Designer VS Drugstore Makeup! This Weeks Office Debate...

Designer VS Drugstore Makeup! This Weeks Office Debate...


From high-end to affordable beauty products, we have put together a selection to make purchasing your next product a whole lot easier! Does the price range really matter? Keep reading to find out...



This is one of the main beauty products that sparks controversy. As long as the application is flawless, does it really matter how much it costs? Below is a comparison between the two.
                  Designer VS Drugstore Makeup! This Weeks Office Debate...
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Drugstore: L'Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation in "C4 Shell Beige" - $16
High-end: Giorgio Armani Maestro in "5.5" - $64 


What do you think? It is almost impossible to tell the difference between them, expect the price range... 

Face Mask

You have probably seen the trending clay face mask floating around on your Instagram and Facebook feeds; notably the Sand and Sky Pink Clay. Will a drug-store product be just effective at just a quarter of the price?


Image: Sand and Sky                                              Image: Priceline Pharmacy

This pink beauty is only available online and is said to brighten and detoxify your skin. Sound familiar? The L'Oreal Pure Clay Mask in Charcoal available at Priceline Pharmacies also provides the same effect. For instant results in 10 minutes, Sand and Sky is your calling at $70. However, for a $19.99 product that guarantees the same results in 7 days with consistent use, this charcoal baby is yours.


It can be said that the effectiveness of a mascara between high-end and drug-store brands are different. All mascaras aren't the same and it is not just because of their applicators.Typically, high-end brands are able to produce a more well developed applicator and formula due to their larger budget. However, drug-store brands do not necessarily have this luxury. 

Don't worry, we have you covered. Try Nyx's On The Rise Volume Liftscara. The rounded, hourglass shape fans out and expands your hairs with just one swipe. For $15 you can't go wrong! 

   Designer VS Drugstore Makeup! This Weeks Office Debate...

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For a more luxury feel mascara, Lancome's Hypnose $55 mascara plumps up your lashes for a customised volume effect.

Lancome Hypnose Mascara - Black

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Most people think that they need to buy high-end products to ensure that their skincare routine is effective. Don't be fooled by the price point of a product. A moisturiser that is considered drug-store can produce the same results as high-end brands.

Neutrogena's Hydro Boost Gel Cream was in the top 14 best drug- store moisturisers according to The Cut. Notable movie stars such as Vanessa Hudgens and Nicole Kidman feature as spokespeople for the brand. Try it now for $17.49 at Priceline. 

Neutrogena® Hydro Boost™ Gel-Cream

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For the high-end buyers, TATCHA'S Water Cream is an oil-free water cream that creates that luxurious feel by delivering weightless, refreshing hydration. Available at Mecca stores for $104. 


Image: Mecca Cosmetics 

Self Tanner

If you can't be caught 'pale' in the winter season, we have the best high-end and drug-store tanner for you to use. 

You can't go wrong with the Australian owned brand Bondi Sands mousse tanner. For only $19.99 and found at any leading pharmacy or supermarket you'll have access to four shades; light/medium, dark, ultra dark and 1 hour express. 

Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam - Dark

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For those who are wanting guaranteed reliability of their tan, try the 2017 Beauty Award winning Eco Tan Cacao Mousse. It assures its customers with a deep bronze tan for $34.95. 


We all need a good highlighter to complete every makeup look, but does it have to be over $50? 

For $19.99 you can make the Maybelline Master Chrome Highlighting Powder yours at any leading pharmacy or supermarket. This beauty will provide you with a metallic and reflective finish to any look. 

Maybelline Master Chrome Highlighting Powder 350 Molten Rose Gold

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If you're wanting a popping highlight, BECCA guarantees this with their price of $57 at Sephora. This award winning highlight will provide your skin with a ultimate high impact glow.

Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter Opal (neutral, white gold with soft pink pearl)

Image: Sephora


In need of a last minute lipstick to match your outfit but don't have the funds to pay over $50? Try Covergirl's Colourlicious Lipstick in 13 shades for only $10.17 at Priceline. 

Covergirl Colourlicious Lipstick 3.5 g

Image: Priceline

Planned your outfit a head and wanting that full coverage, luscious lip? MAC won't let you down with their top selling Matte Lipstick in 40 shades for $34.

Designer VS Drugstore Makeup! This Weeks Office Debate... 

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 BB Cream

For a hydrating and light/medium coverage finish on your skin without wearing foundation, the Maybelline Makeup Dream Fresh BB Cream serves this purpose. For only $8 the water-gel formula goes on smooth and is free from oils so you won't be shiny all day. Did we mention it also has SPF 30!

Designer VS Drugstore Makeup! This Weeks Office Debate...

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For $69 you can achieve the same result with the NARS Tinted Moisturiser. Also with SPF 30 it provides a hydrating finish in 12 shades. 

Nars - Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser - Alaska

Image: Mecca Cosmetics


It is interesting to see how similar high-end and affordable beauty products are despite the price difference. Many of us get lost within the idea that high-end products are more effective than others, however we proved that theory wrong!

So what do you think... are they really worth the price?

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