Budget Makeup Products for Teens- 1

by Riz on July 1, 2011 · 61 comments

Hello Everyone!!!

This is my very first IMBB blog post and I am soooo Excited…!!!

My this post will cater to all those teenage girls who search the internet frantically for suitable make-up products under a fixed budget. This is because when I first decided to start with make-up (all thanks to IMBB), I couldn’t understand what all to buy: there were too many awesome options and they would burn a big hole in my (as well as my dad’s) pocket! After all, we don’t exactly get enough pocket money to buy ourselves a MAC or Inglot product.

Well, young ladies….have no fear, IMBB is here; I will name all the suitable products you might need and can use for the time-being till you save up for your first MAC haul. And each of these products is below Rs.300.


1. Lacto Calamine Lotion- At such a young age, one doesn’t really need any foundation. I recommend Lacto Calamine Lotion, which you will get in any chemist or cosmetic shop for Rs.80 (for dry to normal skin) or Rs.72 (for normal to oily skin). They are tinted and also prevents acne.
2. Lakme Invisible Foundation- If Lacto Calamine doesn’t fulfill your requirement, this will surely do. Though the staying is average, this is the best and cheapest foundation that you can get. Price: Rs.185.
3. Lakme Silk Naturelle Foundation: This comes in a tube and is better than the Lakme IF, leaving a more smooth feeling. Price: Rs.275.
4. Lakme Daily Wear Soufflé: I don’t really recommend this but if you are willing to risk Rs.99, then go for it. It might work for you.

My Pick: Lacto Calamine, Lakme Invisible Foundation.
lacto calamine

L-R: Lacto Calamine for Oily Skin and Dry Skin respectively.

lakme invisible finish foundation

Lakme Invisible Finish Foundation

Face Powder/Compact: A must for me, it helps giving me a smooth finish and also prevents to much sweating of your face. Dab on before you rush to college or party or concerts and experience a sweat-free face.
1. Lakme Perfect Radiance Skin Lightening Compact: Rs.150. The best bet.
2. Colorbar Time Plus Compact Powder: Rs.150. Colorbar cosmetics never disappoint.
3. Streetwear Girl Magic Pressed Powder: Rs.70. Though I did not use it myself, I have read the IMBB review and have decided to give it a try. Rs.70.

My Pick: Lakme Perfect Radiance Skin Lightening Compact. (shown below)
lakme perfect radiance skin lightening compact
Blush: I was never a fan of blushes, but after using it for the first time, I simply fell in love with the whole idea of blushes. A quick pinch of colour on your face will immediately change your complete look.
1. Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Blush: This creamy blush is the cheapest you can find. Though quantity is less, it won’t disappoint you and you will rush to buy it again once it’s over. Only sad part is there are only two colours available. Rs.190.
2. Maybelline Expert Wear Blush: Rs.209.
3. Colorbar Blush: Rs.250. With six awesome shades to choose from, these powder blushes not only have a sufficient amount of product, they also have a huge fan-following.

My Pick: Colobar Blush.
maybelline dream mousse blush expert wear blush

Left: Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Blush. Right: Maybelline Expert Wear Blush.


Kohl: Nowadays, each and every drug/cosmetic company has got a kohl of its own. The Kohl has been worn traditionally as far the Bronze Age (3500 B.C. onward) by the Egyptian queens. It was originally used as protection against eye ailments. There was also a belief that darkening around the eyes would protect one from the harsh rays of the sun. India’s oldest caste, the koli, used kohl as a cosmetic. In addition, mothers would apply kohl to their infants’ eyes soon after birth. Some did this to “strengthen the child’s eyes”, and others believed it could prevent the child from being cursed by the evil eye (from Wikipedia) :-P. So much for the theory, all in all, Kohl’s are the very first thing every girl uses when she is about to with make-up. The Best. The Ultimate.
1. Maybelline Colossal Kajal: Rs.150.
2. Lakme Black Satin Kajal: Rs.150.
3. Colorbar Kajal: Rs.99.
4. Elle 18 Kajal: Rs.65.
5. Himalaya Kajal: Rs.105.
6. VLCC Kajal: Rs.135.
7. Lotus Herbals Kajal: Rs.115.

Ummm…..that should be enough.

