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Sometimes pricing gets ridiculous or the amount you get for the price is so small, snooty treatment by employees (not all the time, but it’s something that by having more dedicated people to your brand that is easier to experience), plastic packaging (often not indicative of the price tag), accessibility of some brands is low. Also, really dislike how strongly scented skincare can be as well as lipsticks that smell so, so strong like roses.

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The pricing!

Sometimes the quality of the products doesn’t live up to the price – or even compare to drugstore counterparts! Unpigmented shadows, dry pencil eyeliners…

I also think the price mark up for high end brands is ridiculous! If makeup is expensive in the US you would die in Sweden… A MAC shadow costs the equivalent of around $25, and a chanel lipstick around $50!

Also limited edition Mac makeup sold out in couple of days & you trying to hunt down them on websites where you are paying double the price, so please US girls don’t cry about makeup price – in other countries Mac cost double or triple what you are paying for it πŸ™

Either way, high end is expensive. But MAC’s colour selection is great and they have so many formula’s. It has to be really good for me to invest that much money and I better get good use out of it.

I hate it when the prices are so jacked up vis a vis drugstore brands. The drugstore brands are too often as good if not superior to the high-end brands, and one third the cost! I have, do, and will continue to pay through the nose for something lovely that only some company like Dior makes/sells but I am very discerning now about comparing brands for the money. I really learned the value of a dollar these past economically rough years, and I am not about to throw mine away foolishly.

I dislike the small amounts – not that I need oversized, but if you’re going to pay twice the going rate for something, at least getting the average rate seems like it should be a no-brainer.

I also dislike it when the quality doesn’t show up in the product. It’s frustrating all around, but more tolerable in a $5 Wet ‘n Wild palette than a $60 Dior one.

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Price is my main issue. I’ve seen some crazy high priced items. Also availability… it’s hard to get some brands. I know a lot need to be ordered online. I think that’s why so many people look for dupes.

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Accessability is definitely one (Burberry, Illamasqua I’m looking at you.), as well as snooty assistants, but it really annoys me when brands put out products with low quality in ingredients or performance. If I’m paying twice the amount I would for the drugstore equivalent, I expect twice the quality, thank you!

I dislike the ridiculous price points, absurd claims, and lame advertising of most high-end beauty brands. Plus, you can usually find a dupe for far less. You don’t HAVE to spend what they’re asking for products because it’s unrealistic unless you’re rich and don’t have a conscience.

99% of products have such a hideous markup and it’s sickening how it’s all filtered back into advertising and even more ridiculous claims. In addition, the ages of and the Photoshop-ping of the models photographs for the ads are not real and honest. The young girls don’t even look like their own photos. Cindy Crawford famously said, “Even I don’t wake up looking like Cindy Crawford.”

The Price…it is ridiculous…$49 for a Tom Ford lipstick or for Guerlain. Tom Ford packaging and containers are cheap. Quality is not there…I really dont think Chanel is all that made to be. And Chanel was my first high high end brand over 30 years ago…Cle de Peau, Sisley, etc…skin care is so pricey…and Creme de La Mer too. Doesnt have gold in it. I dont know what I am going to do when I retire and no longer can work.

I hate it when price doesn’t reflect quality and quantity of product itself, or packaging like Kat Von D’s palettes are beautiful but if you drop it, goodbye eyeshadows, while Urban Decay might have bulky/unattractive packaging it’s sturdy.

they are expensive. i know, “no shit” answer.
but the average price of a good product is so much higher now. the cheapest lipstick is 12-14 dollars.

i was looking at bare minerals moxie lipstick today it’s 18 dollars. and now brands jack up the price saying that you’re getting more product in the pan, but then i don’t need as much product, so just reduce the price for me.

i have very little money and i can’t spend on makeup as much now. so i wish it wasn’t so expensive.

the good thing about things being expensive is that they turn into investments, so i don’t waste money on things that i feel iffy about, the stuff i buy, i really, really want that stuff.

i don’t buy drug store products at all anymore as a result, cos i’d rather save up for that 22 dollar UD lipstick that i really want.

also when you have a lot of products, you stop spending money on things you don’t want that badly.

i’ve never been treated badly by a salesperson cos i didn’t “look like a customer”. i tend to dress the worst when i shop for makeup, cos i do so in the morning, usually without a stitch of makeup. i walked in a dropped 100 dollars on dior rose and amber diamond without flinching.
also most of the salesladies at the local dillards i think recognize me even if i havne’t bought anything from them.

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My experience is similar to yours. I usually go shopping in the morning with out any makeup on. I don’t wear makeup because i like getting it done and it gives them a chance to ‘sell’ me something. Most of the ladies in my local Dillard’s and Macy’s know my face well enough to know I’m a frequent high-end cosmetics shopper and are eager to show me something new, tell me about an upcoming promotion or hand me a few samples in case I like it and want to purchase. If they don’t know me, they quickly learn I’m serious when they find I’m educated on the brand and products. There is only one sales lady I have problems with, so she never gets my money.

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The expense, though I will budget for something if I want it. A dud release or product in an otherwise great line. The lack of local availability in some higher end lines I like, they just won’t get the product in all markets. The scalping/markup on LE items later (CHANEL Vernis Jade :P). The perceived snobbery surrounding some bands, cultivated or not.

