top photo: the high street brands: MUA heaven&earth palate... rimmel match perfection foundation...maybelline master smokey shadow-pencil...maybelline rocket mascara...kate moss matte lipstick in 107...MUA undress your skin shimmer highlighter...topshop cream blush in head over heels.
bottom photo: the higher end brands: naked 1 palate, urban decay...mac studio fix powder in nc20... mac cremesheen lipstick in speed dial...mac magically cooling liquid powder in honey rose... mac blusher in mirage... mac studio fix foundation in nc20...mac extended play gigablack lash mascara.
i own a lot of make up, and it varies from brands such as MUA which are affordable and available in superdrug, to slightly higher end products such as MAC and urban decay. whilst i realise these aren't the highest of the high end, it's what i see as a bit more special (partly because of the hefty price of some of it!) i thought i'd do a little battle of the make up, seeing if there is much of a difference, or whether make up is simply make up, not matter the price. (apologies if a little long!)
1. THE HIGH STREET.
things i love:
- i love the rimmel foundation. it's perfect for every day use as the coverage isn't too heavy, but gives just the right amount to hide all your bags and other bits we all like to shun away. (just me?) the colour is a perfect match to my skin, and makes sure i don't look orange, which is always a plus.
-the eyeliner is super easy to apply, and despite the somewhat thick tip of the pencil, can produce really subtle thin black lines.
-the mua highlighter is something i'm soo pleased with. it's really shimmery, which may not be to everyone's taste, but i love glitter - a little never hurt anyone! it highlights above the blusher really well, and just gives you that glittery, shimmery look that catches in the sunlight.
-all the kate moss lipsticks are amazing, especially the matte ones. this one in 107 is a dark red, and stays on all day, however i have a pretty big bottom lip so sometimes need a cheeky top up. the colour is really classic, and works in so many different situations. i'm most probably going to buy the matte pink one soon!
things i don't love:
-whilst the MUA palates are good for the price and easy to stick on everyday, i don't feel you get an adequate amount of colour when you apply, which means you need to apply a few times before you get the desired colour. this might be me being picky though!
- i really don't like this mascara (shock horror please don't hurt me). i know it's popular, but it makes my eyelashes feel really clogged up and short, and all stuck together. i prefer other maybelline mascaras to this one.
-not a massive fan of the blusher. whilst the colour really pops and is super bright, i don't think cream blushers are for me, i like to gather a bit of powder up rather than splodge cream on my face. i don't feel you get an even enough look. which may be my poor make up skills!
2. THE HIGHER END.
things i love:
-the foundation and the powder together are amazing. they make my skin flawless and feel sososo soft, i literally love them on nights out as they maintain a clear look without looking orange,
-i recently purchased the naked palate and it's fair to say i'm in love. the colours are all so bold and work so well together when blended correctly (i'm learning as i go!) i think it's fantastic for the money, and the colours are all so beautiful.
-the mascara is my favourite mascara of all time. the thin brush allows me to get each separate lash, and they look so long and thick without being clumpy.
-the honey rose cooling liquid powder is amazing, it's such a beautiful colour - a rose, nude mixed with flecks of sparkle. it's a subtle touch to the top of your face, just above the blusher, and i love the feel of it when applying.
things i don't love:
-whilst loving the foundation/powder combo, the foundation on its own everyday would be way too heavy on the skin, i save mine for special occasions, as i feel wearing everyday would be too thick.
-the pink lipstick, whilst a nice colour, is a bit too shiny for me. i love matte shades, and i feel this one (whilst pretty) is just too glossy.
whilst it may seem that i have a preference for the look all in higher end, i actually am going to be really boring and call a tie. whilst i love mac and all the amazing products which make your skin feel amazing, i also love the cosmetics available on the high street. rimmel and MUA are fantastic, affordable brands that give you, effectively, the same look as higher brands do - it's all about how you apply them. so, in a completely on the fence way, whilst i do love my mac and feeling a little bit special when i put it on, i think high street has a special place in my make up drawer forever xo