If you are more of a budget person, but like me are still tempted by big brands like MUFE & Inglot to name a few, life can get difficult. The various gushing reviews by other bloggers tease and threaten to break your last resolve as well as your bank balance.
Here are some tips that I keep in mind when trying out expensive stuff.
1. Don’t buy immediately: Try out the products on yourself for at least an hour before you invest. Check yourself out in different lights and observe how your skin reacts to it. If possible, try out the products at the store, come back & google for reviews. It will give you an idea of how the product actually performs. And no, the SA won’t think you are a cheapo if you try out stuff & don’t get anything.
2. Get something that you can't find elsewhere: There is no point getting another clear lipgloss or black eyeliner. Look for unique shades like that perfect red, textures like gels or liquids or things like foundation & concealors that are hard to find matches for in smaller brands. You could also opt to invest in things like makeup brushes that will last you a long time and will help you wear your makeup better. Brands like NYX tend to have dupes of a lot of MAC eyeshadows.
3. Space out your purchases: Planning & spacing out your purchases will help you maintain some kind of control over your budget. It will also give you time to evaluate and compare with other brands as well as figure out how the product fares on you. Plus you can also take advantage of sales (although honestly I am yet to see a sale at any of these high end brands – but you never know)
4. Learn a trick from the image above: Still went over-budget? Make a cute face like the oh-so-cute dog in the picture above. No one can stay angry at that.
I hope these tips help you, how do you buy big makeup brands on a budget?