Here’s what I purchased for $20
Foundation – Wet and Wild Shade Intuitive Blend Adjusting Foundation & Primer reg. price $5.99 on sale for $$3.59. I tried #175, Fair. This is a very thin, wet clear liquid with color “beads.” This was a complete bust for me.There are very few beads and when they did pop I couldn’t see any color. I got NO coverage. It honestly did nothing for my skin–my redness, uneven skin tone, age spots are highly visible. My forehead doesn’t match the rest of my face. It’s awful don’t waste even $3.59 you may as well just skip foundation all together.
NYC Cover Stick in Light $1.99 – Another bust for me. The stick felt waxy–not nearly as creamy and pigmented as the concealers I typically use. It pretty much disappeared after a few hours. I will happily pay more–much more for a good concealer like Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer or It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye.
NYC Cheek Glow Blush in Hello Lover! $2.99 - Finally a nice surprise! Nicely pigmented, a good neutral pink shade with a touch of shimmer. The shimmer did not translate to my cheeks but I liked it anyway. The lasting power is not what you would expect from a $30 blush but decent–I got about 4 hours out of it.
Wet n’Wild ColorIcon Eye Shadow Palette reg. price $2.99 on sale for $1.79. The Sweet As Candy trio has an ivory shade for the brow bone, a shimmery pale pink for the eye lid and a light brown for the crease. The colors were not nearly as pigmented as what I’m used to but I will say they did last pretty much all day. The brown shade didn’t have much color payoff but the others worked fine. I did have to use quite a bit of shadow to get any color to show up so these small palettes won’t last very long but then you sure can afford to buy more! I wasn’t able to use a lid primer (no money for one!) but if I had, I’m sure the pigment would have improved drastically.
NYC Brow Pencil in Taupe $.99 – Last time I checked the color taupe did not have any red in it. I hated this pencil!! It was super waxy, applied patchy and the color was waaay more red than taupe. You can see in the photos this shade does not match my brows at all! If I had to use this pencil everyday, I’d just shave my brows off.
Wet n’Wild ColorIcon Shimmer Eye Pencil in Bronze reg. price $.99, sale price $.59–not bad for $.59! Was it soft and creamy? No. Did it glide on without skipping? No. Did it smudge? No Did it fade? No, 5 hours in and it’s still there. That said, I still prefer my higher end eyeliners for the texture and unique colors.
Maybelline One by One Volume Express Mascara reg. price $7.79 on sale for $3.89 – I liked the way the brush separated my lashes but I saw no added volume. The good news–no clumps or flaking. By the end of the night my lashes felt pretty crunchy too. For really bat-worthy lashes I still prefer It Cosmetics Hello Lashes! or Benefit They’re Real and am willing to pay more for them. The Maybelline will do in a pinch though.
NYC KissGloss in Murray Hill Melon $2.99 – this gloss has a very thick feeling to it that I don’t care for. On the up side, it’s very pigmented giving lots of glossy color.
My Grand Total was $18.82. What did I learn? A full face of makeup can be done for under $20 but personally I would rather pay more and get products that work for ME. I missed my primers! Face primer, eye primer, lip primer. I didn’t realize I used some many! I was pleased with half of what I purchased which leads me to believe that a full face of good makeup can be found if you look hard enough, use coupons and take advantage of sales.
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