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Best Bang for Your Buck Series: Nail Polish

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!

Best Value
China Glaze ($13/oz)

Worst Value
Estee Lauder ($83.33/oz)

Most Product
Orly (0.60oz)

Least Product
Estee Lauder (0.30oz)

Best Picks (0.50oz+ and less than $16/oz)
China Glaze
Orly
Color Club

Worthy Splurges (0.40oz+ and $15-$20)
Deborah Lippmann
butter London
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I just realized that the price I quoted for the MAC polish is TOTALLY outdated…I remembered Christine from Temptalia mentioning that they keep raising their prices all the time, and HOLY MOLEY did they ever!!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?

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Best Bang for Your Buck Series: Lip Gloss

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!

Best Value
Lancome Juicy Tubes ($44 /oz)

Worst Value
Stila Lip Glaze ($362.50 /oz)

Most Product
Urban Decay Lip Junkie  (0.34oz)

Least Product
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?

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Best Bang for Your Buck Series: Tinted Moisturizers

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 Seven: Tinted Moisturizers

Yet another item I’m in the market for, tinted moisturizers are ideal for the warmer Spring and Summer months, and since I’m too tanned now for the two foundations I own, I’m in need of something to even me out a bit.  I’ve been really diligent at testing out the contenders I decided upon (Stila’s and NARS’), though it was hard to narrow it down, as there are several other brands that sound like they also have great formulas!  And as many of the offerings are around the same size and similar price, it made it even tougher.  Thankfully, not even brand makes a tinted moisturizer, and I could only find 20 different versions to showcase, so that helped with the decision.  Check out which formula’s I found:


Best Value
theBalm Balm Shelter Tinted Moisturizer SPF18 ($14.22/oz)

Worst Value
Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free SPF15 ($64/oz)

Most Product
theBalm Balm Shelter Tinted Moisturizer SPF18 (2.25oz)

Least Product
*Four-way tie*
UltraFlesh Tinted Moisturizer (1.0 oz)
Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer SPF15 (1.0 oz)
CoverFX Skin Tint Tinted Moisturizer SPF30 (1.0 oz)
Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free SPF15 (1.0 oz)

Best Picks ($35 or less and 1.7oz or more)
theBalm Balm Shelter Tinted Moisturizer SPF18 ($32 / 2.25oz)
Urban Decay Urban Defense Tinted Moisturizer SPF20 ($30 / 1.69oz)
Smashbox Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer SPF15 ($35 / 1.7oz)

Worthy Splurges ($45+ and 1.7oz or more)
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF30 / PA+++ ($49 / 1.9oz)
Josie Maran Tinted Moisturizer ($46 / 1.7oz)
Tarte Smooth Operator Tinted Moisturizer SPF20 ($47 / 1.7oz)
Bobbi Brown Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer SPF15 ($50 / 1.7oz)

 

I was surprized at how expensive some tinted moisturizers are – I kind of feel like since they tend to have less coverage, they should be cheaper than your standard foundation, but that wasn’t necessarily the case.  The formulas I wanted to try were all around the same price, so that didn’t help me in whittling down which to investigate.  As well, for the most part many of the products are around the same size – though the few ones that were significantly smaller were essentially eliminated from my selection process.  What DID help was the limited shade selection of some of the brands, which considerably eliminated some of the products I could potentially check out (however, this won’t necessarily help you guys if you’re more fair than I).  I tried the Stila version before I left for Jamaica, which was a bit light (though I think the darker shade, which was too dark then, would be suitable for me now), and liked that it didn’t bother my skin at all and offered just the right amount of sheer coverage.  However, I’ve been trying the NARS version since I’ve returned, in a shade that matchs my tanned skin, and have been quite impressed.  Once I finish my sample as well as the last dregs of my Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer, I’ll be ALL over the Pure Radiant TM – it’s fantastic!

Do you like tinted moisturizers, or prefer a fuller coverage foundation?  What tinted option is YOUR favorite??

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Best Bang for Your Buck Series: Concealers

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 Six: Concealer

As I was going through the list of the popular concealers, I started to notice a trend: all the expensive designer brands only seem to carry illuminators rather than actual full-coverage concealers.  NOT INTERESTED!!  After the flop that was Chanel’s Eclat Lumiere, I will not fall for your (expensive) ploys again.

