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Lipstick: A splurge for any budget



LipstickVogue calls it the lipstick effect. When the economy hits the skids, lipstick can feel like a big-time splurge. And who wouldn't be willing to pucker up to update a look without a heavy hit to the wallet?

Let history be our guide. During the rationing of World War II, lipstick sales went up. "In today's credit crunch, a Chanel lipstick is a far more affordable luxury than a Chanel bag," Vogue observes in the February issue.

Ok, reality check. Most of us weren't buying Chanel bags in the glory days of, say, two years ago. Coach, maybe. At the outlet mall.

But the trend-setters at Vogue are onto something. Since the economy hit the skids, I've had a hard time justifying the expense of my favorite MAC dust. So I've started shopping for powder and blush at CVS and Walgreens.

I'll confess, not only am I really impressed with the quality of L'Oreal products, I've gotten downright giddy when they're on buy one, get one sale and I can "splurge" on an extra like new eyeshadow.

Is the lipstick effect legit? Do share and tell...

~ Deal Diva Letitia

[Last modified: Thursday, May 20, 2010 5:14pm]


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