High Street Or High End Eye Products?

Last month, I kicked off my wish street or high end series with base products. So I thought today I’d satisfy your curiosity and share which eye products I prefer to get from the likes of Debenhams and Selfridges and which I’m happy to pick up from my local Boots or Superdrug. So if you want to know whether I prefer high street or high end eye products (or a mix), keep reading!

High Street Or High End Eye Products

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High Street Or High End Eye Products? Mascara

I have to admit that I’ve flip flopped a bit here. I started off not even considering high end mascaras. After all, you have to repurchase them so often. I didn’t feel I could justify spending such a lot of money on something wouldn’t last me very long. My Mum and sister have been blessed with lashes that they can put any mascara on and get a great effect. I, on the other hand have not. With my long, poker straight lashes, I need a mascara that really works hard to give me luscious lashes that will show up behind my precision tinted lenses. After spending an awful lot of money on several high street mascaras that were so bad they ended up in the bin, I decided to try a high end option.

High Street Or High End Eye Products

I got on really well with the Diorshow Iconic Overcurl mascara, but it didn’t last very long. I found I had to repurchase every 2 months or so which just got way too expensive for me. I’ve tried various mid price and high street mascaras to try to find an alternative and have settled on the Benefit Roller Lash Mascara and the Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara as good alternatives. They aren’t quite as good as the Dior Iconic Overcurl, but they’re pretty close, last longer and are a fraction of the price!

Now that I’ve found a high street mascara I love, I’m firmly back in the high street camp when it comes to mascaras.

High Street Or High End Eye Products? Eyeshadow Primer

The first eyeshadow primer I tried was the basic £1 elf primer. At the time, I really liked it. It wasn’t until I bought an Urban Decay Naked palette and received a Primer Potion that I realised just how drying the elf primer was. Both in terms of drying my eyelids out and the look it gave to my eyeshadows.

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As I’ve bought quite a few UD palettes, I have a backlog of primers to use up. So I haven’t considered buying any other eyeshadow primers. I’ve received a tester of the NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base, but for me it just didn’t live up to the hype. I also haven’t been impressed with the MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre as an eyeshadow base.

Having fallen in love with the UD primer potions, I never thought I’d try anything else. That is until I received a GOSH Eyeshadow Primer* and was blown away by just how good it is.

So my experiences of highs street and high end eyeshadow bases have been mixed. I wouldn’t say I was strongly one category or the other, but rather that I’ve found two products that really work for me and I’m sticking to them!

High Street Or High End Eye Products? Cream Eyeshadow

Cream eyeshadows, where do I start!? I haven’t tried any high end cream eyeshadows and for good reason. I’ve been so unimpressed with the majority of the high street cream shadows I’ve tried that I’ve been too scared to invest in something more expensive incase I waste a whole lot of money.

High Street Or High End Eye Products

I’ve tried cream eyeshadows from Rimmel, Bourgois, No7, Seventeen and more. Yet they’ve all creased on me as soon as I’ve blinked. The only cream eyeshadows that have stayed put on my oily, hooded eyelids are the Maybelline Colour Tattoos and the GOSH Forever Eye Shadow Sticks. Now, I should just say that since my 30th birthday, my eyes must’ve become more hooded because the GOSH shadow sticks aren’t as effective as they used to be. Which is a shame, because they were a great option for on-the-go unlike the Maybelline Colour Tattoos in their glass jars.

I might pluck up the courage to try a high end cream eyeshadow on counter. I’ve heard good things about the NARS Velvet Shadow Sticks. But for now, I’m sticking well and truly to my trusted Maybelline Colour Tattoos, which have never let me down.

High Street Or High End Eye Products? Powder Eyeshadow

Hmm… What to say about powder eyeshadows. I don’t think I’ve tried a high end powder eyeshadow that hasn’t impressed me. No, that’s not entirely true. I’ve been very disappointed with the quality of the Dior mini palettes that come with their mascaras at Christmas time. These are quite clearly not made to the same high quality as Dior’s full size 5 pan palettes. You can see that just by looking at them. But in terms of full size eyeshadows and palettes, high end options are amazing. My favourites being Urban Decay, Too Faced and Bobbi Brown.

High Street Or High End Eye Products

The high street on the other hand is very hit an miss. I’ve bought a few Makeup Revolution eyeshadow palettes and been really disappointed in them. So much so that I went through a stage of thinking all high street powder eyeshadows were awful. This isn’t the case at all, as I’ve demonstrated in my Favourite Affordable Eyeshadows post.

So while I’d happily use both high street and high end eyeshadows, I do think that the high end brands are usually a superior quality. I’m also ok with spending more money on an eyeshadow palette compared to other products, as they’re powder and so will last much longer. I feel like I’m more wary of trying new eyeshadows from the high street, compared with high end brands.

High Street Or High End Eye Products? Eyeliner

I have to admit that I don’t have much experience when it comes to eyeliners. I’ve only tried two brands of gel liner (both high street). I’ve tried four brands of liquid liner, only one of them high end. All but one of these liners did just what I wanted them to!

High Street Or High End Eye Products

I have a little more experience of pencil eyeliners, having tried a few high end and a few high street options. My first ever pencil eyeliner was from Seventeen (17 as it was then known). I was year 10 at the them and it didn’t last on my eyes at all well. This put me off eyeliner for several years. It wasn’t until I received an Urban Decay 24/7 glide on eyeliner with an eyeshadow palette. Thankfully, I got on better with these than I had the Seventeen eyeliner!

When I went to my sister’s hen do, we dressed up and I created this Tiger costume. The makeup took ages, and I was working on it as we travelled to London. Unfortunately, I ran out of the Urban Decay 24/7 liner that I was using. So I picked up a Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Eye Liner. I found this to be as good, if not better than the UD eyeliner! I’m also a big fan of the GOSH Infinity Eyeliner.

So it’s safe to say that I won’t be straying from the high street to buy eyeliner any time soon.

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High Street Or High End Eye Products? Brow Products

Brow products were one of the last makeup products that I tried and I really wish this hadn’t been the case! My face looks so much better when my brows are done! I have to say that I haven’t formed strong feelings towards high street or high end products. The most important thing for me is that the shade is just right. This is something I’ve struggled with in all price ranges. So if you have any brow recommendations, please do let me know! I think my favourite brow product so far is the Soap & Glory Brow Archery. I’d like to try some Anastasia Beverly Hills brow products and the NYX Micro Brow Pencil.

Want to know what my base preferences are? Check out my High Street Or High End Base Products? post!

Do you prefer high street or high end eye products? Or are you like me and like a mix?

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  1. Thanks so much for the comparisons. I do prefer high-end products, especially in lipsticks and eyeshadows, like channel, but certain things like eyeliners I’ve liked much more on high street.

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