Recently I went on a little splurge and treated myself to some new nail polishes. One was Essie, retailing at £7.99 a bottle, the other was Avon which cost me just £2.00. I was quite shocked to learn that the better nail polish (in my eyes) was in fact, Avon - the cheaper brand and possibly not the first choice you'd think of when it comes to buying a nail polish. It was so much easier to apply, whilst I found the Essie formula quite gloopy and had to remove it all because it wouldn't settle right. This got me thinking of why did I instantly think that Essie would have been higher quality? Well, because it's the higher price. Slap on the wrist for me for judging quality on the price tag.
Sometimes I think it's worth it to splash out on high end products. I always buy Estee Lauder's Double Wear foundation which comes in at just under £30, but I also buy Seventeen's Stay Time dupe which comes in at £6.49. That's a big old price difference and quite frankly, they both do the job as well as each other. You may also have noticed a recent blog post I did where I showed dupes of makeup and beauty that meant just by making a high end to budget swap, you could save a lot of money in one purchase. This has also got me thinking about why we are so willing to pay more for high end products.
Is it because of the glossy, sleek and sophisticated packaging? Take YSL's Black Opium for example, as daft as it sounds I would literally buy it because the bottle is so stunning, same goes for any of Marc Jacob's fragrances too. However, I wouldn't buy a cheap fragrance based on the packaging, it would be based on the price and quality. I think it's important to try and not get lured into the packaging lark. Packaging certainly doesn't equal good quality and poor packaging doesn't equal poor quality.
There is no definitive answer to the question in the title as I can't physically test all the high end beauty products in the world and compare them to the high street - as much as I would enjoy doing that! I have also found some brilliant high street favourites such as Sleek Bronze Block, Rimmel lipsticks, Seventeen Liquid Liner, Bourjois One Volume Second mascara - all of these are firm favourites in my makeup bag - for a much cheaper price. It also depends on your budget. If you have money to burn and want to treat yourself, then what's stopping you?! However, if you need to be more careful with your money, then search around for the best dupes and high street products and find a new budget favourite!