I am the type of person that could spend their entire paycheck in Sephora (it has happened before). I love make-up and am always looking for the next best thing.
Over the years, I have tried just about everything.
That being said, I have found through personal experience, cheap make-up that works just as well as the high-end, expensive, name brand make-up.
Out of every product I’ve tried here are my favorites (and what I use right now):
I have acne, so I need a full coverage foundation to cover it up.
Two years ago I discovered this gem from Maybelline New York and I have been using it ever since.
Try: Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse
$9.79 at Maybelline.com
A sponge comes with it so no need to buy a makeup brush or sponge!
Before I discovered Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse, I used to use Bobbi Brown’s liquid foundation.
$47.00 at bobbibrowncosmetics.com
Instead of: MAC Bronzing Powder
$24.00 at maccosmetics.com
Try: Rimmel London Natural Bronzer
$5.29 at kmart.com
Instead of: NARS Powder Blush
$29.00 at Sephora.com
Revlon Powder Blush
Instead of: Lancôme Complete Coverage Concealer
$30.00 at Sephora.com
Try: Bare Minerals Correcting Concealer
$20.00 at bareescentuals.com
It’s not as cheap as the other products I’m recommending, but it’s worth it! It lasts a long time and it’s great at covering up acne.
Instead of: MAC False Lashes Mascara
$20.00 at maccosmetics.com
Try: Maybelline Volum’ Express Falsies Waterproof Mascara
$7.49 at cvs.com
Out of all of my make-up findings, this one shocked me the most. I actually couldn’t believe that this mascara works exactly like the MAC one I used to use.
Instead of: Lancome
$24.50 single color
5 shadow palate
$49.00 at lancome-usa.com
Try: Maybelline Color Plush Silk Eye shadow
$9.99 at Maybelline.com
I’m obsessed with Maybelline’s purple eye shadow palette
From one broke bargain-loving college girl to another, I encourage you to try one of these products when you’re shopping for some new make-up, because who doesn’t like spending less for something that looks just as good?!