While it is great to invest in high end products, it’s not always affordable for many of us. I’ve compiled a list of products that are under R150 to help you start your makeup collection. These are great quality products that won’t break the bank and will keep you going until you can get higher end makeup items. Hope you love it!
1. Maybelline Baby Skin Primer
I’m a really huge fan of this primer and I use it very often. It helps fill in my pores and smooth out my skin- which is exactly what I need. If you’re looking for a primer for oily skin, Essence makes a great oil free, mattifying Primer.
I believe in being totally honest with my followers so I’m going to say this. I’m a very, very fussy person with foundation. Probably more than I am with any other makeup product. The reason for that, is that I hate heavy, cakey looking makeup- which is something most foundations tend to be. I also hate makeup that shows my pores- which tends to be so so common. To do this day, I have yet to find an absolute holy grail foundation that is perfect for my needs. I find that Mac foundations are some of the best out there and they only retail for around R300 to R400. Since a regular drugstore foundation would cost around R200, I’d rather put in the extra and be really happy. On that note, I have just tried out the new PROfoundation La Girl just released and so far I’m loving it. I’ve also heard great things about the Revlon Photoready foundation (which I have tried and do work great, but are a little too full coverage for my personal everyday makeup).
3. LA Girl Pro Concealer
Millions of people around the world are obsessed with this product, and I’m one of them. These are so affordable and work wonders on covering and concealing my imperfections. There’s a gorgeous colour range (so no one gets left behind).
4. Setting Powder
I’m personally not a fan of setting my whole face since I prefer a very light, non-cakey look. I do set my under-eye area to prevent creasing as well as well as my T-zone since that’s where I tend to get oily. I’ve been enjoying using the Wet n Wild Contour kit for both contouring and setting my face (the lighter shade works great). Essence also sells a great translucent setting powder.
5. Essence Blush
I don’t have one particular blush that’s an all time favourite but most of my holy-grails are made by Essence. I find that the pigmentation is great, they’re easily accessible and the colour range is always good.
6. NYX Matte Bronzer and Wet n Wild Contour Kit
I cannot go a day without this bronzer. It gives my skin the most gorgeous flush of colour without ever being chalky or muddy. A little goes a long way with this product too.
For more defined cheekbones, the contour kit by Wet n Wild is great since its cool-toned brown shade, perfect for sculpted cheekbones.
7. LA Girl or Wet n Wild Highlighter or Essence highlighting Palette
These are 2 relatively new highlighters and I’m really enjoying both of them. The LA girl is much more easily available, while the Wet n Wild is more affordable. Whichever you pick, you’re guaranteed to have a popping highlight. The Essence Palette is also great. It contains 3 colours, to suit all skin complexions, and can be mixed together for an out of this world highlight.
It’s almost impossible to choose a favourite eyeshadow, since different ones are great for different reasons. If you’re into eye makeup, I would really recommend looking at the Morphe Palettes since 35 shades cost just R550. There’s also a huge range to choose from. Essence makes amazing single shadows which retail for around R35 each. The Essence All about Nudes is a great everyday palette for just R90. Reckon and L’Oréal make great shadows too.
9. Essence Mascara
If you’re looking for a really affordable mascara that truly works, I recommend trying out The False Lashes Mascara by Essence. It’s one of my all time faves for the simple reason that it leaves my lashes looking 10 times longer and more voluminous than they actually are. And I’ve got thick, long lashes naturally!
10. Maybelline Eyeliner
I find Gel-liners really easy to work with, especially if you’re a beginner. This one by maybelline is not only quite affordable, it’s also a dupe for a popular Inglot liner. If you prefer using pen eyeliners, Essence makes a great 2 in 1 liner pen.
11. Lipsticks and Lipliners
I know I mentioned a lot of Essence products already but I have to mention their lipliners. They retail for under R40 and on sale, they can retail for less than R20. That’s a great bargain! It’s hard to recommend a good lipstick since again, different people have different preferences. If you’re looking for a good liquid lipstick, I’m a huge fan of the NYX liquid suede ones. If you’re looking for a matte finish, the NYX full throttle lipsticks or Yardley stayfast lipsticks are both great options under R150. If you prefer a more sheer finish, the Revlon Super Lustrous lipsticks are gorgeous. Essence makes some great lipglosses.
If you’ve stuck around till now than thank you! As a gift, I’ve compiled a free downloadable checklist of all the products mentioned above as well as where you can find them. That way, you’ll know exactly what to pick on your next trip to the drugstore
All my love, Raeesa.