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Makeup Wars – Most Expensive Face

It’s time for another round of Makeup Wars! This time it’s the most expensive face we can put together! For me, I based my most expensive face off of a look that I recently did. The point of this was to take the most expensive items from your collection to make your face.

I feel that I should point out that my MAC and Smashbox were purchased before I found out that they were no longer cruelty-free. I have not purchased MAC or Smashbox since, but I am continuing to use up all the makeup that I purchased from before that point. I am still looking for a cruelty-free replacement for MAC Fix+ and Smashbox Lash Primer.


  • Supergoop SPF 50    $37
  • Smashbox Hydrating Primer    $42
  • Illamasqua Skin Base 1    $42
  • Illamasqua Skin Base 4   $42
  • Illamasqua Skin Base Au    $42
  • NARS Danmari Palette    $65
  • Tarte provocateur champagne    $30
  • Laura Geller Balance-in-brighten foundation in Porcelain    $31.5
  • Total for Face $331.5



Here are some of the face products.


  • Urban Decay Blurring Brush    $24
  • Urban Decay Shadow Blending Brush    $16
  • Urban Decay Multi-tasker brush    $24
  • Urban Decay Blending Brush    $26
  • Urban Decay Crease Brush    $26
  • Urban Decay Grindhouse    $10
  • Urban Decay Eyelash curler    $19
  • Sephora Pro Airbrush concealer 57    $24
  • ecoTools touch up brush kit    $9
  • real techniques blush brush    $8.99
  • real techniques core kit    $17.99
  • Total for tools $204.98


Here are some of the tools that I used.


  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance    $18
  • Sugarpill Acidberry    $12
  • Sugarpill Tako    $12
  • Sugarpill Mochi    $12
  • Sugarpill Velocity    $12
  • Sugarpill Lumi    $12
  • Givenchy Or Celeste    $29
  • Femme Fatale Spirit Bond    $5.75
  • Too Faced 3 Way Lining tool    $22
  • Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy    $7
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Perversion    $19
  • MAC Fix+    $20
  • Smashbox Lash Primer    $17
  • Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel    $21
  • Anastasia Lash Genius    $21
  • Milani Runway Lashes Mascara    $6.99
  • Revlon photoready mascara    $8.49
  • Total for eyes $255.23


  • Too Faced Perfect Lips lip liner    $17
  • Too Faced Lip Insurance    $19
  • Urban Decay lipstick Indecent    $22
  • MAC Dazzleglass Sugarrimmed    $19.5
  • Total for lips $77.5

These are estimates based off of my Eclectus Tutorial.


The total for the most expensive face that I can put together is $869.21. Crazy to think about!!!

Check out the rest of the Makeup Wars, as I am SURE mine will not be the most expensive face around.

Some products purchased by me. Some products were gifts. Some products were sent for consideration. All opinions are my own.

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  • Please share with us if you find a good cruelty-free alternative to the Smashbox lash primer. That one is my favorite, but since I got into the beauty blogs maybe a year and a half ago, I’m much more conscientious about purchasing cruelty-free cosmetics. It’s hard to give up favorites sometimes!

  • You look beautiful as always, and especially serene in the last photo.Gosh, you’re incredibly photogenic!

  • Have you tried the homemade version of the MAC Fix+? I’ve never used the Fix+ but I’ve tried out the homemade version (I found recipes for it on Youtube lol..I am too frugal for my own good sometimes) but it’s relatively simple…and it works realllly nicely for my pigments! Only downside is you have to make it every 2 weeks to a month, depending on how often you use it. 3 parts water(distilled, boiled tap, or spring) and 1 part pure glycerin(around $4 at Walmart near the rubbing alcohol), mix in a spray bottle(some have recycled their MAC Fix+ bottles for this) and shake before each use. It works great to thin out some of the really thick foundations as well with a spray(drop) or two.

  • I love the eye look!  You do a great job of adding in fun color and making your eyes pop.

  • Great look! How do you like the Illamasqua foundation? I keep looking for new things to try there since I have yet to find my perfect one.

    • CarleenPruessCoulter I like it a lot! But, I love the UD Naked Skin more. Right now the Naked is my favorite and I brought it with me on my recent trip.

      • Phyrra I was thinking of trying UD Naked. I’ll have to give it a shot! 

        • Phyrra I just discovered that I have a sample of the UD foundation! I think it came with my smoked palette and I just set it aside and forgot about it! Woot!

  • So far the only other participant I’ve seen is Pink Sith. She has you beaten by quite a bit, and her FOTD looks great, but so does yours as always! 🙂 

  • I’m loving how your eyes and hair coordinate!  An electrifying look!  You and I are the resident cheapskates, Phyrra!  Only about $1 difference between us.  Guess we need to go shopping together.

  • I like the honey-glazed lips look. I was looking for a MAC+fix alternative, I’ve never used it, or owned it, but I know what it can be used for. I went on a google rampage and found you can make your own with glycerin and water, and I found this very helpful post:)Hope it helps

  • This challenge looks like fun! The only problem is the value of ALL the makeup I own I’m sure is less than the grand total of the products you used on just the look, above (which is gorgeous, by the way). Woe is me! I guess I need to win the Two-Faced Giveaway so I can buy some more high end cosmetics….<grin>

    • Twirly Girly If it helps, I’ve been purchasing makeup for a very long time, and this was the most expensive face I could put together. A lot of my products I purchase on sale (20% off YAY).

  • Your face looks flawless!! All the colors you used are so perfect for you–love your lip color too! 

  • Your eyes alone look like a million bucks. I get so much use out of my Sephora Pro Airbrush lately. I always forget how great it is.

    • Marcia beauty info zone Thank you Marcia! And yes, it is! Izzy from Musings of a Muse told me about it, so I picked it up and it is PERFECT for under the eyes.

  • Your eyes look beautiful, as always. I love the NARS palette. You are the second one to feature that I think. Great job!

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