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Budget vs premium beauty products

Budget vs premium beauty products

The price between budget and premium brands can be quite significant, while promising exactly the same thing. We've tried out both options to tell you what to expect for your money.

We’ve reviewed a range of beauty products – both inexpensive and premium – so that you can pick a good one no matter what your budget.

Body Shop vs Maybelline

Save: Maybelline BB Cream for Rs.199
BB or Beauty Balm was a big hit with the Indian market last year and since then a number of brands have launched their version of the product that aims to moisturize, cover spots and provide SPF protection in a single tube. The Maybelline BB cream was one of the first few BB creams in the market and while it is a mid-range brand, the product is one of the best, especially for Indian skin tones. However, if you have dry skin, you might want to apply a light moisturizer before using the cream. An 18ml tube is priced at Rs.199 (Rs.11 per ml) and it’s available in three shades.

Splurge: Body Shop All in One BB Cream for Rs. 1,395
If you’re willing to dish out a bit more, the BB cream that’s offered by Body Shop is also a good option (they are also currently on sale). The white cream changes colour on application and this BB cream is suitable for those who have dry skin. A 25ml tube is priced at Rs.1,395 (about Rs55 per ml) so if you’re worried about using it every day it may not be the most pocket friendly choice.


Save: Oriflame Beauty Cherry Garden Lipstick for Rs. 398 (4g)
To be honest, even we were surprised at the quality of the Oriflame lipsticks. They are rich, creamy and glide across your lips smoothly. But most importantly, the lipstick stays put. A classic cherry red lipstick is a must in your makeup bag. Packaging is very cute and we feel the lipstick in terms of colour, scent, texture and duration is on par with higher end lipstick brands.

Splurge: M.A.C Viva Glam No.1 for Rs.990 (3g)
M.A.C products have always been top quality and this range of lipsticks, endorsed by Nicki Minaj, manages to maintain the same level of excellence as compared to other products from this brand. The red is rich, vibrant and fades into a beautiful stain. However, if you’re a first time red-lipstick user or just interested in trying out the trend, this is not the lipstick to experiment with. Apart from it giving some serious colour, the lipstick is priced too steeply to be purchased on a whim.


Save: Lakme Eyeconic Kajal for Rs. 199
Lakme launched its Eyeconic Kajal after Maybelline’s Colossal Kajal range which garnered rave responses. This reasonably priced kajal is perfect if you are looking for a smudge free liner that stays for 10 hours straight without reapplication. It is also waterproof and the texture is smoother than the many kajals that we have tried. One swipe of it is enough for defining your eyes neatly. 

Splurge: Revlon Colorstay One Stroke Defining Eye Liner for Rs. 549
If you want a costlier counterpart, then this Revlon ColorstayOne Stroke Defining Eye Liner is a great alternative. The kajal is very dark, doesn’t smudge for up to six hours and sits well on lash line as well water line. However, it doesn’t have a mechanical roller like the former and has to be sharpened after a few uses.


Save: Vaseline Total Moisture Aloe Fresh 24-hour nourishing lotion for Rs. 149 (300 ml)
This moisturiser will work best for you if you don’t like to dab yourself with greasy and oily moisturisers. Vaseline Total Moisture Aloe Fresh 24-Hour lotion is light but hydrates your skin for a good seven to eight hours. It also has a tinge of pleasant coolness to it which feels nice on the skin. The fragrance of the mosituriser is also light and will linger for two hours after application.

Splurge: Elemis Daily moisturiser for Rs. 1,200 approximately (50ml)
If you’re the type of person who doesn’t use cheap ranges of moisturiser, then Elemis despite its small size for hefty price won’t disappoint you. It’s a light and non-greasy moisturiser, which has nourishing Rosehip seed oil and sweet almond oil that hydrates your skin instantly and continues to let your skin stay moisturised for the entire day. Skin feels more revitalised and soft.

Nail Polish

Save: Lakme Fast and Fabulous 40 Second dry for Rs 200
Who has the time to apply nail polish and then wait really long for it to dry? The Fast and Fabulous range from Lakme is perfect for the girl in a hurry and for Rs200 the results are surprisingly good. Colour stays on for up to two weeks (and longer on your toes!) and unlike other brands in the same price range, does not fade or lose its luster as days go by. They also have an array of rainbow colours that can compete with salon favourites and imported brands, which was something that drew us to it in the first place.

Splurge: Sally Hansen Insta-Dry for Rs1,368
Sally Hansen’s nail products are definitely a good buy, but they’re also very pricey. Unlike what they promise, you will have to apply two coats for perfect colour and it lasts as long as other quick dry nail polishes. The colours are beautiful and make your nails look like you’ve just been to the salon. While they have almost every colour under the sun, they’re a bit too expensive to change your colour as much as you’d like to.


Save: Tressemme Keratin Smooth Shampoo for Rs160 for 225ml
The affordability of the Tressemme Shampoo can make you skeptical about how good the product is – after all, the higher the price, the better the product, right? Not in this case. With just one wash with a small amount of shampoo, your hair stays soft and shiny. It has a salon-like shine and frizzy flyaway hair almost disappears and the price is ridiculously attractive.

Splurge: Kerastase Bain Oleo Relax Shampoo for Rs1,400 for 250ml
If you can afford to splurge a little bit though, you’ll get great results with the Kerastase Bain Oleo Relax Shampoo. It smooths away frizzy hair and leaves your hair smelling delicious too. You need less than a coin sized amount of shampoo and your hair stays soft, shiny and manageable for up to three days. It is very heavy on the pocket though.

1 Comment

  1. Sandhya July 19, 2013 at 5:33 AM

    Very useful. I didn’t realise the price difference for practically the same thing.

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