In the past I never really considered products before purchasing them. Does this work with my skin tone? Does this have good reviews? Do I already have a similar colour? are all questions I should have asked myself but instead I would just pop the product in my basket and hope for the best. I would later get home and see that while its nice, I already had several similar products that I rarely used. I would swatch it and leave it to gather dust in my makeup draw.
This system worked okay for a while but eventually I was left with draws crammed with products that I didn’t use. Most of them didn’t suit my skin-tone which left me looking tired and grey when I did try to wear them. I had wasted hundreds of dollars on products that I don’t use so I decided to be more selective about what I buy.
Here are some tips that I use before purchasing new products:
- Learn about your skin tone and what colours suit you. If you have a cool skin-tone, no matter how much you love that coral lipstick, it will not make you look your best. Trends come and go so its better to find what works for you and stick with it. I have a light warm skin-tone so I know that any colours that are light and warm will look best on me.
- Look up reviews for products before you buy them but be careful of “hyped” products. I don’t know how it happens but every few months something new will come out and everyone and their pets will rave about it. Every time I have bought the hyped product, it has been okay to average at best. My first experience of this was Nars Laguna Bronzer. Its just a bronzer. Nothing special. It got hyped up so much that people actually believe its different to other bronzers. There are only so many shades of bronze and when applied to the face and blended, the difference is negligible. Visit MakeupAlley for reviews. They are detailed and people usually list their skin type which is useful.
- Quality. Buy products that are good quality. Price tag is not a reflection of quality. I am just going to say it – with expensive brands you are ONLY paying for the packaging. Expensive products contain the same ingredients as cheaper ones. Some inexpensive brands have really good formulas and some very high end brands have poor formulas. After many disappointing purchases from high end brands I now shop exclusively at the drugstore because I don’t want to pay for packaging.
Purchasing quality over quantity has been working well for me so far this year. I havn’t been perfect with it but I have spent much less than I used to and I use almost all the stuff I have bought. Best of all, my makeup collection is really manageable. There is plenty of space in my draw and its easy to find what I’m looking for.
Thanks for reading,