Welcome to the ‘Best 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 Eight: Lipglosses
Ah, lipgloss – probably one of the first makeup items any of us tried; the ‘gateway’ product if you will :) While lately I’ve been moving more toward balms and lipsticks, erring away from too much shine, a good lipgloss can still be invaluable to anyone’s stash, adding a hint of color and juicy shine which always seems to give an eternally youthful look. I can’t deny the appeal of the ease of which gloss can be applied, and the typically forgiving nature of a glossy finish. I’ll likely cave and pick up a few new shades this Summer, and who can blame me?
For those of you who still dabble in gloss, or are die-hard gloss fans, this list is for you. Take a gander at the top gloss picks and their prices as compared to their size. You might be pleasantly surprized at some!
Lancome Juicy Tubes ($44 /oz)
Stila Lip Glaze ($362.50 /oz)
Urban Decay Lip Junkie (0.34oz)
Stila Lip Glaze (0.08oz)
Best Picks (Less than $25 and 0.2oz+)
Lancome Juicy Tubes ($22 / 0.5oz)
Urban Decay Lip Junkie ($23 / 0.34oz)
Clinique Long Last Glosswear SPF15 ($18 / 0.2oz)
Illamasqua Sheer Lipgloss ($20 / 0.2oz)
Estee Lauder Pure Color ($24 / 0.2oz)
Worthy Splurges ($30+ and more than 0.2oz)
Givenchy Gloss Interdit Ultra-Shiny Color ($30 / 0.21oz)
Dior Addict Ultra ($31 / 0.21oz)
Le Metier de Beaute Sheer Brilliance ($33 / 0.22oz)
Giorgio Armani Gloss d’Armani ($38 / 0.22oz)
Can you even deal with how NOT economical Stila’s gloss is!? I can’t believe how poor the cost per ounce is – but I’m also happy with that because I’ve 1) never actually spent my own money on one of these, and 2) the ones I tried I didn’t even like it that much, so I’m not missing out on much by NEVER SPENDING A CENT ON ONE, EVER.
Something else that stood out to me was the sort of inside-jokey feeling I had when seeing that Lancome’s Juicy Tubes were actually the best buy out of all the other glosses – these were probably one of the first *high-end* products I ever bought, and back in high school they were the cat’s meow; if you owned a Juicy Tube, you were SO on point. Now, these glosses aren’t even remotely on my radar, and to think they are a top contender in the gloss world just kinda makes me chuckle and remember the good ol’ days :)
Lastly, I am pleasantly surprized that some of the more expensive options I’ve listed actually have a decent amount of product offered, which makes the splurge much more justifiable for me if I feel it’s actually going to last a while. On my list? Definitely itching to try of the the Armani Gloss d’Armani shades (Messy Wands has swatches from the new Summer collection and I’m loving them!) – and on the ‘cheaper’ end, I think its high time I tried the yummy fig-scented Lauder glosses that I keep swatching but never go home with. Yay new stuff!
Have you tried any of the glosses listed? Does it matter to you if a product has a smaller quantity, if you love it? Which glosses are on your to-try list?