Thursday, August 4, 2016

Affordable Makeup: Back to School Edition

Hello Everyone!

Since school is about to start I thought this would be a perfect time to share a few affordable drugstore makeup products. I remember when I was in high school, but more in college I used to like to wear makeup that didn't break my budget. You know I'm really proud of some drugstore makeup brands for stepping up their game on some of their products. As much as I like high end makeup, I love finding good brands on sale or for reasonable prices. I tried to compose a list of products that were at least $20 and under.

Face Sprays and Primers 

If you live in the South, like I do you already know that our Summers are EXTREMELY HOT. If you want to bravely wear makeup when school first starts back. I reccomend using a setting spray so your makeup will stay in tact. Depending on your preference you may want to give these Cetaphil or Maybelline products a try for your face primer. 

Eyeshadows/Transition Colors and Eyeshadow Bases

I'm a little unsure of why I didn't show the eyeshadows bases on the left side lol, but NYX are some of my favorite eyeshadow bases to use. If you're working with a shadow that isn't all that pigmented. Try using a white eyeshadow base to make the color pop. Colourpop has really good transition shades that I like to use in my crease. As you can tell I have some light to darker brownish shades. I also like that Maybelline 24 hour Color Tattoo Eyeshadow works double as an eyeshadow or as a base. Im showing the two out of my collection since these can be used to create a neutral eye or smokey eye

Milani Everyday Eyes Eyeshadow Collection 

I think these are good to use for everyday makeup looks and I even included the Vital Brights Palettes if you like to incorporate color into eye makeup. 

Mascaras and Eyeliners

Very good eye products for about $6.00 or less


I forgot to add the Milani Concealer + Perfect Foundation. If you refer back to my intro picture in the post, you can see it there. You probably can tell that Maybelline is one of my favorite drugstore foundations. 


Both of these concealers work well with covering dark circles, but I prefer the FitMe Concealer. 

Face Powders and Bronzer

My apologies for including the Victoria's Secret Bronzer. It has been discontinued, but you may be able to find it on Amazon. All these Maybelline face powders provide medium to full coverage and feel lightweight.


I didn't really use blush that much in high school or in college, but these are good to have in your collection, especially the Glamorous Blush Palette since it has a variety of blush shades.

Lip Care

Whether your looking for a lip primer or basic lip care here are a few products

Lip Pencils and Lipsticks

In my opinion, Milani has some of the best dupes for MAC lipsticks and the quality is pretty good as well. I just started buying Colourpop liquid lipsticks a few months ago and for about $6.00 each you get amazing quality especially with their Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsicks.

Makeup Removers

These are some of the best makeup removing products that I've tried so far. 

Makeup Brushes 

This isn't a list of my favorite brushes, but I did list a few of the brands I like. These brushes Eco Tools, Real Techniques, BH Cosmetics, and Avon

Did you see my previous post below?!

Also I'm still in the process of moving and getting settled etc. in my new home. I plan on posting, but commenting, reading, and responding may be delayed. Thanks for your understanding :) This also my 400th post! :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog! 


Jackie Harrison said...

Pilar you did amazing in getting affordable makeup love Milani and Maybelline have a great weekend.

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

What a fun range of affordable finds! I've heard about lip primers but I've never tried one before. Good luck with your move and getting settled in your new place Pilar!

willsingformakeup said...

These are great affordable brands! Those Milani eyeshadows are so pretty. I really want to try one of the lip oils too.

Beautetude said...

Love these picks and they are very affordable. Have a safe and easy move!

Unknown said...

These are all great options for affordable back to school makeup! Especially the colourpop since it's so cheap. I think including the blush palette was a great idea too because you get so many shade options in them so it's perfect! And happy 400th blog post pilar!

Marie said...

This is a great list of products under $20. Milani is a very good brand of makeup!

Marie said...

Also happy 400th blog post!

Shireen L. Platt said...

It's so strange to me to see teenagers wearing makeup to school because it's not allowed in Malaysia. We're also not allowed to dye our hair and I used to get into trouble because my hair has a red tinge whenever I am in the sun. In my hometown, the Chinese school is so strict to the point the girls are not allowed to have hair over shoulder length too. So it really feels weird to see really young girls with heavy makeup and colourful hair going to school here. LOL!

Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

BEAUTYEDITER.COM – Beauty Blog said...

Beautiful! Have a great day.


Kelsey&Kenecha said...

What great products! :)


Ti Emme said...

Wow, excellent products. I love the Colourpop and Nyx .. I'm one of your new followers # 90 if you want, come to my blog ♥

Pilar said...

Thanks Jackie! Have a great week!

Pilar said...

Thanks Rowena!

Pilar said...

Thanks Lauren!

Pilar said...

Thanks Ashley!

Pilar said...

Thanks Marie!

Pilar said...

Those are some strict policies! Even though the U.S. may have more lenient policies on makeup and hair, makeup has evolved more than when I graduated high school in 2004!

Pilar said...

Thanks! You have a great day as well!

Pilar said...

Thanks ladies!

Pilar said...

Thanks Teresa!

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