March 30, 2016

5 Inexpensive, Budget Friendly Makeup Brands Recommendations

budget makeup brands

I thought I’d do a list of 5 inexpensive, budget friendly makeup brands recommendations!

Here’s a list of really great inexpensive makeup brands that are worth all the hype!

German brand Catrice has been available at Ulta since last year and truly it is a blessing. With a variety of great products that are $10 bucks and under this little brand has some great offerings. Check out their Tinted Lip Glow Balm for a natural hint of pink on your pout or their new Camouflage Cream Concealer for a mere $6 bucks! This brand has some cute budget friendly offerings that won’t break your wallet. P.S. Try their Catrice Luminous Lips Lipstick (Review and Swatches) it’s divine!

Catrice Luminous Lips Lipstick

Catrice Luminous Lips Lipstick My Pink Instinct

Sleek Makeup
Sleek Makeup hasn’t quite made its way across the pond from England to our shores but it still ships to the US from its website for free if you spend $60 bucks. With super pigmented eyeshadow palettes that have a buttery, velvety textured formula which cost only under $12 each and hold 12 eyeshadows each this brand is easy on the wallet and on the eyes. Don’t miss out on their new Bare Kissed Illuminator which looks like a potentially good dupe of Guerlain Terracotta Blush Sun Shimmer Highlighter!

sleek makeup eyeshadow palette

Essence is Catrice’s little sister and has many a budget friendly makeup offerings for as little as $1.99! I don’t think a single item they launch is more than $5 bucks! Gotta love that! Check out their new Liquid Lipsticks or Volumizing Lash Powder (Review) for longer, fuller lashes!

Essence Sheer & Shine Lipstick

Essence Liquid Lipstick

Essence Soft Touch Mousse Makeup

Essence Pure Nude Make-Up

Makeup Revolution
Yet another British brand that recently launched stateside this budget friendly brand has a slew of palette options for as little as $7! Check out there 8 pan blush palette which will set you back a mere $10 bucks or their Iconic 2 Redemption Eye Shadow Palette for $7 to create gorgeous, nude eye looks!

Makeup Revolution Mermaids Forever Eyeshadow Palette19

Makeup Revolution Mermaids Forever Eyeshadow Palette5

Kiko Cosmetics
Kiko now has stores here in the US and also sells right off their website with free shipping on orders of $25 or more! Check out there incredible lipsticks and blushes! I haven’t purchased many products from Kiko that I haven’t loved and their prices are incredibly budget friendly!

Kiko Cosmetics Love Elixir Face Powder

Kiko Endless Love Lipstick

Kiko Fusion Moisture Enhancing Face Serums

What are some of your favorite budget beauty brands?

Do share them!

Have you tried any of these brands?

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About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Tara

    I like a lot of W7 products. I have a few of their blushes, bronzer, and their Naked palette dupes. I’m loving the “In the City” & “In the Mood” palettes as well as the Hollywood Glow bronzer/highlighter palette.

    • Isabella Muse

      I had to look that one up, Tara! Never heard of it 😀 now I gotta explore 😀

      • Tara

        Amazon sells them or eBay. They are out of England so I takes a week or two

  • LS

    I love Makeup Revolution. I bought two eye shadow palettes when Ulta had them BOGO for a Cyber Monday deal. The formula is very nice. The only negative is that I must wear an eye primer or they will crease. I nearly always wear a primer anyway, so it’s fine as long as I don’t forget that step.

    I enjoy Milani’s blushes and all-over luminizers. I’ve had good luck with NYX as well, especially with their butter glosses 🙂

    • Isabella Muse

      Likewise LS! I always have to wear primer with their shadow too! But I don’t mind 😀

  • Kimmwc03

    I’m with you on Essence and I’d also add ColourPop to the list. Sally Girl has some good stuff too but they are reformulating/rebranding so I don’t know how that will turn out.

    • Isabella Muse

      Colourpop for sure! I haven’t tried too many sally girl beauty products but the ones I have def were great budget picks!

