REFLECTIONS ABOUT HIGH END & DRUGSTORE
Somewhere between my hours spent reading comparison posts and watching dupes videos, I’ve started thinking about a blog post where I would give my opinion about High End and Drugstore makeup or skincare -beauty in general- not because my opinion matters -it doesn’t-, but rather because it slightly differs from what I usually read and hear.
I’ve always felt uncomfortable with the customers -myself included- who drive a wedge between High end and Drugstore, it seems to me that the brands don’t do it, the marketing behind a drugstore item is as elaborate as a fancy, high end beauty product. Yet, we are always surprised to find out that a high end mascara does nothing compared to its drugstore alternative, which automatically becomes a beauty hero for winning the High end/Drugstore competition. Comparison is more than welcomed when it comes to beauty products -my latest post is full of it-, but the prices, in my opinion, should play no part in this process. Just because, if we really think about it, expecting more from a high end item means that we expect less from a drugstore item, and I don’t believe any of us buy a foundation, a moisturizer or even a nail polish thinking we will be happy if it is just so-so.
Indeed, over the last year, I’ve forced myself to not expect more from a Dior, Chanel and other high end crushes numbers, except for one thing: a better experience. A little piece of luxury, a sturdy packaging, and the fancy feeling when applying/using it, that is all. Makeup was easy, I had a little bit more prejudice against drugstore skincare, specifically when it comes to my beloved beautiful consistencies, but brands such as Nip+fab and La Roche-Posay have proven me wrong. More importantly, it evens out the wallets: the small wallets aren’t missing out on good quality makeup or skincare and the bigger wallets don’t necessarily have the best skincare regime or the most beautiful makeup face.
Not too sure about how interesting this post actually is, but I believe it will work as a great reminder for me as I will forever be guilty of writing sentences such as ‘I cannot believe how good it is, especially considering the price’, but, at the same time, I will do my best to apply the reflections above to my reviews and posts, and to think of a beauty item as a unique piece rather than something which automatically belongs to the Drugstore or High End field.