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Makeup Basics: Splurge vs Steal Products

y Favorite Beauty Splurge vs Steal Products

Today for Makeup Wars we are sharing our favorite splurges and steals. I thought that rather than just showcasing a few items that are dupes, I would do something that a lot of readers have asked for via email lately, create a couple of complete makeup kits!

Here’s a peek at how I would create these kits, I’m going for a fairly neutral look, but with a fun, bright pink lip. In real life, I use a combination of products from each of these price points. When applying, note that I apply products in the order that I’ve listed them here, and I usually require 2 color correctors (green for any redness, pink/peach for undereye circles), though I don’t have a luxe version of the green. All of these products are ones that I have and use myself!

Luxe Makeup Bag Picks

1. Tinted Moisturizer: Yves Saint Laurent Top Secrets BB Cream Skintone Perfector
2. Color Corrector: Giorgio Armani Master Corrector
3. Concealer: Giorgio Armani Maestro Eraser Dark Circle Concealer
4. Powder: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Compact
5. Blush: Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blush
6. Shadow Primer: No Luxe Pick
7. Neutral Shadow Palette: Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in The Uptown Girl
8. Eye Liner: Charlotte Tilbury The Classic Eye Powder Pencil
9. Mascara: Chanel Le Volume Mascara
10. Brows: No Luxe Pick
11. Highlighter: RMS Beauty Living Luminizer
12. Bright Pink Lippie: Yves Saint Laurent Glossy Stain in 15 Rose Vinyl

Splurge Makeup Kit Basic Products


1. Tinted Moisturizer: IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+
2. Color Corrector: FACE Stockholm Corrective Concealer in Neutralizer Blue and Neutralizer Red
3. Concealer: Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer
4. Powder: NARS Pressed Powder
5. Blush: Urban Decay Afterglow Blush
6. Shadow Primer: Too Faced Shadow Insurance
7. Neutral Shadow Palette: Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Soft & Sexy Eye Shadow Collection
8. Eye Liner: Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner
9. Mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
10. Brows: IT Cosmetics Brow Power Super Skinny
11. Highlighter: NARS Highlighting Blush Powder in Albatross
12. Bright Pink Lippie: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Anarchy

drugstore makeup kit


1. Tinted Moisturizer: Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-In-1 Beauty Balm Skin Perfector
2. Color Corrector: Maybelline Cover Stick Concealer in Green
3. Concealer: L’oreal True Match Concealer
4. Powder: L’Oreal Paris Cosmetics Infallible Pro-Matte Powder
5. Blush: Maybelline New York Dream Bouncy Blush in Fresh Pink
6. Shadow Primer: NYX Cosmetics Eye Shadow Base
7. Neutral Shadow Palette: CoverGirl Roses TruNaked Eye Shadow Palette
8. Eye Liner: CoverGirl Liquiline Blast Eyeliner
9. Mascara: L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara in Blackest Black
10. Brows: L’Oreal Paris Cosmetics Stylist Definer Brow Liner
11. Highlighter: L’Oreal Paris Cosmetics True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator
12. Bright Pink Lippie: L’Oreal Paris Colour Caresse Wet Shine Lip Stain in Berry Persistent

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  1. 7.26.22
    Kristen Packard said:

    Hello, I was wondering if the Makeup Revolution
    Conceal & Hydrate Concealer was safe for pregnancy.
    Aqua (Water, Eau), Cyclopentasiloxane, Lauryl/Myristyl Benzoate, Isododecane, Silica, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cetyl PEG/PPG10/1 Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Quaternium-90 Bentonite, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Diisostearyl Malate, Sodium Chloride, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Propylene Carbonate, Caprylyl Glycol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl HydroxyhydroCInnamate, Euterpe Oleracea Sterols, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides).


    • 7.27.22
      Christine said:

      Safe for pregnancy and nursing