My Pick: Maybelline Colossal Kajal, Himalaya Kajal.
Maybelline Colossal Kajal Himalaya Kajal Lakme Black Satin Kajal Elle 18 Kajal

L-R: Maybelline Colossal Kajal, Himalaya Kajal, Lakme Black Satin Kajal, Elle 18 Kajal.

Eye Pencils/Eyeliners: These beauties are a must have for everyone. Collect as many colours as you can, you will never regret it. A little bit of colour on your eyes and you are sure to turn a thousand heads.
eyepencils eyeliners

1. Maybelline Vivid and Smooth Eye Studio Pencils:At Rs. 200 per pencil, you are sure to fall in love with them. They are soft and creamy, water-proof and smudge-proof. Available in 11 colours, ranging from gold to pink to ice blue and sea green, they are a must have in your make-up bag.
2. Chambor Contour Kohl Pencil: Rs. 225. Chambor, one of the semi-luxury brands have these beautiful eye-pencils in dark colours. The only problem is that they smudge and bleed a little.
3. Lakme Glide On Eye Pencil: Rs. 275. With 7 cool colours doing the rounds, you might just wish to check them out.
4. Elle 18 Colorbomb Eye Sparklers: At Rs.85, they are dirt cheap and not very good (you know, “Itna Paise mein, Itna hi milega”), but you can pick up all the five colours they have. Its good when you want to just look at yourself in the mirror at home and don’t really care much about the staying power.
5. Lotus Hypnotica Eye Contour Pencil: Rs. 199.
6. Colorbar I-define Pencils: Rs.250. I haven’t used them (all thanks to their elder brother, the super-duper I-glide pencils) but they shouldn’t be bad.

Note: If you are willing to extend your budget a little for eye pencils, then I strongly recommend Colorbar I-glide Pencils (Price: Rs.325). They have over seven-eight shades and are the best pencils I have tried till date. Once you use them, you won’t feel like using anything else. Also, Chambor Stay-On Eye Pencils at Rs.370 are a pretty good buy.

My Pick: Maybelline Vivid and Smooth Eye Studio Pencils, Colobar I-glide Pencils.
Colorbar I glide Pencil Maybelline Vivid Smooth Eye liner Elle 18 Colorbomb Eye Sparkler

L-R: Colorbar I-glide Pencil, Maybelline Vivid and Smooth Eye liner, Elle 18 Colorbomb Eye Sparkler.

Black Liquid Liner: Another must-have in your bag, you never know when it might come of use.
1. Lakme Instant Black Liner: At lower than Rs.80, the Lakme liner has befriended millions of Indian women since time immemorial.
2. Elle 18 Colorbomb Blackout Liner: Rs.65.
3. Maybelline Ultra Liner: Rs.225.
4. Lotus Herbals Opulence Botanical Eyeliner: Rs.180.

My Pick: Lakme Instant Liner.

Coloured Liquid Liners: I have got limited knowledge in these. I have only used Lakme and Colorbar Liners.
1. Lakme Jeweltone Liner: Rs.275. Four colours available.
2. Lakme 9 to 5 Intense Shine Eyeliner: Rs.245.
3. Colorbar Waterproof Eyeliner: Rs.195. Available colours are Black, Blue and Brown, but Blue and Brown are never available.
4. Lakme Fantasy Collection Shimmer Eyeliner: Rs.275. These are limited edition shimmery eyeliner in 8 super shades. I suggest pick them all.

My Pick: Lakme Fantasy Collection Shimmer Liner (Note: Since these are from the Lakme Spring-Summer Range, they will be available only for a limited time. Try to grab them fast).
Lakme 9 5 Intense shine Eyeliner Lakme Fantasy Collection Shimmer Eyeliner Lakme Jeweltone Eyeliner Lotus Herbals Opulance Botanical Eyeliner

L-R: Lakme 9 to 5 Intense shine Eyeliner, Lakme Fantasy Collection Shimmer Eyeliner, Lakme Jeweltone Eyeliner, Lotus Herbals Opulance Botanical Eyeliner.