  • Janessa

    I can’t believe you didn’t include ColourPop!! They have quickly become one of my favorites. So affordable and the quality is top notch. (although I can totally understand why they’re not included since they don’t have a full range of products 🙂 )

  • Christine Joy Luikuo

    We only have Essence and Sleek here in the Philippines. Sleek, however, is quite pricey at the malls. I wish there will be Kiko Cosmetics too because their products are cute!

  • blee

    Milani and Color Pop. I would love to pick up some Sleek. Hide my eyes! 🙂

      • blee

        Hey, my IT showed up yesterday and the brushes I got are today. I gotta space it out. Hubby sees all this. ;p)

          • blee

            Well the blush is another dupe. ( Almost the same color as CC Naturally Pretty Pallet & Ombre’ blush) Sad to say. The cleanser is not better than what I use and I have the PP. The BB eye concealer is just a lighter version than what I have. So the brush was the only thing that was different and wowed me. I wished she came out with different blush colors. But I love IT for sure 🙂

          • Isabella Muse

            Ooooo I’m so sad! Sorry Blee! I really loved the cleanser! The concealer was very light though 🙁 Adored the blush too! I’m not a fan of the cream CC blush so I’m cool with the powder 😀

  • blee

    Oh don’t be sad. It’s okay. QVC 30 day returns. That’s is why I like them. Most of the time I like what I get. I have an AD with her last TSV and love it. And the CC blush is a powder too. I don’t like cream blushes either. :0

    • Isabella Muse

      Amen for awesome return policies 😀 Yeah, creams fade on me so so fast!

  • Rachel R.

    I love Sleek and Makeup Revolution. I haven’t been a fan of Essence in the past, but since they’ve started reformulating, I notice their stuff is looking better. I’m planning to revisit the brand. I haven gotten to try Catrice or Kiko yet, but they’re on my list.

  • Sammy

    Muse, I love that Catrice lipstick color in the picture above! Love me some punchy pink, especially for Spring/Summer! No patchy, dry color with this one? It looks like from the Ulta website that it’s the shade My Pink Instinct 110? Would you kindly confirm? Thanks bunches!

    • Isabella Muse

      Hi Sammy! I actually have a link pointing to the review of the color and formula within this post. Just click it and you’ll find the post with swatches, the color information, and the entire review as well as a photo of it on my lips! Hope this helps!?

  • celine D

    Love Essence Products ! (Thanks to Muses recommendation and reviews )
    There So Glow creme highlighters are the best ! I have already gone through 1 and purchased backups because Target is sometimes out of them !!

  • kellly

    I’ve been a NYX fan for a long time, so they’d definitely be on my list.

  • Jenni

    I had no idea that Sleek has their own website that delivers internationally! Thanks for the tip, I’ll now go order everything.. xx

  • dina

    That Catrice pink is such a beautiful pink pop and an Ulta-trip inducing price tag seals the deal. Same for a few of those Sleek VIP Lipsticks. And those Kiko Heart Lipsticks I’ve been stalking for a few months now but want to swatch first. Trouble!!

  • Iris

    I’ve tried Essence’s face powder. I liked it and it was comparable to much more expensive brands.

  • genevieve

    Target Australia has just decided to sell Sleek at its stores and my goodness, it has all sold out almost immediately. Such a great brand and it is fantastic that you can go in and check out the shades yourself.
    Milani can only be purchased through a few beauty online retailers and that is great too because I love their lipsticks.
    I would love to have Kiko here too.

    • Isabella Muse

      OH I WISH! If we had Sleek at Target I’d live there 😀

  • Jasmine

    I love Makeup Revolution! Considering the quality of the product you would assume the price would be a lot higher.

    I’ve heard a lot of people rave about Essence. Must get my hands on some of their products to try out.

    Jasmine x

  • Agona

    I don’t have a favorite but I’ve been curious about Pacifica and SheaMoisture eyeshadows. Haven’t tried them yet though!