20$ Make-up Challenge

Deja recently tagged me to do the 20$ make-up challenge, which means that I had to do my full face make-up with products worth less than 20$ (=16.30€). And let me tell you, this was way more difficult than it sounds. First of all, make-up in my country is much more expensive than it is in the USA, so you don’t have a large selection of cheap products. Essence is probably the only brand that has cheap products which are not horrible. Secondly, I discovered that most make-up products I use are pretty darn expensive, so they were out of the question. The only thing that I could do was go to the store and try to find cheap products for this challenge, but I didn’t want to spend my money on products which I would never use again, so what I did was try to find the cheapest products in my sister’s make-up storage (except for the concealer and the eyeshadow duo – those are mine). Oh, and lastly, the brushes are also included in the 20$ mark, so I couldn’t use  them either. 

Anyway, here are the products I’ve used:

♥ Essence’s Clear & Matt Foundation €2.50

♥ Collection 2000’s Lasting Perfection Concealer €5.30 (avaliable here)

♥ Catrice’s The Giant Mascara €5

♥ Essence’s Stay With Me Lipgloss €2.5

♥ Elf’s Duo Creme Eyeshadow €1.9

The sum up of the prices is 17,20 €, which is 1 euro above the price point, but considering the fact that I worked with the things I already have at home, I think that’s good. Right?

First, I put on some Essence’s foundation. With my hands. I really missed my Sigma stippling brush, but I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with this foundation. It wasn’t patchy and the coverage was comparable to the Garnier BB Cream. The next product was concealer. I could use a cheaper one, but the Collection 2000 one is the only one I’ve found that somewhat covers my terrible under under eye circles, so I just went with that one. 

For my eyes, I first used Elf’s Cream Eyeshadow Duo that I ordered from the UK about a year ago I think, but I’ve never used it before this challenge. And I’ll probably never use it again, because it sucks. Big time. Not only is it extremely sticky, but it is also unblendable, smudgy, and creases like hell. Now the mascara. I’ve used my sister’s Catrice’s mascara which she loves, but I didn’t find it very good. It clumped my lashes and I got it all over my lid, which doesn’t usually happen to me. I also really missed my eyelash curler. I got so used to using it and I would definitely recommend one to every single one of you if you don’t own it yet. It’s a miracle product! Oh, and I was also really bummed I couldn’t fill in my eyebrows. That makes the biggest difference to my face. 

The last thing I used was Essence’s lip gloss. I usually go for a lipstick instead of a lipgloss because I don’t like my lips to be sticky, but this one was quite nice. I really liked the color too!

Here are the before and after photos, so that you can see the transformation. What do you think? 


  1. Ikra
    July 24, 2012 / 9:14 am

    Niceeee pretty 🙂 xxSneak peek into my life

  2. lesley: the dream tree
    July 24, 2012 / 11:06 am

    what a fun idea! i may try this out (:

  3. sleepandwater
    July 24, 2012 / 1:16 pm

    I think you did a great job considering how hard it was to stay under budget. That foundation looks like it worked really well, your complexion looks perfected and brightened 🙂 So glad that we can use products on a day-to-day basis without the constraints of sticking to a $20 budget :p I agree about eyelash curlers, they're so nifty.

  4. Laura-Jayn
    July 24, 2012 / 2:43 pm

    Beautiful :)Love the collection 2000 concealer xxx

  5. Deja
    July 24, 2012 / 4:17 pm

    awww. I like a lot! :)Sm že nestrpno čakala ta post :P. xo Deja-Deja Zu-

  6. Michelle Jiafang
    July 24, 2012 / 6:12 pm

    Gorgeous! 🙂

  7. Miss Kwong
    July 25, 2012 / 10:50 am

    Provided that you have such flawless skin, you can look gorgeous in any makeup!I absolutely adore your blog. i love this challange! Following u now via Goggle +. Follow me back if you like! ♥Say meow to me on: Miss Kwong: From Catwalk to Classroom

    • Sandra
      July 30, 2012 / 5:28 pm

      Omg, thank you for a compliment! But I don't really have such flawless skin. I had a lucky week! 😀

  8. Ni Ka
    July 26, 2012 / 12:57 am

    Super post, me pa se zanima a se korektor lahko naroci samo preko neta in kako ves ker odtenek? 🙂

    • Sandra
      July 30, 2012 / 5:31 pm

      Ja, samo prek neta se ga da, ker ga tuki ne prodajajo. Jaz sem ga na ebayju kupila. Za odtenek morš pa mal ugibat. Jaz sem pregledala veliko blogov in ugotavljala katera ma podobno barvo kože kot jaz… Drugače ti pa priporočam, da si naročiš najsvetlejšega, ker so kar temni. Ali pa mogoče najsvetlejšega pa drugega najsvetlejšega in jih potem mešaš med seboj, da dobiš taprav odtenek.

  9. Anonymous
    July 27, 2012 / 4:37 am

    Fab before and after photos! You're beautiful both ways but I love that you created that look for only $20! 🙂 Great job girl!Evanisimplyevani@gmail.com

  10. Adeola Naomi
    July 30, 2012 / 1:28 am

    Clear and pretty

  11. Cátia G.
    August 11, 2012 / 9:42 pm

    Love your blog! you are beautiful! I'm following! visit mine*Theblackeffect.blogspot.pt

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