High end Products Worth the Hefty Pricetag

I am a believer in drugstore products! As a frugal wife and mother of (soon-to-be) 5 children i can not justify spending hundreds of dollars just to fill my makeup bag with high end goodies. That is, usually.

As a child my wonderful mother taught me that quality comes with a price and i still fully believe that. Even though there are so many things you can do to save money on products across the board, I would be foolish to claim that there is an equal substitution for every high end product!

So what do you do when you want to get the best and not spend the most??? I have thought and researched long and hard on this and I’ve come to the conclusion that it is possible to get the best look for the best price by mixing high end and drugstore products in your daily routine.

What you need to understand is that it’s really about the product itself and not the brand. Some products, like foundation and concealer, are just more important to your over all look and harder to get perfect in a drugstore product. Others, like finishing powder and highlighter, can be found in flattering shades and formulas for a much lower price.

Below I have categorized some of the most popular high end products that show up on beauty guru’s lists all the time. These are the top tier of beauty products that artists and normal people swear by and wear daily! As a bonus I have included a list of products that you can get for a much lower price to complete your look without breaking the bank!

As usual, I have included affiliate links in the post so that you can see the product, along with the price and reviews from actual customers. I am not being paid by any of the companies listed. If you decide to purchase any of the products from the link I will receive a small percentage at no extra cost to you, of course.


  • Sephora Brush Set
    • Even though you can get good brushes for $5 to $10 a piece, they will not last as long as a higher quality brush. Also these brushes are softer and will help you apply makeup more evenly.
  • Clairsonic Facial Cleansing Brush
    • If you haven’t heard of the clairsonic, you are living under a rock, and there is a reason why! It is absolutely a game changer in skin care and well worth the price to have amazing looking skin, which is, after all, the groundwork for your overall look.


  • Tarte Poreless Mattifying Primer
    • With just a little bit of this primer you will have a smooth flawless base for your foundation. It keeps the skin matte and helps makeup stay perfect all day.
  • Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
    • Silicon in this formula fills in not only pores, but also fine lines and wrinkles. Of course, makeup stays fabulous all day with this primer.


  • Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Full Coverage Foundation
    • This is the most expensive product on the list, but a little does go a long way. If you are going to splurge, do it on foundation! This one offers light to medium coverage with a beautiful velvety matte finish.
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
    • Probably the most generally popular high end foundation of the last 5-10 years, and for good reason. It is full coverage, long-lasting, and good for all skin types.


  • NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
    • There are several dupes for this product, some of which come close, but none of them really compare to the light weight, creamy smooth, full coverage of this product. It also manages to reduce the appearance of fine lines, not magnify them!
  • Yves Saint Laurent Highlighting Pen
    • Smooth formula that is perfect for use highlighting under eyes and other areas of your face. Coverage is just full enough to be used as a concealer.


  • NARS Blush in Orgasm
    • When making this list I planned to steer clear of a blush category but I just could not ignore the popularity of this NARS blush. The color is highly pigmented and the shade is said to be flattering on all skin types. Although, the name is a bit much for me.

Eye shadow

  • Urban Decay Naked Pallets
    • This is a no brainer. Arguably the most well known makeup brand today, and all because of the wild popularity of their Naked shadow pallets. Pigmented, shimmering, stay-all-day perfection, and the packaging isn’t bad either. Bonus: these pallets all come with a dual ended high quality shadow brush as well.
  • Laura Mercier Eye Bright Eye Color
    • This Liquid formula will stay without creasing, chipping, or fading and is so highly pigmented it’s amazing. It can be blended and also comes in colors for bold or more natural looks.


  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara
    • Most definitely a favorite. I have such a hard time find a mascara that does the job with out being to thick or flaky and this one passes the test! It is a lightweight but waterproof formula that will thicken your lashes without causing spider eyes!
  • Benefit They’re Real! Mascara
    • Lengthens and thickens but doesn’t clump or flake. Not that there is much more to say but it also stays in place well and the tube lasts a LONG time. (Maybe too long. 4+months.)

Setting Spray

  • Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
    • Another item people everywhere rave about! This light weight spray leaves a matte finish. This is the only setting spray ( aside from the NXY matte spray) that even comes close to achieving the results it does. All nighter was an appropriate name choice!

Lip Color

  • Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lip Color
    • This line is worth its weight in gold just for the color choices! Everything from blue to green, purple, orange, and every flattering, trendy shade in between. The formula is also super long-lasting and will not come off on food or SOs lips. This is also one of the cheaper products on the list, if you get it from his website, which is why I love it!
  • Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick
    • This also comes in a wide range of flattering and trendy colors. It is more expensive, but people rave about its high pigmentation and long-lasting wear.

When you take into account that most of these products are higher quality and, therefore, you need less product, it may help to ease the pain of buying. Most of these items will last anywhere from a few months to a few years. (NARS blush) Whether it hurts to spend the money the first time or not, I’m willing to bet that after you try these products, you will be wondering why you waited so long!

To Finish the Look

  1. Coty Airspun Loose Powder
  2. Rimmel Natural Bronzer
  3. Wet-n-Wild Mega Glow Highlighter
  4. NYX 3 in 1 brow pencil
  5. e.l.f. Intense Ink Eyeliner Pen

Find more awesome drugstore products here!


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