We’re pretty sure everyone has fallen victim to the convenience that is Amazon. And by victim we mean, you go online for one random thing, like paper towels, and end up with a cart filled with all the top-rated beauty buys and total of $200 (insert upside down smiley face here). No judgement though. It happens to all makeup lovers, including us, which is why we thought it would be fun to give each of the editors at Makeup.com an imaginary $50 budget to spend on Amazon to see how they would #treatyoself on a budget. From primers and mascaras to glitter eyeshadows and more, see some of their must-have picks, ahead.
Genesis, Assistant Editor
With a $50 budget, I’m sure to re-up on some of my favorite drugstore products as well as get myself one splurge-worthy item. First to my cart is the Maybelline New York SuperStay Concealer, which is available for $9.98. It’s my all time favorite concealer for its creamy consistency and breathable formula. Then, I’d get myself the NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Multi-Finish Shadow Palette. For only $18 dollars, I can get a high-quality palette filled with 12 beautiful warm-toned shadows, and that my friends, that is the ultimate win-win. Lastly, I’d treat myself to the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner. While $22 may admittedly be a little steep for an eyeliner, I swear by this long-lasting and very pigmented formula.
Samantha, Assistant Editor
My Amazon Prime subscription is easily the best thing to happen to my beauty stash. In two-days time, I can restock my faves and test out some new goodies. The best part is that $50 goes a long way on Amazon. Case in point: I can stock up on my all-time favorite liquid highlighter, the NYX Professional Makeup Born To Glow! Illuminator. For just $3.05, it takes my everyday glam to the next level. My next purchase would definitely be the Maybelline New York Fit Me! Dewy and Smooth Foundation. It costs $5.34 and gives my skin a flawless finish and dewy glow; it’s worth every penny. Next up, I would purchase my holy-grail mascara, the L’Oréal Paris Lash Paradise Mascara. It retails for $8.43 and gives me the most voluminous, lengthy eyelashes. The remainder of my money would go towards a fun, splurge-worthy item, like the Bodyography Glitter Pigment, which is $23. While the price tag is higher than the rest, it’s worth it. A quick swipe of one of the highly-pigmented, shimmery shades makes an entire look. I’ve been loving the shade Stellar, a rose gold, copper tone.
Jessica, Associate Editor
I shop on Amazon far more than I would like to admit, but with free two-day shipping, you can’t beat it — especially when it comes to stock up on beauty products. For $50, I can shop for all of the essentials. One of my favorite primers — to wear under makeup or alone when I’m rocking a no-makeup look — is the Honest Beauty Everything Primer for $22. It gives me the perfect, subtle glow and keeps my skin hydrated all day. Amazon is a great place to score affordable beauty buys, like my newest favorite Maybelline New York products, Maybelline New York Falsies Lash Lift Mascara for $9 and Maybelline New York Dream Radiant Hydrating Liquid Foundation for $11. I also can’t help but grab a new shade of the NYX Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream, which retails for a reasonable $6 and packs long-lasting, rich pigment.
Alanna, Associate Editor
If I had $50 to spend on Amazon, a few must-have products come to mind. First up, the IT Cosmetics CC Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40 for $23 — a holy-grail every-day formula I reach for over foundation every day. This CC cream works wonderfully on all skin types from dry to oily, has SPF protection, and the tube lasts for months on end. Next, I’d pick up an easy eye product that’s mess-free, like the Maybelline New York Color Tattoo 24 Hour Longwear Cream Eyeshadow for $5.99. All it takes is one swipe on the lids for a pigmented, stunning finish. For blush, I’d opt for a new-age cult classic, the NYX Professional Makeup Sweet Cheeks Matte Blush in Totally Chill for only $7.50, and to complete the look, I’d pick up one of my favorite lip glosses of all time, the Lime Crime Wet Cherry Lip Gloss in Extra Poppin for $18.
Jillian, Social Media Editor
Fifty dollars in my wallet means I’m going to restock on my favorite routine staples. I definitely need the First Aid Beauty Anti-Redness Serum, which is a steal at $24.10 considering how much it helps correct my rosacea. My makeup look is not complete without my perfectly-groomed brows, so I’m def going to get my hands on some Maybelline New York Tattoo Studio Brow Pomade. It’s only $5.69 and gives me that sculpted look I’m going for and has major staying power. Then, because lip stains are my fave texture in the winter, I’d add the L’Oréal Paris Rouge Signature Lasting Matte Lip Stain in I Am Worth It, coming in at $8.98. It’s such a gorgeous reddish-pink shade that you can pair with any outfit. Finally, blush! NYX Professional Makeup High Definition Blush in Hamptons is my go-to –– I love the rosy shade so much. It comes in at $3.14, so I know I can get great pigment without blowing my budget.
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