Lady Luxe vs Lady Less

I love beauty and make-up.  You could call me a beauty product geek.  I love nothing better than reading up about the latest beauty products to hit the market.  Although, to look at me some days you wouldn’t think so!  I’m not sure when I first became interested in make-up, probably during my teenage years.  But the real catalyst that galvanised my make-up buying addiction was the opening of the new House of Fraser store on King William Street in London.  My office at the time was a hop and skip from the main entrance, so on the night of the opening, I went along with two of my friends, to explore what delights they had inside.  Whilst walking around with a glass of champagne we discovered the fabulous make-up range by Laura Mercier.  Whilst perusing the goodies on the counter, one of Laura’s Global Make-up Artists, Abby Ireland (who counts Kylie & Danni Minogue amongst others her clients!) asked if we wanted a mini make over – well she didn’t need to ask us twice!  We were all completely wowed by the Laura Mercier products and ended up spending a small fortune!  This was nearly 10 years ago and my love for Laura Mercier make-up is still as strong as ever.  However, her range is not cheap, it most definitely falls into the “Luxe” category!  A friend in Bangalore recently asked if I could do a post on luxe vs budget make-up, so Georgina, this is especially for you!  To qualify as a budget buy, the item needs to cost around the £10 mark or less.  Look out for more luxe vs budget posts in the future.

From left:  No. 17 Photo Flawless Primer.  Whilst at £4.99 this might seem an absolute bargain, but with only 15ml in the tube, it actually works out more expensive than the Laura Mercier primer.  However, if you don’t wear foundation or tinted moisturiser regularly, this is probably an ideal purchase.  It creates a great even palette for applying your foundation or tinted moisturiser, and helps minimise the appearance of pores.  It goes on really easily and smoothly.

Avon MagiX Face Perfector.  This is a fabulous primer for oilier skins, as it keeps the oil at bay. It gives a brilliant matte base and completely fills in pores, giving a very smooth palette to work with.  Skin feels extremely soft after it’s been applied and makes your skin look so lovely, you actually don’t need to wear anything else!  Oh and it contains SPF20 sunscreen – so no pesky sun damage!

Trish McEvoy Even Skin Face Primer.  A brilliant primer for instantly correcting any redness or blemishes.  Unlike many primers out there, this doesn’t dry your skin out and if you’re prone to breakouts, don’t fear, this product won’t cause an eruption!  It’s oil-free, so works really well with all skin types.  It completely fills in pores and creates a great protective layer over the skin.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer.  If you haven’t tried this, then where have you been? When doing my research on primers for this piece, the Laura Mercier one constantly came out as the best primer on the market. It was one of the products I bought way back when on that trip to House of Fraser, and whilst I’ve tried a few others over the years, this is without doubt, my favourite and probably the only one I’ll buy from now on.  It’s lightweight, easy to apply and keeps my make-up in place all day or night, which is quite amazing in a hot climate!  I think it even helps make some of my fine lines disappear….In addition to the original foundation primer, there are now four other varieties:  mineral, oil-free, hydrating and radiance.  I can’t wait to try the radiance version.  It is such a renowned primer that it has made the InStyle Best Beauty Buys Hall of Fame – a true accolade!

From left:  L’Oreal True Match Foundation.  This is ideal for ladies who are looking for an even and natural coverage.  With a choice of 20 colours, you’re bound to find the perfect shade to match your complexion.  The texture is very light and creates a sheer finish.  Mix with your regular moisturiser for a dewy finish.  If it’s good enough for Beyonce, it’s good enough for us! Oh and an Instyle Best Beauty Buys 2012 Winner – what’s not to like?

Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation.  This foundation is made with silicones to give a lighter and less greasy feel than some other foundations on the market.  It provides great coverage that lasts all day and doesn’t require any powder, as it leaves a matte finish on your skin.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation.  Make-up artists around the world love this foundation. Available in 18 different shades, it gives (as the name might suggest) a gorgeous luminous finish.  It’s super easy to apply and stays put all day.  It even manages to cover the redness from any blemishes you might have, without the need for concealer!  Using this foundation will make your skin look perfect!  A staple in my make-up bag.

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua.  This is another Instyle Best Beauty Buy 2012 Winner and creates a perfect finish without you feeling that you’ve got a thick heavy layer of foundation on.  It’s a water-based foundation, so make sure that you give it a good shake before applying.  It can be used as either a sheer/light coverage, or by building it up, you can create a much heavier coverage.  Unlike lots of other foundations on the market, it can be applied with your fingers, which will create a lighter satin finish.

So, lovely readers, which are your favourite less and luxe make-up buys?  Do you have any of the products listed above?  And are there any products that you feel should be a luxe buy?

Pop your comments in the box below.

With much love

The Domestic Princess




  1. Domestic Prince says:

    Great idea for a post. Can you do the same for men’s stuff too please? Happy to be the guinea-pig!

  2. Hi, you might like to know that Abby Ireland has recently used her extensive knowledge from years working with Laura Mercier to develop the new F&F makeup range at Tesco, which has just launched in the UK. Definitely worth trying out!

  3. There’s definately a great deal to learn about this issue.
    I really like all the points you’ve made.


  1. […] in the first part of this series, to qualify as a budget buy, it needs to cost £10 /$15 and under.  So, without further ado, here […]

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