First off, I'd like to apologize or the lack of posts the last couple of days, I've just been a bit uninspired to put something up, but now I'm back and with a topic that I've been pondered about since I've been able to shop at stores like Sephora & what not and is debated about in the world of beauty & skincare: which are better, drugstore versus high-end products?
This was prompted by a trip to Sephora the other day. The woman working at the Caudalie section of the store said something along the lines of "drugstore brands are like a band-aid and only provide temporary relief/change". And I agree, to a certain extent. My experience with drugstore cleansers have not been a pleasant one. And while I featured this Burt's Bees cleanser in one of my monthly favorites, it seriously dried out my skin and left it feeling tight and uncomfortable as I continued to use it. And this Burt's Bees cleanser isn't an isolated case, I've tried the L'Oreal Ideal Clean Foaming Gel Cleanser & the Boots Botanics All Bright Cleansing Foam Wash and both have given me the same problem. So when I decided to pick up the Korres Milk Proteins Foaming Cream Cleanser as my first foray into higher end skincare products, I was a bit apprehensive. I didn't look at any of the reviews of the product beforehand, but decided to pick this up a bit randomly. But I ended up loving it. Yet at the same time I find that the L'Oreal Ideal Moisture day lotion for sensitive skin is working better for me than the Benefit Triple Performing Facial Emulsion.
While I do enjoy my higher-end Korres cleanser, I think whether or not you should splurge or save is dependent on several different factors, your skin type, your age, the product type in question, and what you're looking for in the product. For example, because moisturizers sink into your skin I believe you should buy the highest quality product in your budget & for your skin type. Would I pay $150 on this Dior night cream? In the foreseeable future, absolutely not. But having tried other drugstore night creams before and absolutely hating them, I think I'd still want a higher-end night cream. In the end I believe it's all about knowing your skin type and knowing what has worked for you in the past. For me, drugstore cleansers & night creams are out. But I do like drugstore sunscreens & makeup remover wipes. Unfortunately, it's a lot of trial and error, but I think spending $21 on a cleanser isn't that bad. My recommendation is to definitely read reviews & to try and get samples before you buy.
So, what are your thoughts on this "debate"? Which side do you find yourself leaning towards, or are you like me and take the middle ground?