Should You Splurge or Save on These 5 Beauty Products?
For the enthusiast, beauty products are worthy investments. That euphoric feeling they get from beauty products is almost the same as the bliss a diamond-lover feels when wearing good jewelry. There’s a special pride in wearing the iconic 999 by Christian Dior or the vampy Rouge Noir by Chanel. There’s the feeling you can only get from covering your skin with Giorgio Armani's Crema Nude. But however much you may love curating a library of luxurious beauty products, I’m here to tell you it can be done without always spending heaps of money. You can still look great and smell good by occasionally shopping at the lower price points.
Want to know when it’s the right time to splurge or save? Keep reading! Here are five items to consider:
Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Serum ($105, Sephora)
Serum. Serums have slowly found their way into our beauty regimen because they pack so many benefits. A good serum is more lightweight than a moisturizer and penetrates skin at a deeper level to more effectively distribute active ingredients. High-end serums usually contain:
1. Hydrators such as ceramides, amino acids and essential acids, which increase the water content of the skin, making it soft and supple
2. Antioxidants such as vitamin and grape seed extract, which prevent skin aging by fighting sun damage and free radicals
3. Anti-inflammatories such as zinc, aloe vera and goldenseal, which soothe the skin, reduce redness and prevent cell damage
Kristofer Buckle, a celebrity makeup artist, believes that using a serum can give the skin a firmer, smoother appearance by making the pores smaller. And Dr. Carlos A. Charles, founder of Derma di Colore, says there aren’t any economical serums in the market that provide the same skin-enhancing properties as costlier brands.
Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide ($48, Sephora)
Foundation. This serves as your second skin, so you want to make sure it’s packed with the right ingredients that can last all day. It is best to go for products that match your skin tone as well as your skin type. Look for ones that are fragrance-free and offer long-lasting coverage. Check out Laura Mercier's Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide and Mirabella Beauty Skin Tint Crème.
Dior Miss Dior Eau de Parfum ($94, Sephora)
Fragrance. If you’ve ever spent money on a knockoff scent, you soon found out soon it wasn’t as good as the real thing. That’s because premium fragrances carry several levels of essences, most of which are derived from ingredients that are more difficult to source. The top notes can be distinguished immediately after spraying. The middle notes develop after an hour or two, and the base notes are what stay with you for the rest of the day. Some knockoff versions replicate the top and middle notes, but only last for a few hours. So if you want to wear a scent that doesn’t fade, invest in a good perfume.
Maybelline New York Eye Studio Master Precise Ink Pen Eyeliner ($7.99, Maybelline)
Eyeliner. No secret here: you can buy a drugstore eyeliner that will make your peepers fabulous without breaking the bank. Wet n Wild MegaEyes Crème Eyeliner has plenty of lasting power without smudging. And the best part? It costs a mere $3.99. Other products to check: L'Oréal Paris Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner ($6.50) and Maybelline New York Eye Studio Master Precise Ink Pen Eyeliner ($7.99).
NYX Velvet Matte Lipstick ($7, NYX)
Lipstick. With new colors popping up so frequently, you can fill your makeup bag with a host of different colors without breaking the bank. Look for shades with moisturizing features to help lips stay plump and hydrated. Some good products to try: L'Oréal Colour Riche Lipcolour ($8.95) and Maybelline Color Sensational The Mattes ($5.59)