We get it. When it comes to makeup and skincare, a part of you is still not ready to give away all those hard-earned cash for a small bottle of golden liquid eyeliner (no matter how much your heart aches for it).
But makeup can be an investment. Sometimes, the higher the price, the better the quality and the longer you’ll be able to use it. You may be saving more in the long run as compared to going on a monthly drugstore shopping spree to update your makeup stock.
If you’re still dipping your toes in the high-end cosmetics game, here are five sub-P1,500 products that are worth taking the card out for.
Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade
Anastasia Beverly Hill’s brow products are one of the beauty industry’s cult favourites and they rightfully deserve that spot. Their Dip Brow Pomade (P1,255) in particular garnered people’s attention because of its creamy consistency which makes it easily blendable. Their long-lasting formula also proves that it’s smudge-proof and a little product can go a long way.
Many users even claim that they’ve had their Dip Brow for a year now and still haven’t made it halfway through the product! For P1,255, that’s quite a bang for your buck.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
When it comes to primers, many would say that you’re better off with a cheaper alternative. There’s no sense in buying expensive ones when they won’t even be that obvious on your face, right?
But take note — this is your base. It’s basically what keeps your makeup together! And when it comes to your eyelids, you’re either dealing with discolored or oily lids.
That’s why it’s worth investing on Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion (P1,445) if you want to keep that winged eyeliner or smokey eye in tact for the whole night. It’s another cult favourite because it promises a 24-hour, crease-free wear.
Benefit Boi-ing Hydrating Concealer
Benefit consistently releases products with the cutest packaging. And you can bet that the quality of their products are more worth fawning over than the colourful exterior.
Looking at their product line, you’d be surprised with some of the most innovative and unique pieces like this eyebrow pencil that looks like a multi-color pen (which actually has 4 shades in one product!) or this lip liner and lipstick in one.
So it’s no surprise that they also have a concealer that promises to be moisturising as it fulfills its job to cover your dark circles. The Boi-ing Hydrating Concealer (P1,460) is the perfect investment if you’d like a fresh look without feeling like your undereyes are going to dry up on you with Vitamin E and apple seed extract thrown into the ingredients.
Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb
Rihanna fans and beauty junkies alike rejoiced when the pop singer dropped her own makeup line. We dare say that the brand even brought back some of our love for lip gloss with the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer (P1,200).
If you miss the lip gloss heydays of the early 2000s, the Gloss Bomb is a worthy investment that still looks on-trend. Each shade can be worn alone or on top of another lippie without drowning out your lipstick’s color or looking like you bathed your lips with glitter.
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Want to look like you have false lashes on? Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara (P1,349) is considered a holy grail by many makeup fans because its waterproof formula guarantees long wear while its hourglass-shaped wand ensures voluptuous lashes.
If you’re still on the fence on buying a product that can only be used for three to six months, maybe you can just go for the travel-sized version (P800) to test if you two are a perfect fit.