If there’s anything I love more than purchasing good quality makeup, it’s definitely finding them at a reasonable price. I looked at my makeup collection recently trying to come up with a list of my favorite affordable products, but I found that I only had a small handful of items from the drugstore that I genuinely enjoyed using. In order to rectify this situation, I decided to make a few purchases of products that I’ve been eyeing for quite a while but held off on buying since I had no reason to. Luckily, I finally found an excuse – I have to cater to different audiences after all.
Coincidentally, it’s still ‘Back to School’ season on this blog. I figured that I’d do a makeup haul for those who can’t afford to splurge on pricier items, or even for those of us who just love a good bargain. Now, since I have these items to add to my collection, I believe that I will be able to do a makeup look using all these affordable products which is why you won’t find swatches here. I’m very excited to make the video though, so keep your eyes peeled for that!
Anyway, I’m sure you are curious to find out what I got my hands on recently, so let’s begin:
1. MaxFactor FaceFinity All Day Primer
I’ve been looking for an alternative to my more silicone-based primers for a while now to use with my NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint. I’ve never enjoyed using liquid primers because the ones I’ve tried have always failed at preventing shine and filling in my pores. After watching videos of fellow oily skinned beauty gurus, I saw one who used this product and she mentioned that this product was great for prolonging the wear of your makeup. I was definitely intrigued.
When I tried it out at the store, it didn’t feel as slippy as some liquid primers do, and it made the skin on the back of my hand feel very smooth. It was also on sale, so that was a great bonus. I know it’ll work with my NARS foundation though I haven’t tried it just yet. However, I have tried it with my favorite drugstore foundation (which I’ll mention in the video next time) and it looked pretty great. So far, I am definitely impressed with this product!
2. LA Girl Pro Conceal Concealer (Creamy Beige, Toast)
In comparison to my swift fondness for the MaxFactor primer, this fell a bit short of my expectations. I ran out of my Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer, and I’m not a big fan of the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer either, which is why I was curious to try this one. I’ve seen so many beauty girls using this in their tutorials, and some of them swore by this product.
I’m a MAC NC30-NC35, so I went for the shade Creamy Beige to use as a general concealer and as a highlighting shade for under my eyes, while the shade Toast I intended to use as a cream contour. I was surprised to see that it wasn’t as full coverage as it seemed on other people; it has a bit of of a peach undertone, so it’s good for under the eyes, but it won’t fully cover up any of my hyper-pigmentation. The contour shade is also lot warmer than I would want and it’s very intensely pigmented, so a little goes a long way! You have to be careful, otherwise you’ll have a muddy-looking mess on your hands – well, face.
I also suggest working fast with these products as they become quite a bit difficult to blend if you leave them on for too long or if you apply too much. If you have any tips on how to use these, please leave them in the comments section. I really want to love this product so any help would be much appreciated!
3. Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder (Translucent)
I’ve had this product before, but it was in the wrong shade and it cracked so I had to throw it away. I’m glad to have this back in my life because I’ve been wanting the translucent shade for a very long time. I will say though that since trying it again, I found that this isn’t the most mattifying powder that I own, nor does it stay on as long as the others. Upon initial application, it looks great on the skin because it looks natural as opposed to flat. However, the oils start to peek through after an hour or two, but I don’t mind too much since I could easily blot the shine away. I still like it and will continue to use it as a setting powder, but that’s just something to bear in mind if you have excessively oily skin. If I find any changes in the longevity of its mattifying properties, I will report back.
4. Milani Baked Blush (Luminoso)
This is probably one of the most ridiculously raved about products in the history of makeup, and I can certainly see why it has a cult following. I wouldn’t say it trumps all of the other blushes that I own, but it is definitely a pretty thing to have in your collection. It reminds me a bit of Benefit Coralista, but with much less shimmer and more peach injected into it. It’s not as amazing as people made it out to be, but I really do like it enough to consider purchasing the other shades. I will grow to love it more, I’m sure!
5. ELF Baked Blush (Pinktastic)
Now, this item was a bit of a wildcard for me. I saw it for the first time on the shop’s list of items, and the caption said that it was comparable to the MAC MSF in Soft and Gentle. I sold mine a long time ago because I didn’t like highlighters back then (I know, crazy times!), and I knew that I was never going to get through that huge compact. When I saw this however, I had a soft pang of regret that I sold it, and I felt like I needed it back in my life.
Realistically, I didn’t need another highlighter, but I didn’t have any affordable highlighters that I liked and used consistently. Thankfully, I saw this one and it comes in a smaller size so I won’t feel too bad about wasting any product. It definitely does remind me of Soft and Gentle (maybe even a bit of BECCA Opal), and I am really liking it so far!
6. ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Highlighter (Wisp)
I added this product to my shopping cart sort of on a whim. I wasn’t sure if I’d like the one from ELF since I do like my highlighters that are a bit more golden in tone, and I saw that Colourpop made highlighters too. I looked at the Temptalia website and thought they looked nice, then I needed more justification by looking up more shade swatches on Youtube. I wasn’t sure about which color to get, but when I saw someone using this in their video, I knew that this was the one for me.
It’s a bit of a darker gold than I thought it would be, and the formula of Colourpop products is a bit funny so I’m still figuring out how to work with this – so far, using it with fingers seems like the best method of application. This reminds me a bit of the MAC Cream Color Base in its reflective quality and creamy consistency, though it differs quite a bit in texture.
7. ColourPop x Jenn Im Jenn Ne Sais Quoi Super Shock Eyeshadows
When I saw swatches of this on their website, I was instantly attracted to this particular set. I’ve been digging the warm toned eyeshadow look this year, and this seemed like the perfect addition to my eyeshadow family. I was also swayed by the French theme, as well as the cleverness of the quad’s name (though I’ve stopped following Jenn Im on Youtube now since I’m not big on fashion channels).
As I mentioned previously, the texture of Colourpop products is tricky. I’ve been treating them more like creams than powders, so I’m still figuring out how to use them. Regardless, the resulting eye makeup look is absolutely gorgeous and I was so impressed with how it turned out! I also thought to myself that it looked eerily similar to the Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita eyeshadow palette, though it does lack the gold glitter shade. I might do a comparison swatch soon.
8. Wet’n’Wild Fan Brush
I’ve seen fan brushes being used by tons of beauty Youtubers to apply their highlighter, and I was wondering if it makes a difference in the resulting makeup look. I was thinking about purchasing the one from Morphe, but they’re a bit hard to come by over here. When I found these by Wet’n’Wild, and saw how affordable they were (plus they’re cruelty free!), I jumped the bullet and added it to my order. When I first used it, it did not go the way I thought it would. Is there a learning curve with using fan brushes? I’m not sure if it works better than what I normally use to put on my highlighter, which is the Real Techniques Setting Brush, but over time I’m sure I’ll figure out how to use it.
I hope you guys liked this haul! I’m really excited to use these in a video soon, too. FYI, if you’re wondering, I bought these items in two online shops, and one cosmetics counter.
Have you tried any of these products? If so, which ones are your favorites? Also, if you have any suggestions for the items that I’m a bit unsure of, I would love to know what you have to share.