Save vs Splurge Beauty Trends Fall 2017

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A couple of weeks ago, I shared a fall style trends save vs splurge post. I promised I’d get to a beauty post just like it so here we are! For added confidence, I’ve tried a majority of both high-end and budget-friendly items on this roundup. Most importantly, the ‘save’ side totals up at $55 for everything, versus the ‘splurge’ side’s $192+! Ready to save vs splurge beauty trends fall 2017?

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It’s important to note that the trends we’re talking about here were actually seen in Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows.

Most mass retailers start pushing out these products during New York and London Fashion Week (September).

That’s how these ‘trends’ always are about a season behind. Anyways, just some retail knowledge.

The beauty trends I found easily adaptable to real life (because I don’t know anyone rocking yellow eyeshadow or red mascara with glitter lips on the daily) are metallic lips, monochromatic makeup, graphic eyeliner, and dramatic lashes.

save vs splurge beauty trends fall 2017


metallic lips trend Etienne Aigner Spring 2017 | Save vs Splurge Beauty Trends Fall 2017
Etienne Aigner Spring 2017
metallic lips

We’re talking full on metal lips in creme and matte finishes. This type of finish gives a fuller look to the lips.

I think Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks ($17) are the most popular – with the best ratings – from the higher end side of things.

But I’ve seen a lot of positive buzz on the L’Oreal Infallible Paints Metallics ($9.99) line, for nearly half the price of Urban Decay.

monochromatic makeup (eyes/cheek/lip)

My personal favorite trend – the monochromatic look.

This is where you use the same shade of color on your eyes, cheeks, and lips.

Most wearable in the neutral/nude family, however, feel free to play with reds and bright pinks or even purples.

On the spendy side, the Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks ($29/ea) are heavenly cream shadows that wear all day long. I own a couple and love them for easy makeup days. Amethyst is a pretty lilac/mauve sheen.

The Hourglass Ambient Blushes ($38/ea) are impeccably finely milled powders that impart an angelic glow without enhancing any texture. Mauve shade, Mood Exposure, is a flattering color for all skin tones.

The creaminess and comfortable wear of the Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick ($26/ea; shade, Thistle) round out a perfectly fall-themed monochromatic look.


On the more affordable spectrum, the Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Chromes ($9.99) give the same shimmer for nearly 1/3rd the cost.

I’m LOVING the massive pan of product and soft, buildable color of the NYX Ombre Blush ($9.99) in Mauve Me.

For a budget-friendly monochromatic lip, you cannot go wrong with the stand out lipstick formula Maybelline offers. Their Loaded Bolds line ($7.49/ea) has a perfect shade called Mauve It to complete your affordable look.

graphic eyeliner | Save vs Splurge Beauty Trends Fall 2017

graphic eyeliner

I tried to pick a fairly tame example of graphic eyeliner because if you Google ‘graphic eyeliner,’ you’re going to get all sorts of weird shapes that NOBODY has time for.

However, no matter how graphic it gets, you need an inky, fine-point liquid liner to get the job done.

High-end beauty lovers rave about the Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen ($57), but I haven’t purchased high-end liners in almost three years now because I love the options from the drugstore.

Try NYX Epic Ink liner ($7.99) for a waterproof, jet black matte line.

Chanel Dramatic Lashes | Save vs Splurge Beauty Trends Fall 2017
Chanel Spring 2018
dramatic lashes

Dramatic lashes ranged from thick, black Bardot lashes to vibrant shades of rainbow fringe. I stuck with the standard black because I’m basic.

Although I’m a big fan (pun intended) of the Lancome Monsieur Big mascara ($25) for dramatic, voluminous lashes (review and demo here), I’d be a liar if I said the L’Oreal Lash Paradise ($9.99) doesn’t feel very similar in application and end results at less than half the price.

The one difference is I did notice Lash Paradise dried out on me quickly. Take that FWIW.

If you found this post helpful, or if you have any other recommendations, share/comment below and let me know.

Which trend will you be trying this season?

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