When it comes to makeup, in my experience, a big price tag most often correlates to good or excellent quality. However, the inverse is not always true: cheap makeup isn’t always poor quality. Now that you’ve seen the kind of products I own, you have an idea of my tastes. It’s mixed, no? Most of my brushes are cheapies from Target and e.l.f. and then I got a $25 brush from Urban Decay.
My reasoning: I had never used foundation before and they said the brush was specifically designed to work with their new foundation, so I thought I might as well have the best and be done with it. My Libra tendencies got the better of me.
Sometimes I buy products based on how much I’m getting for the price. I’m sure everyone is familiar with MAC Cosmetics. Great brand, great quality, right? (I’ve never used it, just what I’ve heard). Take a single pressed eye shadow: $15 for 1.5 g or 0.05 oz.
Now take a Sugarpill Cosmetics (another great-quality brand) pressed eye shadow, just for comparison. $12 for 4 g or 0.14 oz.
Since I don’t have any MAC shadows to create a comparison image, here is a visual comparison of a MAC and Sugarpill shadow I found on Disastrous Glam’s blog (third from last image).
That makes a big difference in my book because I’m a bargain hunter when it comes to shopping for anything.
My general rule of thumb is trusting the brands I know are usually worth the money for what you get, as far as things like palettes and kits go (but you can never win with things like individual liquid eyeliners -sob-) and I cheap out on accessories like brushes (because I’d blame the makeup’s application quality before the brush used to apply it). Haha.
Hello! At this point you may be wondering what I’m working with here. Well let me show you.
These are all of my brushes. For some of the makeup gurus out there, this may appear minimalist, but I work with what I have and am willing to spend money on.
From left: Three brushes from random kits I’ve received as gifts from relatives over the years. They serve the purpose of throwing on a quick brow highlight most of the time. The pink one, I use the end to dip into my undereye concealer and then blend with a sponge (not pictured). Six eye shadow and crease brushes from Target. I have three of each to avoid constant brush washing (i.e. laziness). A smudge and eyeliner brush from Target that I hardly use but are good to have anyway. Two ELF (eyeslipsface) brushes that are also rarely used. I mostly use the white one to apply highlight to my inner eye corner. An ELF bronzer brush, a Target blush brush and a Forever 21 blush brush (which I use to apply highlight powder to my face). Three brushes from Forever 21 that came with the “blush” brush and haven’t been used since. The foundation brush from Urban Decay is the heaviest and most expensive brush I own (but received as a gift per my request). Otherwise, every other brush cost me no more than $6 each and they get the job done just fine.
From left: An old Urban Decay eye pencil. Four Revlon Colorstay eyeliners (these are the best). Six Revlon Just Bitten lipstains that I rarely wear anymore (I’m all about tinted lipbalms now). A concealer and highlight from ELF. Too Faced Shadow Insurance (eye shadow base) and NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk (also a good shadow base). Five liquid eyeliners from Urban Decay. Three eyeliners from Stila. Mascara from WalMart, I think it’s L’Oreal brand. Six mini lipsticks from a Kat Von D kit from Sephora.
Top left: Brush cleaner and a blush from ELF. The Sugarpill Heartbreaker palette. Stila In The Know palette. Lorac bronzer and highlighter. Urban Decay eyebrow kit. A sample of Urban Decay’s Naked Skin foundation.
About half of my Sugarpill collection; these were the first two hauls I bought.
A look I did a year or so ago.
The video below is one of the first tutorials I ever watched about Sugarpill and I’ve been a fan of this makeup guru ever since.