I tend to look at what new products I need to test and try to create something using as many product as I can–to the point where it makes sense. I want to be efficient in testing more products rather than less, ha!
If pricing changed, then I’d expect some cutbacks somewhere, whether packaging or overall product quality. If the pricing is the same, then not really.
I prefer to use MAC Chromagraphic Pencils and then set with a coordinating powder eyeshadow, and then make sure you’ve set the under eye area, too, because creamy foundations can sometimes cause the liner to migrate.
Yes, several times, by makeup artists – but no one that I have ever paid to do my makeup. I’ve had some amazing artists who have worked with various brands/counters who fit the bill as far as professionals are concerned.