Quite some time ago (2 years!) the Makeup Wars bloggers did a $20 face. This time around we’re doing a $30 face, so today I bring you my $30 Cruelty Free Face. It was a lot harder this time around than I thought it would be! I really needed a face primer but didn’t have that left over in my budget.
$30 Cruelty Free Face
You can find some great quality cruelty free brands at the drugstore. Wet n’ Wild, Hard Candy, Jesse’s Girl and Nyx all have some nice products.
Cruelty Free Drugstore Makeup Brands
- Ardell Lashes
- essence Beauty
- Jesse’s Girl Cosmetics
- Kiss Nail Dress
- Mineral Fusion
- Nyx Cosmetics
- Physicians Formula
- Real Techniques
- Wet n’ Wild
Since people always ask, above are some cruelty free drugstore makeup brands. I’d love to be able to add Milani to that list, but I’m still troubled by what happened with them earlier this year. Milani told me that they’ll be getting Leaping Bunny certification and when that happens I’ll feel comfortable supporting them again.
Of course, you can also reach for indie! You can use makeup samples, which are typically $1 to $2 from most indie brands. Some indie companies sell mini jars, usually for $2.50 or more. I think you’ll find more complex eyeshadows and lipsticks within the indie realm.
I could have used all samples for my $30 face, but this time around I used all full size products. (the Limnit lipstick is a mini jar but they’re not currently selling full size lipsticks so it was the largest I could buy)
- Wet n’ Wild Pressed Coverall Powder in Fair – $2.99
- Wet n’ Wild Fergie Eyeshadow Primer – 2.99 (normally $4.99, purchased with a coupon)
- Wet n’ Wild Eyeshadow Single in Nutty – $.79 (purchased on sale)
- Wet n’ Wild Eyeshadow Single in Brulee – $.79 (purchased on sale)
- Colour Pop Eyeshadow in So Quiche – $5
- Hard Candy Ginormous Lash Mascara – $7
- Hard Candy Highlight and Contour in Cheeky Pink $5 (normally $7, purchased with a coupon)
- Limnit Lipstick in Castle in the Sky – $4.60
- Total $29.16
I chose to wear Limnit Lipstick in Castle in the Sky, which is a pinky purple lipstick.
To do my eyes, I applied the Fergie eyeshadow primer. Then I applied Brulee as a base shade. I tapped So Quiche onto my lid and lower lid. I blended Nutty into my crease. I applied the Hard Candy Ginormous Lash Mascara, which was underwhelming. I did use Nutty eyeshadow to fill in my brows. It doesn’t look great on me but I think it could work for people lighter hair than mine in a pinch.
As I mentioned above, I really needed a face primer. Since I had applied my Mirvaso medication earlier, the Wet n’ Wild powder foundation didn’t want to apply right, especially without a primer. I have a difficult time wearing most powder foundations these days. I tried to apply the powder to my chin, nose, under the eyes, and forehead. I know I’ve seen some positive reviews of this powder, so I expected more from it, but it really didn’t work well for me.
A note on my medication, today was one of those days that the Mirvaso didn’t completely remove the red from my face. My nose, cheeks and chin were still red. Sigh. I hate my rosacea.
The Hard Candy Highlight and Contour in Cheeky went on patchy, too. If I were doing this look over, I would have skipped that and gone for a Hard Candy baked blush. I tried dabbing the HAC on with my finger tips, as well as directly from the stick onto my face but it just was a blotchy mess for me. My Hard Candy baked blushes, in the past, have applied easily and not been patchy at all.
The Hard Candy Ginormous Lash Mascara did not live up to its name. I feel like my lashes were pretty pathetic. They would have been better if I had used a mascara primer. e.l.f. makes a $3 mascara primer that’s nice, but I didn’t have room left in my budget for it, so I had to kip it.
Overall, I disliked the Wet n’ Wild Coverall powder and Hard Candy Ginormous Lash Mascara. I hated the Hard Candy Highlight and Contour, but I’ll give it another try to see if it works better for me on primer. I just feel like it looked so splotchy!
The Wet n’ Wild Fergie Eyeshadow Primer was nice. While I can’t see it replacing my beloved TFSI, it’s a great budget friendly option.
I love the Wet n’ Wild Eyeshadow singles. I have 3 – Nutty (taupe), Brulee (creamy vanilla matte) and Panther (black matte). They’re great staple, workhorse shades. It’s hard to beat their price at under $1 each.
I love the Colour Pop eyeshadow in So Quiche. It’s described as a soft olive with a highly reflective gold and pink violet glittery duo chrome metallic finish. I definitely see pink-violet in the gorgeous olive base. I love this unusual shade! This is definitely a gem of a shade!
I love Limnit Lipstick in Castle in the Sky. It’s described as a slightly-cool pinky purple. It’s also vegan. I found it very wearable.
I definitely feel like Colour Pop So Quiche, Limnit Lipstick Castle in the Sky, and Wet n’ Wild Nutty and Brulee were the best part of my look. If you only decide to check out a few brands, those would be the 3 that I’d recommend.
What do you think of my $30 Cruelty Free Face? How would you spend $30 for a makeup look?
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