Here's the Difference Between Drugstore and Department Store Makeup

I did some very important research so you don't have to.

I am that girl who loves to spend asinine amounts of money on beauty products. My guilty pleasure in life is luxury beauty items. I love beautiful packaging and like to tell myself that if I pay a lot of money for something, it'll be worth it. And although that is true sometimes, it isn't always. Good makeup is good makeup no matter the price tag. As long as the application is flawless, does it really matter how much it costs? 

To test this out myself, I decided to try different drugstore products along with identical-looking prestige products. I made sure to use products that promised the same results and applied them to my face the exact same ways. Can you tell in which photo I'm wearing $147 worth of drugstore makeup and in which one I'm wearing $513 of high-end products? 

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Answer: Left is drugstore and right is prestige. Were you able to tell the difference? If you were, it was probably only slightly, and I bet if you saw me walking around in both looks throughout the day, you'd have no idea I switched out all 14 products with completely different ones. 

To summarize my experiment, I would honestly recommend any of the products I tried to anyone. If you prefer to splurge on foundation, try the prestige option. If you'd rather save on a mascara, the drugstore option I used is ah-mazing. The best part? Only you'll know how much you really spent.

Here are some close-ups of the looks and the products I used to achieve each one. 

SKIN

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Primer

Drugstore:  $13 ; Prestige: , $28

Foundation 

Drugstore:  $16; Prestige:  $64

Concealer and Color Corrector

Drugstore: , $12;  $9; Prestige: , $45;  $20

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Contour and Highlight

Drugstore:  $13;  $11; Prestige: , $46; $38

Bronzer

Drugstore:  $12; Prestige: $65

Blush

Drugstore:  $7; Prestige: $30

EYES

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Eye Shadow

Drugstore:  $8; Prestige: , $58

Eyeliner

Drugstore:  $8; Prestige: $19

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Mascara 

Drugstore:  $10; Prestige: $32

Brows

Drugstore:  $7;  $15; Prestige: $21; , $30

LIPS

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Drugstore:  $6; Prestige: $17

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