Beauty Challenge: Can You Pick the High End Look?

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So here's the deal. I wrote up this FOTD post the other day and realized that MY GODS THAT IS AN EXPENSIVE FACE. Which is totally cool. I feel fancy in that face. But I don't need my mom laying in wait to kill me because I bought a colorless primer for $35. I'd end up looking over my shoulder at every second, waiting for her to jump out from behind a parked car and beat me with sticks. My mom doesn't play around (ask my cousin Wormy).



The actual note that sealed the end of me having a shot at high school not being completely ruined. 

Side note: Once, she chased me up the street when I got in John O's car (he was only the hottest guy in school and my biggest crush ever) and pretended it was his dad driving, not him, which was strictly forbidden. She yanked me out of that convertible by my ears, while screaming at John. He wrote me a note the next day that said, "I'm not mad at you, but I'm afraid of your mom." My high school life was ruined. 

Since I don't need my ninja mom attacking me again, I decided to recreate my new favorite look using products that have much lower price points. But more importantly, I'm curious to know if you can tell a difference.


Which looks like the high end makeup? Which looks like the drugstore makeup? Vote and then scroll to the bottom to see if you're right!


Which Look Is the High End Look?

The slicked back hair look uses more expensive cosmetics.
The long hair look uses more expensive cosmetics.
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Details for the less expensive look:
Total: $66.30

Prep skin with a primer that fills in pores, makes product adhere and gives the skin a lush look. Be sure to apply down to your collar bones. CoverGirl Outlast All Day Primer, $11.00.

Using your fingers, apply your foundation lightly, adding the most coverage in the center of your face and blending out. The finish is lovely! Be sure your face is hydrated to avoid areas that look slightly dry. CoverGirl Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation, $11.30.

Add a very light contour to your cheek hollows. Then add a touch of highlighter in a heart shape around your eyes and the tops of your cheeks. Be sure to hit the top of your nose lightly, too. NYX Matte Taupe Eyeshadow, $4. Makeup Revolution Faux Fur Palette (Highlight shade), $10.00.

Add a touch of color and highlight to your cheeks with the NYX Baked Blush in Wanderlust, $7.00.

For my eyes, I added a white highlighter to the corner of my eyes and under my brow bone. I then added a touch of a matte peach slightly above my arch. I smoked out a touch or purple in the crease. I used the highlight shade, the matte peach and the burgundy/purple in the Makeup Revolution Faux Fur Palette, $10.00.

Next, I added a bit of liner on the top and bottom of my eyes.
CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus liner in Black Ink, $7.00.

I did two coats of mascara on the top and one on the lower lash.
CoverGirl, Super Sizer Mascara, $7.00.

I filled in my brows with Wet n Wild Color Icon Kohl Liner Pencil, Taupe of the Mornin', $1.00.

I filled in my lips with CoverGirl's LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Ballet Twist, $8.00.

You can get this entire look for less if you shop at CVS and use your ExtraCare Beauty Club Card! You'll get $5 back for each $50 you spend, plus free money to spend at CVS/Pharmacy (literally free money!) on special sales and deals. Those sales and deals change constantly, so always check CVS first to make your money go farthest!


Details for the more expensive look:
Total: $349

Prep skin with a primer that fills in pores, makes product adhere and gives the skin a lush look. Be sure to apply down to your collar bones. Mally Beauty Poreless Prep Primer, $35.00.

Using your fingers, apply your foundation lightly, adding the most coverage in the center of your face and blending out. I am IN LOVE with the new Too Faced Born This Way foundation (more shades are coming soon!). It sets up in about one minute and gives you the most natural, full coverage that lasts and lasts. It's truly beautiful. Too Faced, Born this Way in Porcelain, $39.00.

Add a very light contour to your cheek hollows. Then add a touch of highlighter in a heart shape around your eyes and the tops of your cheeks. Be sure to hit the top of your nose lightly, too. LORAC Pro Contour Palette, $45.00.

Add a touch of color to your cheeks, using Mally's cinnamon bun method. Follow up with a bit of golden highlighter on the tops of your cheeks and the tiniest amount on the bridge of your nose. Mally Beauty, Effortless Blush and Highlighter, $45.00.

For my eyes, I added a white highlighter to the corner of my eyes and under my brow bone. I then added a touch of a matte peach slightly above my arch. I smoked out a touch or purple in the crease.
Buxom Shadow in Diamond Darling (this highlighter is amazing if it's not sold out), Invite Only and Patent Leather, $12 each.

Next, I added a bit of liner on the top and bottom of my eyes.  Pur Minerals Double Ego liner in Rio De Janeiro, $21.

I finished my eyes with two coats of mascara on the top and one on the bottom for glam eyes. Mally Get the Last Lash, $25.

I defined my brows lightly, giving them a slightly thicker shape. It Cosmetics, Build a Brow, $24.

I then finished my face with a very light touch of Stila's Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector, $39. I'm still figuring this out and while the Fair shade is a bit light on me on it's own, it works beautifully to set makeup and give skin an even MORE flawless appearance. You know how baking your powder gives you an intensely perfect look in photos? This does the same thing, but in real life, without the wrinkles.

My lips could have honestly used a little more color, but a nude gloss is never wrong. Mally Beauty Blossom Liquid Lipstick and Lip Magnifier in Punch, $20 each.

Did you vote? Share with your friends and see if you can pick out the pricey makeup!

After you've voted, click here to see if you've guessed correctly!


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6 comments:

  1. fun post! you look great in both. I'm curious to try the Stila Putty Perfector.

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    1. I'll do a full post on it soon. It's different. I love it on top of other products and I think i like it by itself.

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  2. I think you created very similar looks, but could you answer other questions: Was one easier to apply? More pigmented/fewer swipes? Better colors? How did they last? After eight hours did they still look almost the same?

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    1. Hi! Both were easy to apply. The Two Faced blends a tiny bit easier, but the CoverGirl is a little tackier. So I feel like it sets perfectly with a tiny bit of powder. The buxom shadows are so pigmented and dreamy - it's a shame they aren't getting as much attention as other options. They are AMAZING. The more expensive face held up better over 10 hours. Born this Way foundation is so beautiful...SO BEAUTIFUL.

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  3. Great post! That was fun! I was correct x)

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