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    When glancing through these various threads about makeup, I notice that a lot of members in addition to loving MAC also use L'Oreal and other drug store brands. But I can not bring myself to buy drug store makeup, and its nothing against those who do, but am I the only makeup snob out here?

    And if I ever do break down and get cosmetic from CVS, as a rule it can only be lip gloss or lip balm (I've tried Mabeline mascara and even that didn't work out for me).

    Anyone with similar rules and tendencies?

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    And if I ever do break down and get cosmetic...

    Well, I tend to only buy makeup from department stores now. That's simply because I live abroad and MAC is a department store brand.

    However, realize that here Maybelline, which is a drugstore brand back home, is sold up market here. I've seen it in the higher end stores here too simply because it's a foreign brand. The same with the French line Bourgeois which I bought at Monoprix, a French grocery store chain, when I was in Paris. I needed black mascara. My friend had told me about their dual mascara, so I bought two tubes. Why not? Well, I got back to Korea and saw the same mascara that I'd bought in a grocery store at one of the major department stores here.

    I think it's about quality more than the store. Korean women have the same "thing" about makeup and think that where it's sold is the indicator. However, when I tell them that tube of whatever they have I can get at Rite-Aid in the States that takes the sheen off. I've also frequented the cosmetic specialty stores here like Missha (they've opened a couple in NYC) and their stuff isn't as pricey, but it's just as good because you can get a range of fun colors to play with.

    I'll buy Maybelline for basic products (mascara, liner), but I won't buy for color because I do like that I can test products in a department store setting. I do think there is a bit better quality in department store brands, but it also depends on what you're doing. I tend to usually wear conservative colors and, for that, I'll pay more. However, if I'm going out and I want something fun that I know I won't use often, I'm probably going to the cheaper makeup. I'll pay for quality in a product that I plan on using over the long-term. However, there is a huge mark-up that exceeds quality. I've now started using a Guerlain mascara because I got a sample when I purchased perfume. Well, the sample sold me and it works wonderfully. I'll pay extra because I only use black, so I get my money's worth from it. I just realize that a tube of Maybelline mascara might work just as well.

    I won't just dismiss a product based on it being a drugstore vs. department store product. That changes depending on the country you're in.

    If anything, I'm a quality snob. If anything, I'm a snob because if a line doesn't carry colors for black women, I won't even stop at their counters because they're not considering me. However, department store vs. drugstore I don't think is a good distinction.

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    I PREFER MAC...however, I'll use whatever works for me. As long as I look good, nobody knows if I paid $5 or $50.

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    I definitely wouldn't consider myself a makeup snob because I'm very new to the whole makeup thing. But I've always worn lipstick and lipgloss and have always bought them from the drug store. But ever since I bought my first MAC product (some lipglass) about 2 months ago, I will admit that I've been buying nothing but MAC ever since. I have to admit, that stuff really is better quality than the stuff that I'd already had, so I guess you do get what you pay for.

    Also, I used to always buy wet and wild nail polish, or some other cheapie brand, then my friend made me try OPI, and that's all I'll buy now too!

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    I noticed the same thing when I was in Southern France...weird how they put Bourgeois in Sephora here (and well there too!). Weird...

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    However, realize that here Maybelline, which is a drugstore brand...

    Wow, it's interesting how marketing in different countries work. I would never think Maybelline would be considered high end in other places.

    But I agree with you on the bold. When I first started becoming a makeup junkie, I refuse to use anything that wasn't Lancome. But I soon realized that while I loved the Lancome glosses and mascara, their eyeshadows and foundations just would not cut it for me. So I ventured to other brands, both drugstore and department, and I think I'm at a happy medium.

    Right now, because I am a poor student, department store stuff doesn't really work with my budget, but I still am very discerning about the makeup I use. Sure I love my Lancome Deficils mascara, but Maybelline's Lash Discovery sure is giving it a run for it's money.

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    i am somewhat of a makeup snob in that i buy both boutique and drug store brands, but only things which are highly reviewed. i won't just pick up anything off the wet n wild or milani rack, but i'll buy l'oreal hip glosses, which come with good reviews. kwim?

