On the Budget Mondays feature today, I have a compilation of my favorite Budget makeup products! Previously, I’ve done these kind of posts under the titles budget beauty or makeup for beginners/college students etc. but since my last post, I’ve discovered some new products that deserve a place in this list.
1. Maybelline BB Stick/Garnier BB Cream (Rs 250/Rs 99)
I love the coverage, finish and longevity of the Maybelline BB stick, BUT I hate the shade selection. I have to ‘mix’ the 2 shades Radiance and Fawn to get my perfect shade but I feel that defeats the purpose of a quick fix product. I still like it a lot though and would recommend it to women with oily skin. Reviewed HERE.
The Garnier BB cream is effortless to blend as well but is a little sheerer and feels water based though not too runny or thin. It gives a soft glow to my skin and evens it out. Reviewed HERE. Can work for all skin types.
Since these 2 are products in the same category, I’ve grouped them together. You can take your pick depending on your skin type and the kind of coverage/finish you’re looking for.
2. Lakme Eyeconic Kajal (Rs 199)
This is the only kajal I’ve used up completely (though I used it more as a liner than kajal!). I love it! Its soft and creamy in texture, fairly smudgeproof and stays on well. Priced at Rs 199 its pricier than Maybelline Colossal (Rs 150) but the Colossal Kajal stings my eyes a little so I avoid using it. You can read my full review HERE.
3. Colorbar Velvet Matte Lipsticks (Rs 225)
I think the Colorbar Velvet Matte lipsticks are just fantastic! They may not be super creamy and smooth but they are very pigmented and stay on very well. You can always use a little lip balm to counteract the slightly drying matte finish. I love the shade selection of this range – nudes, fuchsias, pinks, oranges, corals, reds – this range has everything! See shades Peach Crush, Oh My Magenta and Over the Top.
4. Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour eye shadows ~ Bold Gold, Bad to the Bronze (Rs 350)
These are my go-to eye shadows when I’m in a hurry! Powder eye shadows don’t stay on that well on my lids without a primer underneath and for some reason, I always end up skipping eye primer while doing my makeup. With these Maybelline eye shadows, I get about 4-5 hours of solid wear after which they begin to crease/fade a little. But still good enough!
5. Nivea Fruity Shine lip balm ~ Pomegranate (~ Rs 130)
I have loved this product for years now! Its moisturizing and has the prettiest tint that works great for pigmented lips. I know a lot of people love this, if you’ve not tried it out – you’re missing something!
6. Rimmel Stay matte powder (Rs 195)
I’ve been reading such rave reviews about this one and initially I just didn’t get what all the fuss was about! It doesn’t do anything miraculous to the skin – its pretty sheer and works decently well as a setting powder though it doesn’t give me any more oil control than some of the pricier powders I’ve tried. Don’t expect miracles but its a nice powder and delivers well for its price.
I’ve not included any international brands that are not available in India (eg. Sleek, MUA, ELF, Wet n Wild) so that you can pick one of these easily in India if you like! I intend on doing an ‘International Edition’ of this feature soon!