My Favorite Beauty Splurge vs Steal Products

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My Favorite Beauty Splurge vs Steal Products

Today for Makeup Wars we are sharing our favorite splurges and steals. I thought that rather than just showcasing a few items that are dupes, I would do something that a lot of readers have asked for via email lately, create a couple of complete makeup kits!

Here's a peek at how I would create these kits, I'm going for a fairly neutral look, but with a fun, bright pink lip. In real life, I use a combination of products from each of these price points. When applying, note that I apply products in the order that I've listed them here, and I usually require 2 color correctors (green for any redness, pink/peach for undereye circles), though I don't have a luxe version of the green. All of these products are ones that I have and use myself!

Luxe Makeup Bag Picks

1. Tinted Moisturizer: Yves Saint Laurent Top Secrets BB Cream Skintone Perfector
2. Color Corrector: Giorgio Armani Master Corrector
3. Concealer: Giorgio Armani Maestro Eraser Dark Circle Concealer
4. Powder: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Compact
5. Blush: Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blush
6. Shadow Primer: No Luxe Pick
7. Neutral Shadow Palette: Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in The Uptown Girl
8. Eye Liner: Charlotte Tilbury The Classic Eye Powder Pencil
9. Mascara: Chanel Le Volume Mascara
10. Brows: No Luxe Pick
11. Highlighter: RMS Beauty Living Luminizer
12. Bright Pink Lippie: Yves Saint Laurent Glossy Stain in 15 Rose Vinyl

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Splurge Makeup Kit Basic Products

1. Tinted Moisturizer: IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+
2. Color Corrector: FACE Stockholm Corrective Concealer in Neutralizer Blue and Neutralizer Red
3. Concealer: Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer
4. Powder: NARS Pressed Powder
5. Blush: Urban Decay Afterglow Blush
6. Shadow Primer: Too Faced Shadow Insurance
7. Neutral Shadow Palette: Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Soft & Sexy Eye Shadow Collection
8. Eye Liner: Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner
9. Mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
10. Brows: IT Cosmetics Brow Power Super Skinny
11. Highlighter: NARS Highlighting Blush Powder in Albatross
12. Bright Pink Lippie: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Anarchy

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Best bargain makeup products

1. Tinted Moisturizer: Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-In-1 Beauty Balm Skin Perfector
2. Color Corrector: Maybelline Cover Stick Concealer in Green
3. Concealer: L'oreal True Match Concealer
4. Powder: L'Oreal Paris Cosmetics Infallible Pro-Matte Powder
5. Blush: Maybelline New York Dream Bouncy Blush in Fresh Pink
6. Shadow Primer: NYX Cosmetics Eye Shadow Base
7. Neutral Shadow Palette: CoverGirl Roses TruNaked Eye Shadow Palette
8. Eye Liner: CoverGirl Liquiline Blast Eyeliner
9. Mascara: L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara in Blackest Black
10. Brows: L'Oreal Paris Cosmetics Stylist Definer Brow Liner
11. Highlighter: L'Oreal Paris Cosmetics True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator
12. Bright Pink Lippie: L'Oreal Paris Colour Caresse Wet Shine Lip Stain in Berry Persistent

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  1. I'm dying to try the Covergirl palettes! They look gorgeoussss!

  2. I would have never thought to group products like you did! Great idea!

  3. Awesome post. Can I ask how you made those photo collages?

  4. I love these type of posts! I really want to try the L'Oreal lip stains. I love the YSL gloss stains but I'm wondering how they both compare and if I could save some money by going the drugstore route.

  5. A wonderful post! Which Urban Decay Afterglow blush do you use?

  6. I'm partial to the "splurge" group ;) xx
    Gyudy @ Gyudy's Notes Of Beauty

  7. I have tried nearly all the Splurge products and love them all. I am now gearing up to try the Luxury products. I enjoy trying luxurious products from time to time and like to determine if they were worth the splurge.
    A great article.

    Erica K.

  8. @Anon I actually have all of the blushes, I use obsessed and score the most often.

  9. @Marleen I use photoshop :)
    @Rain I like both formulations. I've found that the YSL is definitely more pigmented and "staining", but I recommend both!

  10. I was extremely disappointed with the covergirl nude roses. It lasted less than 2 hours with primer. I was home reading when I tested it and, later when I looked in the mirror, it literally looked as if I never had applied eyeshadow. I started to doubt my memory but the experience was repeated with various primers. This has never happened to me with any other eyeshadow.

  11. I love reading these kinds of posts! I'd love to try the brow pencil and highlighter. Thanks for sharing.



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