I dislike the assumption a lot of people seem to have that High End is *always* better, to the point where they won’t look at products objectively because of the label. I’ve been disappointed by certain brands offerings because I just didn’t feel the products were good at all, and certainly not as good as you would hope for the price tag. I find it annoying just how expensive all beauty brands are here in Australia, but some HE brands are the worst offenders. I get that you want the brand to have the cachet that comes with being expensive and exclusive, but charging $50+ for a lipstick is a bit hard to take.

I find a lot of designer brands don’t cater to a wide range of skin tones in things like foundations, and their powder products always seem to be aimed at fair skinned customers, though there are exceptions of course. I find the marketing behind some brands a bit… alienating, I guess. I accept that all brands are going to risk having an image that shuts someone out a bit, and you can’t please everyone, but I feel that given established HE brands are kind of the gatekeepers of mainstream beauty, their image has a bigger impact than a niche brand’s marketing might. A lot of HE brands only use extremely skinny, very young, mostly white models and I feel they could diversify it a bit and be more inclusive whilst still keeping the luxurious, exclusive feel they want, especially given that the customer base has expanded so much.

I hate those tiny disposable eyeshadow applicators or pointless and weird shaped powder or blush brush stumps! Lol

Every time I see them I just wish they’d get rid of those things and the compartment or space that holds them and reduce the price of the product by $5-$10! πŸ™‚

Yes, yes a thousand times yes. I hate included applicators, particularly in blush compacts because what are you meant to do with them? If (when) you chuck them or lose them you’re left with a space that just makes the compact look dodgy. Those things make the product look less luxurious.

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I agree… Most of the time the little blush brushes and eyeshadow brushes/sponges are a waste of space and materials. Sometimes, like with Chanel or Dior, you get a brush that is actually quite useable.

It just boggles my mind. Urban decay included an awesome eyeshadow brush with their naked 2 palette. I recently gave that palette to my mom and when I would borrow it back to do a sexy smokey eye for a night out, I found out my mom uses one of those disposable eyeshadow applicators instead of the double ended brush! Lol after I couldn’t convince her the brush was better, I took the brush back πŸ™‚

Although having those lil luxury feeling extras like the velvet pouches included in the packaging makes the price seem worth while, it all cost money and time from buying the material to packaging it. And to me it’s a waste of money and it’s a wasteful item that just collects dust and eventually ends up in the garbage. What if instead, Dior stopped including those pouches and instead gave a velvet makeup bag free with big orders? I guess I’m all about being less wasteful. πŸ™‚

I feel that high end brands just live on their name for some reason. I got really shocked when I realised Clinique’s skincare contain so much crappy ingredients, bought their trial 3-step system and realised the cleanser had basic soap ingredients, the toner was shockfull of alcohol and the face cream had mineral oils!

Also Estee Lauder made me disappointed putting mineral oils in some of their products, a nighttime serum for one. I mean they really should afford putting better quality oils in their stuff for that price!

Reminds me a lot of high-end shampoos usually contain barely anything special either, or have things like sodium laureth sulfate, which i try to avoid cause of my skin condition. It’s so stupid to look at a Philosophy or some of the other high-end shampoos at Ulta only to realize that for 2 bucks I can get a Garnier one with basically the same stuff in it. Lush uses it in a lot of their liquid shampoos too, which depresses me. Can’t a girl shell out 20 bucks to avoid something, please? Cause I would, but it seems it’s hard to do.

(On the other hand I’m lucky that there are some organic or sulfate free lower end shampoos at half the cost, thank god.)

As a 21-year-old I get ignored by make up artists some times, but more often they act like I am stupid. Little do they know, I am a make up artist myself (just not working in the business at the moment) and I can outsmart them sometimes. The attitude is annoying and it makes me go shop online.
What I also dislike is the lack of quality in certain lipsticks. Chanel isn’t that great. I would never buy them at full price.

I couldn’t agree with you more. Sometimes SA in name brands could be a little snobby, they treat you like you are taking their precious time. I always go to the same mac counter at Nordstrom, and I know all the girls there, but if can’t find it there and I have to go to macys, is a pain for me, some of them just don’t like to be bothered. One time the lady was doing her own makeup, and she was really unpleasant when I asked for her help, the rest of them were talking among themselves.

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I like value for money, no matter what I’ve paid for a product, so if a high end product doesn’t “deliver” (like far too many of the Chanel quads, for example), I find that plain old insulting. I feel the same when it’s a drugstore product too but I feel it more so when a product is expensive. That’s why blogs like yours, Christine, are so valuable – they really do help us avoid costly errors. I also get ticked when packaging is cheap or things fall out (it doesn’t bother me quite so much with drugstore brands – if they have to skimp to keep costs lower, I’d rather it be on packaging than on product quality). Oh, and applicators – if higher end brands are going to include an applicator, make it something less cheesy or don’t include one at all (if Benefit’s 8 pans can put in a half decent brush, so can Guerlain!)

The price. How often some companies continuously come out with LE products of lower quality. How some products are outperformed by similar products in the DS.

Everything you just said Christine and the lack of color range for women of color! I’m looking at you Guerlain, Dior, and Chanel.

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