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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Beauty Sharing: Budget Replacement for Branded Makeup.

Hello ladies! To honor my new followers, I will now share my handpicked beauty items. When I was a student I experimented and took time to find good beauty and makeup items because I was under a budget. After a while, I managed to find great makeup items for less! Let me share with you...

1) Foundation: High Quality Vs Budget Brand

The MAC foundation is undoubtedly a great choice for those who don't mind splurging for the basics (which I think is worth it btw). The finish is smooth, looks great in photos and glides on the skin smoothly. Proven fact! This brand is THE choice for makeup artists.

However, if you don't want to spend RM105-160 on a bottle of foundation, you can opt for 
the budget substitution...

The alter ego is Revlon Colorstay for RM65 in the drugstore. It is my second choice after MAC and is suitable for dailywear (I have been using this for four years). It provides good coverage without having a "cakey" appearance. However, it may be quite thick for some people's liking so I usually mix it with a little bit of moisturizer or sunblock to thin it out.

2) Compact Powder: High Quality Vs Budget Brand

You guessed it! MAC wins again! What can I say, they are the creme de la creme. The MAC powder is soft and it has finer grain textures compared to other compact powder that I came across. It costs around RM105 and this package can last you over 2 months (when applied once daily with light touch up here and there).

The budget option for this powder is....
MIYAMI from COSWAY. Yes, who would have thought! Priced at RM 19-25, it is definitely a bargain for the bucks. I used it for a year and I won't say it is exactly like MAC but it definitely gets the job done for you beautifully. A moderately smooth powder that melts in your natural sebum to give you the "set" look. I like my makeup after 30 minutes because I find that when the oil in our faces mesh with the powder, it gives off a nice healthy shine (not the "gebu" look).

3) Pencil Eyeliner: High Quality Vs Budget Brand

To be honest with you, I have never really strayed from my "budget" choice, but I heard raves about this eyeliner so for comparison's sake, here it is:
"Makeup forever Aqua Eyes is a two-for-one product. It’s a combination of an eyeliner and an eyeshadow. What makes it unique is the formula which seems to stick forever to the eyelids – and as the testimonials indicate – you can even swim and the liner stays put! "- quoted from

Well just reading the reviews makes me want to get ahold of this brand! However, if your pocket is not so full, you can always choose this budget eyeliner....

The budget eyeliner (RM 28) is good enough for my daily use. I have been using this product on and off for more than 7 years! I have to say the lasting power is worth the bucks and the smudge effect is also kept at minimal. Another eyeliner that I swore by is ....

Clinique brush on cream liner is not exactly cheap at RM65 but because it lasts forever (I can't even finish one pot in a year), I believe that it is truly a great investment! Believe me, this cream liner won't smudge or become muddy. It is extremely long lasting compared to any pencil liners. The only con is that it may take some time for you to learn how to use the brush to apply the liner. Practice makes perfect!

4) Eyeshadow Palette: High Quality Vs Budget Brand

Estee Lauder palette offers high quality pretty pigments. I have a small palette which includes pinkgraypurplewhite. With the price tag, I opted to this affordable palette...

Persona Eyeshadow palette is available from Cosway at RM28 - 35. I have recommended this product to a couple of friends and they absolutely loved it. The pigment looks "expensive" and the application rarely becomes cakey at the crease. I like the tinge of shimmer in it too. I often mix the color (pink + light brown is my favorite combo)

Okay, I think that's it for now. I hope this is helpful. I'd also love to know what budget findings you have to share. Save some moolah bebeh!


ShazreeyanaShukri said...

brilliant choices of dupes adik! akak pon igt nak try beli pesona la..tgk adik guna cm lawa ja...

and my clinique brish on cream liner lasted formore than 3 years!can u imagine! and i still love it!thanks for ur introducing it to me..

and i love revlon crayon eyeliner too!!!!!

mac foundation n compact studio fix mmg xyah cakap a big fan!hahah

wehhh nampaknya makeup collection kita mcm hampir sama ja.ahahahahah

love u adik!

OneDropH20 said...

you use Estee Lauder's eyeshadow too? I have been using their palette for the past 2 years and so far I have been really satisfied!


even though I don't use makeup (not usually, at least), it's still a fun read haha. next time bersembang dgn rakan sekerja (the makcik2 and cik2) also got topic to share ma.

ferrarossa said...

kakak: Thanks! yes, we have the same reservoir of makeup because we're sisters. Haha

Prof h20: I am glad you find this a fun read. Next time we can shop for makeup together and do girly stuff. Wana?

dialicious said...

tq for sharing..pandainye u mekap ur fren tu(saw ur prev entry)
MAC has the best coverage for foundation n compact powder and im also using estee lauder's eye pallete sbb paling murah n byk color..normally beli time ade set promotion..heheh..the eyeliner u suggested sounds tempting;p
saw nadia hani's pic in mala's wedding entry(ramai2 atas pelamin)..u knw her also ye

ferrarossa said...

thanks diah! aww I am so honored to have a famous blogger comment on my entry (hehe) anyway thanks for agreeing. MAC coverage is defenitely hard to beat and tak sangka you kenal so many of my friends!

dialicious said...

ferra..hahaha..manede famous la..zaman2 kawin je dh pengantin veteren gitu!hahah,,other than nadia,who else yg i kenal eh

ferrarossa said...

oooh dialicious! yes your wedding is like beyond perfect! your attention to detail is amazing.. tak veteran lansung kay! anyway I think you know tia too. She's our friend jugak:D

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