This week’s list has been one of my favorites to research, as it really helped point me in the direction of which concealer to choose next, as I’m in the market :)  I was especially thorough with the ingredient lists for each (as you’ll hear ALL about below), which made my selection that much easier.  I hope it helps you guys out too!  Any products that had high ratings on MUA with more than 30 reviews are also noted below (MAC beat out all the rest with the highest number of ratings – just over 1700!!!).


Best Value:
Lancome Effacernes ($52/oz, 4.1 rating)

Worst Value:
Guerlain ($1120/oz)

Most Product:
*TIE* Lancome, Cover FX & Amazing Cosmetics (0.5oz)

Least Product:
Chanel (0.04oz, 4.1 rating)

Best Picks (+0.25oz of product and less than $30):
Lancome (0.5oz / $26)
CoverFX (0.5oz / $27)
Clinique (0.37oz / $20)
Smashbox (0.27oz / $22)
Too Faced (0.27oz / $28, 4.0 rating)
theBalm (.025oz / $24)
*Honorable mention: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place (0.24oz / $26, 4.2 rating)

Worthy Splurges (+0.1oz of product and $30 or more):
Amazing Cosmetics (0.5oz / $43)
Dior (0.33oz / $30, 4.1 rating)
Stila (0.27oz / $30)
Josie Maran (0.32oz / $36)
Hourglass (0.12oz / $37, 4.1 rating)
Cle de Peau Beaute (0.17oz / $85, 4.2 rating)

So… I’m going to add my two cents here (like I don’t already!), since the perfect concealer is something I’ve been searching for forever: Though Cle de Peau’s concealer gets high rating on MUA, and it’s not as teeny-tiny as some of the other offerings, I still can’t get behind this concealer – and let me tell you, if it worked miracles on my circles, I’d willingly pay the whopping $85…but it didn’t.  So that one is a huge fail for me.  Also, I have to note that after my debaucle with Laura Mercier’s Secret Concealer containing the super-allergic-for-me ingredient lanolin (which was the catalyst for all my skin stuff over the past couple weeks), I went through the ingredient list of each concealer here to see which others were guilty of the same crime.  Take note for anyone else allergic to wool (as lanolin is a derivative of it), that Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer also contains lanolin (oil); thankfully, none of the other products did, which makes me HAPPY :)  However, some of the ingredient lists were still a bit suspect: the noted concealers from Amazing Cosmetics, Benefit, Cle de Peau Beaute, YSL, and Bobbi Brown all contain high levels of petroleum/paraffin/mineral oil or some combination of the three.  And Tarte’s Circle Defense lists canola oil as the first ingredient!  I know that for some, the inclusion of petroleum-type products isn’t a problem, but for some of you it is (myself included) so I thought I’d note it to be safe.  Mainly I just think of clogged pores and of the product sliding around and migrating a lot easier if it has greasy ingredients.  That’s just me I guess!

Another comment I have is that while some of these products may be absolutely stellar all around, a lot of brands just DO not have an adequate shade range!  The worst culprits? Cle de Peau, Korres, Tarte, Guerlain, Dior, Too Faced, Estee Lauder, and Josie Maran. So even if I wanted to try the Hourglass option (which I SO do), I can’t, because the shade is just too light for me (much like their foundation shade range).  That really pisses me off.

OK!  So, now that I’ve totally lost you with my crazy rant, I’ll wrap it up on a more positive note here :P  After reviewing all the info, I think for myself I’m going to go with the Lancome Effacernes – not only because it comes out a winner economically, but it scores high in ratings, and they’ve improved their shade range considerably so I probably can find a color to match my skintone!  I’d wanted to try this before but there used to be only like, 4 shades, which just wasn’t happening.  It’s time to find my HG already (or near it): Wish me luck!

Are you on the hunt for the perfect concealer, or have you found your HG (if so…do tell!)?  Do you wear concealer under your eyes predominately, or to cover other imperfections?

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Best Bang for Your Buck Series: Mascaras

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 Five: Mascaras

Mascara has to be one of those products, like concealer and eye cream, that seems to be an eternal challenge for most women to find their holy grail product.  Even if you find one you really like, often it fails to meet every single criteria, and out we go looking for another that might fit the bill.  It’s one of the toughest-rated products out there, as shown through the small list of mascaras on Makeup Alley that rate higher than 4.0.  I’m certain that we’re all destined to continue to seek one that fits all our needs, so to make it a bit easier for you, here’s a list of 25 of some of the most popularly purchased mascaras on the market today.

