I’m sure you guys definitely don’t hear enough about how I’m broke, but, yeah, I’m broke. For that reason, my makeup budget has taken a total DIVE and is pretty much nonexistent (considering the clothing budget is, to me, a tad more important). When it comes to makeup, I’m a label lover. I’ve raved about Urban Decay and fawned over Stila plenty of times on here, I’m sure. Now, though, I find myself sadly wandering the aisles of drugstores, trying to quell my shopping addiction with cheapie makeup.
Though, I gotta say – I’ve tried a few cheap products lately and I’m very pleasantly surprised! So surprised, in fact, that I decided to do a product review.
E.L.F. Eyelid Primer
Eyelid primer is probably the single most important item in my makeup routine because my face can be likened to that of a greasy cheeseburger and without it, my shadow and liner melts off my face. Legit. I found this E.L.F. eyelid primer for A MOTHER-FREAKING DOLLAR at Target, so you can probably imagine that my expectations weren’t too high – especially considering I usually favor Urban Decay’s Primer Potion, which runs about $20 per tube. I figured, it’s probably not going to be as good as primer potion, and if it sucks, whatever – I’m out a dollar. The honest truth? I see no difference between the two. And I am picky when it comes to primers. My eyelids are the oiliest part of my face. But, nope, I primed my lids and put on some shadow, went to a wedding, danced all night, and my shadow was still intact. I couldn’t believe it, dude.
Here’s a picture of the look I wore to the wedding. My shadow went on smooth and very pigmented, I couldn’t be happy with my dollar purchase.
In case anyone was wondering, I used the Too Faced Matte Eye Palette for this look and it’s my all-time favorite palette. It’s the best.
E.L.F. Studio Blush
In the above look, I’m also wearing the E.L.F. Studio Blush in Berry Merry which, as you can see, isn’t very pigmented. Granted, the lighting in that picture isn’t the best and it’s a little blurry, but I do wish this went on a tad more colorful. It doesn’t really last throughout the day (but then again I don’t usually prime my whole face – just moisturize). But, again, it was $3 at Target so I’m not really complaining, it’s a super pretty color.
N.Y.X. Single Eyeshadow in White
I got this in my Ipsy bag for September and I was pretty excited to get it in white since I’m totally lacking in a highlighter pencil right now. (To be honest, Ipsy accidentally sent me two bags, and I got one in a sort of glacier blue, too). It’s not really the best highlighter, to be honest; it’s a little too glittery (I’m also wearing this in the above picture – you can see it in the inner corners of my eyes) and doesn’t really stick to the inner corners. That being said, it looks nice under my brow bone. It’s pretty sheer for a shadow, though I assume if I use my beloved N.Y.X. eye primer in white, it would show up a little better. I still have a certain loyalty to N.Y.X. products, though, and these eyeshadows are decent for the price – $4.50 as compared to $18 for Urban Decay, which are often just as glittery.