Best Bargains: Skincare and makeup products

March 18, 2008 8:16:19 AM PDT
If you've experienced sticker shock at the cosmetics counters lately, you're not alone. The $45-billion dollar cosmetics industry has successfully created the illusion that expensive means better, and women have bought into it hook, line, and sinker. Skin-care products with price tags upwards of $100 are becoming the norm. But, it doesn't have to be that way. Finding makeup and skin-care products at the drugstore that are just as good as, and in many cases much better than, those in the department store.

Paula Begoun, also known as the "cosmetics cop," shares her list of the best beauty products you can find and still save money!

Best "Mineral" Sunscreens and Daytime Moisturizers With Sunscreen:
Expensive: Rodan & Fields Reverse Protect ($35 for 1.7 ounces)
Inexpensive: Good Skin All Calm Gentle Sunscreen SPF 25 ($12 for 1.7 ounces) and Dove Energy Glow Brightening Moisturizer SPF 15 ($10.99 for 1.7 ounce)

Best Liquid Concealers:
Expensive: Giorgio Armani High Precision Retouch ($35)
Inexpensive: Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Under Eye Concealer ($5.39)

Best Powder Eyeshadows:
Expensive: Bobby Brown Eyeshadow ($19)
Inexpensive: Elf Custom Eyes ($1)

Best Lip Glosses:
Expensive: Sisley Phyto Lip Star ($52)
Inexpensive: Cover Girl Wet Slicks ($5.19)

Best Mascaras:
Expensive: Chanel Sculpte Cils Sculpting Mascara Extreme Length Fine Lashes ($25)
Inexpensive: L'Oreal Lash Architect 3-D Dramatic Mascara ($8.29, straight or curved brush) or Max Factor Volume Couture Mascara ($6.99)

Paula Begoun's books, newsletters, and online publications are the leading source of valuable, straightforward skin-care, hair-care, and beauty information for women, helping them navigate around common misconceptions, outrageous claims, and exorbitant costs. Paula is an internationally-recognized consumer expert on the cosmetics industry and has made repeat appearances on CNN, The Today Show, 20/20, Dateline NBC, ABC's Primetime, Oprah, and The View, and her Dear Paula column appears in newspapers across the United States.

For more information visit Beautypedia.com.


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