'I wore expensive makeup on one side of my face and cheap on the other. Here's what I noticed.'

I did myself a little side-by-side test on the weekend (in case it went horribly wrong!)

I decided to apply one side of my face with high-end luxury makeup, costing $951 in total. 

On the other side, I applied chemist brands, and the full price was $268. But let's be honest, we never pay full price, and always purchase when 40 to 60 per cent off. Meaning? It really cost $134.

So, one side was 14 per cent the price of the other.

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Can you tell which side is which?

Image: Supplied


On the left side [my right in photos], I'm wearing a face full of cheap makeup, and on the right, I'm wearing high-end makeup

Could you tell the difference?

Cheap makeup vs affordable makeup.

The products and prices listed are as follows:


Rare Beauty Always an Optimist Illuminating Primer, $45 vs Max Factor Miracle Glow Pro Illuminated, $4.95.

Image: Sephora; MaxFactor; Mamamia


Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter, $65 vs Nude By Nature Soft Focus Illuminator, $21.

Image: Mecca; Nourished Life; Mamamia



NARS Radiant Long Wear Foundation, $73 vs Maybelline Dream Urban Cover, $25.95.

Image: Mecca; Adore Beauty; Mamamia


Too Faced Born This Way Concealer, $45 vs ELF Camo Concealer, $10.

Image: Mecca; iHerb; Mamamia



Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder, $66 vs Flower Light Illusion Perfecting Powder $9.99.

Image: Mecca; Chemist Warehouse; Mamamia


Fenty Cheeks Out Cream Bronzer Butta Biscuit, $52 vs ELF Putty Bronzer Tan Lines, $14.

Image: Sephora; Kmart; Mamamia



NARS Orgasm Blush, $45 vs Milani Baked Blush in Dolce Pink, $19.99.

Image: Mecca; eBay; Mamamia

Liquid highlighter.

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand Spotlight, $56 vs O.Two.O Rose Gold Good Highlight Starburst [bought for $1.99 at time of purchase on eBay.] 

Image: Charlotte Tilbury, O.Two.O; Mamamia



Benefit 24 The Brow Setter, $45 vs L'Oréal Plump and Set Brow Artist, $20.99.

Image: Benefit; Adore Beauty; Mamamia

Setting powder.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Dim Light, $75 vs DB Luminous Setting Powder Candlelight,  $14.

Image: Mecca; Designer Brands; Mamamia



Charlotte Tilbury Supernudes Liner Duo Enhance Side, $43 vs Mecca Max Zoom Eyeliner Brown Eye Girl, $17.

Image: Charlotte Tilbury, Mecca; Mamamia

Lip liner.

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Pillow Talk, $32 vs NYX Retractable Lip Liner Nude, $9.95.


Image: Charlotte Tilbury; NYX Cosmetics; Mamamia


Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lipstick, $49 vs Flower Beauty Spiced Petal Lipstick, $9.99.

Image: Charlotte Tilbury; Flower Beauty; Mamamia



Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette, $76 vs Revolution Reloaded Vitality, $10.

Image: Adore Beauty; Revolution Beauty; Mamamia

Setting Spray.

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray, $49 vs Milani Make It Last Setting Spray, $23.99.

Image: Charlotte Tilbury; Priceline; Mamamia



MAC Bling Me To Life Mineralise Skin Finish, $59 vs Essence Glow My Mind Backed Highlighter Palette in Middle Shade, $14.95.

Image: Adore Beauty; Kremmania; Mamamia

Total: $951 vs $267.72.



L'Oréal Lash Paradise Mascara (top), $24.95 and Maybelline Sky High Mascara (bottom), $24.95.

Image: Adore Beauty; Mamamia



Anastasia Beverly Hills Defined Soft Brown, $47.

Image: Adore Beauty; Mamamia

Eye pimer.

MAC Cosmetics Paint Pot Soft Ochre, $39.

Image: Adore Beauty; Mamamia


How long do cheap vs affordable makeup products last?

In terms of wear, I did a 10 hour test to see the difference between the two sides.

Image: Supplied

The picture on the top left was taken at 10am, the picture on the right at 2pm. 

The picture on the bottom left was taken at 6pm, and the bottom right at 8pm.

It looks like my left side [pictured right in the photos] seems to have worn off more, but I'm not sure if I had rested my hands on it at any stage during the day.

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Image: Supplied/Teresa McNamara.