Hey guys, I’m back with another post! I wanted to share some of my favorite makeup products that won’t break the bank.
So, here’s some backstory into my makeup journey. I was never one to wear makeup growing up. I was a swimmer growing up, so I had even less of an interest in having anything on my face outside of my cap and goggles. I always associated it with being high-maintenance in middle school because the stereotypical popular girls I went to school with would spend too much time touching up their lipgloss between classes. (I realize, now, as an adult that that was an ignorant viewpoint on makeup and I definitely don’t feel that way anymore)
Even after entering college and joining a sorority, my makeup routine stayed minimal. Like, eyeliner and mascara minimal. (Liquid liner scared me and I was too intimidated to figure out how to properly contour). I rarely wore make-up in college,with the exception of the occasional formal or dance competition.
I didn’t start actually getting into makeup until after I graduated college and started my first post-grad job. A few of my coworkers were really into Colourpop, a cosmetic company I had never heard of until 2016. Upon hanging out more and more with these coworkers, I started gaining an interest make-up.
I was inspired to not only buildup a collection, but transition into using solely cruelty-free options; I made sure to buy from companies that don’t test on animals or sell in countries where it’s required by law to test products on animals.
Luckily, many drugstores nowadays are incorporating more cruelty free products in their cosmetics sections so it’s a heck of a lot easier on your budget to shop cruelty free. I’m going to share some of my favorite drugstore cruelty free products that will not only get you excited to do your makeup, but will make your wallet happy too.
1. Elf Poreless Putty Primer — $8.00
When I was shopping at Target one day to restock on some products, I found myself looking around for a new primer. One of the sales associates working the beauty department suggested this product and let me tell you, I’m never going back. I love this primer.
I have terribly dry skin, so this primer is a dream. It’s incredibly moisturizing and really sets my face up to create a dewy finish. And it’s got quite a bit of product in a package. Plus, it’s only 8 dollars! Talk about getting a bang for your buck.
2. NYX Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Foundation ($14.99) & Concealer ($5.49)
I had to group these two together for obvious reasons. For a drugstore price, I find that both the foundation and concealer genuinely works for me. They’re buildable, and can go a long way. NYX’s Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Concealer and Foundation have one of the better shade ranges for drugstore brand foundations and concealers which is unfortunately still a rarity in the makeup world.
Here’s a link to snag your own
3. Essence Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner ($2.99)
I tried this after watching one of Tati Westbrook’s videos regarding some of the best and worst eyeliners. She was so pro-Essence when it came to their eyeliner and her rave review convinced me to try it out for myself. She wasn’t kidding, this one’s definitely a keeper — especially for the price point. It has a felt tip, so it’s definitely more flexible and easier to maneuver.
4. Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer — $7.69
First of all, this product smells so damn good. For real. Putting that aside, the product’s name says it all. It glideson like butter. It’s so smooth and blendable and makes any of us look like we have a natural tan. Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer has become a staple for me and I will never use another bronzer.
5. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream — $4.49
Call me trash for NYX, go ahead. (It’s true.) But, I’ve found that their products are amazing for the price of admission. Their soft matte lip creams are no different. I love the finish of this product, as well as the color/swatch selection. I love how smooth they are to apply and how they feel on my lips. It feels like I’ve got nothing on, which is a rare feeling for a liquid lipstick. But, don’t let that fool you. They’re definitely long-lasting while still remaining super hydrating.
If you want more information or resources on cruelty-free makeup, I can definitely turn this into a series. Just, let me know! In the meantime, check out blogs like Cruelty-Free Kitty or Logical Harmony for in-depth resources on how to become cruelty-free.
As always, I hope this inspires you and helps in any way, shape, or form. I’m definitely passionate about ethical beauty and make-up and I would love to document my continual journey if that’s something that interests you. Until then, signing off.