Welcome to the ‘Bang for Your Buck’ series! Each week for the next few months, I’m going to tackle certain types of beauty products, and list the offerings from popular department store brands and their sizes vs. costs. At a glance, you’ll be able to see which items are most cost effective in that category, and get a better idea if your money is being well spent, or if you’re being, well – a little ripped off! Also, if you’re hedging on picking up a certain product because of the cost, this will give you an idea of the true value of the product and if it’s worth your hard earned cash.
Many of the sizes and dollar values of products are taken from online websites; please let me know if anything is listed incorrectly and I’ll be sure to fix it! Also, for products which we don’t have here in Atlantic Canada, or for items that are more difficult to find overall, I’ll note in green where they’re located for your reference – though I tried to mostly include products relatively accessible as a whole.
Week Three: Powder Eye Shadows
Eyeshadow is often the most frequently purchased product in one’s stash, even if it’s just neutral after neutral picked up. I’m on a bit of a slow-down with buying shadows, as I have what seems to be like every shade of the rainbow – though recently I realized that I have absolutely NO matte neutral shades at all. Seriously, NOT ONE. So – taking suggestions on shades/brands!!! I’d love to find a great palette of three or four matte shades (not a 12 shade one that includes shimmers, as I have enough of those), so if you have any ideas, please share! These are kind of a must-have; I don’t know how I’ve gone without them so long!
In researching this weeks topic, I was pleasantly surprized to find that a lot of my favorite shadows and shadow lemmings are actually quite well priced per ounce – which should make a lot of you happy, too :) However, I was a bit shocked to note that two brands whose shadows are the heavy hitters of their collections, ended up offering the smallest amount of product – though they’re priced fairly accordingly, it was still unexpected. It seems in the eyeshadow realm, most products are truly priced according to the amount, and not just the brand name / quality. I find some comfort in that, knowing that for the most part, my eye shadow purchasing choices are relatively justified :)
Chanel ($485.71 / oz)
Giorgio Armani (0.14oz)
Tie: MAC / Urban Decay (0.05oz)
Best Picks (+0.09oz of product and less than $25):
Clinique (0.09oz / $18)
Benefit (0.11oz / $22)
Clarins (0.1oz / $22)
Paul & Joe (0.09oz / $22)
theBalm (0.1oz / $23)
Stila (0.09oz / $23)
Worthy Splurges (+0.08oz of product and $30 or more):
Chantecaille (0.08oz / $33)
Rouge Bunny Rouge (0.084oz / $34)
Burberry (0.088oz / $33)
Le Metier de Beaute (0.13oz / $30)
Giorgio Armani (0.14oz / $42)
Interesting about the MAC and Urban Decay shadows, eh? Not that I will ever finish a full eyeshadow, so since they’re at a lower price point, it’s probably for the best. On the other end of the spectrum, I was particularly happy to see that the Giorgio Armani ETK shadows, though the most expensive, are also the biggest in size – so that totally means I should buy more shades, right? LOL! And the Le Metier shadows are actually priced extremely well considering their price – yes, please! Burberry is pushing the boundaries a little bit….but I’m still planning on picking up a shade or two in the next while, since the value is decent. Clearly I’m making these lists mostly just so I can enable myself! :P
What are your thoughts on the list above? Were you surprized by anything? Are there any products you’ve added to you ‘OK’ list, or removed from your list altogether, now?