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 Nine: Nail Polish
Yay! Everyone loves nail polish, right?! It’s the greatest cheap beauty thrill ever :) I’ve actually had this list created for AGES, it was one of the first I did just to keep track of all the polish brands I wanted to try, and I added the extra info just because…well, you guys know I’m anal LOL. There were a few other brands I wanted to include but I couldn’t readily find the info about the sizing/price since they aren’t sold around here and are tricky to find. For the most part these are fairly well-known brands, and most of which I’ve tried, but there still a handful I’d like to check out!
China Glaze ($13/oz)
Estee Lauder ($83.33/oz)
Estee Lauder (0.30oz)
Best Picks (0.50oz+ and less than $16/oz)
Worthy Splurges (0.40oz+ and $15-$20)
Rescue Beauty Lounge
I just realized that the price I quoted for the MAC polish is TOTALLY outdated…I remembered Christine from Temptalia mentioning that they keep raising their prices all the time, and HOLY MOLEY did they ever!! The new cost of their polish is $19 – less than two years ago I picked up a polish for $15.50. WTF!?! So, the new cost per oz is now $55.89/oz – which places it at fourth worst economically. Gawd damn. I can assure you that unless the formula improves exponentially and they come out with some stand out shades, I won’t be purchasing a MAC polish anytime soon. Shoot.
Also note that Estee Lauder’s nail polish isn’t the *smallest* on the market – Le Metier de Beaute carries a polish that’s 0.14oz for about $10 ($71/oz), and Glitter Gal polishes are 0.3oz for $14 ($47/oz).
Though I’m not terribly upset if a polish is smaller than normal, because goodness knows I’m probably never going to finish a polish (and there are very few that I love so much that I want it to last forever), I still get frustrated when I realize just how much they’re charging for such an itty bitty product. It’s particularly worse when, as in the case of MAC’s polishes, the formula isn’t up to snuff either, so you’re essentially throwing away your money. I’m really disappointed in the size of the Lauder polishes, because it turns me off from ever buying one – unless the shade rocks my world. Additionally, it irritates and confuses me to no end that the Sephora by OPI polishes (and Nicole by OPI polishes as well) are actually priced higher than regular OPI shades. Does that make sense to you? Maybe I’m missing the point here – it just seems to me that Sephora Brand, which overall typically runs cheaper than most other lines in the store, should be like the more affordable brand of polish. And as Nicole is found in drugstores, I would assume the same about that line as well. However…I am incorrect in my assumption. So.
I’m winding down on the ‘best bang’ posts…I may have only a few more posts left to do, I hope you enjoyed them! If you have any particular type of beauty product you’d like me to research, let me know!! I’d certainly like to accommodate :)
Are you willing to shell out more money or sacrifice size for a great formula/shade? What polish brand is your favorite and why? Are there any brands you’ve yet to try?