I am not very skilled in the makeup department. So I get a little cheap when it comes to makeup. Partly because I don’t know what I am doing and so I don’t want to waste expensive makeup. Partly because I am just cheap in general. I think the politically correct term is frugal.
So often when I hear of an expensive brand that everyone swears by I go scouring the internet to see if there is a cheaper version that still does the trick. If enough people are talking about it then it must be true. And then I go and spend under $10 to find out if it is true for myself. 9/10 times it is.
I am sure makeup junkies and experts will tell you, you get what you pay for. But my clueless self will just keep on paying for the cheaper versions and going about my merry little way.
Here are a few makeup knockoffs that are working for me lately:
- Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner: Back in 2012 I sung the praises of Bobbi Brown Gel Liner . It was fantastic as long as my little pot lasted, which was actually a long time. But I was bummed it often dried out. And for the cost, it really should have been amazing from beginning to end. The Maybelline brand of gel liner were on sale one week and I thought I would give it a try. Dare I say I like this even better? It lasts just as long, goes on smooth, and doesn’t smudge. I will say the Bobbi Brown eyeliner brush is FAR superior than the one that comes with the Maybelline gel liner. I know it is pricey, but the precision is amazing. So save on the eyeliner, splurge on the brush.
$8 vs. $30
- Milani Shadow Eyez: After this many years of wearing makeup the one thing I cannot figure out is how to apply eye shadow in any way that doesn’t make me look like a hooker. So I have switched to giant crayons like a preschooler. I love “Champagne Toast” and wear it almost every day. It goes on smooth (unlike a lot of cheap brands I tried), don’t smudge and lasts for the bulk of the day. I’d like to try layering, but I am sure I would mess that up too. So for now it is just me and Champagne Toast. I am comparing it to Clinique’s Chubby Stick which I have tried before because I honestly think it knocks Clinique out of the park.
$6 vs. $17
- NYX Blush in Pinched: Everyone knows the gold standard in blush is Nars Org*sm (keeping spammers at bay). But it is mucho expensive. But it gives your cheeks a very natural glow (rumor has it like you just had the big O). For a fraction of the price, and after MUCH research, I decided to give this NYX blush a try. I love it. It is a perfect pink/ peach blend with a tiny bit of a shimmer. And now I have a very natural glow about me.
$5 vs. $40
Maybelline New York Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer: I have long lamented about the raccoon eyes God has blessed me with. Nothing I seem to do erases them and, while various products have helped, I am always a little bit unsatisfied by them. Things are either too cakey, don’t provide enough coverage, or make me look old. I had been saving up waiting to buy the under eye concealer that wins award after award, Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Eclat. Granted these are both technically highlighters, but that just gives me more ways to use it. I need all the brightening I can get. I’m not saying it is because of the new concealer, but I keep having people tell me I look younger. I’m gonna pretend it is the concealer.
$6 vs. $40
Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel: I have saved the best for last. I started using a makeup primer a few years ago because I like how it helps my makeup go on even and stay on longer. As I get older I need all the help I can get hiding skin imperfections. You can get the Smashbox Primer that everyone swears by, or you can spend $6 on something that isn’t meant for your face at all. Similar ingredients. Similar results. Fraction of a price. You don’t need much and it does an amazing job. If you are skeptical, google it. It really does work!
$6 vs. $35
I’ve spilled my secrets. Now what are yours? I always loooove a good makeup tip!!