Like many people these days, I’m on a super tight budget, with little room for frivolous expenditures. Times are rough!
So, while on a regular shopping trip for home basics at the 99 Cent Only Store,Iwent to the beauty aisle and had a thought – what’s up with these cheapies anyway? Do they work? Can these products create an acceptable makeup look for the most discerning beauy junkie?
We shall see.
In the name of experimentation, I left the store with $12 worth of makeup, pretty much everything I would need for a complete daytime look. The only thing missing was concealer, because I couldn’t find an appropriate shade for my skin tone, as well as brow powder, because I couldn’t find any kind of product that would work for this purpose.
They had a hodgepodge of different brands, but I mostly chose Aziza since this was the brand that had shades that seemed compatable with my medium olive skin tone. The challenge I set was to use these products and these only to create the look. The store I visited sold brushes, but I opted to use the applicators that came with the makeup.
Foundation: I chose the Aziza Foundation Powder, because I figured it would be easiest to get a good color match with this variety.Worked nicely, but I definitely could have used some more coverage.
Blush: An Aziza peachy duo, I used the lighter shade.
Eyes: Used the foundation as a primer, and did a three-shade application using an Aziza palette and a no-name palette.
A vanilla shade on the browbone, a melon shade on the lid, and a brown shade in the crease, using the sponge-tip applicators for this purpose. Pigmentation of these colors wasn’t bad at all, much to my surprise. I think I would have been even more pleased if an actual primer had been involved.
I lined my upper and lower lash lines first with the forest green gel liner from Loreal’s HIP line, and am so in love with it, actually, that I am going back for more! To top, I used a thin line of liquid liner, and I can’t say I was too pleased with the liner because the brush was a little too thin for my liking. Topped with Aziza mascara, which is ok, but more of a lengthening formula and I prefer volumizing mascara.
Lips: The 99 Cent Only Store is heavy on Bonne Bell Lip Smackers, but I chose a fun little ring pop filled with lip gloss. The color was actually great! Pigmented and moisturizing. Too bad the ring didn’t fit on any of my fingers!
The end result? Not half bad!
I could definitely have used concealer and a couple more things, but I’m glad to say the makeup lasted for an afternoon of baby wrangling. I’m officially impressed.
So, if you’re in need of new colors, the 99 Cent Only Store is a great resource for trying colors, without making an expen