My students often ask me if mass, "cheap", makeup is just as good as prestige, "expensive". And my answer is that you get what you pay for. Which in some cases means that the answer is "yes" and "no" in others.
Large mass brands, such as Revlon, L'Oreal and Cover Girl have access to very extensive research and development that small prestige brands, such as Stila do not. Although there are also small mass brands, such as Kleancolor and NYX that fascinate me.
Bargains are too be had in beauty as well as food and fashion. At my favorite discount store in Little Tokyo I picked up the Kleancolor OMG palette for $3.50. With 36 shadows, that's less than a dime a shade.
I had previously bought their nailpolish duos which I totally love. Great concept in two different brush sizes allowing easy creation of nail art.
Trying Kleancolor's shadows for the first time I was super pleased with their consistency and finish.
Here are a few tips to best execute a great cheap look:
Overall, I loved the pigment and payoff of this great buy. The only shade I was not a fan of was the silver highlight shade which went on very white. Probably due to its lack of natural ingredients, such as pearl which is included in Stila's famous Kitten shade. And my sensitive eyes did water slightly which is pretty much the norm for purple or brown shadows that contain a red dye that's irritating.
- Partner bargain brands with a variety of other brands, in this look I used Josie Maran tinted moisturizer, Anastasia brow, Stila cream cheek and smashbox lip gloss.
- For mass shadows, always, always use an eye primer. Here I used Urban Decay's in Sin. Mass shadows often have less pigment and more binders which equals less pay off and shorter wear time. A great primer can help both these issues.
- In this look I utilized only shadows but try blending the bright shades with a deeper "anchor" color to get an enhanced payoff. For example I mixed one of the bronzes with the purple to blend in root of bottom lash line.
- Invest in one great set of tools and toss the useless "applicators" that come with most kits.