Not everyone can afford the prices of high-end cosmetic lines like Chanel, Dior, Estee Lauder, Lancome, MAC, etc. And there are many who do not want to spend a lot of money on cosmetics, either. This is a guide to help direct price-conscious consumers like yourself to cost effective products that actually work. Many more drugstore cosmetic lines are coming out with products that are made to mimic higher-end items.
There are several brands that offer great, more inexpensive alternatives for your cosmetic hauls. One of my favorites is called NYX, and I would consider it one of the best cosmetic lines I have tried and the price is right. Their eyeshadows are extremely pigmented, and several colors are perfect dupes compared to MAC’s! Shadow textures are lovely, and apply evenly and smoothly with little fuss. NYX offers single shadows as well as shadows in sets of three, blush, and various lipglosses and eye/lip liners. Prices generally range from $5-25 for most items they offer. I would say that the only drawback from buying NYX is that it is not often readily available at your nearest drugstore. They offer online, so that is always a good option for those who cannot find it in their local store.
Most drugstores carry low-budget lines: NYC and Wet ‘n Wild. Both offer full lines of cosmetics, including foundation, eyeshadows, bronzers, and travel-sized brushes. They also make fairly decent false eyelashes, which are perfect for anyone who wants a pair to try or those of us who often wear them once and throw them out. Far cheaper to buy these for one-time wear than MAC ones! While both of these lines are affordable, the quality is not near high-end brands.
Many high-end users supplement their collection with finds from Loreal Hip, Milani, which offers several identical dupes to MAC existing shadows. Loreal Hip Product they do offer gorgeous color choices, and even have loose color like MAC’s pigments. Some shadow colors are harder to work with than others, but many can be used with great success. These shadows are well-pigmented and apply smoothly, and again, these are perfect for anyone with a small budget. Similarly, Rimmel offers some quality products as well.
Just because you cannot afford or do not want to spend a lot of money on your makeup does not mean you will not be able to find quality products that fit within your budget, whatever it may be.
Keep it beautiful ^_^