Do you buy Beauty Products because of the packaging?

By this I mean, does the fanciness of packaging sway you towards a certain brand, or price range of product over another?

We all know that high end beauty products tend to have nicer packaging, but they also may have dupes from the high street or drugstore that are a fraction of the price but work in the exact same way.

I have had my head turned by certain products beforehand, but I’ve always found that products that I pick in part because the packaging is lovely also perform VERY WELL against the drugstore. In my opinion, there is a stigma attached to price that means that often when we buy things that cost more, it feels like more of a luxury treat. It may be the case that the product might be more expensive just because of the packaging. The possibility that a £49.99 product might perform just as well as something that costs £4.99 rings in the silence.

It’s funny that we can spend so much money on cosmetics, which are essentially completely disposable items. We put them on our face, then we take them off. It doesn’t improve our skin (in most instances) but for around 8 hours a day it makes us feel more comfortable in our own human skeletonia (Yes I have just made this word up).

Here I’m going to give you a run down of my most favourite recent high end dupes, available in the drug store and much cheaper than the 96 carat gold eyelash curler that is bound to come out at some point in Harrods.

Take a look at the below items, realistically, which one would you be happier to receive as a gift?

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These Max Factor Creme Puff blushers come in at only £8.99, whereas the Hourglass Ambient Lighting blush is a mighty £28! The Hourglass blush comes in a beautiful gold clicky compact, which may sway your buying choice. But, £20’s worth?! Foof!

 

packaging 2

On the left above, we have the Tom Ford Brow Sculptor, which costs £34.00 and is available in 4 shades. It has a wide nip and a spoolie on the other side. Similarly, the Sleek Eye Brow Stylist is only £5.99 and comes in 3 shades! With the exact same pencil and spoolie!

packaging 3

The price difference between these two products is £22.10! The By Terry Ombre Blackstar on the left is £29 but you can get a similar long lasting, crease free eyeshadow stick from Kiko for a measly £6.90. I’ve heard great things about the Kiko eyeshadow sticks so if you can get a high quality product for twenty quid cheaper then all the better!

P.S. One high end product that I can hand on heart say I’d buy 95% because of the packaging is this Stila ‘Eyes Are The Window’ palette (£30):

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Have you tried any good high end dupes before?

Leave me a comment with your favourite if you can think of one!

Roshni xxx

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2 Comments

  1. We can’t forget that the packaging IS the product too. Beauty products aren’t only the function of what they do but how they make the person feel, or how they help to project an impression of that person.
    ‘Expensive’ products do allow for better quality ingredients in formulas though.
    As always a good read.

    1. Thank you 🙂 and agree, emotionally you get an increased sense of worth because of the value you’ve invested and the way the product makes you feel! Thanks for the comment 🙂 x

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