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View Poll Results: Is more expensive make-up worth the money?
Yes 34 56.67%
No 26 43.33%
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Old 11-08-2008, 05:44 PM
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I have always used cheapo make-up brands, like Revlon, Cover Girl, Almay, Maybelline, etc. Do the better brands--Este Lauder, Clinque, MAC, & so forth--truly result in a prettier look? If so, can you explain why you love the more expensive brands?
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Old 11-08-2008, 06:15 PM
Location: NJ
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i have tried MAC and definitely agree that their lipsticks and eye shadows stay on all day
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Old 11-08-2008, 07:14 PM
Location: Texas
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I have wore it all and never thought I would find something better than MAC- but Bare Escentuals is the best thing ever! I have always had oily skin until I started wearing their foundation. My skin has totally transformed and you never feel like you have on makeup. And it lasts forever!
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Old 11-08-2008, 07:40 PM
Location: In My Own Little World. . .
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I think you can't beat Avon for price and quality.
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Old 11-09-2008, 11:53 AM
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The colors look richer, more real life than plastic one layer tint. You can see multiple layers of color in a higher grade. Staying power majorly affected.
Its hard to go back to drugstore once you buy higher end.
Especially if your products give you problems like breakouts/rashes, color turning/fades

One thing I really like about Mac lipstick is that it makes a good lipstick and stain for gloss. There is so much pigment in the lipstick 2-3 taps + your gloos/chapstick looks like a colored gloss!
So I know myself I use a lot less of "good stuff" usually.
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Old 11-11-2008, 02:22 PM
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I wear everyday minerals and it is really good. The prices are reasonable and you can even try a sample kit for free and you pick the colors you want. Check it out: www.everdayminerals.com I just bought some more 2 weeks ago and I got it in 2 days after ordering. It was fast and I been wearing the stuff a couple of years now. I bought there cosmetic wipes also to try and there great.
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Old 11-11-2008, 04:59 PM
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I think no matter what makeup your do the mineral versions of black and brown are the best colors for a natural brow powder. Nothing else has just the right tone that I have tried.
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Old 11-11-2008, 05:11 PM
Location: North Shore Long Island
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It varies for me and I won't use just one type or brand exclusively.
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Old 11-11-2008, 07:43 PM
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I have a few products that I swear by; i.e., I really like mineral products and Bare Escentuals are my favorite but I have also tried and like the much cheaper version, NYC found at drugstores. I also LOVE and must have a base tinted cream, called Apricot Complexion Enhancer made by Agnes B. I am a middle aged woman with rather sallow skin and this product really warms up my face and makes it glow. I use to order it from a company called Createurs de Beaute, but they no longer can sell to the U.S. so now I am forced to pay $36 plus s/h for a product that used to cost me $20 - but it is well worth it. For eyeliner, I have tried many more expensive brands but prefer a very cheap cake eyeliner by Fran Wilson - easiest and stays on the best for me. For mascara, I go cheap - whatever is on sale. I don't want my eyelashes that long or they brush up against my glasses! Dermalogica makes a wonderful lip balm but I think it is just too expensive and doesn't last very long. So I usually buy Sally Hanson, which is an inexpensive alternative. For lip color, I'm fine with Revlon or Target's Botanic brand. I've tried MAC, but can live without it. I do like MAC eyeshadows. Cosmetics are fun and I am a sucker to try new things but it sure can add up quickly, so I am glad I have found at least a few tried and true products that I am happy with!
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Old 11-12-2008, 01:34 AM
Location: Jersey born & bred
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It depends. I'm a make-up fanatic so I've tried a lot brands and sometimes the cheapy ones are the best. For example, I find NYC eyeliner to be pretty fantastic and that stuff only costs $1 whereas I've bought Lancome eyeliner for $28 and it rubbed off almost instantly. I find if you splurge more on the basics like a great skincare system and a reliable foundation that you can fudge it a little bit with the details.

I switch between Proactiv and Clinique Skincare and Bare Essentials for foundation and, for the most part, I go outside with just a sweep of Mineral Veil and some lip gloss and look pretty fantastic. I definitely couldn't do that when I was using drugstore skincare. I'm pretty subtle in my everyday makeup so I just use the aforementioned Bare Essentials Mineral Veil and either Burt's Bees or Bonne Bell lip balm; I'll throw on some NYC eyeliner and Maybelline (Volum' Express) mascara if I feel like looking a little more polished. If I'm going out at night and want some showstopper makeup, I'll add some MAC or Urban Decay eyeshadow.
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