What beauty products do you not like to spend money on (but still do)?

What beauty products do you not like to spend money on (but still do)? Share!

Body cream (always forget/get lazy about using it), mascara, moisturizer (I don’t know why, because it’s important!).

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smashinbeauty Avatar

mascaras, I buy more than I need in 6 months. I always believe the next one will be better when in reality I should be only wearing fake lashes since my own natural lashes are almost non-visible

ms anne thrope Avatar

me too! i believe every new one’s hype and buy it before i have even come close to finishing whatever i just purchased/fell for. i’m a natural blue-eyed redhead and my brows and lashes are naturally blond and nearly transparent. i’ve only had lashes applied once (singles) and never even tried doing it myself. i just keep piling on more mascara on my invisible little stubbies.

Tyler Avatar

Mascara because you have to discard them frequently.

Shouldn’t the question be “What beauty products do you dislike spending money on (but still do)?”?

xamyx Avatar

Mascara, since it is the one product on which I adhere to expiration dates, and it has such a short lifespan. Also, my lips aren’t very prone to dryness/irritation, so I’m just as comfortable wearing DS lipstick as I am with HE; unless the color is amazing, or there is some bonus that comes along with a purchase, I’ll just stick with DS.

sarah Avatar

Mascara (I love Bobbi Brow Everything Mascara but can’t justify the price for something that lasts 3 months) and lip balm – blistex and lanolips work wonders

Alison Avatar

Brushes! I cringe at the price I pay for some of my brushes. I actually end up skipping many products and going straight for the best brushes on the market – My reasoning is that a good tool, when taken care of will last me forever and also make my daily routine more comfortable, fast and effective.

Anne Avatar

Every staple you need in your makeup bag, but which are no fun to buy?
I can get giddy buying eyeshadow or lipstick for instance, because I’ll enjoy the new textures and colours. And it’s something I don’t have to purchase, unlike, say, makeup remover, moisturiser, nail polish remover. These tend to be necessary if you wear makeup. I’d add to the list mascara and topcoat or sunscreen, which need to be replaced regularly. So I find it always a bit tedious shelling out for these products: I never buy high-end for those, but even in drugstore brands, I find them still rather expensive.

Dominique Avatar

BB creams and foundations. I currently have no foundation but should I purchase one, well it would be a bit difficult for me !

Hawin Avatar

Mascara, because you have to buy it more often than other beauty products. Eyeliner, because you never see that much difference in quality. And skincare, don’t know why actually.

Valerie Avatar

It would have to be lip gloss, nail polish, and single eye shadows. I’m a lipstick girl at heart but I buy gloss and hardly use it. What I need to invest in is a good primer and foundation.

Becca @ The Beauty Sample Avatar

It’s always painful for me to pay for my favorite serums. I have a couple that I can’t live without but they are pricey. I cringe whenever I begin to run out because I think of the money I will have to spend but in the end, good skincare is always worth it to me!

Abbey W Avatar

My list is the same! Color cosmetics are so much more fun than the basics. I hate shelling out for eye cream that will last me months, but I will spend $30+ on a special occasion lipstick.

Danielle Avatar

I hate buying skincare because it’s not as fun as a new lipstick or something (and it can get expensive). But I know it’s essential, so I force myself to buy it. And I know I feel better when my skin looks good.

Mariella Avatar

“do you don’t”? Do you mean “What products to you NOT like to spend money on (but still do)?” Sorry, grammar stickler (a bit) here.

For me, it’s probably eye makeup remover and also nail polish base coats. I know a good eye makeup remover is essential with some of the long wearing products around but it still irks me. With base coats, I find my polish actually seems to wear better without one but there are so many colours of polish that need one otherwise they stain my nails.

Gina Avatar

Cleansers and toners. Great makeup doesn’t look so great on dull, clogged skin, so I happily spend on cleansing. I don’t like spending a lot on eyeshadow….I am always disappointed by something it does (or doesn’t do) like creasing, fallout, rubbing off, changing color, having a really intense base pigment that’s different from how it appears in the pan, the list goes on….

