Do you have a budget for beauty purchases? How does it work?

I have a loose budget–an idea of what I am trying to spend around for the year, but I don’t have a strict limit on a monthly basis or even yearly basis. I just try to be consistent from year to year!

— Christine
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Mariella Avatar

Not really. I have a sense of what my “threshold” is for purchases – for example, Tom Ford products won’t be among my purchases because I find his price point rather obscene, especially given the disappointing quality of many of his products, to say nothing of the availability of excellent dupes at a fraction of his astronomical prices. And I’d likely never spend hundreds of dollars in one fell swoop on makeup but that’s partly because I like to spread out the enjoyment. I find my “collection” of makeup overwhelming much of the time, and if I were to buy a whole bunch of stuff all at once, it would sort of feel like really over-indulging at a dessert buffet – I’d just not enjoy it as much as making one or two purchases a week. I get far more enjoyment that way. But if I see something I truly love and know I’ll get use from, I will buy it.

CeeBee Avatar

I am fortunate enough to be fairly financially independent with a good income and not many significant outgoings, so I have a fair amount of disposable income. Which I spend on beauty products and gin, LOL.

So, I don’t have a budget as such (I did budget very carefully for more than 2 decades to get where I am now though!) to stick to and if there’s a good sale on, I will usually splurge if there’s something I’ve had my eye on. I still love a good bargain, so if I can get my high end luxe goodies on a discount, then I absolutely will. I have over-indulged a few times and the excitement of getting new things is dulled a little if it’s just constantly one thing after another so I try to limit how often I order so I can really enjoy trying out new products, but now I try and pair them up with things already in my stash. I admit there are a few palettes that I have received and then put away and not yet used (just a couple but still…) but probably about 25% of my spend now goes on gifts like Diptyque mini candles for my mum, perfume sampler boxes for my sister in laws, a collection of lip scrubs and balms for my BFF’s and sunscreen and hair product for my husband. I also regularly declutter and give away sanitised items to my circle of friends (for free) or as I like to call it, sharing the love and sending my not faves to a new home so they can be better appreciated. I enjoy the getting and giving just as much (if not more) than the having, if that makes sense.

Ana Maria Avatar

I don’t have a budget and I don’t feel the need for it. Since I keep my collection small and focused one opening one item at a time, my purchases are almost always replacements, so they are needed. If every item finishes in one month, I need to buy everything. 😅
The only limit I put to myself is just to have one back-up of each product, and never get a back-up more than 2 months in advance.

Genevieve Avatar

No, I don’t have a budget as such for beauty products because nowadays I buy items only occasionally. Mostly the palettes I purchase are on behalf of family members for birthdays, Mother’s Day and Christmas and that is often sufficient.
The lipsticks, foundation, mascara and blush I buy tend not to be expensive (often purchased on sale or with gift cards), so it doesn’t break any budgets.

Nina Avatar

I don’t have an absolute budget. Because I seem to buy the same products over and over I can pretty much know what’s being spent. I will say I’ve seen some incredible products and I draw the line at $135 foundation or a $95 lipstick. I just think the prices of some brands are so outlandish that it would interfere with my enjoyment of wearing them. I can remember playing games money wise with ‘oh well I bought WnW Cabana for $2.00 so I’ll pick up a Tom Ford bronzer at $80.’ Funny to me now. I get what I like and it’s all in that mid range Mercier price range.

brendacr1 Avatar

I don’t really have a budget per say. If I need it I buy it, if I really want it I buy it. But I have loads of makeup and just purchasing more doesn’t make me happy it stresses me out. I feel that if I’m buying something I should be using it. I like to see how I can save money for other things besides makeup.

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