Does High End Beauty Mean Better Quality?

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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!
 
Do you ever found yourself tempted by luxury packaging? x
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  1. I loved the Mark Jacobs packaging but wasn't blown away by the fragrance. I think sometimes we arw tricked into thinking pricing and packaging has an impact on quality x

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  2. I think it definitely depends on the product. I think lipsticks, for the most part, do not need to be high end. I have a couple of MAC lipsticks that I love but also have quite a few much cheaper alternatives which are just as nice. Eyeshadows however are a completely different ball game. I have tried many cheaper alternatives and they just don't have the staying power or blendability of the expensive palettes. I'm also a sucker for (travel size) high end mascara - who ever uses a whole bottle of mascara anyway?

    Rachael at broomfie.blogspot.com

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  3. I'm a huge lover of drugstore! I think one brand that are amazing at cut price dupes is Makeup Revolution.
    Benefit's They're Real! mascara is my weakness though, while other mascaras are similar I just can't find one that is as good/better! Great post :)
    Maeve // Thrift O'Clock

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  4. I can't afford buying all the high end makeup and just because something comes from X brand and is expensive it doesn't have to be amazing. I recently treated myself to some more expensive products and while some of them really reflect the higher price tag, some left me disappointed. I totally agree there are some amazing products in drugstores! x
    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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  5. I use all sorts of variation in products, it's really great to see you can get similar for cheaper. I love Benefit, and everything from them works for me, but I also love boots Seventeen and use all theirs, so I think it is worth testing all different products to get the right match. :)
    haveyouseenhowshespeaks.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. This is a very good and interesting post! For me, it doesn't particularly matter about the brand, I have more high street makeup than high end brands in my makeup collection, as long as the product is GOOD then it's a thumbs up for me, however it is very satisfying to buy a high end product! :)

    aliceinlondonland.co.vu

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  7. I think a lot of it also has to do with how the makeup makes me feel - I feel so much glamorous when I'm wearing makeup that has a higher price tag than the makeup I buy at a drugstore, but I feel like often you are paying for the brand rather than the actual quality.

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  8. I love this post, I think we get lured in by a brands reputation as well. I do think sometimes it's better but you can nearly always find dupes which I'd rather do to save money :)

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

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  9. This is so funny. I literally posted today but pretty much saying the opposite: I always steer clear of pricey brands cos I figure they'll probably be just as good as the lower priced ones so why waste my money?

    But I got sent some samples of expensive moisturisers and facial oil, and actually the higher-end skincare is really really working for me!! Much better than my usual cheap Simple stuff.

    So maybe it's worth investing in SOME products, more than others? It's an interesting debate isn't it! :) xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

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  10. I think its so dependant on the item, and great post. Although one thing I'll never skimp on is mascara, I defiantly think you get what you pay for!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  11. I use a combination of both expensive and cheaper products, as well as some 'middle ground' ones. I sometimes find more expensive products last far longer - my Charlotte Tilbury mascara seems to be never ending, and it isn't clumping yet where as i've used Rimmel ones which dry out pretty quick. I also love NARS blush and bronzer, yet I wear Sleek eyeshadows. I think it completely depends on the item/product. It's such an interesting topic though! x

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  12. I agree with Rachael that cheaper eyeshadows don't seem so great! But I don't mind using cheaper dupes for make-up because they're usually just as good - I have a lipstick that cost me £2 and it stays on longer than any of my other ones! However I agree with you, if you want to treat yourself to a high-end product, go for it! :)

    Hazel xx

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  13. I think it really depends - I always spend on foundation and concealer but mix it up a bit with everything else :) xx

    Magpie Jasmine || GIVEAWAY!: Urban Decay/Nars/Charlotte Tilbury/Too Faced

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  14. Most of the time I do find that High End products are better, there are a few staples that I only use drugstore but mainly all of my makeup is actually High End.
    You pay for service, theory and quality; I don't mind spending more on things that are better!


    Francesca xo // EffStar Beauty

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