Mascara: I have used only one kind, and I have very satisfied with it- Maybelline Colossal Volume Mascara: Available in two varieties; Waterproof (Rs.275) and not-Waterproof (Rs.265).
(Shown below)
maybelline colossal volume express mascara
Eyeshadow: If you are thinking about those huge multi-coloured palettes, then I can’t really help you. But one thing I know is that you can get them cheap in eBay or other online shops, no guarantee about the quality though. I have only used Streetwear cream Eyeshadows.
1. Streetwear FX Cream Eyeshadw: Available in quite a few colours, these are single shade tiny pans of creamy, shiny eyeshadows. Rs.110 each.
2. Streetwear Luminous Eyeshadow: Rs.175. I read about in IMBB but didn’t get the opportunity to use them.
streetwear fx cream eyeshadow
My Pick: Streetwear FX Cream Eyeshadow. (shown above)

Also Read:
15 Budget Beauty Tips
10 Budget Skin Care Products Review for Combination Skin
5 Bags to Carry this Summer in Every Budget and Style
Five Makeup and Beauty Products Under Rs.100
Top 5 MakeUp Items Under Rs 200 ($4)
Teens Makeup : 5 Teenage Makeup Blunders to Avoid

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Tapaswini Swain July 1, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Wowwwwwww ! superb post !! Really extremely helpful post for everybody !!!!Kaash ye post pehle post hota! :tongue: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thanks:


nids July 1, 2011 at 3:17 pm

i liked how u wrote for eye pencils…me n u share the same thoughts for them :high5: :high5: :high5: :pompom: :pompom: .. i too luv collecting them in all possible shades.. :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot:


Aruna July 1, 2011 at 3:30 pm

hey this works not just for the teens but for us ‘adults’ too. its a great place to start off before you can jump into the Macs and Bobbi browns and if these continue to work for you, you dont even have to buy the expensive ones. I could use some of these inexpensive ones myself :stars:


Tapaswini Swain July 1, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Very true Aruna!!!


Sukanya July 1, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Very informative post girl! But just a suggestion that’s pretty repeated actually, teenagers jitna ho sake should avoid clouding their skin with foundations. Lacto Calamine is good but it’ll make the face sweat like hell and make the whole face look as if u’ve run 2 rounds across a football field! A tinted moisturizer is the best bet! Either Biotique’s natural redwood tm or Pond’s tm! But nevertheless, gr8 write up Riz! :thumbsup:


Tapaswini Swain July 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Ya I am with your suggestions too!! Lactocalomine and ya biotique TM is miracle product, me skip foundation many times and use Biotique TM!


Aruna July 1, 2011 at 3:43 pm

I realized you dont get Biotique TM everywhere they sell Biotique. The supermarket in my complex has biotique products but dont have the TM..they have things like Shahnaz Husain, Ayur, hazzzzzzar garnier and Himalaya (which I dont even use)


Sukanya July 1, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Lol haan! in my case the SA was 1 dumb thing, din’t even know if they had a tm or not! I had to walk upto the shelf n chk it myself n i found it! :yahoo: Loser SA :yuck:


Tapaswini Swain July 1, 2011 at 4:08 pm

In my case also when I asked the SA do have Biotique TM, she asked no we dont have but I saw in Biotique shelf, 3 packs mentioning biotique tinted moisturiser, so me asked bring those 3 down, so she was surprised ki all 3 were Biotique TM all different shades, rose, olive and peach


Rati July 1, 2011 at 4:36 pm

I have also become tinted moisturiser fan oflate. 🙂


Sukanya July 1, 2011 at 3:59 pm

me 2! :high5:


mimi November 5, 2012 at 12:34 pm

really awsm yaar…..vry much hlpful…….thnks dear…


Akshatha July 1, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Awesome post! Although way past my teens, I still use and will continue to use a lot of these products like Colossal mascara, kajal and hehe, Lacto calamine too.

Great job. :waytogo: :-*


Rentu July 1, 2011 at 3:48 pm

great post, a lot of the products that you have mentioned i use, its a great post for teenagers and adults as well :yes:


sim July 1, 2011 at 3:48 pm

i love this post……… :thanks: :thanks:”when you want to just look at yourself in the mirror at home and don’t really care much about the staying power” :mirror: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi:


Parita July 1, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Very well written! :waytogo: Its not only helpful to teenagers but to every woman of all ages!
Thanks for sharing :thanks:


Fly Girl July 1, 2011 at 3:51 pm

very informative article.gud for beginers and you dint even leave one aspect uncovered.i would appreciate if you mention your skin type as i always look for oil control and shien control compacts.thats all i tend to use


Fly Girl July 1, 2011 at 3:52 pm

whats a good tinted moisturiser for oily skin?ponds or bio?wheatish skin tone!


