I had a reader email me once to ask me how to buy makeup if she only had RM200 to RM250 to spend on makeup. Well, the point to note here is that good or at least decent makeup doesn’t have to be expensive. You can get some items that are of pretty decent quality at the pharmacy or drugstore and once applied, no one will be any wiser. I’m not kidding!
The nice thing about budget makeup is that it is cheap and often go on sale. So, if you are in the need of a pick-me-up and don’t want to blow a lot of money, just pop along to a pharmacy and pick up a lipstick. You’d be surprised at how much a new lipstick can do to brighten up your day.
I will be doing my personal recommendations for budget makeup over 2 parts so it doesn’t get too long. These brands I mention are easily found in most pharmacies including Guardian, Watson’s, Caring etc and if you have a Sasa, look in there too.
I will start with the Face – foundation and blush.
These are my budget foundations of choice:
- L’oreal True Match liquid foundation
- Kanebo Media 2-way foundation powder
- Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse foundation
- Za 2-way foundation powder
- Silkygirl 2-way foundation powder
- Kanebo Media UV make up base.
All the foundations above range from between RM25 to RM60 with Silkygirl being the cheapest and L’oreal True Match being the most expensive. The Kanebo Media UV Make Up Base (RM27.90) is useful for helping your foundation stay on longer but it is an optional item.
These are my budget blush of choice:
- L’oreal Blush Delice
- Silkygirl powder blush
It isn’t easy to find cheap blushes that work well because cheaper blushes tend to be less pigmented or have really boring colours like rose and pink which don’t really suit people. The best I have found is the L’oreal Blush Delice (RM36) and on a cheaper note Silkygirl blushes.
My personal recommendation is the L’oreal blush delice blush. It has the right amount of pigment and shimmer and there are some nice colours available. You definitely will not regret getting this one – trust a blush addict!
At this point, you would have spent about RM60 – RM90 depending on your choice of products. Now, onto budget eyeshadows and lipsticks in Part 2!
Note: I have not included brands like Elianto, TheFaceShop or Skinfood etc because I have not tried them. Only the tried and tested have been recommended here.