Budget-Friendly Eyeshadows & Eyeliners | 2014 Editor’s Favorites

I feel like this was the year of the eyeliner when it came to choosing my favorite budget-friendly eye products. It was hard not to make a list just for eyeliners, because there were so many amazing shades to choose from!

What were your favorite budget-friendly eyeshadows and eyeliners this year?

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My faves for liner would also be from Sephora – Diving in Malaysia, Tango Night, Snakeskin Dress (actually, ALL the ones I’ve purchased from the Contour and Retractable lines, and their Jumbo pencils, which I use as shadows and shadow bases. For budget eyeshadows, again it would be Sephora’s powder shadows (I think I have 4 or 5 of them) and Inglot (420 and 434 were my 2014 additions).

From this list, I don’t have only three items: ColourPop I Heart This, Sleek Arabian Nights Eyeshadow Palette and Makeup Geek Mesmerized.
This proves that TEMPTALIA reign absolute as my biggest guide and reference point to my makeup choices.

I didn’t have too many budget-friendly eyeshadows this year, but I’m really looking forward to purchasing MUG Jester Foiled eyeshadow, sometime in the future.

*hyperventilates, lying on floor, cradling Sleek Arabian Nights Palette, eyeballing Simbad’s Seas adoringy as family members look on, concerned*


I love Makeup Geek eyeshadows! Great quality and really affordable! My favorites are Drama Queen, Last Dance, Twilight and Rockstar.

Inglot is anonther budget-friendly favorite. Love the huge shade selection.

Love the Sephora and L’Oreal eyeliners. I think their range is stunning and they are often better than the high end products (I’m looking at you UD!). Great colours and very easy to wear.

Thanks for sharing this amazing list.. sadly I haven’t tried any of this but I have added Makeup Geek eye shadows, Sleek Palette and Sephora, L’Oreal liner in my wishlist! 🙂

I found out about Morphe cosmetics and they have wonderful eyeshadows and brushes. The eye shadows are so pigmented and the single pans are only $2 each!!!

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