*Indicates mascaras that rate a 4.0 or above on Makeup Alley with over 100 reviews.

Best Value
Urban Decay ($36.92/oz)

Worst Value
Guerlain ($227.27/oz)
*Though, to be fair, once you buy it once you can then just buy the refills, which are $28 and ring in at $127.27/oz

Most Product
Urban Decay (0.65oz)

Least Product
*TIE* Bobbi Brown & Yves Saint Laurent (0.2oz)

Best Picks ($30 and under and consumer favorites)
MAC Studio Fix Lash ($18, 4.1 rating)
Bare Escentuals Flawless Definition ($23, 4.1 rating)
Laura Mercier Full-Blown Volume ($30, 4.4 rating)
Bobbi Brown No Smudge ($27, 4.0 rating)
Estee Lauder Sumptuous ($23.50, 4.0 rating)

Worthy Splurges ($30+ and consumer favorites)
Hourglass Superficial Lash ($31, 4.0 rating)
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill ($36, 4.2 rating)
Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils ($36, 4.0 rating)

I can speak for several of these, as I’ve been trying out all of the higher rated mascaras methodically, looking for my personal HG.  Of the top rated, so far I’ve tried the Giorgio Armani, Bare Escentuals, and just recently bought the Laura Mercier (review forthcoming).  Though I really liked the GA one, something in it irritated my eyes terribly.  I’ve also checked out Benefit’s option, which I also liked quite a bit, as well as MUFE’s (meh), Clinique’s (a repeat product and personal fave), Buxom, and dabbled with Lancome’s Definicils a few times in High School (which I liked but which always dried out WAY too fast).  Wow, I’ve really gotten around eh?  And yet I never remain faithful ;)  I’m holding out for that one awesome mascara that blows my mind.  I’m fairly certain I’ll never find it, but in the meantime the search will continue because what other option do I have?

My next mascara purchase is going to be Estee Lauder’s Sumptuous, which has a huge dense brush that I typically favor.  Fingers crossed!

Which mascaras above have you tried?  What mascara in general is your #1, if you’ve found one?  Do you have any on your lemming list that you want to try?

*Don’t forget to enter my giveaway!

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New! Best Bang for Your Buck Series

I really, really love making lists.  It’s sort of a thing.  On top of that, I love beauty (obviously), I like to spend my money wisely, and I thoroughly enjoy helping other people.  So, when I started thinking about all of these things together, I came up with the idea that allows me to kill several birds (not literally, of course) with one stone.

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 (Canadian) 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 accesible as a whole.

Week One: Powder Blushes

As it seems that blush is the product du jour lately, I’m going to start there – powder blush, that is (cream blushers will be covered in a separate post, as there are just so many to choose from!).  I was surprized at how many blushes that had higher price tags, actually had a fair amount of product as well, which is nice.  I was also shocked at how many blushes come with a small amount of product considering the price.  Take a look for yourself – here are 25 popular picks and their size and price breakdowns:

The Verdict
Best Value:
theBalm ($80/oz)

Worst Value:
Yves Saint Laurent ($392.86/oz)

Most Product (oz):
theBalm (0.35oz)

Least Product (oz):
MUFE (0.08oz)

Best Picks (0.15oz+ of product and less than $30):
theBalm – 0.35oz for $28
Estee Lauder – 0.25oz for $27.50
MAC (both) – 0.21oz for $24/$28
Clinique – 0.21oz for $25
Illamasqua (though shipping affects the cost) – 0.15oz for approx. $26
Buxom  – 0.17oz for $30

Worthy Splurges (0.20oz+ of product and more than $40):
Dior – 0.26oz for $42 **great value for a luxury brand!**
Guerlain – 0.32oz for approx. $53
Burberry – 0.24oz for approx. $44
Givenchy –  0.24oz for $47
Giorgio Armani – 0.21oz for approx. $46
Chanel – 0.21oz for $48

I hope this is helpful!  I personally can vouch for the awesomeness that is theBalm and Illamasqua blushes :)  Please let me know if there is anything in particular you’d like to see!  Be sure to keep an eye out for next week’s post!

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