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Makeup On a Budget


I know how intimidating it gets when makeup shopping hits the bank account. But we can’t get enough of makeup isn’t it? So for your convenience, we have compiled some really good beauty steals that goes easy on pocket and fabulous on skin. None of the items discussed here are beyond Rs.500/=.


Eyebrows & Kohl Pencils:

Color Studio Professional Soft Kohl Pencil – The smudgy effect beautifies your eyes during summers. However once combined with Vaseline, you can also use this pigment for eyebrows in just for

Price: Rs. 300/-

Kill Bob Eye Pencil – The dark kohl formula gives radiant black color to your eyes. Easy on pocket and my personal favorite, Kill bob eye pencil is perfect for everyday use.

Price: Rs. 280/-

Essence Kajal Pencil – 04 White for waterline. The colored versions have good pigmentation, but they have less staying power.

Price: Rs. 200/-


Maybelline Volume Express – The Colossal Mascara gives a polished look. This mascara makes your eyes look covered and fluttery. Its thick and dramatic look make the eyes look fuller.

Price: Rs. 500/-

Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara- It is famous due to this fine and thin texture. It is a light-weighted mascara that gives an incredible look to your eye lashes.

Price: Rs. 450/-

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Eye Liner:

MUA Liquid Eyeliner – The eye liner has a wearing time of good 4-5 hours, however, it requires double layering for a darker black look.

Price: Rs. 200/-

Christine Cake Eyeliner – It’s a dry caked eye liner that has to be combined with water before application. The pigmentation requires artsy skills for a perfect winged look.

Price: Rs. 250/-

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Eye Shadow:

Wet & Wild Eye Shadows – Hands down to wet & wild eye shadow range when it comes to beauty on budget! From color icon eye shadow trio to idol eyes cream shadows and color icon eye shadow palette every palette has a variety of colors to choose from.

Price: Rs. 200 – 500/-

The Essence single eye shadows can be your next-to-best bet since they’re available in-stores all over Pakistan.

Price: Rs. 230/-

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Personally I would not recommend you to compromise on foundation, this part has its own repercussions and you don’t want to see them trust me! But there are a few good brands like Femina & Kiss Beauty that offer good quality products at affordable price,

Femina Paint Stick F1 – It is a good choice for dry skin tones. Gives full coverage but needs to be set with a good face powder.

Price: Rs. 475/-

Kiss Beauty Foundation Stick – This foundation stick can be used daily, it comes with a wide range of shades.

Price: Rs.500/-

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MUA Hide & Conceal Stick* – It comes in a twist-up (lipstick-like) packaging and the upgraded formula is said to have better performance. However, the under eye area needs to be moisturized, because – like all stick formulas – this can crack and crease if not blended properly.

Price: Rs. 220/-


Makeup Revolution Blush [NEW] – We recently got around trying Makeup Revolution Powder Blush and they were awesome! You get to have pigmented & long-wearing powder blushes in basic shades at extremely affordable price. They’re a must-have product for y’all!

Price: Rs. 225/

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Face Powder/Contouring:

MUA Pressed Powder – Although it’s a pressed powder for buffing or setting your foundation, the darker shades double for light daily contouring. It needs reapplication to retouch the pigmentation after 5-6 hours, but that’s okay for something that costs around PKR 200. It’s compact plastic casing, so you can easy carry it in your makeup bag. It blends like a dream and you can’t possibly go wrong with this in the budget.

Price: Rs. 200/-


Lip Gloss:

MUA Sheer Lip Gloss Tube – All shades of this have little tint that doesn’t show on pigmented Asian lips. I’ve found these to last for 2-3 hours on liners without slipping. They don’t have expensive non-tacky feel to it, but they do give you the bang for your bucks.

Rivaj Clear Lip Gloss – It has dazzling 3D shine and effect for maximum 1 hour. After that, it would diminish somehow. Ideal to wear at indoor meet ups, but wearing it on a windy day with open hair is definitely not a good idea.

Miss Rose Lip Gloss – It has a nude shade which is insanely pigmented for a cheap lip gloss. The pigmentation isn’t opaque like a lipstick, but it does make a subtle nude effect on lips with heavy kajal eye look.

All Lip glosses range between Rs. 200-300/-

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Here comes the long list of drug store gems, several brands with variety of shades lie in this category. Every Single lip stain looks good on lips and gives a finished look. I wouldn’t go deep in details but will share the prices and my favorite shades.

LA Girl Chunky Lip Pencil Rs. 550/- Natural Pink for nude tone

Makeup Revolution London Rs. 575/- Chauffer

LA Colors Moisture Rich Lipsticks Rs. 500/- Berry Red

Femina Rs. 160/- All shades from brown to red to maroon

Essence Sheer and Shine Lipstick – Rs. 360/- Lipstick 16 (purple)

Sweet Touch Lipstick Rs. 370/- Lipstick 778 (brown)

Manhattan Perfect creamy & care lipstick 45F Rs. 500/- Cherry red

MUA – Shade 13 is my absolute favorite. Shade 1, 4, 7, 14 are really nice as well.

Medora – True Red, Real Red, Gold Opal, and Full Fuschia are very pigmented & gorgeous.

Rivaj UK – One of their reds is my staple. They’re semi-matte creamy and last for good 5-6 hours. I found this particular shade to be very moisturizing as well.

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