Makeup Wars: The $30 Face

| August 18, 2014 | 24 Comments

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
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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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  1. That palette looks beautiful on you.
    All Lacquered Up recently blogged about The $30 Face Makeup Challenge – Makeup WarsMy Profile

  2. Gouldylox says:

    That shadow is gorgeous on you!!!

  3. Allison says:

    Such a cute look! Love those eyes and the pix are too cute
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  4. Aunie says:

    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!
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  5. I am in love with this look. That palette looks amazing and your photos are beautiful! Great post and love the face under $30!!
    Jamie @ Makeuplifelove recently blogged about Beauty Behind The Blog: Justina’s GemsMy Profile

  6. BeautyJudy says:

    I love your pics for a $30 face – especially that WnW trio!
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  7. Amber says:

    Such a pretty look! I need that WnW palette. Love it!! And the Sleek palette is just so pretty!
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  8. Love it! And that pretty pumpkin colored shadow is calling me.
    Cosmetics Aficionado recently blogged about Milani Bella Espresso, Bella Bronze, Bella Purple, Bella VioletMy Profile

  9. NORAH says:

    Your skin is GLOWING girl, great choices for a $30 face!
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  10. Eugenia says:

    OOOO! I haven’t seen that Wet N Wild palette yet!
    Eugenia recently blogged about Makeup Wars $30 FaceMy Profile

  11. Maria Gabriela says:

    That palette looks great! Good job on the look!

  12. Bailey says:

    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.
    Bailey recently blogged about Makeup Wars: $30 Face ChallengeMy Profile


  13. That sleek palette looks great. I need to try that brand!
    Christa aka Perilously Pale recently blogged about The $30 Face Makeup Look | Makeup WarsMy Profile


  14. Great look, love the way you did your eyes!
    Cindy (Prime Beauty) recently blogged about Makeup Wars $30 Face of the Day Challenge!My Profile


  15. 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.
    Nidia – Lit From Within recently blogged about I Know Why Superheroes Wear MasquesMy Profile

  16. Miranda says:

    Great every day look, love the pop of orange!
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  17. Sheila says:

    Beautiful look! I so wish I could find those WnW palettes.
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  18. Great choices for $30-worth makeup. I still have to try Sleek tho’. You look fabulous
    Kath TheFabZilla recently blogged about Fall/Winter 2014: Givenchy Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Mat Lip Color 207 Rose PlumetisMy Profile

  19. Leelo R says:

    So pretty!
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  20. Carleen says:

    Nice look. I love the shadow on you!
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