Kellyn Avatar

I don’t like spending money on foundation! Even though it’s a necessary part of a makeup kit, they tend to be more expensive than other products. And foundation isn’t one of the “fun” products to buy, like lipstick or eyeshadow. 🙂

Catriona Avatar

Skincare because nothing seems to fix ALL of the problems my skin has. I can maybe fix one problem with cleanser and moisturiser (very oily skin), but then have to cover everything with foundation anyway (because my skin is naturally extremely red) so occasionally I wonder what the point is of spending so much on it!

Mill Avatar

I’ve already spent over $100 for sunscreen this spring. It’s ridiculous!
Then I’ll spend another $100 for spray tan… I’m so vain that I just want to punch myself.

Amelia Avatar

I always feel guilty buying expensive cleansers, because I know I can get them so much cheaper at the drugstore. But I am constantly dropping mad cash on cleansers along with everything else. The one thing I definitely feel good about spending money on is moisturizer. It’s so hard to find the right one for my skin type with mineral sunscreen!

Andrea Avatar

Eyebrow pencil (the one I use runs out too fast, but it’s my HG), facial moisturizer and cleanser (relatively expensive; I try to stock up during Sephora sales), mascara (not that exciting, unless it’s color mascara).

Megan Avatar

I always put off buying the neccessities like makeup remover and such! A lot of the time I find myself thinking it’s too expensive for what I’m getting, but then I turn around and spend $15 on a lipstick. Makes no sense, haha

Quinctia Avatar

I hate buying Zoya Anchor and Armor, since I can’t get it locally and I have to order it when I need more. So I have to carefully time the order. At least Zoya offers promotions fairly often so I can have some cheap nail polish tag along.

Kristen Avatar

Mascara. But occasionally I’ll buy my favorite – Tarte Light’s, Camera, Lashes. It’s just so hard to spend $19 when I can go to the drugstore and buy one for less than $9. But that is my favorite mascara ever…

Jan Avatar

Makeup remover wipes. I have a brand I love in terms of quality: very gentle yet highly effective. But the cost with shipping is definitely steep relative to longevoty. The funniest thing is that my family prefers them to hand wipes when we are on treval – they are so smooth and non-drying. Makes me go through about 90+ every month.

VickyM Avatar

When it comes to skincare and makeup I have no regrets splurging on, but I hate to pay a lot of money for beauty tools (makeup brushes, hair combs), I still spend on this, but I don´t like to.

Heidi Avatar

I agree with Smashinbeauty and Ryou. I always get sucked into limited edition products and often buy more than really that’s necessary.
Mascara – love hate relationship there. I love mascara and probably buy more than I can use up in a 3-6 month span. I also have very straight lashes and need mascara for anybody to see them. I should just buy fake lashes too like smashinbeauty pointed out. LOL

Veronica Avatar

Pencil liner. No matter the price tag, they never seem to last on my waterline. It’s gotten to the point where I’ve just completely given up trying to make anything stick to my waterline and just wear gel and liquid liner.

Nikki Avatar

Honestly, I hate to buy eyeshadow. I don’t wear it often (only for special occasions and for going out), and it just seems like a waste to me to spend sooooo much money for products I only use occasionally. I do however love browns and neutrals, so I am thinking of investing in making my own quad using MAC shadows as my go-to palette for all occasions. I feel that if I invest in some higher quality products that definitely deliver, I’ll be more motivated to use them regularly.

Xero Avatar

Concealer. I use Wet n Wild Brulee as undereye concealer and I don’t mind buying that one since it’s only $2, but I do buy an actual cream concealer for blemishes and the like. I hate applying it, I hate buying it, but I have to because if I don’t cover my pimples I’d look ridiculous wearing lipstick and eyeshadow.

Jade Avatar

I really hate forking out for serum, because it’s SO expensive, even though it’s worth every dollar for me. I also don’t like paying for mascara, because I’ve all but given up on finding one I really like. At least I’ve discovered I like tubing mascara, now I just have to try all the ones that interest me!!

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