There are lots of opinions out there about "mass" vs. "class" in the makeup world. Does price reflect the quality and performance of a product?
Because I have owned a cosmetic company myself, I can address this topic from a business perspective. Sometimes companies that are very large, i.e. the Maybellines and Revlons of the world, can command better prices from their manufacturers because they order in such high quantities (kind of how Wal-Mart and Target work). In these cases, those more favorable prices can then be passed along to the customer.
On the other hand, as I am also a makeup artist, I have sometimes found that price does equate with quality. Because this can be very confusing for you, the makeup user, here's a little insider cheat sheet. Keep clicking for a breakdown of what I and several of my makeup artist friends feel are the very best budget-priced makeup products out there.
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