I used to be a high-end makeup h0r. Givency, Dior, you name it and I was on it like wildfire. When I started Musings of a Muse I was all about higher-end makeup brands and Asian beauty particularly Japanese drugstore makeup brands.
I’ve since evolved and I blame that mostly on this blog. When you blog beauty and makeup you end up discovering a vast ocean of different brands from both high-end to mid-range, drugstore, and indie brands.
Do you prefer mid-range, high-end, drugstore, or indie makeup?
I’ve always been a major indie lover even way before I started Musings of a Muse. I remember Skindazzles, Isle of Eden, and tons of other e-shops that I would purchase bath bombs, scrubs, and tons of other stuff. I could probably happily live off indie alone for my bath and body items. Makeup is hit or miss! A few years ago I really enjoy Aromaleigh but I find I become obsessed with some of these shops because they have so many shades and I just want them all so I avoid looking. My wallet feels safer that way.
Drugstore makeup has most definitely involved over the years and I can name any number of brands and items that I really enjoy using. Kiko comes to mind first! Although, not a typical drugstore brand it is very much a budget friendly brand who has a wide range of products and great seasonal releases at such an incredible mind. Milani is also a fantastic brand that’s always on sale and offers endlessly good products. But even more mainstream brands like Maybelline have improved so much over the years. Quality has gotten better and better over the years but prices have also become higher and higher. None the less, there are definitely some great options at the drugstore.
Over the years, higher-end makeup has actually decreased in quality. There are certain brands that remain consistent with quality but many brands are still charging premium prices but the quality simply isn’t there anymore. Where as other new high-end brands such as Marc Jacobs Beauty have shown a consistently good formula worthy of their higher price tag.
And finally, last but never least, the most popular category, mid-range. Too Faced, Urban Decay, Tarte, these all fall into the mid-range genre. I think a lot of these brands have decreased in quality over the years and aren’t quite what we know from them ten or more years ago. Formulas have changed a good deal over the years. That’s not to say that these brands don’t have good releases because they do. But you’re likely a little more cautious with your purchases when they do launch something new.
So, which do I prefer?
Most difficult question ever!
I suppose to prefer mid-range products as if I think about essential products I use daily most are from a mid-range brand followed by drugstore, indie, and higher-end items.
How about you?
Which do you prefer?