High Street Or High End Base Products?

I always find it fascinating to learn about people’s makeup preferences, including wither they prefer to use high street or high end products. We all have different preferences with makeup, along with different budgets, so I love finding out what type of products people are willing to splurge on and where they prefer to save their money. I was going to write this as one post, but when I started, I realised that it would end up being one very, very long post! So I’ve decided to split it into categories and create a little series. So today, we’ll be starting with high street or high end base products.

High Street Or High End Base Products

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Now, it’s worth mentioning that people’s preferences change. As I talk about the different makeup product types individually, you’ll see that mine certainly have. So this post is how I currently feel about using high street or high end products.

High Street Or High End Base Products? Foundation

If you’d asked me a couple of years ago, I’d have said that my preference for foundation was high end all the way. Despite not using foundation very often (we’re taking just for special occasions here), I found high end shade ranges to be far superior to high street. I’d also had an unfortunate experience with my first foundation, a Rimmel product. It broke me out, smelt strongly and didn’t feel very nice on my skin. We’re going back more than 10 years now, but it’s an experience that’ stuck with me.

I used to be very nervous about selecting a suitable colour match for myself, so the ability to have a makeup artist at a high end counter pick for me really appealed. That was until I tried the Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation. I was matched to 4.5 and 3.5 by two different makeup artists. I’m actually 0.5! After that, I preferred to colour match myself.

I didn’t change my mind on my preference of high street or high end foundation until I received the GOSH X-Ceptional Wear Foundation*. The colour match was perfect for me, the feel of the foundation was lovely and the finish looked beautiful. Now that I’ve found a high street foundation that I love, why would I spend high end prices on a product I rarely use!?!

I’m not going to lie, I haven’t tried many foundations. What’s the point when I use them so infrequently!?! So this view point is based on my limited experience.

High Street Or High End Base Products

High Street Or High End Base Products? Tinted Moisturiser/CC Cream/BB Cream

While I’ve been converted to high street foundation, I’m very much in the high end camp when it comes to tinted moisturiser, CC cream and BB cream. The high street just doesn’t have a wide enough shade range. The ‘Light’ products I’ve tried from high street shops have all been too dark for me even during the summer! And the ability to swatch a tinted moisturiser, CC cream or BB cream, on the high street is minimal. Testers often aren’t available for the likes of Dr Jart and similar.

Saying this, high end options still aren’t amazing. I love the Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser, but the one draw back for me is that the shade Finland (the lightest shade) is a little too yellow toned for me. As I wear tinted moisturiser more than foundation, I feel like a high end price tag is more justifiable in order to get the best shade match possible.

High Street Or High End Base Products? Primer

Primer is a bit of a meh product for me. I’ve never found one that I love. I’ve tried ok ones from high end brands, but only rubbish ones from high street shops. However, this hasn’t deterred me. I’m planning on ‘borrowing’ some of Dan’s Nivea Post Shave Balm and a friend has recommended the Soap & Glory Bright Here Bright Now. So the jury’s out on whether I prefer high end of high street primers, because at the moment nothing has impressed me.

High Street Or High End Base Products

High Street Or High End Base Products? Concealer

Long gone are the days when the only type of concealer available on the high street were in stick form, yet this image has stuck in my head. Funny how things stay with you, isn’t it!?! For my dark, dry under eyes, stick concealers just aren’t right. I need something with a much more liquid consistency.

While I’ve found some great radiance pens (YSL Touche Eclat style) from high street shops, I’ve not yet found a concealer that really works for me.. I love the formula and finish of the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Eye Concealer, but the ‘Light’ shade is way too dark for me. I’m still on the hunt for a good high street concealer, I’d really like to try the NYX Concealer Wand. But at the moment, I’m a high end concealer girl, with the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer being a firm favourite. If someone said to me that I had 5 minutes to choose a new concealer, I’d head to the likes of Debenhams and Selfridges.

High Street Or High End Base Products? Corrector

I have very little experience of correctors, so I don’t think I can really say that I have a preference either way. Any recommendations for more liquid style of correctors would be greatly appreciated. I’m currently wanting to try the Urban Decay Naked Skin Colour Correcting Fluid and I think NYX have a similar version available.

High Street Or High End Base Products

High Street Or High End Base Products? Setting Powder

I haven’t tried a whole lot of setting powders (can you tell I’m not really a base product lover yet!?!). But, I’ve developed quite a strong feeling about those I have. high street products seem to make me look flat and matte, where as high end give me a luminous, radiant look to my skin. As I have dry skin, I’m all about the luminous, radiant look and I feel like I can justify spending a little more on a setting powder, because they last such a long time, both in terms of usage and the product going bad.

Saying this, I have been impressed with the GOSH Prime N’ Set Powder* for under my eyes. While I wouldn’t buy this in the Banana shade, I’d be interested to try the translucent version.

High Street Or High End Base Products? Setting Spray

I tried the Urban Decay setting sprays (all varieties) and loved them. I tried a Rimmel setting spray and it broke me out (and my sister!). So I’ve been firmly sticking to Urban Decay ever since. This summer, I thought I’d take a chance on the NYX Dewy Setting Spray, as I couldn’t quite afford to repurchase my beloved Urban Decay Dew Me. I’ve heard good things, so ’m hopeful that the NYX setting spray will be a good one. I’m yet to be able to put it through it’s paces, though. So at the moment, I’m still strongly in the high end category for setting sprays, being devoted to Urban Decay’s Dew Me.

So which do you prefer, high street or high end base products?

Are there certain categories you’d only buy from a premium or affordable brand?

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Tania Jayne

  • I used to think that high end foundation is better but drugstore has some awesome ones like the bourjois healthy mix serum and maybelline matte + poreless. highly recommend! x

    erin | erinazmir

  • I use drugstore foundations for everyday bits and swear by the collection concealer but I love a high end foundation for special occasions as they do tend to last longer!


  • In general I prefer to use high end based products especially when it comes to foundations, mascaras, and lipsticks. I think the high street offers some great eyeshadows, lipsticks and eyeliners, however I find with high end they last longer, the quality is better, and the colour formulation is overall much more natural. I find high end foundations for example to be too cakey and high end are more finely milled.

    Laura xo