Skincare and Makeup Products: Splurge or Spend?

I normally don’t write about makeup or skincare but have a few exceptions. The first time I did write a post was on my Korean 10-step skincare and today it is an extension of that post. This post was the result of a conversation I had with GG about spending money on skincare. I had some ideas, but wanted to check if what I thought was true or not and decided to check it out more. This blog post is the result of that journey down the rabbit hole. This is my personal opinion and may not be in sync with conventional views.

I have always believed that if one has great skin, then one can get away with minimal or even no makeup. So I would rather invest in skincare rather than makeup mainly because our skin is with us our whole life and showcases our personality. So what are the skincare and makeup products that one should spend money and what should one save on?

Facial Cleanser: This is a step in that one does not need to spend a lot of money. Any cleanser will stay on your face for a very short time and its only job is to clean the face. So any cleanser that claims to moisturise or give any benefit is just hype, I mean, what benefit can be gotten from a product that stays on the face for less than a minute and is washed off? Just purchase a cleanser that is suitable for your face type which is pocket friendly and get on with your day.
Verdict: Save

Toners: I am on the fence on this one. Toners help balance the skin’s PH level and prepare the skin for the following skincare products and no matter how expensive the product is, the main ingredient is water. So I would say save on this product, but buy the best within your budget, which means don’t buy anything that will strip the moisture from the skin, so nothing with alcohols in it.
Verdict: Save

Serums: Serums have highly concentrated ingredients and are designed to sink into the skin and treat them with a high concentration of active ingredients. They are formulated in smooth and smaller molecules that will penetrate deep into the skin. So the more expensive serums have more potent and effective ingredients like Argan oil, olive oil, hyaluronic acid and green tea that provide visible skin benefits. Using serums consistently should show results and for this reason, it’s better to splurge on serums.
Verdict: Spend

Eye Creams: Eye creams are used to hydrate the delicate skin around the eyes. The more hydrated the skin there, the fewer wrinkles will appear. A good quality eye cream will work wonders in depuffing this area and so it is better to spend than to save.
Verdict: Spend

Moisturiser: Another product I am on the fence about. When I did some reading to pent this post, almost all suggested that moisturisers should be in the save section, but I feel that it straddles both sections. Something that sits on your face for more than 12 hours a day should be purchased with thought. Moisturisers act as an invisible barrier that allows the skin to maintain its moisture levels, but it does not absorb into the skin. So any decent moisturiser that does the work of hydrating the skin and protects it from the elements and any makeup applied will do. So maybe instead of splurging, spend wisely, buying according to your budget, but not breaking the bank.
Verdict: Save

Sunscreen: Sun damage can cause premature ageing, dehydration, dark spots, and even skin cancer. So, sun protection is essential to protect the skin from sun damage, and putting on sunscreen is essential, especially given today’s climatic conditions. No matter the climate, one must apply it daily to keep the skin free from tanning and other complications later on in life. Some of the more expensive brands use ingredients that contain antioxidants which tend to be less runny and greasy and don’t make the skin oily or give the skin an ugly white cast. Sunscreens should also be selected based on the sensitivity of the skin.
Verdict: Spend

Sheet Masks: Sheet masks are used as an extra boost or treatment for the skin. Most of them are packed with active ingredients that will give the skin intense hydration in 20 mins. Prices of most sheet masks vary but depending on the need, it may be wiser to save rather than spend. Hydration or blemish control may need a less expensive mask while for anti-ageing masks which need expensive ingredients to work, spending money on them will be better.
Verdict: Save

Lip Balm: An essential product for dry lips, lip balms protect and moisturises lips from cracking and flaking. The skin on the lips is very delicate and thin and needs more care than the rest of the face. Vitamin E, beeswax, and petroleum jelly are the most common ingredients in lip balm. These ingredients are not expensive and in addition, over 80% of lip balms are petroleum jelly based. So one need not spend too much on these products unless the need for a more expensive product is medical.
Verdict: Save

Foundation: With product technology advancing, the foundation is no longer the first step in makeup, but the last step in skincare. According to experts, one should spend on foundations because of the options available at that price point and the technology used. High-quality foundations make the skin look smoother, cover dark spots better, and diminish wrinkles and fine lines, while also incorporating skincare benefits. The best formulation for the face has to be identified based on the skin type so that makeup can go on smoother and the face looks flawless.
Verdict: Spend

Eyeshadow: Pricier shadows tend to be made with better pigments, will last longer, and blend better. A highly pigmented product will stay on all day, so it’s better to invest in a palette that stays long and withstands tears, sweat, and rain.
Verdict: Spend

Eyeliner: While cheap eyeliners can look the same as the more expensive ones when first applied, the duration of application will prove why cheaper ones should be avoided. These tend to rub or break apart during the day with even the waterproof ones so waterproofed that one will have to scrub the eyes until they’re practically red when trying to take them off.
Verdict: Spend

Mascara: Mascaras have a brief shelf life of a maximum of three months so it’s smart to not spend too much on this product. All mascaras irrespective of their price, tend to dry out quickly, so spending much on them is not advisable. Using a proper brush any mascara that’s available at a decent store, will serve the purpose.
Verdict: Save

Bronzer/Blusher: Bronzers and blushers give that nice glow and finding the right one is akin for some to find the holy grail. The key to finding the right bronzer and blusher is to know what works best with the skin type. They don’t need a lot to look good, because applying an excess will make one look like a clown.
Verdict: Save

Lipstick/LipGloss: The difference between an expensive glossy lipstick and a simple one is that the former looks prettier on the shelf. Lip products also have a shelf life so one can buy the less expensive ones and go for suitable colours. This also allows to try seasonal trends without spending too much money.
Verdict: Save

Makeup Remover: A powerful makeup remover can soften the makeup instantly making the entire cleaning process quick and easy. If one is using waterproof makeup such as waterproof mascara, gel liner, and lip tint, one will need an oil-based makeup remover. Otherwise, micellar water is a great option. If makeup is not removed properly, then it will lead to problems, so its better to spend than save here.
Verdict: Spend

Makeup Brushes: Cheap makeup brushes will often shed their bristles on the face, leaving stray hairs that will ruin the foundation and makeup. Spend money and buy good quality brushes because having the right tools and investing in good brushes will ensure the best makeup application. With proper care, they can last years.
Verdict: Spend

So which products do you spend on and where do you save? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please comment below.

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