10 Awesome Makeup Products Under $10

When I first started wearing makeup I bought all my products at either the big box store or drugstore. Several of the products I tried ended up being a disappointment and I thought it was because they weren’t expensive. So I started wearing more expensive brands that I either had to buy online or from Ulta or Sephora.

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I kept buying these expensive brands for many years before I realized how much money I was needlessly spending on makeup. So to save money I made it my mission to find makeup I could wear that was cheap in price, but not in quality. Through trial and error, I found some cheap makeup that worked for both my skin and my wallet.

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1. Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder - $6

To set my liquid foundation I use the Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Powder CoverGirl Clean. I sometimes also use it by itself for a light foundation application. By itself, it doesn't cover a lot but it gives my skin an even finish.

2. Real Techniques Powder Brush - $10

I use a loose mineral powder foundation so having a good foundation brush is crucial for an even and flawless look. The Real Techniques Powder Brush is the brush that fits the bill. It has soft but firm bristles that allow me to apply a light or heavy layer of my foundation.

3. Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge - $5 - $9

I don't know why I insisted on using those cheap, white, wedge sponges to apply my makeup. I was really missing out. After trying a few other more expensive sponges to apply my makeup I keep coming back to this one.

With the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, I'm able to get a smooth finish with all of my makeup. I can use this one sponge to apply liquid foundation, pressed powder, and loose powder.

4. Milani Baked Powder Blush - $7

It can be hard to find a blush that works on darker skin tones, so I was happy to stumble across the Milani Baked Powder Blush. This blush comes in about six shades. The shade I’ve used is Red Vino. It added a nice rosy glow to my cheeks, without looking overdone or fake.

5. Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow 10 Pan Palette - $5

For years I would dismiss Wet n Wild as really cheap makeup that didn't wear well. I've found that to not be the case. I decided to try the Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow 10 Pan Rosé in the Air Palette and I love it! The colors are so vivid in the pan and also on my lids. Plus, it wears well throughout the day with minimal fading.

6. Maybelline 24K Nudes Palette - $10

I am a big believer in eye shadow palettes. I think they are a great buy if you can use the majority of the shades. This particular palette has 12 shades that have a heavy metal feel and are a step above a straight-up natural palette. My favorite shades in the Maybelline 24K Nudes Palette are the navy and purple.

7. Maybelline New York Great Lash Washable Mascara - $5-7

This was the very first mascara I ever used. The Maybelline New York Great Lash Washable Mascara was also the mascara I remember my mother having in her makeup case when I was growing up. While this mascara isn’t anything extraordinary, it does what it needs to by enhancing your lashes without clumping.

8. CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus Self-Sharpening Eye Pencil - $5

I have so many pros for this eyeliner pencil starting with the fact that it’s self-sharpening. I can’t stand the traditional pencils because I can never get the point sharpened so it’s usable. I don’t have that problem with the CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus Self-Sharpening Eye Pencil. Other pros include the multiple shades, how smoothly it glides on, and how easily I can control the thickness of the line.

9. Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner - $4-8

If you prefer the traditional pencil for your eyeliner the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Eyeliner is one of the better ones. While I don’t care for the traditional pencil, I did like the intense pigmentation which was perfect for nighttime makeup looks. Another plus was that it’s really waterproof. Simple water wasn’t going to wash it off.

10. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Nail Polish - $7-10

I’m too frugal to go to the salon and get a manicure or pedicure so I do my nails at home. The polish I use is the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure. I really like the multiple shades available and how vibrant and shiny the colors are. With other nail polishes I’ve used I typically have to touch up or redo my nails after about a week. Not with this polish; it doesn’t chip or peel right away.

What’s your favorite budget-friendly makeup?


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