Hello friends, and Happy August! A wildly exciting new school-year is right around the corner *gag*, and many of us college kids are running around frantically, trying to re-vamp our style and wardrobes in a way that won’t completely bust our budget. Don’t worry, folks, I am here to save both you and your budgets. Call me your monetary fairy-godmother, because in this post, I am going to share with you 10 must-have makeup products that won’t deteriorate the insides of your wallets. Not only are each of these products fabulous, but they are all $10 and under. Yep, I know, it’s great. With the money you’ll be saving, you’ll even be able to feed yourself in college! Hey, maybe you’ll even be able to splurge on a luxurious dinner that’s somewhere other than McDonald’s. Ah, the beauty of eating real chicken.
Embrace Your Misfit Soul,
xoxo Julia B.
1. Covergirl Clean Foundation: $6.99
This foundation was one of the first I had ever used, and was a staple of mine for years and years. It’s fairly lightweight, but definitely build-able. It’s perfect for those who just want a bit of coverage, and from my experience, it’s great for all different skin types.
2. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer: $8.99
Simply put, this is by far the best concealer I have ever used. As someone who struggles with dark under-eye veins, coverage is essential. After going through a slew of expensive concealers, I came across this gem, and have sworn by it ever since. This concealer not only has fantastic, smooth coverage, but is also lightweight and blend-able. Definitely a must-have.
3. Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder: $5.49
Pressed powders, for some odd reason, can go up reallyyyyy high in price. For the most part, it’s not worth blowing $30 or more on a setting powder. This Rimmel powder is super inexpensive, and it honestly works just as well as any overpriced powder.
4. NYX Matte Bronzer: $8.99
If you’re not looking to splurge on bronzer, NYX has a great alternative for you. This bronzer is nicely pigmented, but isn’t too orange-y, like many inexpensive bronzers tend to be. A gorgeous, sun-kissed glow for 9 bucks? Hey, that sounds like a pretty good deal to me.
5. Makeup Revolution Iconic Elements Eyeshadow Palette: $7.00
Not everyone wants to blow $50 on an Urban Decay eyeshadow palette, and honestly, there’s no need to. Makeup Revolution is an up and coming brand that I’ve begun to love- and the best part? It’s so cheap. With both lighter nudes and deeper, smokey colors, this is the perfect one-stop-shop kind of palette!
6. Maybelline Graffiti Nudes Eyeshadow Palette: $9.99
Don’t be fooled by the word “nudes” in the title, because this eyeshadow palette definitely has a lot of bold colors. If you’re feeling a bit daring, then this is a great palette for you to play around with!
7. L’oreal Telescopic Mascara: $9.99
Ugh, this mascara is the absolute best. Every time I try branching out to a different mascara, I always come back to this one. It’s absolutely amazing at lengthening your lashes, and it never smears or smudges during the day. Seriously, this is the best mascara ever.
8. NYX Vivid Brights Eyeliner: $6.99
This eyeliner is perfect for those who love incorporating color into their look, or even want to switch up their standard black cat-eye. I’ve acquired quite a collection of these babies, and let me just say that they are addicting. This eyeliner comes in a ton of colors, and unlike most liquid liners, it lasts me through the day.
9. NYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick: $6.99
Matte lips have been all the rave for quite some time now, thanks to Kylie Jenner. (By the way, each Kylie lip kit costs a whopping $30, which is insane). Fortunately for you guys, NYX has an awesome dupe that still works well and looks great. I get compliments every time I wear my NYX Lingerie Lipsticks- my favorite shades are “Confident” and “French Maid”.
10. Rimmel London Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick: $5.49
Every girl needs the perfect red lipstick, and Rimmel has a line that is prime for just that. These matte lipsticks are surprisingly high quality for their low price. Not only do they have a smooth, creamy application, but they have great staying power too. Also, they’re Kate Moss-approved. Trust me, it’s impossible to go wrong with a lipstick line by Kate Moss.