I love buying makeup. I also love gels and lotions and creams and I will happily add another one to my collection if I see something I like. But it can be quite taxing on my income, what with it not being unlimited. So I sometimes find that I have to curb that instinct to just charge another lipstick to my card and walk away. However, there are many cheap beauty products available too and I have often wondered whether or not they are any good.
What Refers to Cheap Beauty Products
I suppose when you talk about cheap beauty products, different people mean different things. Let’s take a look at the various definitions before we come to a conclusion.
First, there are low-quality cosmetics which are very easy on the pocket. They are easily recognizable as the packaging is usually a little tawdry and the claims made on the packet are unbelievable. These products are cheap only because the ingredients used are not the best. In fact, these products themselves are merely cheap imitations of the original ones. The manufacturers are in the market only to exploit the craze for beauty products and make some money. After all, who checks before buying, right?
Then there are cheap cosmetics which are nevertheless of decent quality. These are lower-priced only because the companies that manufacture them are not branded and do not spend on advertising. Therefore, they do not feel the need to exploit their customers by charging exorbitant rates.
And finally, we come to sales and discounts. Many companies start their products out with huge price tags but find with time that no one’s buying. So as not to lose out on business altogether, they slash their rates and a product that was out of your budget a week ago is suddenly up for grabs even by a minimum wage worker. Even the big brands will normally have discounts from time to time to attract new customers.
Now whether or not you should buy cheap products will depend on what kind of cheap you’re talking about. The first category of low-quality products is definitely out. Your skin is too precious to be fooled around with. You never know what you’re getting into with such products and there’s no point in being an idiot and ‘trying it out’ just to save a few bucks.
So how do you know what’s real and what’s fake? When to go for cheap products and when to avoid them? Well, the only piece of advice that will really help you is this – do your homework. If you see a product you like and the cost is low, but you are unsure of the quality or efficacy, be careful. If it is a brand that you trust that’s having a huge sale, go for it.
If you happen to find a product line that does not cost you a fortune but serves its purpose as well as the better known names, then you should count your blessings. And perhaps share your find with the rest of us so we can count our blessings too.
What about you, girls? Do you think it’s ok to skimp on beauty products? Have you ever done it? And do you recommend it?