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*Colour Pop!! If I had to start my stash all over again, I would start with Colour Pop –basically buy almost everything on their website because it’s all excellent quality (shadows, blushes, liners, highlighters, lipsticks, lipliners, etc) and dirt cheap, then fill in the gaps with other brands.
*For specific product, WNW Fergie Take on the Day Eye Primer– a total game changer for me. I spent a small fortune on eye primers before finding this one. Without it, I wouldn’t be able to wear many of my shadows, I stockpiled tubes before it got DC’d. Let’s hope the new Photo Focus formula is same or better

I’ve heard that while Fergie’s contract with WnW is ending, the eye primer isn’t being discontinued. It’ll be repackaged.

Yep, that WNW Fergie was a kickass eye primer AND dirt cheap!! I tried +20 eye primers/cream bases (no joke), all failed, before finding that one, and then they DC it! WT*#%*??? I haven’t tried the new one yet, but we’ll see………

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Darn! Well, I was going to go looking for it because I’m struggling finding a good one. Well, I do love Nars . But, I feel like I run through it too quickly.

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Wet n Wild is bringing out another e/s primer. Rumor has it that it’s the Fergie primer with her name taken off, but I don’t know if that’s true. It’s such a good formula, it would be stupid of WnW to change it.

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Ooh, thanks for the tip Rachel! I’m definitely going to keep a look out for it. It’s worth a shot at least at those prices! 🙂

I agree with you on the WNW Fergie primer. I reach for it more than my Urban Decay. So sad it’s DC’d.

It does have a faint faint scent I’d have to look into the ingredients which they don’t list on the bottle 🙁

Thanks! A faint scent sounds like it will probably be fine. I have no idea what ingredient is a problem for me–I just know I can’t use Guerlain products near my eyes. It makes me so sad! I will try the Bourjouis Happy Light Foundation–I’m so pleased to hear it is similar to Lingerie de Peau! Thank you!

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Bourjois is soooo good in general (obviously with exceptions). I bought a ton of their stuff when I was in Canada for university, and now that I’m back in the states I’m so glad I can get it on Feel Unique and a few other sites.

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Bourjouis is a great brand – I wish they were sold in stores in the States! I don’t mind buying online, but it’s basically a guess at the colors, especially foundation.

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I have just bought blushes from Amazon. Not ideal since they are not authorized vendors, but I have been able to get a selection of colors at okay prices. Good luck!

Oh, I have to try it. I love Bourjous foundations so i’m curious. Healthy mix is my favorite but I haven’t tried the Happy Light one.

WnW Fergie Take On The Day Eye-shadow Primer and also, their Reserve Your Cabana bronzer which is my *perfect* setting powder. I’m a huge fan of the Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick line as well. Colourpop has become a favorite for me this year. Lots of great budget goodies!

I also use WnW Reserve Your Cabana bronzer. I always pick up one or two when Rite Aid has their 40% off sale on WnW!

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Sephora Waterproof Lip Liner (the clear one), Sephora Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof eyeliners,and Real Techniques brushes.

Wet’n Wild Fergie Eyeshadow primer for sure. Also really like the NYX Wonder Pencil. I have an uneven lipline and using this to give me a sharper edge and makes everything look so much better. And Essence Gel Liner in 01. It’s THE best.

My favorite drugstore product is Revlon’s balm stains ($9) and the cheapest product I use is elf’s clear mascara ($2). The best surprise is Essence’s Silky Touch blush ($3). It has nice pigmentation in a forgiving, skin-friendly formulation.

I don’t really discriminate when it comes to lower and higher end brands. Good and bad products in both. To me it is about ingredients and a lot of lower end and higher end brands are owned by the same parent company anyway. As for budget brands, I love the following:

Loreal infallible e/a
Loreal silkissme eyeliner
Infallible foundation
Maybelline lash sensational mascara
Revlon l/s
Maybelline color tattoo e/s pots
Maybelline Master Fix setting powder
Essie nail polish
Opi nail polish
Nyx HD blush
Rimmel Scandal eyes e/l
Rimmel provacalips liquid lip
Real Technique brushes
Elf brushes
Earth Therapeutics blender

Just to name a few?

I mentioned these recently in another post here, but La Femme blushes. Great colors, loaded with pigment, for around $5. I have a little problem with “over collecting” them. More blush is the last thing I need, but it’s hard to say no to $5 blush!

I also love the lip balm stains from Wet n’ Wild and Jordana.

Definitely the ELF Matte lip colors. They are only $3 and wear really well on me. I started with a nude, and was so impressed, I keep buying them up as I find new colors.

