Beauty on a Budget: Eyes

As much as I love my fancier makeup items, I know that not everyone can afford or are willing to pay for the higher-end brands, so I wanted to do a short series of posts and videos on some really awesome budget makeup products that are still really great quality!

I am going to be recommending budget-friendly products that I have used and have been very happy with the quality. I will give them a rating in a percentage based on my opinion of how close they come to their high-end counterpart! So if I think a budget item is as good as the high end one, 100% it is! I will not be recommending any products that aren’t at least an 80% rating.

I am judging the makeup in a variety of ways. How long they last, smell, color payoff, how well they blend, etc. The main things I look for when I buy new products!

Please check out my video to hear my reviews and thoughts on all these products and check out all the details on the products and where to buy them below!

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Urban Decay Primer Potion: $20 USD  vs Elf Eyelid Primer: $1 USD
Potential Savings: $19 USD
Rating: 98%

Cream Shadows/Bases

MAC Paint Pots: $18.50 USD vs Maybelline 24 Hour Color Tattoo: $5.84 USD
Potential Savings: $12.66 USD
Rating: 100%


MAC/Urban Decay Eyeshadow Pot: $15/$18 USD vs NYX Eyeshadow Pot: $4.99 USD
Potential Savings: $10-13 USD
Rating: 85-90%

Coastal Scents 88 Original Palette: $18.85 USD
Rating: 85-90%
Great starter eyeshadow kit for a great price!

Eyebrow Powder

Smashbox Brow Tech: $25 USD vs NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder: $6 USD
Potential Savings: $19 USD
Rating: 95%

Gel Eyeliner

MAC Fluidline: $15 USD vs Maybelline Gel Liner: $7.94 USD

Potential Savings: $7.06 USD
Rating: 100%

Pencil Eyeliner

MAC Eye Kohl $15 USD vs NYX Slide On Pencil $7.99 USD
Potential Savings: $7 USD
Rating: 95%


Dior Show Mascara: $25 USD/Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara: $19 USD vs Maybelline The Falsies Flared: $5.94 USD/Maybelline The Colossal Cat Eyes: $6.29 USD
Potential Savings: $12-$19 USD
Rating: 95%

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2 Responses to "Beauty on a Budget: Eyes"

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  1. Jen

    November 16, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    You ROCK for making a post like this! I’m actually really surprised a lot of such cheaper products got that high of a rating. Makes me really happy – especially because I know you know your stuff and would not give out those ratings easily. $1 for eyelid primer!? Love it. Thank you for linking everything too. <3

  2. clairelower

    December 12, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    I don’t know how I missed this post before! I love e.l.f.. I have they’re eyebrow powder/gel combo and it works just as well as any of the expensive ones I’ve used. YAY CHEAPIE THINGS!


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