I love MAC makeup products and have been buying them exclusively for several years. I recently decided to branch out and try some comestics from Target. I thought, is there really a difference in quality?? Am I just paying more for the MAC name??
I discovered the answer is YES, there IS a difference in quality and NO, I'm not just paying more for the MAC name (well, maybe a little bit, but the product is way better).
So the first lineup was MAC X Mascara vs. L'oreal Carbon Black Voluminous Mascara. The winner was the MAC hands down. The L'oreal mascara consistency was runnier (?) and didn't go on as nicely as the MAC. The brush was also pretty large which made it difficult to put on more precisely. It also smudged very easily.
Verdict: MAC: 4 stars L'oreal: 2 stars
Next up I tested my tried and true MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation vs. Sonia Kashuk's Perfecting Liquid Foundation. If by "perfecting" Sonia means "oil increasing" then yes, this product is a hit. An hour after I put this on my face looks like I dipped it in a plate full of grease. The foundation looks shiny almost immediately after you put it on. I wasn't impressed with the coverage either. The MAC leaves a beautiful, porcelain doll look with a matte finish that lasts for hours.
Verdict: MAC: 5 stars Sonia Kashuk: 1 star
Another observation....the "drug store brands" are NOT that cheap! I think the Sonia Kashuk foundation was like $9 and I'm pretty sure my MAC is only like $12 or $13. I will continue paying a few more dollars for the MAC quality!