FOTD: Budget make-up

I get a lot of requests to do a face-of-the-day post only using budget make-up. So the products featured in today’s FOTD are either cheap or very cheap. Yet, they all perform really well!

The cheapest make-up brands I know are H&M and ELF. The quality of their products vary, but I’ve found some favorites which I’m going to present to you now.


ELF (Eyes Lips Face):
- ELF Mineral Eyeshadow Primer. This stuff is good and very comparable to my Urban Decay Primer Potion.
ELF Lip Definer and Shaper. Benefit has a similar pen, which is designed to make your lips look fuller (there’s a highlighter on one end and and a neutral lipliner on the other).
- ELF Mineral Lipstick in Runway Pink 6716 (a nude shade)
- ELF Mineral Infused Face Primer. Can’t rave enough about it!

- Lipgloss in a cute horse packaging in Rose Toffee
- Duo eyeshadow in U Crush My Heart (these swatch very well on a primer)
- Blush in Dazzling Peach

- Mascara IsaDora WigWham Heavy Lashes


I have three of these horse glosses by H&M in Right Red (if you need a swatch, I’m wearing it here), Bordeaux Nights and Rose Toffee and I’m very pleased with them. They’re all very pigmented, have a good staying power yet they’re not to thick and heavy. And so cheap, what a good deal!

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9 Responses to FOTD: Budget make-up

  1. jill says:

    Wow! One of my favorite FOTD post so far! I’ve been requesting a post like this:) Tat duo shadow looks amazing, so so does the lipgloss! I want everything here

  2. Hi! nice blog :-)
    I think H&M has some good cosmetics products, I normally use eye shadows from h&m, good price and good results.

  3. ebba says:

    fin blogg du har !!! kram :P <3

  4. Jennie says:

    Great tips, Antonia, thank you! You look incredible in this makeup, can’t believe it’s Elf and H&M :) I feel like I never again can justify high-end makeup :)

  5. Araceli Estrada says:

    I just found elf products at my local Target store and wondered if they were any good. I am so glad you did this post.

  6. L says:

    Very natural indeed. But I cannot help wondering, are you not wearing eyeliner aswell?

  7. Millie says:

    Wow you seem to have a large collection of make up like myself. I was just wondering would you be able to do a blog post about how you store and organise all your make up. I need some tips :)

    • Antonia says:

      Millie, to be honest, my make-up collection is not that large:) I have 4 or 5 palettes, a couple of duos, 1 loose powder and maybe 5 blushes… Just to give you a better picture:)

  8. Librafleur says:

    The lipgloss of H&M are gorgeous! and they smell so gooooooood!!!! I just wanna eat my lips after :p

    Libra xx

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