Top 10 Makeup $10 and Under

1)      Revlon Color Stay Makeup $10
This is a great foundation for any skin type! They make one for oily/combination and one for normal/dry skin. It gives you a decent amount of coverage without looking cakey. It stays put all day and does not rub off. The only downside to this is they tend to dry quickly, so you have to work in sections to get an even finish.

2)      Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips $9
These are SOOO much fun! Super easy to apply and they look great. I actually prefer these over more expensive, professional brands I’ve tried. They are easier to work with and last longer. Plus, they have a HUGE variety of designs to choose from. I got mine to last 5 days, which is something that does not happen for me with using my hands so much at my job. Tip: They last longest if you apply a tacky base coat before applying the stickers, then use a top coat to seal them in.

3)      Maybelline Eye Studio Color Explosion Shadow $9
These eyeshadows are so pigmented and there is color set for every occasion. From neutral to bright, these have it all, and a nice frosty finish. You can use the colors in the set with each other, or you can mix and match to create your own look.

4)      NYX Slide On Eye Pencil $8
As you may know, I am a Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner girl. I love their eye pencils and have always said there is no pencil quite as good. Well, I think they may have met their match! I’d say these are just as great, but for half the price! These slide on effortlessly and do not budge for the entire day, even on someone with oily eyelids like me.

5)      Revlon Color Burst Lip Butter $8
As you may already know, I love the Revlon Lip Butters. I own them in Strawberry Shortcake, Lollipop, and Peach Parfait.  I cannot get enough of Strawberry Shortcake! It’s a baby-pink, so girly, but not too bright so it’s perfect for everyday. It has become my go to lip shade. It’s the perfect consistency between and cream lipstick and a balm. Moisturizing but still great color payoff.

6)      Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush $7
When this product first came out, I thought it was too gimmicky. But so many people fell in love with the product so I finally jumped on the bandwagon a couple weeks ago. Once I stuck my finger in it, I was hooked! This should be called Dream Squishy Blush! It’s sort of a gel/mouse texture. I can’t explain the feeling; you’ll have to try it yourself! Not only is it fun to play with, but it also has nice pigmentation and glides smoothly across your cheeks and has a nice finish on the skin.

7)      Maybelline Define-A-Lash Mascara $7
I always say the brush is what makes the mascara great. The formula is important too, but that means nothing without a great brush. This mascara has both! Maybelline has the best mascaras in my opinion. Most drugstore mascaras are just as great as high end but for less than half the price. This mascara gives a more natural look, making what you have look a little longer and a little thicker. That’s the way I like it, but if you like very dramatic mascara, I’d recommend their Falsies Drama Mascara.

8)      Maybelline Color Tattoo $6
If you love MAC Paint Pots but hate the price, you will have a heyday with these! You can buy three of these for the price of one paint pot. I would recommend Bad to the Bronze, Tough as Taupe, and Bold Gold. They are neutral colors that are great for every day but can be built up for a smokey eye for evening. They are smooth and creamy, easy to apply (all except for Tough as Taupe, the only matte shade, it can be a little harder to work with than the others but totally worth it for such a unique, lovely color), and have great color payoff. There are also some fun, bright colors to play with if you like a pop of color on your eyes.

9)      Rosebud Perfume Co. Rosebud Salve $6
This is a great product because it is multi purpose. You can use it as an intense lip salve, or on your cuticles, elbows, knees, or any very dry spots on your body. It is also very soothing to irritated skin. It smells great, especially if you like roses. I’m not always huge on rose smells, but I love the way it smells!

10)  eos Lip Balm $3
Not only is this lip balm cute, it also smells great and is very moisturizing! It goes on smooth and comes in a variety of smells to suit your taste. Each smell, the egg shaped case is a different color. They are so fun to collect, and they are all natural and most of the ingredients are even organic, so you can feel great about owning them all!

What is your favorite beauty product that retails for under $10? Know of a good under $10 concealer? Let me know here, or on my personal blog, where I am still searching for the perfect one: sarahattruegold.blogspot.com


  1. The covergirl fresh cimpexion concealer ($4.94 at walmart) is great
    The Hard Candy Glamafloge concealer ($6 at walmart) is a good heavy duty concealer
    The Maybeline Cover Stick ($4.94 at walmart) is a good waterproof concealer
    The Mark Save the Day ($9 at meetmark.com) is a good anti acne concealer with 2% salicylic acid :)

  2. This made me want to run out and buy all new makeup...haha. Thanks for the suggestions! :)

  3. I love the eos lip balm!!! Have you tried Physicians Formula's concealer? This is the one I use. http://www.physiciansformula.com/en-us/productdetail/face/concealers/03056.html :)

  4. I have tried it. I love a lot of Physicians Formula products, but unfortunately I failed to be impressed with their concealers =(

  5. Thank you so much for the ideas! Make-up can be really expensive but the less expensive stuff doesn't always work as well! I love eos lip balm and use it all the time!

  6. Okay. :) It's not the best, but it works pretty good for me. :)



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