Tapaswini Swain July 1, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Hi dear, Biotique one for all skin types, my elder sis has oily skin, she also loved biotique one, gives good coverage also you know, ponds i havent used so cant tell!


Sukanya July 1, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Biotique should be used sparingly!! Ni toh hull luk like uve been drenched in oil!! But if u get a hang of the amt u need to get a dewy luk plus sheer coverage, u’ll love it! Same here din get ponds newer! not even in the malls! out of stock out of stock! :waaa: but m happy wid biotique :scream:


jigyasa July 3, 2011 at 3:17 pm

i hve ponds tm..nd i l luv it for ma outings..nd m nrmal skin..perfect skin club… :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue:


Nupur July 1, 2011 at 3:54 pm

excellent post girl :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:


monika July 1, 2011 at 3:56 pm

great post & why only for teens, I guess all of us love budget buys


VibrantHues July 1, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Ladies no fear … IMBB is here :thumbsup: nice quote
Rati may b u can use as a tag line :specs: 😉


Ritika July 1, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Very nice compilation Riz and welcome to IMBB :teddy: :teddy: :teddy:


calicoaster July 1, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Woww…lovely article Riz!! 😀 🙂 This is gonna help many!! 🙂


bhumycka July 1, 2011 at 4:14 pm

That’s one of the best posts i read recently. Dead useful. Bookmarking it. :happydance:


VibrantHues July 1, 2011 at 4:17 pm

This is such a useful post and I think it will top the popular posts list soon
U have oraganized the post so well 🙂
I just started with Lacto Calamine as I dnt prefer foundation much, I might wear it only during wedding :shying: which would be in long run so for nw nly TM and compact fr me
Wanna try Biotique and Ponds soon


VibrantHues July 1, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Also ColorBar Triple Act Compact (I have never used but read good reviews in IMBB) worth Rs 275 is a good budget product
It can be used a foundation/ Compact n SPF as well, dtas wat I read in the reviews


Tapaswini Swain July 1, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Rs 375, its is not 275


Fly Girl July 1, 2011 at 4:26 pm

hmmmm.let me see.i have neva tried biotiq tinted moisturiser.i had one bahut pehle 2 years ago laura mercier i used to love dat one!i need to buy something whihc provides medium coverage


Rati July 1, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Excellent post riz.. very useful and helpful. And welcome to IMBB. :puchhi:


Gargi July 1, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Such A Nice POST!!! :yes: :yes: :yes:

waiting for similar posts now! 😉


Fly Girl July 1, 2011 at 4:57 pm

thanku tap and vibrant!id try the btm or the new lotus matte foundation 😉


VibrantHues July 1, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Oohh 375 :idk:
But if it really is good I think its worth 375 and saves all foundation+compact costs na 🙂 O:)


VibrantHues July 1, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Fly Girl – I think u must b aware of it already bt just reminding u can try Lotus 3 in 1 Matte Sunscreen with SPF 40
It’s a tinted sunscreen with light coverage but it’s worth it
I just soooooooooooooooooooooooo love it 🙂


Rati July 1, 2011 at 5:28 pm

that’s her HG sunscreen . 😛


Divya July 1, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Your Post is Great.. Am planning to buy Maybelline Blusher.. Thanks Riz.. :thanks:


Shweta July 1, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Impressive post RIz :yes: :yes: I am proud to say I have most of the stuff tat u have put up here except the eyeshadows 😉 😉 And is tat ur collection of eyeliners??? :woot: :woot: :woot: :waaa: :waaa: :violinbash:


drishti July 1, 2011 at 9:48 pm

hiii riz!
i was indeed very thoughtful of u to writing this article…trust me iv spent hours comparing products 2 c which 1 is better n under my buget n so this article is a boon to say the least :snicker:
thank u and it was a very well written article :yes:


Pragnyadeepta July 1, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Thank you so very much for writing such a detailed post!!!~ :aajanachle:
I could almost kiss you for all your lovely suggestions!! This post lifted this huge burden off of my shoulders.I loove finding and using some products that will make me look great but somehow the budget problem keep me back from trying out many things. Now I can go with your recommendations and keep that disapproving frown off my mom’s face. :pompom:
Thanks so much once again! :jaiho: :thanks:


