Beauty – Why High End Doesn’t Always Mean High Quality 

This might be a little controversial, but I don’t like high end beauty. 

In fact, I don’t like high end when it comes to most things – fashion especially. 

You know the scene in The Devil Wears Prada when Anne Hatthaway’s character says she doesn’t follow fashion, yeah, that’s me. I just don’t get ‘fashion’. 

I see clips from the runway sometimes and think, what the actual hell? And I’ve stopped reading glamour and cosmo after the fashion and beauty sections seem to suggest you must take out a loan to afford them… 

You may think I’m just being bitter because I can’t afford high end beauty, and yeah, maybe there’s a little bitterness there. But the truth is, pretty much every time I’ve ever spent more on a beauty product I’ve regretted it. 

Day to day I wear a combination of L’Oréal, Maybelleine, Rimmel, No7 and Bourjois makeup. The products range between £5 and £14, and I generally won’t spend over £15 on any one makeup product. 

In December I threw caution to the wind and finally decided to try the YSL touché eclat that everyone has been raving about for years. I’d heard that it got rid of under eye circles, and as a mum of three I so needed to try anything with that promise. 

At £22.50 it was way above my usual price spend on a concealer, so I got it as part of my Christmas present from Ed, along with the YSL primer (it was flecked with gold, fancy). 

I posted about them when I first got them, full of high hopes and admiration, but unfortunately the reality has fallen short of expectation. 

To get enough product to actually cover my under eye circles I have to push the bottom of the concealer several times, which means I will probably run out before long. 

The concealer itself doesn’t really do the job anyway, and I definitely prefer my usual rimmel wake me up concealer (a quarter of the price at £5.49). 

As you can see, my dark circles (or mum bags) are still very much visible

The primer is ok, but again, nothing special, and I won’t be repurchasing. The L’Oréal infallible primer is again, better and priced at just £7.99. 

Now, I haven’t tried enough products to be able to generalise completely, but this definitely puts me off spending above my means to be left disappointed with lack lustre products getting by on a trusted designer brand name. 

Don’t get me wrong, when it comes to perfume, my favourites are mostly the designer names – YSL Mon Paris, Dior j’adore Dior, Jimmy Choo Illicit and Gucci Bamboo, and this is about the only time I will invest a little when it comes to scents (although I also love some of the Next own brand perfumes, so I’m no fragrance snob). 

When it comes to bath and skin products, again I’ve never seen the need to spend an arm and a leg. My favourites come from No7 and Garnier and I don’t turn my nose up to a Montagne Jeunesse 99p face mask when I’m wanting a pamper either. 

I’m sure some people will disagree with me, and that’s ok, the world would be a boring place if we all agreed, but if I were to win the lottery, I doubt I would choose to spend my winnings on high end beauty (or fashion, but I think I made that clear at the start of the post). 

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8 thoughts on “Beauty – Why High End Doesn’t Always Mean High Quality 

  1. Love LOVE LOVE your honesty. Sick of people raving about high end beauty products, me spending loads of money and hating it. I’m sure most are great, for certain skin types, but my skin type and bank balance prefers drugstore.

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  2. I’m with you, I reaaaaally don’t understand high end fashion – it’s all bloody weird haha! Sorry the expensive products weren’t worth it.. but at least you didn’t buy them yourself haha xx

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  3. You’re not alone, I really don’t understand high end fashion, or the designer price tag on some beauty items. It’s a shame these products were disappointing, but think of the money you will save by sticking to your usual brands – you could definitely indulge in a designer perfume or two in the future!

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  4. Completely agree, catwalk fashion – what even is that? I’m sure no one would actually wear it. Like LFW recently, people dressed as doughnuts – okay!
    I’ve always wanted to try YSL but I might swerve now, too much money to just hope it works on my skin!

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