How Drugstore Makeup Stacks Up to the Expensive Stuff

Why buy a $30 highlighter when you can spend under $10 for the same quality? Or is it the same quality? It's a struggle every makeup lover faces—drop big bucks on a star-worthy product or save your coins.

I decided to see for myself how the affordable stuff stacks up to splurge-worthy brands. I applied drugstore products to one half of my face and high-end products to the opposite side. Here’s what I noticed

Setting Powder

Airspun Loose Face Powder vs. Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder

Verdict: Comparable!

Despite the extreme price difference, Airspun held up to the Laura Mercier powder. Airspun created a matte finish and kept my makeup looking fresh. Laura Mercier also held mymakeup in place all day. That said my pick for overall performance was Laura Mercier.

Recommended: Laura Mercier

Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder


Maybelline Master Strobing Stick vs. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Verdict: Comparable!

A highlight is an essential component of my daily makeup routine. The Maybelline Strobing Stick is easy to apply and the color is very illuminating. The Becca highlighter slides right on with one swipe and the highlight color is extremely pigmented.

Recommended: Either one!


Contour Stick

Colourpop Sculpting Stick vs. Tarte Contour Stick

Verdict: Comparable, go for the save

Applying a cream stick contour really helps define your cheekbones. The Colourpop and Tarte sticks both blend well and are very pigmented. Either product is a good buy based on preference.

Recommended: Colourpop

Colourpop Sculpting Stick


Maybelline Lash Sensational vs. Benefit Roller Lash

Verdict: Different results

Finding the right mascara is extremely important. Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara is amazing. It provides the perfect amount of volume along with length. Love this product for a bold look. Roller Lash is also a favorite. Used more for a light layer, this product provides a long lash look that’s better for everyday.

Recommended: Maybelline for bold lashes, Benefit for every day wear



Wet n Wild Coloricon Bronzer vs. Tarte Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer

Verdict: Splurge

Finding the best bronzer can be really difficult. The Wet n' Wild bronzer has natural-looking color and is easy to apply. Tarte’s bronzer also has a great color and can be used to contour the face as well. The pigment is really bronzed and the finish is great.

Recommended: Tarte Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer

Tarte Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer

Liquid Eyeliner

L'Oreal The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner vs. Sephora Smart Liner

Verdict: Save

These two choices both proved to beabsolutely amazing. The L’Oreal Liner is super dark and dries instantly making it easy to create a wing. The Sephora eyeliner is great to use for an easy application.

Recommended: L’Oreal Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner

L'Oréal Infallible Super Slim Liner


Maybelline Master Prime vs. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Verdict: Splurge

The Master Primer from Maybelline is easy to apply, yet feels super thin. The Smashbox primer has a super soft texture and truly holds foundation in place. Plus, it leaves the skin looking smooth and flawless.

Recommended: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer



Maybelline FitMe Foundation vs. MAC Studio Fix Fluid

Verdict: Save

Finding the perfect foundation is tough. The FitMe foundation provides amazing coverage that lasts all day and covers all imperfections. The MAC foundation creates a flawless look leaving the skin smooth and natural-looking. But, the results from using both foundations were so simliar that I have to recommend saving your money and buying FitMe.

Recommended: Maybelline FitMe Foundation

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation

Have you ever tried comparing drugstore and high-end products? Which do you prefer? Tell us in the comments!