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MAC vs. Maybelline

Updated on February 26, 2013
Do you have a preference? What's the big deal?
Do you have a preference? What's the big deal? | Source

Drugstore Makeup

Here in Bozeman, an Ulta Beauty store just went into a strip mall. Upon walking in I realized what heaven was. Makeup, hair extensions, perfume, hot irons and hair products lined shelves. Browsing the makeup section, I saw makeup products that were more expensive than my whole collection of makeup! I was baffled.

Here is a complete list of drugstore makeup I used:

  • Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow Quad in Charcoal Smokes
  • Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Mascara in Extreme Black
  • Revlon Photo Ready Bronzer

  • Maybelline Fit Me Foundation in Pure Beige
  • Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder in Pure Beige
  • Maybelline Corrector Concealer
  • Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner in Black
  • Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Dark Brown

I have more makeup, however, those are the products I use on an everyday basis. The most expensive item on that list is the bronzer, costing $12.99. I typically picked up my makeup up Walmart or even the local grocery store if I was desperate.

Since I was 15 years old I have got compliments on my makeup and had people ask me how I apply my eye makeup. Do I use expensive Sephora brushes? Nope! For years, I have used basic eyeshadow applicators, my fingers and cheap sponges. Why change a good thing?

Buying Big

That day at Ulta, my checkbook was full and my hands were greedy. Here is what I left with:

  • Napoleon Perdis Eight is Enough Brush set
  • Smashbox Baked Fusion Soft Lights in Baked Starburst
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light
  • Smashbox High Definition Liquid Concealer in Light
  • Smashbox High Definition Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in Medium 1

  • Smashbox Photo Set Pressed Powder in Medium
  • Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eyes Powder Pencil in Smoky Black
  • Smashbox Smokebox II Eyeshadow Palette in Thunder
  • Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Mascara in Black

My final price was $285! I had a large handful of makeup and it was worth nearly $300. I don't spend that much on clothes! I figured it had to be worth it. I was going to look like Angelina Jolie by the time I was done applying this stuff.

The Sad Truth

Although the new eyeliner was creamier, the eyeshadow didn't smudge and the foundation felt light, I will never buy those products again. My end result was the same as when I was using drugstore makeup, except for the way it felt. But I've dealt with the heavy makeup for long enough that I accept it and don't even notice it.

If you are wealthy and can afford to spend $30 on one tube of mascara, feel free. It's good stuff! However, I won't recommend it to the common girl because it's not all it's cracked up to be.

The only thing I will continue to buy is Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light. It makes my skin feel wonderful, and it keeps my drugstore makeup fresh and beautiful for hours. It's worth the price and lasts a long time!

Which brand of makeup do you prefer?

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