Makeup Wars is back with a tough challenge…buy a full face of makeup for $20 or less! A group of beauty bloggers and I are up for the task, scouring drug stores, discount stores…even the Dollar Store! How did I do? Read on to find out…
I have to admit, this challenge was outside my comfort zone. I wear drugstore-brands of makeup without any problem, but a whole face of makeup for $20? I knew I would have to decide what my “splurge” was going to be and go from there. I ultimately decided on L’Oreal’s new Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream. It’s a “4-in-1″ product that primes, corrects, hydrates and perfects skin. I instantly saw the value in that! Total purchase price = $10.99.
That meant I was going to have to be creative with my eye products. I headed to the Dollar Store, where I was amazed at how big the beauty section was. I picked out 3 LA Colors products: an eyeshadow palette in neutral shades, an eyeliner pencil in black, a mascara and an e.l.f. lip gloss–total = $4. That left approximately $5.00 for a cheek color. Since it’s summer, I decided on a bronzer. I’ve previously purchased NYC bronzers, so that was an easy decision. Cost = $4.47.
In terms of product performance, overall, I liked almost everything. The one product that I felt was not up to the task was the mascara. It seemed to come out of the tube in one big glop. The colors in the eyeshadow palette were really pretty and while not the most pigmented, using a MAC 239 brush and a primer helped me get a pretty, neutral look that lasted. The NYC Bronzer was also a good buy. The one product I really needed but couldn’t “afford” was a concealer.
The total cost of the makeup purchased for this challenge came to $19.46 (we didn’t count taxes), so I barely made it under $20. What do you think of my makeup buys?
Make sure to check out the other beauty bloggers participating in the Makeup Wars: $20 Challenge!