Save or Splurge? Splurge. Reason: “Brand names tend to have stronger anti-aging ingredients and are less likely to irritate or clog pores,” George says. Plus, store brands are often loaded with fillers, chemicals and oils.
Save or Splurge? Save. Reason: Most deodorants contain the same active ingredient.
Save or Splurge? Save. Reason: In 2010, Target’s Up & Up Sport sunscreen beat out a slew of pricier options to be named a “best buy” from Consumer Reports. “Look for broad-spectrum coverage, and since you should go through sunscreen like water, buy it in bulk,” George says.
Save or Splurge? Splurge. Reason: “The best eye shadows and foundations are still brand-name buys,” George says. Why? “Brand names tend to have longer-wear formulas, and you’re more likely to find a foundation to truly match your skin shade.” (If you are looking to skimp, however, try Sephora which has more than 200 affordable products of its own that are great quality.)
Save or Splurge? Save. Reason: Most contain the same active ingredient. “A good hairspray provides maximum hold with minimal buildup, so look for labels that call that out,” George says.
Save or Splurge? Save. Reason: “Polish technically should sit on top of your base. Since polish itself isn’t sitting on your nail bed, skimping is fine,” George says. For the base? Splurge.
Save or Splurge? Splurge. Reason: “This is not an area you want to play around with!” George says.