1. Cheap makeup is NOT the same as a bargain
|Rimmel Scandal Eyes for £6.99 - a bargain!|
|Tesco's F&F Bronzer for £4 - stay away!|
Don't get me wrong, long live Tesco!, but when it comes to using that stuff on your face - it's at your own risk and its highly likely that it will be unsatisfactory.
2. Brands are most often a sign of quality
|KILL IT WITH FIRE!!11!!|
The price comes from the ingredients used - to be honest, I think we would all pay the extra pound (or dollar, japanese yen or whatever) to not put mineral oil on our eyes.
3. You might find the occasional gem...
|Hooray, you win!|
Of course, you might stroll into a shop and see something for a reduced price and rarely will one go home to google the product and then come back for it... But if you do search around, you will see a lot of things pop up more than once - that's an indicator that this may be a bargain! For example, Revlon PhotoReady foundation (still need to buy that though...)
4. Avoid brands in local shops or that are priced too cheaply FROM THE STARTReduced makeup =/= cheap makeup. If it was £10 and is now £6 - that is good.
My rookie error today was walking into my TK Maxx and buying some random massive box from a brand called PARISAX (I know, what the hell is that!?). Many tears were shed over those wasted 8 pounds which could have been put into something so so so much better....
|Left to right: blusher, "lip stain", eye pencil, lipstick (yeah that pale pink goop is actually a lipstick -__-), and lipgloss.|
|It looks pretty, don't it? The box is probably the best part of this!|
5. Save up for amazing products!!!Those 8 pounds that I wasted out of greed (thought process: Oh look, so many things in one box!!) are actually ~60% of a MAC lipstick. Saving up for a little longer could have resulted in something professional and actually usable, albeit expensive.
So protip - do NOT give in to massive cheap sets! It is 89.999% likely that they will SUCK, and you will regret not buying that beautiful and useful foundation later on (I know I did!!)
Hope this helps!