Sunday, 7 July 2013

What's My FOTD Worth? Part One - High-End

On a day to day basis I definitely wear more high-street (drugstore) makeup, occasionally with a high-end product thrown in such as eyeshadows or primers etc. I always wonder if high-end products are actually better and worth the money so I thought I would do a little 2-day experiment. On one day I would wear only high-end products and the on the other just high-street. Then I would compare overall appearance, longevity and cost. 

On this particular hot and sunny day, the Hubby and I decided to have a picnic in the park. As we rarely have days off work together I thought I would make an effort and decided to test out the high-end Face-of-the-day (or FOTD). The majority of my makeup is high-street due to the cost and availability but I get more of a buzz from buying expensive makeup.

(Note - I do not own any high-end makeup tools so I used my Real Techniques Brushes and these won't be included in the total because I would probably faint of shock at the final figure).


As I am so pale and burn so easily I can't rely on the SPF in makeup products and instead have to use a face sun cream first, in this case Soltan Once 8 Hour Face Cream SPF30. This stuff is crazy greasy but it's supposed to last all day with only one application. I used two primers, Benefit Porefessional on my problem areas and Laura Mercier's Radiance Foundation Primer on my cheekbones for a summer glow (see this post for primer reviews).

For foundation I used Nars Sheer Glow in shade Mont Blanc (see this post) applied with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. The concealers I used were Benefit's Boi-ing in shade 01 for blemishes and Elizabeth Arden's Sheer Light Illuminating Pen for under the eyes. To set it all in place and to get rid of the suncream-induced greasy shine I used Clinique's Redness Solutions Pressed Powder (see this post).


Moving on to the eyes I curled my eyelashes (with curlers from Boots as I have no high-end alternative) and applied Clinique's High Impact Mascara. For my normal winged liner look I used Mac's Fluidline Eyeliner Gel which comes in a small pot with a little brush for application. For eyeshadows I turned to my trusty Urban Decay Naked Palette (see this post for review), using the shade Naked as a base, Buck blended in to the crease, Virgin in the inner corner and Sin swept lightly over the lid. I then went over the eyeliner again to tidy it up. I don't own a high-end eyeliner pencil so again used Buck along the lower lash line to add some definition. I also lack a high-end brow product so had to use my Une Eyebrow Pencil in B05.

Finishing Touches

To finish of the look I used my finger to blend Bobbi Brown's Pot Rouge in Pale Pink (see this post) in to my cheeks, used Benefit's Eye Bright Pencil to add some highlight to the inner corners of my eyes and under the brow bone, and finally I applied Mac's Patisserie Lipstick to my lips.

The finished look...

I was really happy with the overall look and in particular the base products. I absolutely adore Nars Sheer Glow which is buildable enough to get the right amount of coverage for blemishes but it will still look natural and let my freckles show through. I love the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge but that's no secret and Mac Patisserie is my go-to nude lipstick.

I was pretty underwhelmed by the eye products, with the exception of the Naked Palette. The Clinique mascara was really disappointing as it wasn't at all volumising and refused to hold a curl. It was lengthening but my eyelashes just looked a bit spidery by the end. I was also disappointed with the Mac Fluidline Eyeliner Gel as it is tricky to apply, very easily smudged and doesn't dry to an solid opaque black colour. This would be better for a smokey eye look but even then I'm not sure I would rely on it to stay in place all night.

So did it last?...

It was a very hot day so a thorough test for all the products! I applied it all at about 10am and when I checked at 6pm I needed to reapply some concealer, tidy up the eyeliner and the eyeshadows had creased a bit, although it was a hot day and I hadn't used an eye primer. After 8 hours, the makeup wasn't looking too bad really, the base pretty much lasted, again it was the eye makeup that disappointed a bit.

And now for the scary bit...

How much did it cost?...

Benefit Porefessional (I used a mini tube) - £24.50 (full size)
Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer  - Travel Size - £18.50
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Mont Blanc - £30.50
Benefit Boi-ing Concealer 01 (I used one that came in a makeup set) - £17.50 (full size individual shade)
Clinique Redness Solutions Pressed Powder - £25.50
Elizabeth Arden Sheer Lights Illuminating Pen - £22 (so old I probably shouldn't be using it and possibly discontinued so actually available much cheaper now online)
Clinique High Impact Mascara (I used a mini that came in a free gift set) - £16.50 (full size)
Mac Fluidline Eyeliner Gel - £15.00
Urban Decay Naked Palette - £36.00
Une Eyebrow Pencil in B05 - £1.49
Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Pale Pink £18.00
Mac Lipstick in Patisserie - £13.00
Benefit Eyebright Pencil - £15.00

Total - £253.49

Wow that is a lot of money!! I take comfort in the fact that some of them were only minis and freebies and some were presents so I didn't actually spend all this money. Not that far off though! It certainly doesn't look like I am wearing £250 worth of makeup on my face but I was going for a natural look.

What's My FOTD Worth? Part Two - High-Street coming soon.....

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