How often do you find yourself looking at new products or realizing you need to restock what you’re running out of? Throughout the week I’m viewing products I could see myself adding to my weekly routine, but the prevalence of beauty products in our everyday lives doesn’t change the cost of what enhances our look. I’m here to provide a bit of relief this week with some relatively low-priced, but high-quality makeup products.
Morphe brush sets are always a steal. They come with a variety of face and eye brushes (bundled or separate). The bristles are never too soft or stiff and maintain their shape nicely. They don’t often lose hairs especially when washing them. Sets run a range of prices depending on how many you purchase. Individual brushes can sell between $3-$10. Morphe also has a very nice beauty sponge which expands slightly when dampened and it’s not too stiff. The price of the sponge is $7. You can also use codes for Morphe products which can take 10 percent off of your total (many makeup gurus have codes you can find by searching for a Morphe discount code ie. code JAMES or JACATTACK).
The list of face products include: e.l.f. Poreless Primer ($6), Maybelline Fit Me Foundation ($7.99) and their concealer ($6.49), Coty Airspun loose translucent setting powder (around $6-$8), Wet and Wild Color Icon Bronzer ($4.99), Sephora Collection Colorful Face Powder blush ($7), Wet and Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder ($4.99), and for setting spray, Mario Badescu Facial Spray ($7). You’ll find the Coty powder to be smoothing, brightening and will hold your makeup in place (just don’t over apply). The Sephora blush is easily blendable and pigmented as are the Wet and Wild bronzer and highlighter! My favorite out of this list is the facial spray, it can be used to set makeup or just as a facial spray as a part of your skincare routine. It’s not filled with super harsh chemicals and really calms the skin!
For an eye primer you can use concealer and set it with a light dusting of setting powder to set your lids before applying shadow. Eyeshadow palettes can be hard to find at a decent price, but still be pigmented and blend-able without having tons of fallout. As for highest quality for a good price, I highly recommend Morphe’s eyeshadow palettes because they are not only creamy and blend-able, but they are pigmented and have little fallout. Most Morphe palettes contain 24-39 shades, and prices range from around $24-$38. E.l.f. has a nice black felt tip liner which runs around four dollars. Maybelline has a range of decent mascara products one being the Colossal Volum’ Express mascara ($7.77), which is also great in its waterproof formula. Finally, Vegas Nay false lashes are a great way to enhance your eye look for under 10 dollars. My go-to for false lashes though are the PÜR Pro (faux mink) lashes which are 3D and wearable up to 30 times!
NYX products are always a steal! The NYX Micro Brow Pencil is a great way to shape and give the look of fuller brows with the precise tip and spoolie brush. This product is around $10 and the brand also carries other brow products like gel, pomade, and powder which work just as well (depending on preference).
Last, but certainly not least, to wrap up our look we can’t forget to add a good lippie! Sephora Collection lipsticks are not too drying and don’t slide around much. They have an awesome selection of creams, liquids, mattes, demi-mattes, and glosses. These lip products range from $5-$14 depending on the product type.
Overall, you won’t have to break the bank if you buy smart. Not all expensive products outweigh the pros of their cheaper counterparts (although some are a nice splurge). Hopefully this helps beginners selecting products that work for best. And yes, while it is possible, some may not measure up to your standards, it’s all about what suits you best! Come back next week to discuss the importance of a correct skincare routine!