While one half of the society cannot wait to get their hands on the most cost-effective, jugaadu deals, others remain apprehensive to bite the juicy looking apple, weary of the potential poison of deceit inside. “The prices are too good to be true; there has too be a catch,” they say. “They must have compromises on the quality of the product or worse still, we’re being fed fakes.” So let me pose a question to you all – Is it imperative for a good-quality product to always be exorbitantly priced? Are these big brands actually giving you a quality that is worth your hard-earned money? Are you one of those rare, fortunate ones who have never wailed about an expensive buy of shoddy quality?
Well, we at BlabberCat bring to you a list of eight things which bust the myth of “mehenga hai toh achha hoga” and suggest thrifty alternatives to your irrelevant splurge – written Anushree Kanoi
1. Block the sun without clogging your pores
It is irrefutable to say that there are good and bad products in every price category, and it is the formulation that makes all the difference. It is important for a customer to understand that its gandhijis will not enhance the uniqueness or results of the applied formula. Sun blocks such as the Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream SPF 55 PA +++ do provide commendable sun-spectrum protection, but your purpose can easily be fulfilled just as much using something as economical as the Neutrogena Pure and Free Liquid Daily Sunblock SPF 50, and you’ll have enough money left to invest in an anti-oxidant serum to apply over the sunscreen for extra protection.
When a brand as coveted as MAC launched its Fluidline, makeup lovers realised that the gel eyeliner was no less than a magic wand, helping them to produce the perfect wing day after day. But day after day? MAC? Thankfully, Maybelline’s Eye Studio Lasting Drama is equal, if not better than the previous, and doesn’t dig too deep into the pocket either. It’s smooth, long-lasting and perfect in terms of its texture and consistency.
Much as it breaks our heart to say this, but women, spending on brands like Zara isn’t worth it. Don’t take us wrongly! We heart what the mannequin wears too, but it’s only till that. It suits the mannequin, and the store shelves. Inside your wardrobe, and two washes down, it begins to show its true colours, and they aren’t the shades you fell in love with. They don’t fall well after being worn more than thrice, they hang from your shoulders. No doubt their jackets have the fit that you’ve always wanted, but their tops aren’t worth the price quoted in the shop! So if you’re a frequent shopper, who likes to revamp her wardrobe every now and then, go for brands like Forever 21 and H&M, they’re cheaper, and of a slightly better quality than Zara. If you focus on quality and are looking for something more long-lasting, Van Heusen, Bers
The difference between a Rs 5,000 and a Rs 20,000 pair of sunglasses is just what you’ve read – it’s price, and that mini shiny designer logo on its side. Those various assurances that they make? UV Protection, Polarised vision – the technology isn’t expensive at all, and a majority of the brands offer the same. In fact, most of these cult labels like Salvatore Ferragamo, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, Chanel, Paul & Smith – all have their sunglasses made from the same Italian manufacturer Luxottica. So next time before shelling out several hundreds of dollars in your fervent attempts to not compromise on quality, remember that brands like American Apparel, Ray Bans and Oakley will do the same trick as will a Gucci or an Armani.
We understand that uncomfortable footwear is often synonymous to cheap, locally branded shoes, but that doesn’t mean that one has to sell its kidney to be left sans shoe bites, sore feet and a chronic pain in the leg joints. Blabbercat here recommends a sense of quick discretion to understand which kind of shoe is worth what kind of money. If you’re a home-maker, or a college goer, opt for brands like Ginger and Catwalk for your casual flats instead of paying triple the amount for the same footwear at Steve Madden. Tommy Hilfiger and United Colours of Benetton also offers well-priced, casual flats which are often at discounted prices on online shopping portals. Individuals with long-working hours should swear Allen Solly, Lee Cooper and Louis Philippe – Da Vinci has often been a source of severe disappointment, despite its exorbitant price. Inc 5 and Charles and Keith are the best options for high heels, the latter being worth the money, and offering an unparalleled quality of footwear.
A prevalent problem in terms of winter clothing is that they’re comparatively more expensive, for obvious reasons. Now, nobody likes to wear the same jacket to every party, which is why it pinches to pay extravagant prices for something so seasonal that you know you’re not even going to be wearing more than five-six times. Here, websites like SRStore and QuirkBox come to our rescue. They have extremely trendy and fashionable blazers at relatively cheap prices – however they’re not too cheap so that bar is maintained. Printed waistcoats, blazers, leather pullovers – you name it, and they’ll have it.
Contrary to popular belief, one needn’t pay a four figure amount and buy MAC’s RuWoo or sell a kidney to grab the crimson shade of Estee Lauder for the best possible red lips. The Colorbar Matte Touch Lipstick (Rich red) and Revlon’s Super Lustrous (Really red) Lipstick offer a Vitamin E infused, creamy textured, matte finished, long lasting version of pout ready red lips, which in Blabbercat’s opinion is a far better choice than the classics. A gliding application and the juicy look – what else does a girl want?
Yes, there are options other that Triumph, Bwitch, Victoria’s Secret and La Senza. No, they’re not half as expensive. What started off as a nightwear boutique on Linkin Road, Mumbai in 2005, took the shape and form of Pretty Secrets in 2012, and grew to become one of the favourite destinations for online exclusive lingerie of hundreds of women countrywide. The site offers more than 900 products, such as briefs, bras, swimwear, accessories, shapers and more. Soft, appealing and well-priced, this brand is as good as the top-notch designer wear.
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