High End VS Budget Makeup Look

I’ve seen this trend all over the internet and decided to put it to the test myself.

The idea is to do a makeup look with budget products on one side of the face and the same look using high end products on the other side of the face.

The idea is to find affordable dupes for high end products, find budget products that apply and last as well as high end products and generally prove not all amazing makeup has to cost a fortune.

I created 2 faces of makeup, one budget and one high end and applied them to different sides of my face.

The budget look came to £108.80 and the high end makeup was worth £317.

I was really nervous about wearing this look all day in case they didn’t match well but I think it went really well and I felt happy wearing it all day.

I primed my whole face the same using Superdrug Vitamin E Radiancr Moisture Cream and NYX Colour Correcting Primer in Green.

I then set both sides with Urban Decay All Nightet spray to give them an even chance.

This is the look I created, a basic everyday makeup look for me.

This picture was when I first applied all the makeup!


Foundation- Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation // No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation

Corrector- Bobbi Brown Corrector // Collection Lasting Perfection Lemon Corrector

Concealer- NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer // Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

Powder- MAC Prep + Prime Translucent Pressed Powder // Rimmel Stay Matte

Cream Contour – Anastasia Cream Contour Kit // Sleek Cream Contour Kit

Bronzer- MAC Mineralize Skin Finish – Give Me Sun // NYX Contour Kit – Tan

Blusher- Benefit Rockateur // Sleek Blush – Rose Gold

Highlighter – MAC Mineralize Skin Finish – Lightscapade // NYX Contour Kit – Ice Queen

Brows- MAC Charcoal Brown // Eylure X Fleur De Force Brow Kit – Medium

Brow Highlight- MAC Shroom Shadow // Highlight from FDF palette

Eyeshadow- Tarte Maneater Palette // Tanya Burr My Paradise Palette

Mascara- Tarte Maneater Mascara // Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Lip Liner – MAC Whirl // Sleek Bare Essential 188

Lipstick – MAC Fleur De Force // Ciate Truffle (I purchased mine from TK MAX so it was cheaper than the MAC)

I found both sides of the look wore equally throughout the day, which I was really surprised about.

The following pictures were taken a few hours apart, throughout the day, and as you can see, it is fading equally.


Overall, I had preferences from both sides of the look, which I have now added into my everyday routine.

I liked both the bases equally, which shows you don’t need to spend hundreds to get good skin makeup. I preferred the brows done with the MAC powder, I felt the shape was better and the colour stayed stronger throughout the day. I actually preferred the Maybelline mascara and am now using that everyday again. I couldn’t believe how similar the lip products were, especially the liners.

I was so happy I did this test, it definitely changed my everyday makeup routine.

If you would like to see my current everyday routine, or how I adapt my routine when I have my spray tan, let me know as I’d love to share those posts.



Author: Life With Ellie

18, full time Content and Social Strategist, beauty enthusiast.

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