This is a constant argument between makeup lovers/enthusiasts everywhere.
Where do we draw the lines between low-mid- and high end makeup brands and quality?
You can literally watch people yell at each other online about whether or not Mac is high or mid end, and then you get to read countless comments on how the distinction will always be different depending on a persons social class.
Then I went to Shoppers Drug Mart today, which for many Canadians is the go-to for beauty and cosmetics. Albeit they are wildly overpriced compared to Walmart or the ever so missed Zellers.
I find myself in sticker shock. When did drugstore makeup start ringing up at $13 for a lipgloss? $14.99 for a lipstick? Does this mean that drugstore makeup is no longer the penny saver we think it is?
I thought I would delve a bit deeper into this theory. Let’s start with some matte lip creme products.
First up is a new matte lip cream from L’oreal’s Infallible line. $14.49. What? Too rich for my blood.
You can pick up this .12 fl oz “drugstore product” or you could pick up something from Sephora for the same price or a few dollars more.
Or you can drop down a bit and go with the Revlon High definition matte colour cream. Which is basically a fancy lipgloss… for $12.49! Are the formulations of these products improving? For some yes, but not everything. Unless we are talking straight up lipsticks, the quality of drug store lip creames don’t tend to blow my skirt up.
Other options from a ‘high end’ website…
So you are telling me there is an option to get six for $13? I will take it!. BAG IT AND TAG IT SISTER.
Let’s talk brow
ws. $18.49 regular price for THIS!? It’s just some L’oreal brow powder and wax. Please. I used to buy this from Sephora for $11. Seems a bit steep for a brow product from a drugstore no?
Especially compared to these other options!
Why pay high end prices if you aren’t going to get the high end quality? There are $3.00 products that can work just as well if not better.
What are your thoughts on the rise in drugstore pricing?
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