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    I used to be, but not anymore...

    I've always been into make up...been a make-up artist, too...I've learned that pigment and coverage is more important than brand...I've tried dang near everything, and have found that some cheaper products work just as well if not better than their expensive counter part...Also, another reason why I've changed is that I've learned that just because a product is expensive, that doesn't mean the company has mastered the art of black skin...Not too many can, and I've wasted waaaaaay too much loot figuring that out...

    But, there are some drug store brands that I don't use because they're not useful to me (wet and wild, black opal for instance) but there are store brands that have some very good products like Rimmel and NYX (their loose shadows are great)...

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    I'm not simply because I'm more of a lipgloss and mascara girl, I do have high end items but I'm sure if I could afford it I would probably become a strictly high end girl. I have to agree with the other poster baout OPI nail polishes, if I'm not getting a drugstore fix then it's STRICTLY OPI.

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    im a makeup snob but in a different way...

    if i like a brand...im not deviating NO MATTER WHAT regardless of price..and it has to be superb quality just as Seoul said...i pick Mac for foundation because it makes my skin purr and it matches...I pick Covergirl or MAC for lipglosses/Lipsticks/mascara because they mosturize my sexy properly and i like their quality , and I pick usually Iman for eye color cause honestly her colors make me feel like an egyption goddess and play up my skin tone....

    I figure I have only one skin, so why not pamper it? Im not gonna go somewhere and randomly pick up something without testing/reading reviews no matter what the cost or what the salesperson says...cause even expensive products are crap...

    FASHION FAIR ANYONE???*SMH*
    HECK do people even USE that brand besides condoleeza rice?

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    I can be a bit of a snob..Most drug store brands simply don't work as well as their department store counterparts. I like Prescriptives for foundations (Virtual Skin is the ish) and shadows. I like liners and blushes from Estee Lauder. I have heard that Great Lash mascara is really good so I might try it even though it's a drug store brand.

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    FASHION FAIR ANYONE???*SMH*HECK do people even USE that brand besides...

    LOL you did not just take it to Fashion Fair! Actually my aunt and her two daughters love Fashion Fair, and will never abandon it. I wonder why is their packaging so dated, and they have 300 lipstick colors but only 12 shadows... And it seems as though no one buys it (have you ever seen anyone browsing the FF counter?) but yet they have a counter in every department store of every mall. How does that work?

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    HECK do people even USE that brand besides condoleeza rice?...

    My mother and her friends swear by FF, take note, not a one is under 70. My junior and senior year in high school Chocolate Raspberry and Tropic Pink was it. I went to the FF counter and was horrified that I actually wore it. I can't see it. I wish they would update their look but I doubt I would ever wear their foundations, me no likley being orange.

    Don't get me started on their fragrance, gorilla pee in a bottle.

    I like highend and drug store brand cosmetics. If it works for me then I purchase it.

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    Nope not a make up snob although I do love my expensive brands. I think that in the past it would have made sense to me, but store brands are getting better and better and some of them can compete on some level with the department store lines. I spent over $600 in department stores looking for foundation. I went from prescriptives to clinique to Lancome to Estee Lauder to MAC to Fashion Fair(hey, I was desparate) all to no avail. I ended up finding my perfect shade with Mary Kay which cost a negligible $14 and found that exact shade duplicated in the Loreal H.I.P line for an even more negligible $10. None of the $40+ foundations I got(that are gathering dust in a drawer somewhere) could hold a candle to these. Now, where I do like to spend my money is with lip gloss. I do find that many higher end lip glosses tend to separate less and don't bleed as much. Before the H.I.P. line came out I would also purchase most of my shadows in department stores. I still do, but now I also have a less pricy option if I choose. So for me it's not the brand, but how it looks. Chanel, Bonnebell, once I put it on it all looks high end anyway *pops collar*

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    I would say overall YES !

