This morning, I was getting ready for work, drinking my coffee, and speaking with the boyfriend about the cost per cup of coffee we drink. We had gotten some k-cups on sale, and we broke down for the price per cup. The amount we spent actually wasn’t as expensive when we divided the cost per day. Then, I started thinking in terms of makeup. One of the most heard complaints is that good quality makeup is so expensive, and when you look at it at face value, it definitely can be! In all reality, you get what you pay for (mostly), but considering how long we keep products, how often we use them, and how long they last, I bring up the question, is it really that much?
So, I decided to test this out because one, I am intrigued in knowing how much money I actually spend on my face per day. Two, I like math. First, I have a list of the products I use when I do my typical full face of makeup. I’m going to stick to just makeup for now. I always start with my eyes, which would entail eyeshadow primer, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, and eyebrow pencil and pomade. Moving to the face, I use face primer, foundation, concealer, setting powder, contour powder, blush, highlighter, and setting spray. Obviously, this is general. I’ll specify what products I use most often and use that to determine the overall price for the products, and then I’ll figure out how long they generally last based on when I purchased or re-stocked these items. When it comes to eyeshadow palettes, we tend to have these for years. I don’t know very many people who actually hit pan on a majority of their personal eyeshadow palettes. The one palette that I am finally hitting the bottom on for multiple colors is the Kat Von D Shade and Light Eyeshadow palette, which I first bought when it originally came out.
For this process, I went to my Sephora Purchases list, and I went to the very beginning of my purchases using my VIB Rouge account there. I had no idea that they kept record of all purchases available to you on your account. Here’s my first purchase at Sephora according to my Beauty Insider account:
I’ve always been a Kat Von D girl!
So, looking at past purchases and estimating the amount of time a product generally lasts me, I came up with the following:
Obviously, these are general ideas and numbers. It can change a little if I change products, use more than one of a product, add things or subtract things here or there. But overall, I wear about $2 worth of makeup a day. I wish spending on products worked like this!
In all reality, I get a lot of questions about whether or not more expensive brands are worth it. There is not a blanket answer for a question like this. Everyone has different skin, and how makeup will interact with your skin can be different than others. Generally, the more expensive brands use better quality ingredients, which is why it’s more expensive to make and more expensive to buy. These products usually will last longer for you, though. You’ll also need to use less product for the look you want to achieve.
Feel free to leave any comments or questions for me here. If you can figure out your daily cost, tell me about it! I’m curious to see what others figure out. See more on my Instagram, @batsforbeauty, and be on the lookout for more posts coming soon!