Finally, a new post! Seems like it’s been forever. I’ve had a couple of super busy/rough weeks with moving in a new roommate and losing my Uncle last week. When I did have free time, I was just plain to exhausted to even think about makeup. Its hard getting back into my routine now but I’m trying.
Up first is the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, not only is it under $10, it’s a holy grail product. On par with Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and Kat Von D Lock It Concealer, you can’t go wrong here. Great shade range, texture, and bendability.
You can find the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer at most all drugstores or anywhere that sales Maybelline products. It retails for $6.99 at Ulta
Next are Milani Baked Blushes. Pigmentation, texture and colors are on point here. This can go for all Milani Blushes but I really enjoy the Baked ones, especially Berry Amore.
The Milani Baked Blushes are available at most drugstores and other cosmetic retailers. I actually get most my Milani stuff at the local grocery store, they have a randomly huge Milani display. Anyway, it retails for $8.49 on their official site.
Now for some brushes, I actually have 3 brands I want to talk about because I couldn’t narrow it down. They’re aren’t a whole lot of high-quality brushes that are affordable so if the quality is there and they’re under 10 bucks I want to mention them.
My go-to brands for brushes under $10 is Real Techniques, while when sold in a set they are over $10 most can be picked up individually for less than $10. The stand out being the Miracle Complexion Sponge. Another holy grail and very affordable, usually around $6-$8 depending on where you purchase.
The same kind of goes for Sonia Kashuk, sold exclusively at Target, some of her brushes come in under the $10 mark and are on par with MAC brushes. My favorite being her fluffy blending brush. You can also purchase her brushes in limited edition sets every season which equal a great bang for your buck.
Then you have E:L.F.’s Pro line of brushes. The ones with black handles, and now a line with white. Just about all these brushes are of a decent quality and most are under $5 even.
A couple other brands worth mentioning for brushes is WetNWild, who have a new line of brushes which are super cute, work great and come in under $5 too! Eco Tools is also an excellent option for affordable brushes, I really enjoy their eye duo set.
E.L.F. Shadow Lock Primer is one of the first eye primers I ever tried and still is top shelf for me. At $2 you really can’t beat it. The texture, in my opinion, is better than the Urban Decay Primer Potion and works just as well. Perhaps it’s more like the Too Faced Shadow Insurance in texture but with a doe foot applicator. A definite win!
Speaking of E.L.F. I’m in love with their highlight and illuminating products so much I couldn’t pick just one! The Illuminating Palette is a near dupe for Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders, just a bit more powdery and not so finely milled but on the skin, they are virtually the same and it’ll only set you back $6.00.
And the Baked Highlighters are all the glow for $3!
Now for one of the hardest things to find affordable and quality, a contour palette. Wet N Wild got you, girl! The Wet N Wild Megaglo Contouring Palette comes in two versions. Dulce Du Leche, a cool toned taupe contour with a pinky highlight and Caramel Toffee, a very warm toned contour and banana colored highlight. Both are matte, blendable and only cost $4.99.
Last but not least, two more products I couldn’t choose between. The E.L.F. Water Proof Eyeliner ($2.00)and the NYC Liquid Eyeliner ($2.99). Both are my go to’s. While the E.L.F. one isn’t really waterproof, it does have some lasting power and the NYC is super black and matte.