I have had the idea for this post for quite some time. Time is the key part because it took time to get it all together. True story. I really don’t wear that much makeup on a daily basis but I love makeup. Sephora is my happy place. I have tried to add a few drugstore pieces in the past but many of them haven’t held up to the higher end brands. I also rationalize that I don’t go through products quickly so spend the money on the quality products that last.
I got to thinking. Let’s do a side by side of some of my every day products and see if there was anything that stood up to it. My findings were pretty spot on. There are things to splurge on and things that are just as good if not better for a fraction of the price. Ready for the comparison?
I picked 4 of the products I use every day. Mascara, eyeliner, concealer, and lipgloss.
Alright let’s start it off. Which side is the drugstore brands and which one is Sephora?
Let’s talk about the mascara first. If I could only choose one thing to put on my face ever…..it would be mascara. One quick swipe and instantly you look more awake and put together. Ask me about any mascara…..I’ve tried it and probably have strong opinions about it. I demand a lot out of them. I know everyone has different lashes and some things work better for one person to the next. I was obsessed with They’re Real! until it took forever to get off and would sometimes break my lashes. Once I found YSL babydoll I was in love. It lengthens, separates and best part it washes off easily at night. I had heard so much about L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly……I was intrigued.
The brush was very similar to the YSL. It has that straight plastic wings that allows for separation. Maybelline on top YSL on bottom. I did use the YSL sample one for this just picture that wand a little longer but exact same concept between the two.
They both went on equally dark, smooth and looked very similar side by side.
They did have very different colors on first swipe, NARS left, NYX right.
What was the verdict??? Can you guess which side was the drugstore vs which side was Sephora?
If you guessed looking at my face the left side was Sephora……you were correct! The only main giveaway in my opinion was the length of the lashes.
Who Won the Battle??
Mascara – YSL
I was very surprised. The L’oreal went on very similar to the YSL. It had a similar consistency, brush and black formula. The YSL gives exceptional length. Like hit your eyebrows length. For the everyday though the L’oreal totally fit the bill (especially for the price tag!) Now here was the deciding factor. I wash my makeup off every night but sometimes I leave my mascara if I teach an early morning class. Judge if you may. I left it on to see the wearing longevity. The next morning the YSL was perfect. Did not budge. The L’oreal completely flaked black all under my eye, onto my cheek and continued throughout the morning. “Amanda I wash my mascara off every night” you’ll tell me. Well that test tells me when it starts to get old and drier in the bottle it will flake a lot easier. That was the winning vote. YSL did not flake, smudge or smear. It is the best.
Eyeliner – Close but Urban Decay
They looked identical on but once again it was the staying power. As time wore on the Urban Decay did not budge. The Rimmel started to flake and crack especially on the lower lash line. However, for $5 for the Rimmel it is great to throw in a to go makeup bag. This one was a definite close second.
Concealer- NYX hands down
Thicker coverage, went on smooth and light reflector. When applied with this brush it gives a complete airbrushed look. I actually returned the NARS after I did this side by side especially after the NYX lasted with better coverage. Oh did I mention it was like $5 and the NARS was $30. I pretty rarely repurchase anything but this is my second tube of the NYX. Totally winner. I am the medium shade.
Lipstain-YSL…..I mean you knew that already right?
For a quick daytime swipe the L’Oreal totally did it’s job but for staying powering the YSL won absolutely no comparison. Plus the pigment was richer and was non drying.
Take away points. If Sephora brand prices are not in your reach these 4 drugstore brands were really great quality and totally fit the bill. If you can get a buy one get one 50% off deal with some coupons then go for it. However if you have a little wiggle room and want to upgrade a few things. Go for the mascara. That length is no joke and instantly transforms your eyes.
So what do you think? Did you guess right? Are there some things you splurge on that are a must and other things that are affordable and you can’t live without? Every time I do a post on makeup I give so much props to makeup bloggers. So hard to get the lighting right, non blurry and pictures where you don’t look like a serial killer. Seriously try to take a straight on picture in the perfect natural lighting. It’s harder than you think! Tell me some of your can’t live withouts. Hope you have a fabulous day! xoxoxoxo