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The Best Makeup Products for Any Budget


Great makeup doesn't always have to cost a fortune! Beauty expert Nadia Albano shares the top beauty buys and their more affordable counterpart for every budget.

image of woman's hand picking out lipsticks from a store shelf.

1. Eye Shadow

High Cost: Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Eye Shadow 5-Colour Palette, $55

This palette is highly pigmented and is designed for every woman. It’s easy to use, can create a natural or dramatic look with colour options and comes with a colour guide booklet.

Low Cost: Maybelline Eye Shadow Quad in "Chai Latte", $9.99

It’s similar to the Estée Lauder palette — also has a guide but it’s embossed in the colours. It’s versatile and comes at a great price point! 

2. Eye Liner

High Cost: DIOR Liner Pen, $32

This liner will last for 12 hours. It’s fast drying and has an outrageous matte finish.

Low Cost: Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eye Pen, $10.99

This pen is easy to use because of its felt tip. The Revlon actually lasts longer than the DIOR — four more hours to be exact!

3. Brows

High Cost: Benefit Gimme Brow, $26

This product is volumizing and adheres to the brow hair and skin, enhancing the look of a brow where there is no hair. Plus, Gimme Brow is water resistant and looks natural. Nadia highly recommends it for those with sparse brows!

Low Cost: Revlon Brow Fantasy, $10.99

This double ended product has a pencil on one side to define brow, and a brush with gel on the other to blend and tame hair.

4. Mascara

High Cost: Chantecaille Mascara, $85

This mascara is non-flaking and has a fibre-like finish with extreme extension. The formula encourages natural growth in your own lashes with proven results in two weeks.

Low Cost: Marcelle Xtension Plus Mascara, $13.46

This mascara will give you extreme length and curl without clumps. Nadia says it was also awarded the title of Best Mascara in Canada!

5. Lips

High Cost: Stila Stay All Day Vinyl Liquid Lipstick, $32

This liquid lipstick has a long wear with subtle sheen and is non-sticky.

Low Cost: Rimmel "Apocalips" Lip Lacquer, $5.99

Rimmel’s lacquer is a light-weight lip stain with great pigment. It comes in a great range of colours too!


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