    Best bang-for-your-buck brand? MAC
    Best brand when you want to splurge? Guerlain
    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? I like L’Oreal.

  63. Jennifer

    MAC
    Guerlain
    NYX

  64. Avatar of Victoria Victoria

    1 – NYX ; 2- MAC (though not a splurge for most people!) 3- NYX

  65. Mary

    Bang-for-my-buck brand? MAC
    Brand when I want to splurge? Chanel
    Brand when I’m feeling thrifty? Nyx

  66. Mamavalveeta03

    Bang for buck? Bobbi Brown delivers on ALL counts!
    Splurge? Edward Bess
    Thrifty? ELF

  67. nicci

    Best bang-for-your-buck brand – NYX or Revlon
    Best brand when you want to splurge – Not a splurge for me but it’s always Chanel. Skincare – Natura Bisse
    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty – drugstore brand

  68. best bang for the buck. lancome. most of their stuff isn’t flashy but it’s decently priced and they make tons of the workhorse products you need on the day to day
    to splurge? Chanel, I would say YSL but really that’s only for lipsticks, their palettes can be kind of cheap
    thrifty? physician’s formual. great products, great colors, and easy on the skin with natural/talc free formulas

  69. Buck: MAC
    Splurge: Chanel
    Thrifty: NYX

  70. Best bang-for-your-buck brand? MAC
    Best brand when you want to splurge? Chanel or Dior
    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? NYX

  71. Kaho

    Best bang-for-your-buck brand? MAC
    Best brand when you want to splurge? Chanel or Dior
    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? NYX or Covergirl (but only for their mascara’s)

  72. Kim

    1. bang for your buck brand – Urban decay mainly because of their palettes
    2. best brand for a splurge- NARS
    3. Thrify brand – Covergirl or NYX

  73. Courtney

    1. MAC or urban decay!
    2. NARS or dior
    3. That’s really tough, I would have to say rimmel, I tried out their foundations recently and they aren’t too bad :) I even found some stuff on clearence once!

  74. Steph

    1)MAC
    2)Chanel, Dior
    3)Loreal or Kate

  75. Tina

    Best bang-for-your-buck brand? Chanel
    Best brand when you want to splurge? Cle De Peau.
    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? Loreal

  76. Maria

    Best bang-for-your-buck brand? MAC – it’s actually cheaper than most brands sold at Sephora!
    Best brand when you want to splurge? Chanel, Dior, or Guerlain (I can’t decide!)
    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? Revlon – best drugstore cosmetics brand, in my opinion. Although, L’Oreal comes pretty close because their HiP eye shadows are spectacular.

  77. yeseniaxs

    Best bang-for-your-buck brand? Urban Decay/Stila
    Best brand when you want to splurge? Dior/Chanel/Bobbi Brown
    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? Mac

  78. Kathryn

    Best bang-for-your-buck brand? MAC, MUFE
    Best brand when you want to splurge? Chanel, Guerlain
    Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? Overall I’d have to say NYX, but there are certain brands that are great for specific things (ie Revlon for lippies, Wet’n’Wild for e/s, etc.)

  79. Paula

    bang-for-your-buck: NYX
    splurge: MAC&NARS
    thrifty: ELF and anything drugstore! NYX, Revlon, Rimmel, and more!

  80. * Best bang-for-your-buck brand? Clinique and TheBalm
    * Best brand when you want to splurge? Chanel,Dior, YSL and Guerlain are my faves
    * Best brand when you’re feeling thrifty? NYX