Splurge vs. Steal: Makeup Edition

We all know that makeup can sometimes cause major dents in our wallets. However, I do believe that you should invest in the products that you use the most and spend less on the products that you use sporadically.

For example, I wear the most makeup around my eyes, so I invest in eye makeup products. On the other hand, I rarely wear lip products,  so I do not spend as much on those things.

Take a look at my list and decide whether  to splurge or steal in each makeup category!

  1. Foundation

Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup SPF 15: $48.00 — This foundation is light and provides great coverage. Plus, the SPF is important for skin protection.

Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse: $8.99– This foundation leaves an airbrush finish.

2. Mascara

Benefit Cosmetics: They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara : $24.00 — This mascara makes your lashes look voluminous and fuller.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara: $8.99 — This mascara perfectly curls your lashes and makes them look fuller.

3. Blush

Urban Decay Naked Flush: $32.00 — This blush is subtle and not shiny.

Ultra Cheek Color: $7.00– This blush is light and easy to apply.

4. Eye Liner

Butter London Wink Eye Pencil: $18.00– The eye liner lasts all day.

Ulta Gel Eye Liner Pencil: $8.00 — This eye liner glides on easily.

5. Eyeshadow (basic colors)

Urban Decay Naked Basics: $29.00 — This eyeshadow is heavily-pigmented and lasts all day.

Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 Redemption Eyeshadow Palette: $7.00 — This eyeshadow lasts all day and has vibrant color.

6. Eye Primer

Urban Decay Original Eye Shadow Primer Potion: $20.00 — This primer stays smooth and makes your eyeshadow last all day.

NYX Cosmetics Proof It Eyeshadow Primer Transparent: $6.99 — This primer intensifies your eyeshadow.

7. Lipstick

Mac Lipstick: $17.00 — This lipstick is long-lasting and comes in a great variety of colors.


Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick: $7.99 — This lipstick stays on all day and comes in rich colors.

8. Setting Spray

Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray: $30.00– This is easy to apply and makes your makeup last all day.

NYX Dewy  Finish Makeup Setting Spray: $7.99– This makes your makeup look fresh all day.



Stay fashionable, Hokies!

~Heather Sangalang


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