Is all makeup the same?Why not buy makeup at the dollar store?
- Anonymous12 months agoFavorite Answer
No, all make-up is not the same. Lower priced brands are often cheap for a reason. Something has to be cut to keep the price point down. A common example of cheaping out is eyeshadow. Cheap eye shadows might look like the same expensive shade but it's nothing like the expensive one. The cheap shadow will have very little pigmentation and a whole lot of fillers (like talc, rice starch, cornstarch etc) so they might look the same color in the pan but when applied to the skin they look weak and white, not brilliant and blue. Cheap blushes can apply streaky and uneven while better more expensive blush powders apply smooth and even. Foundations are the big one -the difference between cheap drug stores foundations and more expensive department store brands can be huge. Higher priced foundation can be a worthwhile splurge. And Anyone who has bought cheap pressed face powders knows about "hard panning" when a cheap pressed powder turns shiny and hard and no longer lifts off with a brush. Hard Panning is a sign of fillers and cheap substitutes.
There are exceptions to this: ELF and Wet'n'Wild are two discount brands that are as good as (and sometimes better than) higher priced brands for shadows, blushes and powder based products while high price lines such as Stila, NARS and Clinique have some terrible products in their lines. Lesser known lines such as Essence and pixxi are between the super cheap and the mid range Benefit/TooFaced level price points and have some amazing products. Essence's Lash Princess False lash effect mascara has a cult like following because it really does look like false lashes when worn. Websites like Make-up Alley, Total Beauty Ulta and Sephora all have user reviews of products and researching user reviews can help you weed out the bad from the good so you have a better idea of what you are buying. If user reviews say "this foundation says it's for oily skin but it turned out slick, shiny and greasy" Or "This product has almost no color and what it did have faded quickly" you will know what not to buy.
Lastly, dollar store cosmetics in brands that you see nowhere else should be avoided. Many of these have been tested and found to contain some ingredients that are not allowed by the FDA and other consumer protection groups. You have to be realistic -obviously corners have to be cut somewhere to get the price below a dollar a bottle. Leave the super duper cheap stuff on the racks.
- 12 months ago
No. Cheap makeup uses lower quality ingredients, doesn't work as well, and runs the risk of having been tested on animals.
- RosieLv 512 months ago
Because it’s trash and looks horrible
- JerryLv 712 months ago
Cheap make up is fun to play with, but if I want to apply make up once and then forget it for the next 6 hours, that usually requires something that costs more. Besides that, high cost make up usually lasts years and years while the budget stuff "gets weird" and unusable after just a year or two. And when you buy the at the "better department stores" make up counters, you get expert advise on what types and colors are best for you, you get an attentive service person and opportunity to try different products in a relaxed and meaningful way, you get free make up lessons (no, you don't already know everything, smarty), and you get "free" gifts to make up for the higher prices. So yes, I paid $35 for an eyebrow crayon/brush combo. But with it I got an attractive good quality cosmetics bag, mascara, blush, lipstick, travel size cleanser and moisturizer, and a perfume that retails for $90. Not bad for $35!
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- Anonymous12 months ago
Some is better than others. Granted, some brands are way overpriced. The shopper just has to decide, depending on their own budget.
- kelvinLv 712 months ago
yes it is and all your paying for is the name and buy it from there if you want too
- Sal*UKLv 712 months ago
Cheaper make up does not cover so well, does not last as long, is often tested on animals,
- Anonymous12 months ago
Not all brands are the same, but a brand is the same whether it is sold in a fancy store or a discount store.
- LA LALv 612 months ago
No not all makeup is the same.