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Makeup for the College Budget

Makeup is an expensive investment, trust me I know. You might be thinking expensive makeup is worth it because it lasts longer and is better for your skin, but the problem is not everyone can afford name brand makeup. Being a college student, spending money on brand name makeup is not something I want to do or have the money to do. However, there are cheaper brands with that designer quality you’re looking for:

  1. ColourPop

If you’re a fan of the Kylie Jenner Lip Kit but don’t have the money for it, a brand that is just as good is ColourPop. A recent article has come out talking about how similar the two brands are
and how they are made with the same ingredients. ColourPop not only sells lip colors, but eyeshadows and highlighters too. The lipsticks range anywhere from $4.50 to $6, and the colors last all day long. To make it an even better deal, your first purchase is $5 off with a promo code.

2. NYX

NYX is known for their lip colors, but they also have many other great products. Their lip colors are highly pigmented and range around $5. What people like is the ‘Stay Matte But Not Flat’ formula. People like this specific formula for its full coverage and for not giving a “cakey” look.  Another good product from NYX is its Eyebrow gel; the gel is pigmented and a little bit will go a long way. Not only that, but the color blends well too.

3. Essence

Essence is a common European brand that is sold at Ulta. They have high quality products that do not cost as much as designer brands. Their waterproof gel eyeliner was an Allure Beauty winner. Essence is also easy to apply and blend. Plus, according to some beauty blogs, Essence lasts for a long time and is easy to remove.


4. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

This brand is known for its “professional” quality makeup. They come in smaller bottles, but the bottles will last awhile. They are worth it. It’s sold on Amazon and many people buy their Lip Tar.

5. Physicians Formula

This brand is all about product purity and quality. They even have products for sensitive skin and they are all hypoallergenic. A bonus to this product is that it’s all natural. All of their products are easy to use. Their products range in price and can go up to $25. Their concealer is a popular product that provides full coverage and is weightless and long-wearing. Physicians Formula can be found at Ulta.