I love the discovery of cheap products that function well. I don’t want to buy very expensive makeup that would probably be predictably good, because
- I don’t wear makeup often.
- I have other purchases to make besides makeup.
- I should live below my means.
And I was surprised to find this works:
Nichido Eyeshadow (L) in Sugar Berry and Blush (R) in Sunkissed
Why I like them:
- Swipe your finger on the product in the pot and it feels smooth and finely-milled.
- Transfer of product on skin (not on brush) is immediate, ergo
- Color is solid and even: one swipe can be enough.
- Lasts: does not wear off or wipe off easily.
- No adverse reactions from skin.
L-R: saizen ellefar eyeshadow (darkest hue); nichido eyeshadow in sugar berry; nichido blush in sunkissed
THE Ingredients. (Sigh)
Of course, I may yet try this one by Human Heart Nature:
But I think the only thing good about it is THE Ingredients. (Sigh.) One review on their website confirmed what I always experience on a tester at cosmetic counters: it’s difficult to get any semblance of the color on the palette—you have to rub your finger repeatedly on the pan to get some color.
I think their blush has more promise:
On to other cheap but good, and cheap but not good:
The eyeshadow quad at right does not apply evenly AT FIRST, but definitely blendable with a brush:
top row of swatches: applied with a finger; bottom row, applied with finger and then blended with a brush
AND it doesn’t last, AND it had a metallic smell. Not to mention all the scary ingredients that are sadly quite common:
The foundation at left (three pictures above) came in a blister packaging but was discarded before I could take a photo. Anyway, this was the only kind that had ‘Chiffon Foundation’ printed on the compact. GOOD: applied with a brush, it left me with a light, smooth, even, and lasting finish/coverage. AND IT’S ONLY 88 PESOS (about 2 USD).
If I had known long before, I wouldn’t have bought this—my ONLY concession to expensive makeup (hehe, so far):
This is a refill that already cost me almost php2,000 (about 47 USD), because the one with a case was about php3,000 (about 70 USD)! — bought early this year.
AND THEN I checked their website just now, and the cased one is just USD31.00
What the bell?! I am so not in a good mood right now.
So, on with another great Nichido buy: their eyeliners. Namely:
top: mineral kohl pencil in ONYX; bottom: nichido minerals eye pencil in TIGER EYE
Goes on EFFORTLESSLY. No fear of pulling your skin just to get solid, continuous application. AND IT’S ONLY php138.
top swatch: Nichido minerals in tiger eye;
bottom swatch: NIchido mineral kohl in onyx
What not to buy in Saizen:
This time the product is MIA and I am left with the packaging. But take my word for it, it is almost like trying to
use drag a pencil that’s made to write on paper to draw a line on your skin. The words ‘drag’ and ‘skin’ shouldn’t even be used in the same sentence.
Aido seems good as well. Ever Bilena, not so much.
What I don’t like with these local inexpensive brands are their LIPSTICKS. They’re either too matte or too bright.
MORAL OF THE STORY: Makeup is like fashion. As long as it has the basic, proper elements— as with makeup, an even color/shade application/coverage; and with fashion, a nice fit and finish of the sewn details—and that you wear it with confidence, cheap can be tasteful.
I’d love to know what else is out there. (Elf is a bit overrated, I think.) Here’s to a frugal 2013!