Top 10 Makeup Buys for Under $10

Walking up and down the aisles of a makeup store, looking at all the brightly colored eyeshadows, lipsticks and blushes can make a girl feel like a kid in a candy store…until you look the prices.

Trying to find quality makeup at reasonable prices can be quite an intimidating task at best. Inevitably, you can begin to feel somewhat disheartened at the thought of never finding a good product at a reasonable price!

However, finding a quality product for a sensible price isn’t that difficult if you know what you are looking for. We know you don’t want to spend a lot of money on quality makeup, so to help you out we have put together a list of the top 10 things you will want to have in your makeup collection all under $10 USD.

Milani Liquify Eyeliner

Price: $5 – $7
Where to Buy
Amazon , eBay

These remarkable eyeliners are very highly pigmented and very smooth. These are comparable to Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide on Pencils. They have remarkable staying power but glide on smoothly without budging. They are highly pigmented so a little goes a long way.

They work wonderfully in the waterline of the eye as well.  These range in prices from $5.99 USD to $7.99 USD. Another great alternative is the L’Oreal Hip Eyeliners which retail for approximately the same amount.


ELF Bronzer/Blush Duo

Price: $3
Where to Buy: Target, Drugstore, Amazon

The quality of ELF’s inexpensive products can be hit or miss.  However, If you are looking for a good bronzer and blush duo that will complement each other perfectly for a reasonable price than look no further.

This is a nice duplicate of the Nars Blush & Bronzer Duo. The blusher in the Elf duo leans toward the peachy-coral tone and is reminiscent of NARS Orgasm blush which complements the bronzer beautifully. These are perfect for those of your with fair to medium skin tones.

Both the bronzer and the blush are highly pigmented and have a slight shimmer to them, perfect for summer! This retails for approximately $3.00 USD at Target.


Coastal Scents Camo Quad Concealer

Price: $7.89
Where to Buy
:  Makeup Geek Store

These amazing little quads come in four shades, light, medium, and dark. The concealer quads come with a white for highlighting and three shades that can be mixed to achieve your perfect shade. All the shades are very creamy and smooth.

The velvety hues are medium to full coverage and will hide even the most problem areas. They will work well under the eyes because they aren’t so thick they will become cakey and perfect for blemishes because it’s does not have a liquid texture.

These are perfect for dropping in a makeup bag and taking with you on the go for quick touch ups. All of these can be purchased in the Makeup Geek store for $7.89 USD.


Palladio Rice Powder

Price: $4.89
Where to Buy:
Ulta,  Makeup Geek Store

This face powder comes in a loose powder form and is triple milled for an easier application and a silky finish. It helps to control the oils produced by your skin throughout the day without becoming cakey which is especially great since we are now in the hot summer months.

The powder doesn’t leave a chalky appearance on your skin, but instead settles into it giving you flawless appearing skin. It works just as well as other high end powders without breaking the bank. It comes in 3 shades; natural, translucent, and warm beige. You can purchase this for $4.89 USD at Ulta and the Makeup Geek store as well.

Ardell False Lashes

Price: $3.99
Where to Buy
: Drugstores,  Makeup Geek Store

Used by everyone from makeup pros to beginners, these are without question the best lashes on the market. What’s great about these specific lashes are the base is completely invisible which gives them the appearance of looking more natural. They are lightweight and easy to apply.

They come in a variety of styles such as natural, glamour, dramatic, individual, and even ones with rhinestones. Regardless of which type you choose, the ability of these lashes to look and feel real is amazing. The only thing better than the quality of these eye-catching lashes is their amazing price.  Ardell lashes retail for $3.99 USD in drugstores and our very own Makeup Geek store.

L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara

Price: $6 – $8
Where to Buy
:  Drugstores, AmazoneBay

Possibly one of the best mascaras on the market today, this one has been around for a while and for good reason. This mascara is perfect for everyone, even those with sensitive eyes.

L’Oreal’s Voluminous mascara makes your lashes look fuller and thicker while adding dramatic length as well. The carbon black color is a true blacker than black shade which helps to define your lashes without them appearing overdone or giving you the dreaded spider lashes.

The wand is the perfect size for reaching the bottom lashes as well as those lashes toward the inner corner of your eye. This sells for $6 to $8 USD depending on where it is purchased.


Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadow

Price: $6.99
Where to Buy
: Ulta, Drugstores, Amazon , eBay

These highly pigmented cream eyeshadows have been on the market for a while now and received rave reviews. The gel/cream eyeshadows have intense color payoff without creasing or fading, have incredible staying power and are completely waterproof.

They also have a creamy, smooth texture that allows them to glide on easily. These can be used alone for a soft wash of color on your lids, as a base for other eyeshadow, or as an eyeliner.  With ten colors to choose from you are sure to find more than one to fall in love with.

The Color Tattoos retail for approximately $6.99 USD at Ulta and other drug stores. But keep your eyes open, these often go on sale for BOGO. You can check out my review of these here “Review: Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadows


Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

Price: $5.99 for Pans, $7.99 for Compacts (and discounts with bundles)
Where to Buy:
Makeup Geek Store (Pan Version) (Compact Version)

Yes, we may be a bit biased, but we guarantee you will have a very hard time finding a better shadow for a lower price.  These highly pigmented, smooth and creamy eyeshadows are the same quality as high end eyeshadows like MAC, Urban Decay or Makeup Forever, just without the expensive price tag. Made here in the USA and with a range of about 60 colors to choose from you are sure to find exactly what you are looking for. These stunning eyeshadows come in both pan and compact form.

The pans are perfect to drop into a palette like the Z-Palette or the MAC Pro Palette which allows you to custom design your very own palette. These also come in handy compact forms as well for those of you who want a few to carry in your makeup bag or just prefer individual compacts over palettes. So whether your prefer pans or palettes, these striking eyeshadows are a definite must have.

The Makeup Geek pans retail for $5.99 USD and the compacts sell for $7.99 USD at The Makeup Geek Store. Make sure to watch for the bundle packs that help you save money as well.

Makeup Geek Lipsticks

Price: $7.99
Where to Buy
:  Makeup Geek Store

With the same high quality as other high end lipsticks, the newest addition to our own makeup line makes these a must have. The only thing you won’t find here is the high price tag to go along with them. These highly pigmented lipsticks are creamy, smooth and non-drying so they glide on for flawless application. With 16 lush shades to choose from you can find a shade that is perfect for you (check out Marlena’s favorites and see swatches). And the low price allows you to be able to purchase 2 for what you would pay for other notable lipsticks. These astonishing lipsticks retail for $7.99 USD in our very own Makeup Geek store.


NYX Lip Liners

Price: $3.59
Where to Buy: ULTA, Makeup Geek Store

These are a must have for lip lovers everywhere. These come in 60 astonishing shades and are known for their creamy texture. These glide on smooth and easily with no pulling or tugging and aren’t overly drying. The smooth texture makes these perfect for not only lining your lips, but filling them in to help create the ideal lip. These amazing lip liners won’t bleed like some other lip liners will and wear for long periods of time. And with so many shades to choose from it’s easy to find one to match your favorite lipstick. Try pairing these with our new Makeup Geek lipstick to create the perfect luscious lip!  These retail for $3.59 USD at Ulta and the Makeup Geek store as well.


There you have it: 10 incredible products all under $10.00. Looking good and having good makeup doesn’t have to cost a fortune. With so many brands on the market these days, finding good affordable makeup doesn’t have to be as intimidating as it seems. These 10 inexpensive makeup finds are sure to help you achieve that flawless looking face everyone desires. As always, stay happy and be safe!

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