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8 Budget-Friendly Summer Favorites 2018 | Pink Dreams

Summer Favorites
Pink Dreams

There are so many products available these days, and I thought instead of just rounding up some of my favorites for summer that I would break it down into “sets” with themes, so this set of summer favorites, which I’ve called Pink Dreams, is driven by pinks and slightly cooler tones (instead of the traditional corals we see… and you’ll see those from me soon!). You can view all swatches of all products mentioned here.

Do you have any pink-y favorites that you love wearing in the summer time?  Share in the comments below!

While these are favorites I’ve enjoyed and would recommend, I hope each set I’ve put together also helps inspire you to try certain products, textures, or shades together. Every product I’ve mentioned I’ve reviewed, which means they also have a list of dupes, so you can check your stash for similar shades and put together your own Pink Dreams set with what you have. Pro tip:  refine results to products you have in your vanity (see this post for more info if you’re like, “Say what?”).


LELimited Edition. $16.00/0.36 oz.

Colour Pop You Had Me at Hello 12-Pan Pressed Shadow Palette ($18.00 for 0.47 oz.) is a slightly muted, warm-toned neutral palette with a mix of gold, copper, brown, and berry. Read full review.

PPermanent. $10.00/0.04 oz.

Sephora Flirting Game Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a "taupe." It's a dark taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones while the gray-ish cast is quite noticeable, so it almost looks cool-toned on top. Read full review.

PPermanent. $12.99/0.30 oz.

Milani Luminous Light Hypnotic Lights Powder Highlighter ($12.99 for 0.30 oz.) is a light pink with pink-to-lavender shifting, ultra-fine pearl paired with a satin finish. Read full review.

PPermanent. $10.00/0.15 oz.

Makeup Geek Rendezvous Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a bold, bright, medium-dark pinky-plum with subtle, cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. Read full review.

LELimited Edition. $4.99/0.19 oz.

Wet 'n' Wild Dare to Soar ColorIcon Baked Blush ($4.99 for 0.19 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark pink with warmer undertones and cooler, violet shimmer. Read full review.

PPermanent. $6.00/0.11 oz.

Colour Pop Double Agent Ultra Glossy Lip ($6.00 for 0.11 oz.) has a lavender-tinted base with flecks of lavender and blue sparkle. Read full review.

PPermanent. $8.00/0.14 oz.

Sephora Pineapple Express (21) Lipstories Lipstick ($8.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium purple with warm, pink undertones and a cream finish. Read full review.

PPermanent. $6.00/0.16 oz.

NYX Whipped Caviar Matte Lipstick ($5.99 for 0.16 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Read full review.

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my skin coloring leans medium/olive and I have strong dark brows so on me true pinks IMO don’t flatter me but I do love the fuchsias; for lipstick I’ve been wearing Bite Beauty Palomino (blotted), smallest dab of MACs Full Fuchsia blush with tons of mascara.

Ironically, I did a very pinky-purpley look yesterday! Used the purple, deep Berry and coral shades from UD BTR on my eyes with some KVD Thunderstruck on my inner lid blended into the dark purple, deepened crease with Punk. Threw MAC Mehr on my lips with a little Tarte RFOTS Fiji on TOP, and Smashbox Rosemantic and KVD Thunderstruck on cheeks. Then I proceeded to just sit home! 😂

You Had Me at Hello is such a great palette. I love your choices here.

My favorite summer budget-friendly (I guessed under $20 for the cut-off) pink-ish products:

*My very favorite to wear is Sephora Rouge Cream in Cougar. So much so that I bought back-ups when it was discontinued.

*Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Pop in Pink Shock, $3.50

*UD Sheer Rapture, $18

*UD Firebird, $18

*ColourPop SS Pigment in Slave2Pink (I wear it on my eyes), $5

*ColourPop Pretty Much Pressed Powder Pigment Palette, $12

*Wet n Wild ColorIcon Blush in Fantastic Plastic Pink, $2.99

*Sleek Makeup Blush in Pixie Pink $6.99

*Coastal Scents Revealed 3. It says $29.99 as the price, but it’s almost always on sale for $9.99 – $19.99.

*BH Cosmetics Blushed Neutrals – 26 Color Eyeshadow and Blush Palette, $16 (now on sale for $9). The product photo makes it look incredibly orange and warm, but in real life it’s lighter and cooler with mauves, pinks, and neutrals.

Pinks are tricky for me to pull off with my light, but warm, skin tone. Often red fuchsias work the best.

What I do like to rock in the summer on lips is either Hourglass Girl Stylo in Leader, or Bite Beauty Radish (Radish looks good year round.) For eyes I love Urban Decay Woodstock on the inner corners of my lash line, or Sephora Vampire Lovers, a pinky-plum, as a liner (done ombre style with a copper shadow liner.)

Pink on cheeks I can’t really pull off so well unless I am at my palest in winter.

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