Saturday, 13 July 2013

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

Part one of the 'What's My FOTD Worth?' posts was a completely high-end product makeup look which you can read about here. The total for that look came to around £250 - shocking I know! The base makeup was great but I was left a little disappointed with the eye makeup. It's only fair to do a second post based entirely on high-street products to compare. So here it is....

Now, this probably isn't a completely fair test because I should have used the same amount of products but I used 12 in this FOTD and 13 in my high-end one. I completely forgot to use a highlighter but if I had, I would have used the Dainty Doll Blusher in Hippy Shake (see this post) which costs £3.30 on Amazon.

This look was for a day at work instead of a day at the park, but both days were very hot. At the park I was in the sun all day but to get to work I have a very long walk which can get a bit warm! So overall, I think it was a pretty matched test. As with my first post, I will not be counting makeup brushes in my total.


As I used a primer in the high-end face I thought it only fair to use a high-street one as well, so I started with the Maybelline Dream Smooth Primer smoothed all over the face (see this post for a review). For foundation I used the Maybelline SuperStay 24hr Foundation in Light Beige (applied with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush) which is my go-to high-street foundation. I then used the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 01 for under the eyes and then mixed the Collection concealer with the Maybelline SuperStay 24hr Concealer for blemishes. I mixed them together as the Collection concealer is too light but the Maybelline one is too dark. I do actually prefer the formula of the Maybelline concealer in Light Beige.


I curled my eyelashes and then applied the Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Mascara Waterproof. This is my favourite mascara which gives amazing volume and length. My eyeshadow palette of choice for this high-street FOTD was the MUA Heaven and Earth Palette. The shades don't seem to have names but I used top row second from the left (a coopery brown shade) and bottom row second and fourth from the right (a champagne colour and a browny taupe shade).

My favourite liquid eyeliner and the one I chose for this look is the Maybelline Master Precise Eyeliner and I then used the MUA 3-in-1 Contour Eyeliner in Auburn to define the bottom lashes. For eyebrows I used the Une Eyebrow Pencil in B05 (the same one I used for the high-end look as I didn't have a high-end alternative - see this post for a review).

Finishing Touches...

To finish off the look I used the No.7 Ballerina Beauty Blush Palette (see this post) and to add some natural colour to the lips I used the Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede Lipstick in Socialite and a slick of Carmex on top as the lipstick can be a bit drying.

The finished look...

Most of the products used for this face are products that I use on a daily basis and that is because they work for me and I enjoy using them. I actually prefer the base products used in my high-end face. Although I do like the Maybelline foundation, I absolutely love the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation. It gives a much nicer and more natural looking finish. I also really like the No.7 Ballerina Blusher but given the choice would pick the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge blusher any day of the week.

I do, however, prefer the eye makeup in this high-street FOTD. The mascara gives more volume, curl and length than the Clinique one and it's longevity is far more impressive. The Maybelline eyeliner gives a very precise and defined line which lasts all day. This is much better for the classic winged liner look that the Mac gel alternative which smudged very easily and was very high-maintenance.

I do like the MUA eyeshadows and I think they are an impressive quality for £4 but the pigmentation definitely isn't as good as the Naked Palette (which is 9 times the price of the MUA Palette).

So did it last?...

The foundation and concealer did not last very well on my problem and blemish prone areas and needed re-application 3 or 4 times. I do have trouble finding a concealer which lasts a long time but it isn't usually this bad and so I think this was due to the primer which is perhaps a bit too greasy (although it doesn't look it when applied). I also didn't have a suitable high-street setting powder to use, which may not have helped.

The lipstick is very long-lasting in comparison to the Mac one but it is drying so I needed to keep topping up my carmex. The blusher actually lasted all day so I was very impressed and the eyeshadows only creased a little by the end of the day. The mascara and eyeliner didn't budge at all so this is still a winning combination in my eyes (excuse the pun).

So at the end of this little experimentation and based on the products that I used (can't generalise too much) I found that high-end products were better when it came to foundation, concealer and eyeshadow but high-street beat high-end when it came to mascara and eyeliner. I was pretty happy with the lipsticks from both categories.

How much did it cost?...

Maybelline Dream Smooth Primer - £8.99
Maybelline SuperStay 24hr Foundation in Light Beige - £9.19
Maybelline SuperStay 24hr Concealer in Light Beige -  £6.19
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 01 - £4.19
Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Mascara Waterproof - £7.99
Maybelline Master Precise Eyeliner - £5.99
MUA 3-in-1 Contour Eyeliner - £1.50
MUA Heaven and Earth Eyeshadow Palette - £4.00
Une Eyebrow Pencil in B05 - £1.49
No.7 Ballerina Beauty Blush Palette - £8ish
Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede Lipstick in Socialite - £8.99
Carmex Lip Pot Original - £2.69

Total = £69.21

That's a saving of £184.28! Quite a big difference actually, although I am surprised that the high-street FOTD was still almost £70!

Wow that was a long post! Well done if you made it to the end.

Have you compared any of your high-street products to high-end? What products do you think are worth saving/splurging on? Let me know by commenting below...

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