Thursday, September 12, 2013

Extremely Affordable Makeup Brands

After leaving my 9-to-5 after my son was born, this mommy understands being on a budget.  That means you can't always purchase your favorite cosmetic brand.  But that doesn't mean you have to settle makeup you would've worn in junior high.  Here is a list affordable brands that also provide great quality products.

E.L.F. (Eyes. Lips. Face)

 This brand is my favorite affordable brand.  Most makeup items are between $1-$3.  But that doesn't mean you're getting cheap quality. I especially love their blush.  Highly pigmented, smooth, and long lasting. As if that wasn't enough, they also have sales online. As I type this they have a special where you can get $20 worth of product free when you spend $25 AND they also have 50% off of their Studio Makeup when you spend $25.


Up until recently, I had to buy NYX products online because I couldn't a retailer that carried them in my area. Luckily, Target has started carrying the brand, making it easier for me to try NYX products.  I especially love their eyeshadows.  They are reminiscent of MAC  when it comes to color selection and pigmentation.

NYC (New York Color)

Ok I know, I know. But I promise they have gotten better in recent years.  Their eyeshadow and tinted lip balms are my favorite products in this line.  I, like many I know, had written off NYC cosmetics after using them in my early makeup years and discovering their products, though affordable, were not up-to-par.  I recently decided to try them again after seeing new packaging and marketing  strategies on their part.  Now, I don't know if it's because of the release of newer brands like E.L.F, but NYC has stepped up their game. So, give them another chance.

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