Where to Purchase Affordable Makeup
With the increasing popularity of makeup tutorials, reviews and hauls on YouTube and blogs, it can sometimes feel as if high-end makeup products are over-hyped. Most often, high-end products and brands are similar in quality to those of low-end brands that can be found online and in drug stores. This hub will provide you a list of these stores, as well as ways in which you can purchase a few items that can serve a variety of purposes, rather than purchasing many products.
Drug stores are a great place to find affordable makeup. Brands such as L'Oréal, Maybelline, Physician's Formula, E.L.F., Rimmel, Annabelle, Wet N Wild, NYX and The Color Institute are all available at drug stores. Most of their products can be purchased under $20 with most of the items averaging $5-10. This is the easiest and quickest way to find and purchase affordable makeup as drug stores can be found in almost any town or city. They are especially great if you are looking for basic makeup products. However, if you're looking for other products offered by these brands, or a bigger colour selection, searching online will allow you to find what you're looking for.
Makeup Stores Online
There are many stores online that carry affordable makeup brands and sometimes even sell them cheaper than the drug store. If you don't mind waiting for it to be shipped to you, shopping online may be perfect for you. Stores such as Cherry Culture and Coastal Scents offer makeup brands that aren't commonly found in drug stores, while stores such as Beauty Joint and Ebay carry more popular brands. It all depends on what you're looking for, but you might find something new along the way.
Online Makeup Stores
- Coastal Scents
Makeup addicts, are you on a tight budget, however do not want to compromise quality? We provide top quality for an affordable price.
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- Cherry Culture Makeup Cosmetics : Bloom, Eyeko, Juice Beauty, MOR, NYX, Playboy, Splash, Sugar, Tint
Cherry Culture is the new way to buy makeup. Amuse Cosmetics, Beauty Blender, Bloom Cosmetics, Bratz, Crazy Rumors , Dianne Brill Lip Lingerie, Eyeko Beauty, Freeze 247, Fresh Scents Terri, Girlactik Beauty, Jelly Pong Pong, Juice Beauty, Kitten Vixe
Handmade Cosmetics on Etsy
If you are looking for makeup that is handmade and doesn't use a lot of harsh chemicals, Etsy is an online store that allows users to sell things that they have made. Many Etsy sellers make soaps, sugar body scrubs, mineral eyeshadows, foundations and more. The prices are often very reasonable and sometimes you can ask the seller to create a custom colour for you. It's a lot more personal than purchasing from larger stores because you have the opportunity to speak with the creator of these products, and you're able to find out exactly what ingredients they use in their products.
Purchase in 'Bulk'
It might seem weird to purchase makeup in bulk, but in the long run, it will save you money. This doesn't mean buying large quantities of product, but rather finding palettes and sets that offer many colours. For instance, the palette in the first photo above is from The Color Institute and contains 80 eyeshadows and 70 lip glosses. It cost $14.99 and is available at Shopper's Drug Mart. One NYX eyeshadow typically costs around $4, and although it contains more product than one eyeshadow from the palette, $4 is about a fourth of the total cost getting 80 eyeshadows from the Color Institute. Quality-wise, the NYX eyeshadows are great while the eyeshadows from The Color Institute range depending on the colour. It all depends on how much you are willing to spend.
You can find combination sets as well that offer eyeshadows, lip colours, blushes, bronzers, brushes and more. Many brands offer these types of sets such as NYX, The Color Institute, E.L.F. and Coastal Scents.
When to Purchase Combination Palettes
Though a lot of these palettes can be found year round (like the ones from NYX and E.L.F.), special combination sets come out around Christmas time and are even cheaper than purchasing them during the year.
For example, The Color Institute palettes are almost always sold only during the months before Christmas.
If you'd still like to try high-end makeup, there are stores online that sell samples of these products so that you can try them out. The most popular type of makeup sample for sale are the mineral/pigment samples. You can try out high-end pigments from brands such as MAC, SugarPill and Ben Nye for about $3-4 per sample. They come in small jars and contain about 1/4 tsp of product. It doesn't sound like much, but these samples go a long way and enable you to try many colours and brands without purchasing the full-size.
Pigment Samples Online
- Pigments - Eyes
- MAC Pigment Samples | Eyeshadow Samples - Cosmetic Pigments
If you're looking for MAC pigment samples, eyeshadow samples, or other cosmetic pigments, shop at the Beauty Sampler for the best variety!
Purchasing products that can serve several purposes is a great way to save money. For instance, blushes and be used as eyeshadows and vice versa. The same can be said of bronzers. Frosty light-coloured eyeshadows can work as highlighters and lipsticks can work as cream blushes. Foundations can be used as concealers and clear mascaras can be used as eyebrow gel. Have fun with makeup and maybe you'll discover other ways to use your favourite products!