Save vs Splurge

Ever found your­self won­der­ing which beauty buys are worth a splurge, and which ones scrimp­ing on? Well, to­day’ s your lucky day! Here’s per­fect way to up your penny power…

Look (UK) - - BEAUTY - Words: Perdita Nouril styling: ly­dia thomp­son


Serums are one of the most im­por­tant prod­ucts in your skincare arse­nal. Their molec­u­lar struc­ture is dif­fer­ent to that of a cream, mak­ing them bet­ter at pen­e­trat­ing the skin with their po­tent cock­tail of highly con­cen­trated in­gre­di­ents. The high-tech for­mu­las mean you pay a pre­mium, but in the long run it’s a small price to pay for achiev­ing the skin of your dreams, right? Take skin from good To great Ole Hen­rik­sen Truth Serum Col­la­gen Booster, £68; An­to­nia Bur­rell Biotech Supreme Pressed Serum, £95; barem­iner­als Bril­liant Fu­ture Age De­fense & Re­new Serum, £42


See­ing as body creams aren’t sci­en­tif­i­cally so­phis­ti­cated, they shouldn’t come with a hefty price tag. A mois­turiser’s aim is to hy­drate, so as long as it con­tains humec­tants such as glyc­erin it will at­tract water and help your skin re­tain its mois­ture. It should also be packed with emol­lients like shea or co­coa but­ter to soften and soothe – luck­ily th­ese aren’t in­gre­di­ents that will break the bank. ban­ish dry­ness beau­ti­fully Palmer’s Raw Shea Body Lo­tion, £4; Kiehl’s Crème de Corps, from £8.50; Soaper Du­per Zesty Lemon Body Lo­tion, £8.50


Healthy, lu­mi­nous skin is the eter­nal holy grail of beauty, so a good face cream is non-ne­go­tiable. It should do three things: wage war on pol­lu­tion, speed up skin re­newal and in­fuse your face with ra­di­ance. Th­ese su­per­pow­ers come at a price; how­ever, it’s ac­tu­ally more cost-ef­fec­tive over time be­cause the bet­ter your skin looks, the less make-up you need to make it glow. Re­ally not feel­ing flush? Boost the ef­fects of cheaper creams by re­ally mas­sag­ing them into your face. Ramp up your Ra­di­ance Fresh Black Tea Firm­ing Corset Cream, £79; Shi­seido Ibuki Pro­tec­tive Mois­tur­izer, £42; De­cléor In­tense Glow Awak­en­ing Cream, £49.50


A well-rounded mas­cara calls for a bril­liant brush and an inky black for­mula that fans lashes for a flut­tery fin­ish. Thank­fully this is the one beauty cat­e­gory where bud­get brands are giv­ing their high-end coun­ter­parts a run for their money. We know of sev­eral £10 mas­caras that are able to vo­lu­mise and de­fine just as well as the £30 equiv­a­lent. a stroke of Ge­nius L’oréal Vol­ume Mil­lion Lashes, £9.99; May­belline New York Colos­sal Mas­cara Go Ex­treme, £6.99; Bour­jois Push Up Vol­ume Glam­our Mas­cara, £7.99

It De­pends! LIP­STICK

Some of the best shade ranges come from bud­get brands, mean­ing you could pretty much wear a new hue ev­ery day for a year. How­ever, the up­shot of lux­ury brands is that they’re packed with nour­ish­ing in­gre­di­ents such as av­o­cado oil and vi­ta­min E. You also get bet­ter colour pay-off be­cause they have higher con­cen­tra­tion of pig­ments, mean­ing you have to ap­ply it less of­ten so it lasts longer. save Avon True Colour Per­fectly Matte Lip­stick, £8 spend Il­la­masqua An­ti­mat­ter Lip­stick, £18; Marc Ja­cobs Liq­uid Lip Crème, £24


Dis­solv­ing grime and a day’s worth of make-up, a cleanser should never be over­looked. Yet un­less you have prob­lem­atic skin, in which case you might want to fork out on fancier for­mu­la­tions, there’s no need to splash out on some­thing that’s only on your skin for a few mo­ments. Gen­tle & Gen­er­ous La Roche-posay To­le­ri­ane Dermo Cleanser, £11; Yes To Carrots Fra­grance Free Ex­fo­li­at­ing Cleanser, £7.99; REN Rosa Cen­tifo­lia 3-in-1 Cleans­ing Water, £13


The dif­fer­ences be­tween luxe and purse-friendly liq­uid for­mu­las are so mi­nor that you can def­i­nitely get away with stock­pil­ing the lat­ter. Just make sure your bud­get op­tion has a sleek tip and feels com­fort­able to hold – you don’t want it to tug on your skin. Great eye buys Soap & Glory Su­per­cat Liq­uid Black Eye­liner Pen, £6.99; MUA Eye De­fine Felt Liner, £2; Top­shop Magic Liner, £6.50


Foun­da­tion un­der­pins your en­tire make-up look, so it’s the one prod­uct you should never scrimp on. Costly for­mu­las de­liver bet­ter on long-last­ing cov­er­age as brands have poured their pen­nies into mak­ing sure it goes the dis­tance no mat­ter how hard you’re par­ty­ing. They also in­clude savvy skincare in­gre­di­ents that im­prove your com­plex­ion, thwart dry­ness and even out skin tone. flaw­less Win­ners Stila Aqua Glow Serum Foun­da­tion, £34.50; Estée Lauder Per­fec­tion­ist Serum Com­pact Makeup, £43; Burberry Fresh Glow Lu­mi­nous Fluid Base, £34


Pre­vi­ously, cheap nail pol­ishes weren’t able to de­liver on cov­er­age so you had do at least three coats to re­ally achieve anopaque­fin­ish.luck­i­lyy­ou­can­nowtreaty­our­tip­sto in­ex­pen­sive lac­quers with­out worry. And if that wasn’t enough, the ma­jor­ity come with nail-nour­ish­ing ex­tras and are also pretty darn chip-re­sis­tant too. nailing the bud­get Barry M Co­conut In­fu­sion Nail Paint, £3.99; Rim­mel 60 Sec­onds Su­per Shine Nail Pol­ish, £2.99; Revlon Colorstay Gel, £6.99


It’s al­ways worth shelling out on pow­ders be­cause they have bet­ter blend­abil­ity. The pig­ments in pricier pow­ders are milled much more finely, which makes for a smoother and seam­less fin­ish. High-end brands also get ex­tra brownie points for their in­clu­siv­ity, as they have a wider range of shades with both matte and shim­mer options, so there’s some­thing to suit all com­plex­ions. our high­lights NARS Bronz­ing Pow­der in La­guna, £28; Char­lotte Til­bury Film­star Bronze & Glow, £49; Laura Mercier Wind­flush Colour Pow­der, £29

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