"What product do you almost never splurge on?"
Products That I Skimp On:
Eye Makeup Remover
An avid eye makeup wearer can go through a bottle in a month so having to spend RM75 on an RMK Eye Makeup Remover every month can be quite a pinch. Maybelline and Elianto get waterproof makeup out effectively for less than RM20 a bottle.
Some of the most popular lip balms in the market are drugstore brands such as Chapstick, Blistex, Burtsbee and Lip Ice. My personal favorites are from Clinelle and Neutrogena -- both under RM20.
I'm using an RM5 eyebrow pencil from Daiso and I can't ask for anything better. ZA and Majolica Majorca make good eyebrow pencils too. Unless you can afford it, there really isn't a need to spend RM65 on a Shu Uemura eyebrow pencil.
Quite frankly, I can't justify spending more than RM50 on a mascara. It has such a short lifespan that it's simply not worth the "investment". Even after trying several high end brands such as Dior, Giorgio Armani, Lancome and RMK, I still find myself falling back to good ol' Maybelline.
I can't deny that Make Up For Ever's Aqua Eyes is awesome. It doesn't budge! Rimmel's Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer doesn't either. Bloop's Pencil Eyeliner (RM18) touches my eyes more often than the Dior and Giorgio Armani ones do.
Simple Soothing Facial Toner (RM15) is probably the most reliable facial toner ever. It cleans, softens, soothes and refreshes the skin. A toner is the least significant product in a skin care regime and usually doesn't treat nor provide any direct benefits to the skin. There are high end toners that cater to specific skin concerns but the impact is normally not drastic.
Products That I Splurge On:
The others are dependent on the product itself rather than the function.