Makeup Wars: The $30 Face

I’ve always prided myself on being the makeup lover who doesn’t HAVE to use higher-end cosmetics to achieve beautiful looks. I am very frugal with my money by nature and even when I have it, I don’t know…I don’t always feel inclined to spend a crazy amount of it on something disposable like…cosmetics. Which, I know, sounds crazy but I’ve tried to remain sensible in my older years.

Plowing through debt will do that to you.

That said, doing a makeup look and only using products that cost less than $30 was easy for me.

30 dollar face

But for the record, I’m omitting powders, primers and liners for the total cost of this face, mkay? The only way I would be able to include those and keep the face under $30 is if I rocked all Wet ‘n Wild and e.l.f every thang. And as much as I love those brands, I wanted to spice it up a bit for ya’ll. And so I used these products to achieve a pretty nice look.

Makeup prices
For the eyes, I used this sweet Limited Edition eye shadow palette from Wet ‘n Wild…

Wet n Wild eyeshadow palette

This sat in my “To Review” pile for the longest and I hate that I am just now pulling it out. That orange is fantastic and I would have loved for it to POP a bit more on my skin, but hey…we can’t have it all now, can we? There’s that pretty Sleek Bronze Block that I scooped up from Sleek a few weeks back.

Sleek Bronze Brick

And NYX’s Stacked mascara…

NYX mascara

Also, featured in its blurry goodness is COVERGIRL’s Smoochies in Tru Love. It’s a frosty mauve. I’ve been into frosts these days. Totally tapping into my high school years.

And the look…

Orange eyeshadow on brown skin
Clumps of Mascara

Let this be a lesson to you, girls. You don’t HAVE to spend a ton of money on makeup to achieve really nice looks. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I will still lust after things I can’t afford but it’s good to know that even after 7 years of blogging, I can still appreciate the drugstore babies.

Would you be able to crank out a look using products that totaled up to $30?

Check out what my fellow MU girls did…

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  • That palette looks beautiful on you.

  • That shadow is gorgeous on you!!!

  • Such a cute look! Love those eyes and the pix are too cute

  • so nice! while most of my makeup collection is from sephora, i totally appreciate that drugstore brands are really upping their game. you don’t have to spend a pretty penny on makeup anymore to get flawless, glam looks!

    • Brittany

      Exactly! I mean, don’t get me wrong. I do love my higher-end stuff, too. 😉

  • I am in love with this look. That palette looks amazing and your photos are beautiful! Great post and love the face under $30!!

  • I love your pics for a $30 face – especially that WnW trio!

  • Such a pretty look! I need that WnW palette. Love it!! And the Sleek palette is just so pretty!

  • Love it! And that pretty pumpkin colored shadow is calling me.

  • Your skin is GLOWING girl, great choices for a $30 face!

    • Brittany

      Thank youuuuu!

  • OOOO! I haven’t seen that Wet N Wild palette yet!

  • Sleek is such a great affordable brand – so happy to see them getting some love here! The look you created with the shadow trio is AMAZING! Love it.

  • That sleek palette looks great. I need to try that brand!

  • Great look, love the way you did your eyes!

    • Brittany

      Thank you, lovely!

  • I really like that orange shadow on you! I’m not sure I could pull that color off. What did you think of the NYX mascara? They have so many different versions, I can never decide.

    • Brittany

      They do have a lot, don’t they? It’s just okay. Meh. I’ve tried better.

  • Great every day look, love the pop of orange!

  • Beautiful look! I so wish I could find those WnW palettes.

  • Great choices for $30-worth makeup. I still have to try Sleek tho’. You look fabulous

  • So pretty!

  • Nice look. I love the shadow on you!