Saturday, July 28, 2012

Battle of the Brands

My interest in make-up is a growing one, as I've gotten older, I've come to appreciate, that with practice, it doesn't have to be obvious to look good, and that the most expensive product isn't always the best one. Long time lovers here will know that I'm slightly obsessive where mineral make up is concerned, it's the best solution I've found for my skin type and needs, but eye make up is one area that I still experiment with in terms of other brands and types.

My Aunt- who would be the most amazing beauty blogger if she knew how to use the internet... recently gave me the Bobbi Brown Ultra Nude palette after having tried it and had a bit of a reaction to the shimmer in the shades. Happy to do my bit and recycle, I promptly went off to play with it.

Whilst the overall result is... ok, I have to admit, I'm not impressed. The shades didn't come out particularly pigmented, the fall out of the glittery shimmery parts was HUGE and 3 hours after application most of my cheeks were further covered in tiny little shimmery bits. I'd be a bit hacked off if I paid RRP for this product which seems to be around about £25-30

P.S. excuse the ill face in the middle... I've had a nasty cough and cold this week.

Compare that to a £4 spend for twice the number of shadows.

I've been desperate to get my hands on this MUA Palette FOREVER. Ok, slight exaggeration, but for some time. Neutral eyes are my favourite go-to for day and often for night too, and despite the hype around palettes such as the Urban Decay Naked one, I was still more interested in this collection of true neutrals which I'm more likely to use all of. It was just a case of getting a hold of it, here in my rural abyss. 

I know this palette has been reviewed to death, so I'm not here to do that. But here's what I will say. I'd spend my £4 many times over on the MUA Heaven and Earth palette, my good experience with MUA products is well and truly continued. The shadows are more pigmented, have little fall out, last the day, and the packaging is surprisingly sturdier than expected, although it will still be packed into bags with caution.

Whilst the Bobbi Brown palette shall be living in my travel bag with it's slightly studier packaging, a back up but not my preference. I definitely wouldn't pay it's retail price, and I know I'd be sorely disappointed if I had. The lesson here: try before you buy, and don't underestimate a budget brand!



Louise McDonagh said...

Oh dear, I'd be really disappointed with that Bobbi Brown one too. The coverage is barely there. The only item of theirs I have is a dark shadow I use to define my brows, but that's quite good. As you say, better to try first.

Milly said...

It's crazy how brands can charge so much for rubbish quality, and this is an example of how it's silly to pay just for the name! x

Chloe said...

Major disappointment, it makes me shudder to think of purchasing something so expensive that then isn't much good. Particularly when there are such good products available for 1/8 the price.

Chloe said...

Definitely sill to pay for just a name or indulge in brand snobbery- particularly if you're not sure it works. I know many who are still sceptical of budget brands like MUA too, which is silly if you've never tried them- my good experience continues!

Maria Fallon said...

I have to say, I don't tend to experiment very much with make up, especially eyeshadows, I wouldn't know where to start!

Maria xxx

Chloe said...

I never used to... I blame blogging. I reckon the key with eye shadows is to start simple- with a duo or a quad and keep the looks simple. Blogs and YouTube are heaven for tutorials, and ELF have just release quads of eyeshadow which had embossed into each shadow where that shade should go- so base, crease lid etc. I wish they'd been about AGES ago when I didn't know where to start!