Best Bang for Your Buck Series: Eyeshadow

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 :)


Best Value:
Tie: Benefit / Clinique ($200 / oz)

Worst Value:
Chanel ($485.71 / oz)

Most Product:
Giorgio Armani (0.14oz)

Least Product:
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?

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  1. #1 by Larie on March 12, 2012 - 6:26 pm

    I actually am surprised by MAC/UD, but as you said…I will never finish a shadow, so, you know, haha.

    • #2 by Liz on March 12, 2012 - 8:04 pm

      Same. I’m afraid that I’m usually not thinking of value when I see a solo shadow. AND MY BAN SHALL NEVER LIFT. *throws self off a cliff*

      • #3 by Latoya on March 13, 2012 - 6:01 pm

        GAWD I know…I don’t have a shadow ban specifically, but I’m finding it increasingly hard to use up TWO products in order to buy ONE. I don’t even have a huge arsenal of shadows in the grand scheme of things, but pretty much if you have more than 5 you’re gonna be looking at spending a LOT of time using them up. Dammit. I’ll be joining you off that cliff, Liz! :'(

    • #4 by Latoya on March 13, 2012 - 5:57 pm

      I know, there are brands on that list that I’m still gonna buy. Like perfume, size for shadows really doesn’t matter to me because I never seem to finish one – however, I do appreciate good value and that if nothing else makes me feel more affinity from some brands over others!

  2. #5 by Tati D. on March 12, 2012 - 7:14 pm

    I thought Stila would be one of the cheapest, but I guess not. Benefit is usually pretty pricey as well, I am surprised it’s one of the cheapest. Oh well. I love these posts, they’re great!

    • #6 by Latoya on March 13, 2012 - 5:58 pm

      Thanks Tati, I’m going to continue to do them – they’re fun! I don’t own a Stila or Benefit shadow, I didn’t realize they were pricier. One of my beauty goals is to own a product from almost every line, so I’ll get there one day :)

  3. #7 by Barb on March 13, 2012 - 8:43 am

    Check out the Too Faced Matte palette… it’s really beautiful! When I can’t decide what to wear I will usually head to this or UD Naked…. and…these little palettes contain helpful cards for peeps unsure of how to use the colours!

    http://anitabonitat.blogspot.com/2011/07/sephora-picks-too-faced-matte-eye.html

    • #8 by Latoya on March 13, 2012 - 6:05 pm

      Ohh, I didn’t think about that one! I have a few on my list to check out, that will be added for sure – and I think it might even be the front-runner, it’s really just what I’m looking for. I don’t own either Naked palette – I just felt like there was so many closely repeated shades – but I know I’m probably missing out big time!

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