Only warning is to maybe not start with the shade Tea Rose unless you check out swatches first. I personally like the color, but a lot of folks on reddit were surprised at its grayish purple undertones, despite it looking close to a nude shade.

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The Revlon Photoready and Colorstay line! Love their pressed powders, very comparable to the high-end stuff. Honourable mention for the L’oreal Le’teint True Match foundation which I LOVE but don’t use much anymore because I usually wear bb creams nowadays. It’s a great lightweight foundation that lasts all day and has medium-full coverage with a demi-matte finish.

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I feel like ColourPop has really changed the game as they’re more “mid-range” quality with a low-end price, and all the other brands are having to up their game to compete. Thank you ColourPop!

For me that’s the L’oreal Lumi Cushion foundation. It’s the first budget foundation that suits all my needs. The colour is a pretty good match, the dewy finish right up my alley and it stays on pretty well! Before this foundation the only match I could find was NARS Sheer Glow. So my wallet is very happy right now. I know the cushion contains less foundation but I don’t use a lot at all so that’s okay 😉

Have you tried the L’Oreal True Match Lumi? I love that stuff. Also a gorgeous dewey finish, so easy to apply, stays on well (esp if you set it).

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The night cream I use – it’s Eucerin Co Q 10 and I think it says something about sensitive skin or something like that. Also the L’Oreal Infallible eyeshadows, WnW Reserve Your Cabana “bronzer”, Comfort Zone, Nutty and the now discontinued Vanity eyeshadows along with some of the 3-pan ones, Coty loose powder and mattifying powders from Essence and Rimmel. That’s more than one, but those are all such great and inexpensive products.

I agree with the Wet n Wild eyeshadow in Nutty!!!I have been using it since high school. It is the perfect taupe. The Wet n Wild shadow in Brulee is also amazing.

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I have one but it’s not makeup, it’s eye makeup remover.

I used to use a Clinique one but I decided to try Nivea Daily Essentials Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover and it’s really good! And it’s much, much cheaper- £3.89 for 125ml (although I always get it cheaper online) compared to Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips at £17 for only 100ml.

It’s a big saving, especially since it’s something I use every day. That money is better used elsewhere! Although I can’t guarantee that it won’t be used to buy makeup. ?

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#1 absolute favorite is CoverGirl Lash Blash Mascara. I also really like Maybelline’s Master Conceal and Fit Me! concealers. Oh – and of course Real Techniques brushes! The blush brush is one of my very faves.

Hi Julia! I’ve read quite a few articles in which people say they use the Real Techniques blush brush for bronzers, contouring and face powders but not for blush due to the size of the brush. Your thoughts??

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Hi Susan! The blush brush is on the larger, fluffier side so I think it is great for getting a nice diffused blush look, and I’m sure it would work great for bronzer and all-over powder. The shape is sort of elongated/ oval (rounded taper?) so you can concentrate the application a little bit if you’re careful and get into smaller pans of powder. But, I don’t think this would work well for contouring since it’s so fluffy and flexible. I think they make an angled brush that would work for contouring, but I don’t have that one. Hope that helps!

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Several CeraVe products are great for my sensitive skin, and the price is excellent if I get them at Target, or at Ulta or CVS with coupons. I love CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser in the morning, when I’m just washing off some skincare products and a night’s worth of oil. It’s totally non-irritating; even Neutrogena Hydrating Cleanser and Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser irritate my face. I also love their PM face moisturizer and their moisturizing cream for hands. Their eye cream is also very good.

I agree! Beautipedia lists CereVe products with a 5 star rating, based on their ingredients and gentleness to the skin. I use the cleanser, the AM and PM moisturizers, and the body cream in a jar. The products are easy to find, way cheaper than other skin care lines and good for your skin. Can’t beat that!

I also agree 100%. Love all the CeraVe products, especially since I have very sensitive skin. It works terrific.

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Agreed. Cerave is amazing– I always have to have these from Cerave: Hydrating Cleanser, Foaming Cleanser (I sometimes mix both), moisturizing lotion, AM, PM, and Moisturizing Cream. Going to try the healing ointment next–hear it is better than aquaphor.

Not a fan of Neutrogena either–I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on that brand trying things for my sensitive skin and things are either average or irritate my skin. I honestly wouldn’t miss Neutrogena if it disappeared.

The best Budget beauty discovery for me so far was the L’oreal True Match foundation, not the classic one but the one designed for Asian skin or something. I love love love it. The very subtle gold shimmers are a selling point for me. Super in love with it. My only problem is with the staying power but with it being this cheap, can’t complain.

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