    I have purchased some eye shadow and lipgloss from the drug store, but very little. :P

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    I stick to major brands with the hope that the product will be better quality - I guess I buy into the hype a little. But I would pay anything for a foundation that suit my complexion, like Sunflowerbaby71 I've bought MAC, NARS, IMAN, PERSCRIPTIVES AND LOREAL. Some days one looks okay, the next day it doesn't quite match. Maybe I should try Mary Kay, my cousin uses FF and it suits her perfectly so maybe my loyalty is misguided.

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    Have you tried the Custom Blend Prescriptives liquid foundation, powder, or concealor? Thats what I use (all three) and its prefect because it's made just for me!

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    FASHION FAIR ANYONE???*SMH*HECK do people even USE that brand besides...

    Honestly, don't sleep (completely) on FF...They've done a lot better in the past few years with their color palette...I have some of the their shadows that I find better than MAC believe it or not...The color, tone and depth of pigment was better...(Can't speak on ANYTHING else though...They still don't have foundation and powder down unfortunately...)

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    Snob is such a harsh characterization... I won't say anything about its accuracy.

    What I will say is that I believe in buying the best that you can afford. Especially since I wear so little what I wear should be good... like my concealer and my lipgloss HAVE TO BE MAC... but I still buy my Maybelline Great Lash mascara because regardless of price its still the best ~W

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    I agree with SuersejendaksT.
    I used to be a make-up snob as well, but experience has taught me that just because something is expensive, it doesn't mean it has quality. I'm a freelance make-up artist, so I am always browsing around to see what's new on the market.

    Still, I have my favourites:

    I would only buy concealers from Bobbi Brown or Becca.

    Blushers and Highlighters/Bronzers from Nars.

    Eyeshadows, lip pencils and eye pencils from MAC. Plus my beloved Studio Fix.

    Mascaras from Estee Lauder (More than Mascara), Lancome or L'Oreal.

    Not too fussed about lipsticks and glosses.

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    HECK do people even USE that brand besides condoleeza rice?...

    LOL gorilla pee and ITA w/ u

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    Well when I went to Perscriptives that was what I was hoping to get - but I was talked into getting the pre-made foundation as the assistant thought it suited my complexion.... <_<

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    I'm fairly new to the whole make-up thing. I used to wear FF (yes, I know, it is for "older" people), only because that is what my mom wears and I was trying to learn how to put the stuff on.

    After I had my make-up done for my wedding last year, I now wear Este Lauder powder and Clinique foundation. I think the foundation is making my face oily now, so I think I am going to move on to MAC. I wouldn't consider myself a make-up snob b/c I'll wear mascara or liner (don't really use) from the pharmacy or somewhere, but my foundation and powder I prefer to get at a department store.

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    After I had my make-up done for my wedding last...

    Not to 'jack the thread, but if your powder is making you oily (and you really feel you need it), try BECCA. I have really oily skin, and it works better than the MAC for holding back the oil issues...

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    if i like a brand...im not deviating NO MATTER WHAT...

    That fashion fair foundation is just wrong ( hope i dont offend) but it maks you look orange. I really hate to see people with that ish on. Ugh!! _headshake:

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    FF foundation always gave me a great look. My problem with it is that it comes off if it touches ANYTHING.

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    In the past I have been a make up snob. Now, I use whatever color appeals to me, whether it comes from a drugstore or a department store. I have tried Mary Kay, MAC, FF, Flori luanabesker, Clinique, Milani and Iman. So I am probably more of a makeup junkie now than a make up snob. And, I stopped by the Fashion Fair counter just the other day, so I could get some "free" lotion from their sample collection.

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    MAC Ballonacy Line its out y'all! I figured I would just post a reply in an existing thread rather than start a new one. I picked up the eyeshadow quad yesterday and the purple shade is gorgeous!

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    though I won't spend more than $25 on any product I am a make up snob. I'll admit it. I refuse to buy if I can't try...though I did buy a pallette from CARGO that I didn't try today. You never now how a color will look I'd rather pay he extra and have a great face than pay less and end up tossing a prod b/c I don't like it. In the long run it'll be less expensive. I just don't see how a lady can buy with out trying.

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    actually, condoleeza rice uses a lipstick by yves saint laurent, not fashion fair. i read that in a magazine a couple of years ago. that is all.

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