How much is your makeup worth?

April 3, 2017 Lifestyle

I’ve seen several bloggers do these over the past week and figured it would be interesting to see what mine totals up to. My makeup bag has slowly become more minimalist and much, much, more conservative. If I had done this calculation a few years ago there would have been brands such as Dior, Chanel and By Terry pushing the price right up. But hey, I’m a student and have been for three years, I’ve prioritised my money and makeup has had to take a back seat for a while.

My go to foundation is Rimmel Match Perfection and I wear shade 103 True Ivory. For the price I don’t think you can beat it, it’s a buildable coverage and does a good job at covering any redness on my face. I don’t use a primer and it stays pretty well put most of the day, you’re soon going to work our from this that I’m pretty lazy when it comes to makeup. Price – £7.99

Coincidently also use Rimmel Match Perfection Illuminating Concealer in shade 010 Ivory, that’s a mouth full. I’ve tried a lot of high-end concealers in my time and haven’t found anything that I like as much as this. Again, it’s a buildable coverage, a gentle swipe easily covers my under-eye circles and a more generous splodge any blemishes. Price – £5.99 

The powder that I’ve been using for as long as I can remember is the Rimmel Stay Matte in 001 Transparent. (I promise this isn’t a sponsored Rimmel post) This powder can do no wrong. For starters, it’s dirt cheap, if I drop it and it shatters I don’t have to cry, but it also just works. I dust it over my face to set my concealer and I’m done. Price – £3.99

For brows, I’ve been loving the L’Oreal Brow Artist Genius Kit. Throughout my teenage years, I plucked and waxed my poor eyebrows to within an inch of their life. It’s a miracle they recovered really. Sometime in college, I embraced the bushiness and learnt to love my fuller brows. I’m fortunate enough that they don’t need a lot of styling and 99% of the time I leave the Au-natural. But if I’m wearing a fuller face of makeup I bring them out from beneath the foundation with this kit. I love how cute the miniature spooley is. Price £9.99

The other brow product in my makeup bag is the L’Oreal Brow Artist Plumper in transparent. Now I actually stole this from my mum last time I was home (sorry mum) because I thought it was cool. I wouldn’t actually say it does much to my brows but I like to run it through them some days to remove the powder that’s sat in them and make all the hairs go the right way. Price £5.99

Moving on, for blusher, bronzer and contour I use one palette, Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette in Golden sugar 2 – Rose Gold. For a long time I used a Clarins Bronzer and an old body shop blush, but when they demised I started looking for a drugstore alternative. What drew me to this palette was the gorgeous bronze and gold shade and I actually use these as eyeshadows sometimes. There’s a degree of shimmer in all the shades but as a general rule I smudge my brush into both of the brown shades and use them for contour, take a bit of the pink for blush and then occasionally some of the gold as a highlighter, oh and I normally use the same brush. I bet makeup gurus are freaking out about now. Price – £6.00

For eyes I generally just use my L’Oreal Double Extension Beauty Tubes Technology mascara, my secondary school years of heavy eyeliner and smokey eyes have left me craving simplicity. I could rave about this mascara all day! If you have hooded lids like me, then you know the struggle of mascara transferring onto your eyelids and it sucks. Waterpromasacra didn’t work, setting spray didn’t work but this, this works. I did a lot of research to find this mascara and it’s a favourite amongst hooded lid gals like myself. It doesn’t budge at all and it still makes your lashes look fabulous, the white base coat really plumps the lashes so that when you apply the black top coat they look like falsies. Price – £11.29

And that’s it for my makeup bag. I sometimes keep a lip balm in my handbag but otherwise, my makeup is very natural and barely there. I honestly think that over the years I’ve valued the extra sleep over the application of makeup and have stripped back to the bare essentials. The total cost of my makeup bag is £51.24!

Have you totalled up the cost of your makeup bag? I think it’s surprising how quickly it adds up, and this isn’t taking into account moisturiser, night creams and brushes!

Bye for now,

Sophia xx

 

16 comments

  1. mapolo says:

    Hi Sophia I used to spend a lot of money on makeup, I was obsessed with Mac and Bobbie Brown, but now since I started blogging I get free make up from brands and I don’t have to spend a dime 🙂

    http://Mapolo.style

  2. Mattie says:

    I really like this, just goes to show that you don’t have to spend loads of money on your make up bag x

  3. Steph says:

    I haven’t seen any other bloggers do this, Sophia! It’s a very interesting post! I’m terrible at make-up…but I’m sure my make-up bag totals to a high two digit number. You’re right; It’s almost as if the items magically creep into my bag, allowing the price to creep higher and higher!

    Lovely post!

  4. Wowzas! I’m s interested to see how much mine adds up to now… or do I even want to know?! haha x

    Morgan // http://www.justmorgs.com

  5. Hi Sophie! That’s actually a good amount for a student makeup kit! Thanks for this… such a great idea! I think mine will add up to roughly 50 euros as well, but I only have four pieces in it. :O A lipstick, eye liner, makeup remover, and BB cream.

  6. Anna nuttall says:

    Urgh I try not to think about it – especially if I’m throwing it away. I think for me it roughly £20 – which isn’t too bad. It still £20 those!

  7. Alma says:

    I love these type of posts! I recently started to spend more money on makeup, but only because I’m becoming more selective and not buying as many products as I used to do.

    xoxo

    Alma || ✰PEPPERMINT CHOCOLATE

    • Sophia says:

      When I graduate and hopefully find some sort of employment I plan on being a bit more selective too. Though some of the drug store brands have really upped their games recently 😀 xx

  8. This is really interesting. I go for much more of a natural look so I just wear bare minerals and some mascara. Mine probably totals like $14 haha

  9. Charlotte says:

    I can’t believe you’ve hit pan on that Makeup revolution palette it’s such a pretty palette I adore it!
    Charlotte / Charlotte’s Picks

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