This is somewhat of a continuation of my previous post on products that I’ve loved that I haven’t found a comparable lower priced item to. This post is all about the products that have a cult following, that actually HAVE lower end comparables, that I have personally used and loved. I haven’t used all of the higher end products, but I have tested them on several occasions that I feel I have a good idea of how well they work for me, anyway.
Eyeshadows – This is a biggie. I am torn on this one, because I’m in love with MAC’s Mineralized Eyeshadows, but I feel that there are many eyeshadows out there that are just as good, or even better than MAC and other Higher End shadows for a lower price:
- Ben Nye Eyeshadows – These range from about $6-10, and are available from costume shops, and speciality online stores. These are almost twice as big as MAC and Urban Decay shadows, and are pigmented like no one’s business. I use my Ben Nye shadows more than my more expensive ones.
- Wet N Wild Ultimate Expressions Palettes. These palettes have 8 huge colors, and are extremely pigmented. I own 6 of these palettes, both permanent and limited edition. The eyeshadows are soft and extremely blendable. These palettes have mostly neutral colors that are wonderful!
- NYX Shadows – NYX has many different types of shadows, and the vast majority of them are wonderful, they are pigmented, and dirt cheap. The price of these range from $1-6, depending on what you pick up. I’ve tried them all, and I have loved almost all of them.
- L’Oreal HiP Eyeshadows Duos – These are simply some of the best drugstore eyeshadows that you will easily find in the drugstore. Each duo has two cordinating colors that are simply amazing, and some can be considered as dupes to higher end colors. These often go on sale BOGO Free, so it’s well worth your time to pick some up. You can easily get four huge, pigmented colors for the same price as one MAC shadow during a BOGO Free sale.
- L’Oreal Wear Infinite Singles – I recently tried my first eyeshadow from L’Oreal – apart from the HiP line, and I was flabbergasted when I used it. It is extremely soft and pigmented, and it blended like dream on my skin. I am looking forward to trying more in the future. I haven’t tried the quads though. So those maybe different.
- Milani – Milani makes some amazing eyeshadows. The ones that are very comparable to MAC and other brands were their little regular singles. These were amazing smooth and more pigmented than you can imagine. Unfortunatley Milani decided to get rid of these, but they are still available in some places. I’ve seen them in select Walgreens. These cost around $3-4 and were totally worth the money. Another good choice from Milani are the quads, they for about $6-7 and have four huge colors with tons of pigment and are really soft. These are available everywhere.
- TKB Trading Pigments – These are pure pigments of color, that you buy from TKB Trading for $1.50 per sample. Samples are a full table spoon of pigment – this is about the same amount of product that you get in a full sized MAC jar filled. These are definitely worth your time to check out for cheap, but not cheap quality pigments.
So far, these are the shadows I’ve used that are comparable to higher end products. These may not be as smooth as higher end shadows, or they may be slightly more sheer, but the money that you save is worth it. I feel that the price difference and more than decent quality makes these shadows the better choice than the higher end ones.
This is one of the newest items that Sephora has graced us with:
78 Multi Palette, 66 Lipstick palette:
I don’t know what the quality of the Sephora palette is. I do know that many people either love or hate the the palettes that I have listed. If you are a blogger or a beauty blog junkie, then you have heard of these two latter palettes. You can purchase them on Coastal Scents, however I really dislike that company, and I refuse to purchase from them anymore.
However, you can purchase these palettes and so much more on Ebay from reputable sellers who get them straight from China where they are manufactured. They cost about the same from these sellers as they do from Coastal Scents, and are typically packaged very well. You also don’t really have to pay the overpriced shipping that Coastal Scents make you pay.
Just for example, my only order from Coastal Scents charged me $10 for shipping, Parcel Post. I ordered a few of the gel eyeliners and a couple of home fragrances. This could have easily fit into a Flat Rate Priority Envelope for $5. So I was kinda pissed that it cost me that much to get my stuff, on top of taxes. Coastal Scents is located in Florida, so my package didn’t even have to leave the state.
Anyway, back on subject, the Sephora palette looks a lot like the one that I listed. The price of the Sephora palette is $22, which is very comparable when it is compared to the other palettes which come in at $20-25.
So if any of you get this palette and try it, let me know. I’m curious as to the quality of it, and if Sephora has taken notice of the current uproar of these palettes.