Pragnyadeepta July 1, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Haha~ I’m such a dork.
I just want to remind you once I again that this post is a boon for me! SO..uh…Thanks!! :jiggy2:


Robbie July 1, 2011 at 10:04 pm

i’ll like to add an very good makeup brand Caboodles which specializes in makeup products for teens, (according to the skin sensitivity of that age group
).. have used a lot of products from them in my teens and simply love them .. still have those creamy blushes around sumwhere… they too sell those beautiful makeup organisers also.. so if u have access to the caboodles stores definitely give them a try.. and not expensive too…


Shaili July 1, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Such a nice compilation 🙂
i never feel like out of my teens
saving the page 🙂
thnx Riz


rima July 1, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Congratzzzz on ur first post,riz :handshake: :handshake:
yipppeeee!!! :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :clap: :clap: :clap: m superrr duperrr happppyyyy!!!lovely post with that is extremely helpful for me,or rather most helpful for me.. :yahoo: :yahoo: :dumb: :dumb: my makeup budget is always within rs 500,reason (acc to mom) is i am a student and my skin is soft so not much makeup,but i luv kohls,eye pencils,and lip glosses latest addition has been blushes,though its only reserved for special occassions… :makeup: :makeup: 😀 😀


Riz July 1, 2011 at 11:13 pm

OMG….. :tremble: :tongue: I am sooooo happy seeing my post here..!! Thank you everyone for the comments…..I feel like I am on seventh heaven…..!!! :woot: :yahoo: :happydance: :jiggy1: :clap: 😀 :balle: :dance: :)) :)) :)) :)) :)) :)) :)) :))


Riz July 1, 2011 at 11:19 pm

Also….thank you for welcoming me to IMBB… Never felt this great in my life… Seeing my name up there…!!!


sanjana July 1, 2011 at 11:35 pm

what about concealer i m 18 and i have dark circle and i want to hide it with foundation pls help


praseena July 2, 2011 at 1:49 am

excellent post…please do more like this, like being updated on wallet-friendly cosmetics that do the job equal to high end makeup products. :victory2:


Pragnyadeepta July 2, 2011 at 8:36 am

@Riz: LOLOL Congrats then!~ and I can sympathise with your joy. IMBB is pretty awesome. :dumb:


komal July 2, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEE lakme daily wear souffle 🙂 works for me 🙂 really nice article 🙂


Riz July 2, 2011 at 12:21 pm

@sanjana: almost everybody has dark circles, but since you are only 18, I don’t think you should use concealers. Moreover, I really have no idea bout concealers. Try putting up that question to Rati Ma’am in a letter to her. And you’ll get wonderful suggestions by all the helpful pretty ladies here…. 🙂


Nats July 3, 2011 at 12:16 pm

this is a really helpful article…..looking forward to more in the future 🙂


Riz July 3, 2011 at 1:08 pm

will definitely try writing more… 🙂


sanjana July 3, 2011 at 6:55 pm

i email her about 2 weeks ago but got no reply :((


Suja February 17, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Thank you, it s great help for me who doesnt anything about the make up products. i have dark circles under my eyes.how can i get rid of it.


poorva May 24, 2012 at 8:03 pm

great post 🙂 very helpful 🙂
this colorbar kajal that you’ve mentioned for 99bucks… is there a review for it on imbb?? i would love to try it out!! thanks:)


Preeti November 5, 2012 at 10:43 am

Wow…. M having lots of them.. gr8 post…. m not teenager 🙁 but… still…. m njoying it…. yeppppp…:)


sonali shekhawat November 5, 2012 at 7:48 pm

i was so confused wat makeup products to for buy for my cousin’s marriage…this really gonna help…thanx a ton 🙂


Jojo November 7, 2015 at 10:53 am

Lissome lip shades and compact pressed natural powders are just awesome and come in a highly pocket friendly prices with different shades to choose. Also they are lead free. The only issue is availability.

Blue heaven liquid liner is one great product which will not need a remover nor will it smudge at any cost. Removal is very easy. Doesn’t leave black areas around the eye. I use it as kajal also.


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