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The Queen vs the High street

The queen of the makeup world- instantly we all have that brand that comes straight to our heads, for me, it’s MAC.
However, what about the high street, the brands you can get in most shops? Rimmel, Maybelline, Collection? For me the high street brand I always used to go to before I properly entered the world of cosmetics was Maybelline.

So today this post is Mac vs Maybelline.

I am looking into seeing if paying 3 or 4 times more for a more prestigious brand is worth the cost.

I have recently been trialing a product from each company;

From Maybelline I have been using ‘Fit Me’ Matte poreless foundation.

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‘Fit Me Matte poreless foundation fits both skin and texture for natural looking and poreless looking seamless finish’.

At first I was a little dubious about using a high street brand. My expectations were low and I didn’t expect much from it.
The texture of the cream feels good on the skin and actually feels of reasonable quality. It spreads evenly and actually smells ok.
I did notice that my pores were still visible which I was a little disappointed about even though it is a poreless foundation, however, this is probably something an extra exfoliation and a good primer would sort.
Overall this product is good for a high street price of £5.99.

From MAC I have been using ‘Studio Fix Fluid’ foundation.


‘An oil-controlling formula that offers a natural matte finish with medium to full coverage.’
I wouldn’t say this product is necessarily ‘oil controlling’, although the product isn’t oily itself, I found my skin to be just as oily at the end of the day with other products.
That aside, the matte finish is a beautiful finish and this product does it well. The overall coverage is slightly better that the Maybelline, however, give the Maybelline a little primer and I feel it would be pretty much on par with MAC.
The texture of the foundation is creamy which makes application a dream.
The only downside of MAC is I find it really does clog my pores and if I use it consecutively over a week I seem to break out a little.
This product can be found in a MAC department for £22.00. However, you also need to purchase the pump to go with it which is an additional £4.50.

So is the £20.50 difference (inc pump) worth it for a foundation?
Answer: well it depends what you want from the foundation. If you have the time to do a little more prep work with extra product use then Maybelline is the answer.
However, if you want a quick get up and go which takes 2 minutes to apply with a good finish then MAC is the answer.

Foundations I find are a very personal thing. What works for some people may not work for others.
Most counters will either have samples for you to try or will apply some to your face for you to try. I would try as many as you can to find what works best.

1 Comment

  1. Tosom
    11/09/2016 / 5:55 am

    I swear by maybelline fit me foundation. Super cheap and very effective.

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