As my blog and I get a little older (not necessarily wiser) my idea about what constitutes value for money has changed. It used to be that a product had to be as cheap as chips in order for me to consider it good value but I’ve come round to the idea of spending my money on one or two expensive products that I know I’ll use instead of a dozen cheaper ones that I will forget about. That’s not to say that I’m turning my back on inexpensive makeup, I’m not. I just want to evaluate products based on how much use I get out of them. It doesn’t matter how cheap it is, if I use it once and forget about it then that is not value for money. Here are a few products that I think were worth every penny for me.
My Benefit Browzings has to get a mention. Before you choke on the £22.50 price tag hear me out. I bought this around 2 years ago, I use it several times a week and yet it’s still not done. The wax will probably be used up by the end of 2012 but the powder will keep going until the end of time. There are Sleek and ELF versions out there that look similar but I haven’t tried them so I can’t compare the performance.
ELF Studio makeup brushes. Not all of them mind you. I never use the fan brush or the concealer brush but the powder brushes, eyeshadow c brush and contour brushes are part of my daily face arsenal . None of them have shed on me. They perform well and the only sign of wear after almost 2 years is the ferrule has started to loosen a bit on one of the powder brushes. For the £3.50 price tag I don’t begrudge it a bit of superglue after almost 2 years of hard graft.
MAC Wedge Eyeshadow. There are probably cheaper dupes out there but I don’t own any (although Naked from the Urban Decay Naked palette is very, very similar). I use this shadow almost daily because it gives me what nature forgot to (I don’t mean boobs... sadly). I mean a crease. I use this almost daily to blend out my crease and it creates the perfect shadow. I’d be lost without it so I consider it £12 well spent.
What products give you the smug satisfaction of money well spent?