Best Makeup on a Budget

Who doesn’t want to perfect their makeup game while not spending a fortune? Drugstore makeup has the reputation to be not the best quality and not worth the small price; however, this isn’t always the case.

VALLEY took a closer look at brands that are good quality for a fraction of the cost.

What is the difference between drugstore makeup and high-end products? Is the price of high-end makeup worth it? A contributing writer from Cosmopolitan, Brooke Shunatona, decided to test the difference between drugstore and high-end makeup. After testing each product, the majority of them looked the same with only some minor differences. She concluded with her experiment introducing that makeup should be what you want it to be, and the most expensive products aren’t necessarily the best.

Photo by Alea Tobin


To summarize my experiment, I would honestly recommend any of the products I tried to anyone. If you prefer to splurge on foundation, try the prestige option,” says Shunatona.  

You don’t have to splurge on every piece of makeup you have. However, if you choose to spend a good portion of money on a product, be sure it is something you plan to use often and something you know you will like. 

Maybeline SuperStar Matte Ink Lip Color ($9)

This product is conveniently sold at Ulta and various drugstores. The benefits of this product include a matte finish and long-lasting effect. Whether you prefer a natural or bold lip, there are color options for every person and every occasion. At only $9, this product is a fan-favorite dupe of the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, which retails for $20.

NYX Professional Makeup Color Correcting Palette  ($8)

This palette can be purchased at Target, Ulta or online. With a variety of colors to choose from, it is designed to help cover spots and highlight your best features. You can mix colors or use one, depending on your needs. Similar to Stila’s Correct & Perfect All-In-One Palette, which comes at the hefty price tag of $45, the NYX option is a perfect alternative for those on a budget.

Cover Girl Tru Blend Matte Made Liquid Foundation ($11.49)

This foundation can be purchased at Ulta, Target and most other drugstores. Some of its claims are being transfer-proof, having matte finish and covering a great range of shades. It is very similar to the cult favorite Fenty Beauty, which provides a full coverage and more shades than most foundations on the market. The only large downside is the price; $35 can be a lot to spend on one product for some. If you are interested in a similar product, consider giving the Cover Girl one a try.

Whether you prefer drugstore makeup or more expensive products, makeup should be an opportunity to express your own creativity.


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