Should you spring for the new "it" anti-aging product? Are department store foundations better than the drugstore variety? What is the real difference between a $20 conditioner and a $5 conditioner? When it comes to buying beauty products, the more expensive brands aren't always better. We consulted some of the industry's top beauty experts to get the facts about when to spend and when to save, so you can budget for the splurges that are oh-so-worth-it. Read on for the sometimes surprising verdicts, and our must-try product picks.
The Verdict: Splurge
"A moisturizer has two purposes; to give us hydration and to protect our skin from the harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun," says Sephora beauty expert Emily Massa. Both pursuits require consistent daily use. Unfortunately, many women skip moisturizing for fear of break outs. If you fall into this category, try spending a little more on your everyday moisturizer. A good place to start is at a local day spa, which