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The Beauty Thread

Blue Of Mind

The world that I do not know...
Apr 8, 2018
314
Britain
I’ve heard nothing but good things about Glossier, so I think it’s an excellent idea! I know the feeling of drugstore foundations being too heavy; with me, they also look too orange. A foundation can claim to be for cool-toned individuals and it’ll still make me look like a certain pseudo-fascist president. So I splurged and got a Tarte foundation, and it’s been an absolute Godsend!
To be fair, drugstore brands have gotten a lot better regarding pale shades over the last ten years, but I still find duds every so often - usually foundations that either pull too yellow for my pink undertoned skin, oxidise orange on me, or just look too dark despite claiming to be a 'Porcelain' shade. Also, many drugstore brands don't do a truly light coverage foundation in a really light shade, which is why I'm eyeing up Glossier right now.

I sometimes think about splurging on other products like eyeshadow, but my Scrooge/Mr. Krabs ass winces at the prices for mid and high end brands all the time. (But I am of the opinion that it's almost pointless to spend a lot of money on mascara and eyeliner, since you're supposed to throw them away every few months. I keep looking at Glossier's Lash Slick, but I'm not paying £15 for a mascara I'm supposed to throw away after 3 to 6 months! If they did travel sized versions of their products and it was under £10, I'd probably buy it then.)
 

Krin

pretending it's 2012 again
Feb 28, 2019
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To be fair, drugstore brands have gotten a lot better regarding pale shades over the last ten years, but I still find duds every so often - usually foundations that either pull too yellow for my pink undertoned skin, oxidise orange on me, or just look too dark despite claiming to be a 'Porcelain' shade. Also, many drugstore brands don't do a truly light coverage foundation in a really light shade, which is why I'm eyeing up Glossier right now.

I sometimes think about splurging on other products like eyeshadow, but my Scrooge/Mr. Krabs ass winces at the prices for mid and high end brands all the time. (But I am of the opinion that it's almost pointless to spend a lot of money on mascara and eyeliner, since you're supposed to throw them away every few months. I keep looking at Glossier's Lash Slick, but I'm not paying £15 for a mascara I'm supposed to throw away after 3 to 6 months! If they did travel sized versions of their products and it was under £10, I'd probably buy it then.)
I've thought about giving Glossier foundations a try mostly because if the same reason; they carry just the right colour for my very pale pink skin. As for drugstore foundations I really !!! REALLY do not recommend going cheapskate when it comes to foundation. I've tried many foundations at my drugstore and really haven't had any good results. Plus my skin is very acne-prone so many new foundation's I'd try from the drugstore would put me in acne hell. As of the beginning of this year I'm using one of Clinique's liquid foundation (can't think of the exact name) and it's been giving me LIFE. This is also my first liquid foundation...! Prior to trying this I was always afraid of liquid foundations because I thought they'd make my oily mess of a face even more oily BUT that's definitely not the case with this!! Thankfully they carried my colour, and to show off how hideously pale I am I had to use the second most lightest option :) Anyways yeah, probably gonna be sticking to this Clinique foundation for awhile.

Another quick point I wanted to make about cheap foundations VS *actually good* ones is I think choosing the right foundation is a big part of skincare. What I mean is that I learned a lot of the cheap foundations I'd buy at the local supermarket/drugstore looked, okay-ish... I believe they were the main source of my acne issues. Now that I've been sticking to more quality big brand name foundations, not only have they matched me better (especially this Clinique one) I also believe they haven't been clogging up my pores as much. Which leads to better skin <3 honestly can't imagine ever going back to those shitty drugstore foundations.
 

Blue Of Mind

The world that I do not know...
Apr 8, 2018
314
Britain
I've thought about giving Glossier foundations a try mostly because if the same reason; they carry just the right colour for my very pale pink skin. As for drugstore foundations I really !!! REALLY do not recommend going cheapskate when it comes to foundation. I've tried many foundations at my drugstore and really haven't had any good results. Plus my skin is very acne-prone so many new foundation's I'd try from the drugstore would put me in acne hell. As of the beginning of this year I'm using one of Clinique's liquid foundation (can't think of the exact name) and it's been giving me LIFE. This is also my first liquid foundation...! Prior to trying this I was always afraid of liquid foundations because I thought they'd make my oily mess of a face even more oily BUT that's definitely not the case with this!! Thankfully they carried my colour, and to show off how hideously pale I am I had to use the second most lightest option :) Anyways yeah, probably gonna be sticking to this Clinique foundation for awhile.

Another quick point I wanted to make about cheap foundations VS *actually good* ones is I think choosing the right foundation is a big part of skincare. What I mean is that I learned a lot of the cheap foundations I'd buy at the local supermarket/drugstore looked, okay-ish... I believe they were the main source of my acne issues. Now that I've been sticking to more quality big brand name foundations, not only have they matched me better (especially this Clinique one) I also believe they haven't been clogging up my pores as much. Which leads to better skin <3 honestly can't imagine ever going back to those shitty drugstore foundations.
My acne used to be a lot worse when I was a teen, but I don't know now if it was crappy foundation causing it, or just hormones (because teen woes).

I definitely agree with the whole foundation being important for skincare bit, and forking out a bit more for foundation. A bad foundation will also make the rest of your makeup look a lot worse than it should be. (Inversely, I'll probably never pay a lot of money for mascara and eyeliner, since you're supposed to throw them away after a few months for hygiene reasons.)
 

Aia

DDR-tist
Jul 14, 2019
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The Internet™
I never had a problem with drugstore brands when it comes to foundation. To be fair though, I have slightly darker skin and a warmer tone so that might be the case... The only struggle I had is finding one that's light enough to wear on my face cuz I don't really like heavy foundations. The foundation I like using is Joah. It's really light, yet it covers pretty well so you don't have to use a lot. Though it doesn't really have a lot for paler skin tones unfortunately, but I like it a lot!

I basically get my makeup from either the drugstore or outlet stores. In outlets, you can sometimes find a high end brand for a REALLY good price. Once I found an Anastasia bronzer for just four bucks!
 
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Blue Of Mind

The world that I do not know...
Apr 8, 2018
314
Britain
I basically get my makeup from either the drugstore or outlet stores. In outlets, you can sometimes find a high end brand for a REALLY good price. Once I found an Anastasia bronzer for just four bucks!
We don't really have outlets in the American sense in the UK, apart from TK Maxx I guess. And even then, I hate browsing TK Maxx bcause it's perpetually like a jumble sale in there and it's hard for me to navigate, so I just avoid it entirely.

I did end up checking TK Maxx's makeup section just now... Not many entries right now (I guess they might be struggling with stock due to Covid?) but I did get tempted by some Nars liquid lipsticks that were only something like £12, never mind that liquid lipsticks never look right on my dry-ass lips, even with lip balm lol.
 

cafenurse

Still misses Anri Rune
Apr 8, 2018
1,147
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USA
I like to see what cool products Tj Maxx has for cheap from time to time....often times the ones near me don't really have anything that exciting, but I once got that unicorn tears lipstick for 5 bucks because I remember when it first came out everyone was talking about it. I never would have bought it for full price since I like exclusively wear red lips and just wanted to try it, so I'm glad I found it heavily discounted. But other than that my tj maxx usually just has like....damaged eyeshadow palettes lol
 
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peaches2217

I write mediocre OliLen fanfiction.
Sep 11, 2019
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Arklahoma
I see my skincare groups talking about TJ Maxx finds all the time and I'm just over here like "Must be nice having a TJ Maxx within 100 miles..." It seems a little shady, but it'd still be cool to explore and see what all's there!
 
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