High-end looks; why I love designer make-up

If you had a peek in my make-up bag, you’d find 95% designer make-up. I’m not a make-up snob by any means but there are a few reasons why I prefer high-end products to drugstore ones.#

A picture of designer make-up by Chanel and Lancome make-up

The experience

First of all, I enjoy the experience of buying designer make-up. It’s just not popping to Boots on a lunch hour and picking up a mascara with a meal-deal. It’s about spending a leisurely afternoon in a department store and browsing the counters, testing different shades, having mini makeovers and taking the time to decide the right products for you. Not to mention the service. If I’m spending big bucks, I want helpful advice, polite conversation, gift-wrapping and a few samples thrown in! I want to leave feeling fabulous.

Designer Packaging

I’m a sucker for gorgeous packaging and that’s exactly what you get with designer make-up. It’s glossy, stylish and luxe. The excitement I get when I see a little Chanel gift bag cannot be compared with a carrier bag of drugstore make-up. Designer make-up is just more aspirational. I may not be able to afford a wardrobe full of Chanel but I definitely can treat myself to a Rouge Coco Lipstick or a bottle of Coco Mademoiselle (my favourite!). I don’t know about you but I also love having pretty products on my dressing table.


Personally, I find the formulas better with designer make-up. Not with all products as I’ve used some excellent drugstore mascaras in the past but overall, I do find high-end make-up much better quality. The consistency, the pigment, the application – they’re just spot on! I recently bought a drugstore concealer instead of my usual Benefit Boi-ing in an attempt to try something new but it was just awful! And to be honest, it wasn’t that much cheaper! Lesson learned. I know all drugstore concealers aren’t bad but I’ll be sticking to what I know if the future.

1 Comment

  1. Claire
    20th October 2016 / 1:35 pm

    I’m so with you here – I think the formula of foundations especially varies so much with high end!

    Claire | Vanity Claire xx

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