Is expensive makeup really better?

Don't Waste Your Money

Makeup is a daily part of life for many of us. But does paying more mean you're going to look your best?

Our Scripps TV stations tested some makeup must-haves: foundation, blush, lipstick and mascara from some of the most popular brands, MAC, Elf, Chanel and Maybelline.

They included volunteers with several different complexion types.

1. Mascara

First on our list is mascara.

Right away the ladies noticed the difference in the quality, and a big difference in price!

Chanel was our most expensive brand at $30 and it was also the least favorite.

Elf's mascara was 10 times cheaper, $3, and our testers liked it the best.

2. Foundation

Next on the list is foundation. Again, a big difference in price and lots of opinions on quality.

In the end, MAC was the favorite in this category, costing $27.

The two cheaper brands, Elf ($6) and Maybelline ($7.99), tied for second.

But again, the most expensive, Chanel ($55), will not make you the envy of the party.

3. Blush

All of our testers say that price is a big part of what makeup they will buy.

Well in that case at $3 Elf seems like a great choice for blush.

But once the women tried it on, it just didn’t do the job. Elf got last place in this category.

There's a time when spending more gives you the best look because Chanel was the favorite in this category, but you'll pay 14 times more for it, $43.

MAC was a close second and you’ll spend just $21, half of the cost of Chanel.

4. Lipstick

We can't forget lipstick.

Again, Chanel is pretty pricey, but apparently it's worth the cash because it was the top choice.

At half the cost, MAC came in second.

And Elf is just $3. It's good on your wallet, but apparently not on your lips. Each of our testers said Elf was their last choice in this category.

Elf was the cheapest brand we tested, and it was the favorite in some categories, but disliked in others.

The Bottom Line

Our testers said the cheap lipstick felt and looked like cheap lipstick. 

But for other items, they said they would try less expensive brands, which in some cases looked as good on them as the expensive name brands.

So you may want to do a comparison yourself, so you don't waste your money.


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