Budget Monday ~ My Top 6 Budget Makeup Products (Indian Edition)


Hey everyone!

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.


My Top 6 Budget Makeup Products (Indian Edition)

My Top 6 Budget Makeup Products (Indian Edition)


My Top 6 Budget Makeup Products (Indian Edition)

My Top 6 Budget Makeup Products (Indian Edition)





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.


 Maybelline BB Stick/Garnier BB Cream

Maybelline BB Stick/Garnier BB Cream



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.


Lakme Eyeconic Kajal (Rs 199)

Lakme Eyeconic Kajal (Rs 199) 



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.


Colorbar Velvet Matte Lipsticks (Rs 225)

Colorbar Velvet Matte Lipsticks (Rs 225) 



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!

Bad to the Bronze and Bold Gold are my absolute MUST-HAVE shades from this range. Reviewed HERE and HERE.


Maybelline Color Tattoo  24 Hour eye shadow - Bad to the Bronze

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour eye shadow – Bad to the Bronze



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!


Nivea Fruity Shine lip balm ~ Pomegranate

Nivea Fruity Shine lip balm ~ Pomegranate 



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.


Rimmel Stay Matte powder - 009 Amber (Rs 195)

Rimmel Stay Matte powder – 009 Amber (Rs 195)

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!


[note color=”#FFE4C4″]Hope you found this post useful! Do let me know your budget favorites in the comments below! [/note]



  1. neha s.
    May 20, 2013 / 1:59 pm

    i definately love the bb stick, eyeconic kajal and the velvette mattes.. all repurchase materials 😉

  2. May 20, 2013 / 2:04 pm

    I love the eyeconic kajal and colorbar velvet lipsticks. They are good value for money

    • Navdha
      September 15, 2013 / 11:39 am

      Ya.. Lakme’s eyeconic kajal is awesome..

  3. May 20, 2013 / 2:05 pm

    I absolutely love the bb stick and the color tattoo eyeshadows.. I think I’m in a Maybelline phase right now.. I’ve loved everything that Maybelline has launched lately..

  4. Uzma Mohamid
    May 20, 2013 / 2:36 pm

    Nice post and iam longing to try the bb cream s will go for garnier as I got combination skin…snd the colorbar 24 hr eye tatoo also looking tempting will grab those soon
    P.S ..I love ur blog

  5. Rima
    May 20, 2013 / 3:41 pm

    i love the garnier bb cream and the nivea lip balm.

  6. Aliya
    May 20, 2013 / 5:05 pm

    The Maybelline BB Stick is fantastic. Amazing coverage without being OTT.
    Lakme Eyeconic Kajal and the Nivea Lipbalm is on my list 😀

  7. Nishi
    May 20, 2013 / 5:07 pm

    I was wondering if bb stick is actually a concealer or a make base.
    I m looking for a nice Concealer for my under eye circles n blemishes. Can u plss suggest some.

    And what wud u do if ur lips are chapping and u want them to look perfect, and not messed up (wen u apply lipstick).

  8. May 21, 2013 / 12:11 am

    I so want to try Maybelline BB stick.Heard so many good things about it. Couldn’t find it in US though. Rimmel stay matt and color tattoos are great and Nivea pomegranate reminds me of my school and collage days..the only make-up I wore that time 🙂

  9. sushmamurthy
    May 21, 2013 / 9:18 am

    my day starts and ends with nivea lip balm.. i’ve hardly used my maybelline collosal kajal coz it makes my waterline dry, now i m using lakme abslt. kohl.

  10. Nandini
    May 21, 2013 / 2:33 pm

    Like I told you the BB stick broke me out. 🙁
    Eyeconic is my fav too! Though,I have begun to like Baby lips more than Nivea these days 😉

  11. May 21, 2013 / 11:53 pm

    I love the products you’ve chosen. I like the Garnier BB cream a lot but I feel it tends to make my skin a bit greasy.. even though I have dry skin (?!) but can’t find fault with it otherwise. I absolutely love eyeconic kajal too, it’s amazing. Colossal kajal smudged and gave me panda eyes :/ as for Nivea lip balms, I completely used up the strawberry one and I just bought pomegranate! 😀 love it!
    I bought Colorbar’s velvet matte lipstick in Sultry Pink for my mom after seeing your review (Sunday swatch gallery) She loves it 😀
    Great posts all in all, can’t think of any other product that should’ve been in this 🙂

  12. Nishi
    May 22, 2013 / 4:24 pm

    Colorbar is my fav brand when i comes to Budget Lipsticks,
    I just Bought an Orange and Over the top to add in my collection. 🙂

  13. Joo
    July 30, 2014 / 6:09 pm

    I HV used some of these products & their performance is really good.. Garnier BB cream, lakme eyeconic kajal & Maybelline color tatoos are really good .. Next time I ll also purchase nivea lip balm…

  14. Joo
    September 10, 2014 / 9:47 am

    Using color tatoos & just bought nivea lip balm in strawberry that really irritates my nose…

  15. Joo
    September 10, 2014 / 5:59 pm

    I didn't found rimmel till nw..

  16. sophia
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  17. sophia
    October 17, 2014 / 7:31 pm


  18. sophia
    October 17, 2014 / 7:32 pm

    Thanks Ankita

  19. apeksha
    January 8, 2015 / 6:29 pm

    I have the colorbar peach crush and like you I love it too.

  20. apeksha
    January 8, 2015 / 6:30 pm

    Nivea pomegranate is my fav too.

  21. August 18, 2016 / 9:08 pm

    Great post!
    However I would like to add one more to the list and that is Colorbar Cheekillusion Blush, Peachy pink

    It gives a natural glow on your face and makes your cheeks look fuller.

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