We all have our favourite products. Some people prefer their makeup to be exclusively from high end brands, while others love affordable high street options. Then there are those of us with a mixture of both in our collections. I fall into this latter category. So I thought today, I’d share with you my preferences when it comes to high street or high end cheek products!
The general theme you’re going to see from this post is that in terms of quality, high street and high end both have great cheek product options. But, there seems to be a bigger shade selection from high end brands.
High Street Or High End Cheek Products? Blusher
I’ve been thinking long and hard about this, and I can’t remember ever being disappointed in a high end blusher. Actually, no. That’s not true. I was really disappointed with the Benefit Rockateur blusher, which smelt really bad and set my asthma off. I haven’t bought anything from them since.
While I can only think of one bad high end blusher that I’ve tried, I also can’t think of many high street blushers that have disappointed me. Yes high end blushes are usually softer and more bendable. But in the grand scheme of things, blushes usually all achieve similar results. So from my experience, the shade range is the biggest difference between high street and high end blushes.
Some of my favourite high street blushes are from: Nars, Bobbi Brown, Urban Decay and MAC.
Some of my favourite high end blusher are from: MaxFactor (Creme Puff Blush) and Rimmel. I’ve also heard great things about Sleek blushes, but haven’t yet had the chance to try them myself.
High Street Or High End Cheek Products? Bronzer
Bronzer is a product that I haven’t experimented with much. I’ve found a shade that works for me and suck to it. Nars Laguna was only the second bronzer I ever tried, and it was love on first application. The shade is perfect for me. It’s also a product that I don’t have to worry about being heavy handed with.
But saying this, I’ve more recently tried the Soap & Glory Solar Power bronzer and it’s also a lovely shade that’s easy to work with. So there are definitely good options at both high end and high street prices, as long as you can find a shade that suits you.
Did you catch my 3 bronzers for pale skin tones post? It features, Nars Laguna, Soap and Glory Solar Power and a Rimmel bronzer!
High Street Or High End Cheek Products? Contour
For me, contour is all about getting the right shade. Personally, I prefer a cooler toned shade in my contour and have two favourites. One of these is from a high street brand, the other a high end one.
The first contour product I fell in love with was the contour shade from the Lancome Blush Subtil Palette in Rose Flush. Finally I’d come across something that didn’t look muddy on me. Unfortunately, I can’t find it online, so I’m hoping it’s not been discontinued. It’s been a staple contour shade for me for a few years now and I’d highly recommend it.
In terms of high street contour products, I love the NYX blusher in Taupe. Remember a few years ago when every YouTuber was raving about it? Well, I totally agree with them! The only problem I have with this product is the packaging. Mine has broken, which I find really quite frustrating. The NYX blushes now come in slightly different packaging, which I would hope is more sturdy.
High Street Or High End Cheek Products? Highlighter
The vast majority of my highlighters are from high end brands. Initially, this was because I didn’t feel the shades available in high street shops suited me. The first highlighter I ever bought was a Topshop one and the shade was just all wrong for me. I tried to find shades that worked for me, but didn’t have much luck. So when I fell in love with the shade of the first high end highlighter I bought that was me converted. I was a high end highlighter lover!
I say this, but I think high street highlighters have come a long way since I first dipped my toes in the shiny highlighter pool. There are now so many fantastic affordable brands that have an array of shade options. Recently, I’ve fallen in love with the Sleek Solstice palette. The quality is amazing and the shades are so pigmented.
Since discovering my love for Sleek’s highlighters, and seeing all the new shade options from other affordable brands, I won’t only be looking at the high end brands to satisfy my love for a gorgeous glow.
Want to know which highlighters have the key to my heart and which I’d like to try? Check out My Favourite highlighters post. You can also find out whether I prefer high street or high end base and eye products!
Do you prefer high street or high end cheek products?
I’d love to know what your favourite blusher, bronzer, contour and highlighter products are.
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