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Indie Brands

The best is the creativity and freedom that the brands have to put out exactly the type of products they think are missing from the industry. The worst is dealing with drama and entrepreneurs who either do not know how to run a business and/or take everything personally.

— Christine

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Drugstore Brands

They’ve come a long way since I’ve started using makeup,
but there are still some products that are lacking (I think powder eyeshadow and blush are the two that immediately come to mind–there are some winners but a lot of losers!). I wish there was a better selection online (or was more consistent)
as it can be hard to track down limited edition products in person (at least for me!).

— Christine

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High-End Brands

I like a mix of what’s more accurately termed mid-end along with high-end. I think that these brands often know how to get better textures out of their products than more affordable brands when it comes to powder and sometimes skincare. I feel like there are a lot of gimmicks and some puffery at this level,
though, and while there’s no excuse for inconsistent or poorly developed products, there are certainly plenty that you can waste your money on.

— Christine

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Luxury Brands

Some of it is just so over-the-top in price but am not sure that you’re getting anywhere near the quality you should for the price or the packaging doesn’t strike me as “worth it” for that price. I also feel like sometimes you get less pigmentation (but I think it is intentional) without the brand making that clear (Cle de Peau comes to mind), more often with this tier.

— Christine

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Skincare

It’s confusing. There’s a lot of trial and error. When you find skincare products that work, it feels so good and makes life (skin) better… but trying to get there? It can be a nightmare of a ride!
There’s also a ton of puffery in skincare, and you have to invest time to research and get to know ingredients if you want to buy efficacious products. You also have to know when and how to apply what and where!

— Christine

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Shimmery Blush

I like satin to shimmer in my blushes — matte is my least favorite, so I love when a shimmery blush is luminous but not metallic and doesn’t emphasize my skin’s texture.

— Christine