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We all wish we could own all the MAC Eyeshadows in their permanent makeup range, splurge on all those gorgeous nail lacquers of Inglot, and steal the whole of Estee Lauders skincare products and perfumes.. But unless you have robbed
a bank, it is highly impossible for you to do all the above.Infact, most of the time we are on a limited makeup budget- specially if you are starting out with make up and are not sure about investing half your salary in makeup
products. Hence I have put together a list of my top 5 make up items under Rs 200 (4$).
Believe me, getting quality for just that much money is really difficult, but I got down to a bit of snooping around and this is what I came up with.
So my top 5 makeup items in no particular order are: Drumroll please!*
1. Maybelline White Stay UV Compact Powder with SPF 15 (Rs 180/-)*
This is a great value for money makeup product. It settles and finishes up your foundation nicely and gives a smooth even , matte finish to your skin. It is not heavy or cakey , though you do need to apply it with a soft touch. These come in 3-4 shades, so not great variety in shades available, but most Indian skintones wont really have trouble identifying their tone.I am an NW 30 in MAC and a light ivory in this.
2. Lakme Invisible finish foundation ( Rs 185)*
One of the hardest products to find under 200 Rs is a good foundation , but Lakme’s done it! This foundation gives a warm healthy glow to the skin without being excessively thick. It is not recommended if you are going to be sweating it out in the heat because it has minimal lasting power . (What do you expect for 185 Rs girls?) . It does however, do everything else. Smoothens skin tone -check, glow to the face- check, blends into skin- check, provides decent coverage-check.Also, Lakme makeup is specially suited for Indian skintones so they dont mess up on their shades.
3.Colorbar nailpaint (Rs 150)
Colorbar makeup has won every Indian beauty blogger over with their nail colours- green apple martini, blue lagoon, bright orange, hot pink and many more. They provide a very welcome relief from all the myriad shades of maroons and pinks that were available for us in India. The nail colours are smooth and thin to apply. Depending on which colour you have, one or two coats is enough to get the colour on the bottle AND these do not chip easily at all.
The bright colours are great for nail art, or just to be worn on their own-plus a lot of their shades are actually Chanel dupes so win -win right?*
4.Maybelline Eye Shadow quad in Chai Latte
(Rs 200-220 depending on where you buy them from)
I you are starting out with makeup, then these quads are a must have. Specially recommended- quad in Chai Latte. These have 4 colours- each one for a different area of your eye- brown bone, lid, outer and inner corner. The quad is a neutral colours one- with a shimmery copper on the lid. The quad is not just great for creating multiple looks with eyeshadows- but also for highlighting and contouring. The lid colour s a great colour for me to contour my cheekbones, and I use the browbone colour as a highlighter all the time. Multiple makeup products within one product!!
5.Maybelline expert wear blush- Apricot Flush (Rs 185/-)
Huge fan of these blushes! They dont have the full range available in India as yet and i am sorely missing their Sweet Cinnamon blush that is available in the US. However, next best thing to that is the one available in India- Apricot Flush. I am quite amazed at the longevity and staying power of this blush. It does stay on for a long time, and provides a coral flush to the cheeks with a hint of shimmer. This particular shade is universally flattering, so if you are confused about which shades would suit you, then you can rely on this one because this apricot colour adds instant warmth to
your face without being overbearing. Two thumbs up from me, and hoping for the full makeup range to release in India soon !
This post is written by Mehak – a 23 year old beauty and bargain addict from New Delhi. Firm believer in the fact that there is no such thing as too many eyeshadows, too many dresses, or too many shoes. She is a risk analyst by profession , but being a beauty analyst is so much more fun! She works in an environment where the names Bobbi Brown or Estee Lauder just draw blank stares! So she channels all her beauty/fashion obsessions through her blog – Peaches and Blush where she ramble about just about anything that catches her fancy.