So I walked into the M.A.C store at The Palms shopping mall, Ring road Ibadan directly to the powder section to get my beloved studio fix NW48 since the one am currently using is already giving me signs of ‘disappearing’ anytime soon. As I reached out to pick the powder, I stopped right in my tracks on sighting the price. Wait, what?! This now cost N11,000.00?! Really?! Why?! I mean I still got this same powder for N8,500.00 in December. Paying 11k for powder seems so much o, in this era of change when I’ve still got my Tara foundation and eye shadow and my Sleek lipstick to buy. I just had to go back home to think it over whether to continue buying or go for cheaper products entirely. After all, it’s just to ‘make my face up’.

I love my M.A.C powder actually and I need to make my decisions wisely. That’s why I had to weigh the pros and cons of using expensive products to less expensive ones.

1. Expensive beauty brands usually have designated stores where you can get the original products but really, most cheap products hardly have designated stores and can be seen almost everywhere. How am I supposed to know if I’m buying the original version of a cheap product? I mean, there’s always a counterfeit for every product out there so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

2. Most times when you buy cheap products, you actually spend more money for a less ‘glammed up’ look. For instance, if you buy a powder for N2,500.00 and use it for two months, buy another one and use it for another 2 months that means at the end of 8 months, you would have spent N10,000.00 on that product. Compare that to buying a M.A.C powder for N8,500.00 and using it for twelve months even while applying everyday. Sometimes when you go cheap, you may end up spending more in the end.

3. I know usually there are representatives at these designated stores who do skin test for you if you want to purchase their foundation, powder or whatever so you can get the correct shade for your skin tone. Am sure you won’t like to walk around rocking ‘a Fanta face with Coca-Cola hands’.

image4. What about the feel on the face? Most cheap products give the feel and look of having rubbed chalk on the face and some mascaras look like charcoal mixed with water. Isn’t enhancing our looks the very reason we apply makeup in the first place?

5. Looking real good can boost self confidence and you can only look real good when you use original products, which most times are expensive!

imageThese are only my opinions really. After all is said and done, whatever makeup brand you decide to go for, make sure it works for you, make sure the shade fits your skin tone and please, make sure it’s original. Cheap doesn’t always mean fake though, so if you get a cheap product that fulfill all your needs and doesn’t make you look washed out, I’ll say go for it! As for me? I think I’ll stay with my M.A.C powder for now. Keep looking glamorous!