I’m all about using products that are just as good or even BETTER than the more expensive higher end products. I just love the feeling of knowing I can make a product that is only $6 look like it’s $30+. However, sometimes there is just no comparision when it comes to certain products, and I’ll happy shell out the $20 or so for the product in question.
Fortunately for me, this is a rare occurance, and I don’t feel quilty at all when I splurge on the more expensive products. Especially when I can get them as some sort of discount.
Urban Decay’s Primer Potion – This product has been talked about forever and a day now in the beauty world, and there is a good reason why. I have already reviewed this item a long time ago, when I first started this blog, and my love for it has not diminished yet. I have yet to find an eye primer that works as well for me as this one. There are some drugstore items that people have used as eye primers, and some of them have worked, others not so much. I personally have used L’Oreal HiP Paints, HiP Color Rich Cream Crayon, and Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy Fast Fix Eyeshadow Base, and all of these products, except for one, have wrecked havoc on my eyeshadows. I haven’t tried L’Oreal Decrease, but I don’t have very high hopes for it. I haven’t tried any of the higher end eye primers, because I’m happy with UDPP and the point of this post is focused on products that have the drugstore price point.
MAC Paint Pots – Here is another item that has no lower priced comparable. There are cream eyeshadows available in drustore form, but none in a pot with the color range and long wearing ability as the Paint Pots. There are of course creaseless pot cream eyeshadows available from more expensive brands. However all of those are more expensive than the Paint Pots, which clock in at $16.50. These work amazingly well on my hard to please eye lids. This is one of the few products that do not crease on me. The only somewhat comparable item to the paint pots are the Indelible Creme Eye Shadows, that are available from MadMinerals.Org for $8.99. I have yet to try these because I am waiting for a good sale from Mad Minerals to happen. These cream shadows are not available from physical stores unforunately.
As of right now, these are the only two products that I haven’t found a worthy adversary in a lower price point. This is just my opinion and I’m sure everyone feels differently about these products. Many people love the Too Faced Shadow Insurance , a recent contender to the UDPP. I haven’t tried this product, because I’m happy with what I have now. However, this doesn’t stop me from finding something cheaper that works .
Name: Drama Queen
Available: Mad Minerals
This color is a MUST HAVE in my humble opinion. Drama Queen is a lavender / gold duocrome that is spectacular. It’s a very light color, and in certain lights it looks like a pure gold shimmer on the skin. In fact, it’s hard to call this color a duochrome, because when you look at it dead on, it is a perfect mixture of purple and gold. I have nothing like this color in my collection. It is truly one of those unique colors.
The only color that even comes near this color is Prism by Paula Dorf, but there are literally nothing alike. Does that make sense? Prism is a light lavender with gold shimmer, but Drama Queen is like Prism on Steroids. I think this color would work well on all skin tones. It’s a cool color – but the gold shimmer would make this work on warm tones as well. You can work this color during the day and at night. It is pigmented enough, so that you do not have to use this color wet to get awesome pay off.
Hey everyone one of my fave brands, Mad Minerals is having a sale, you get 20% off any order $20 or more before shipping. I love this sale because I basically get enough taken off that shipping is just about free. Mad also has super, duper fast shipping, even during sales and you always get your products a couple of days after ordering.
The sale goes through Sept 3rd.