Finding a way to save money while shopping for makeup is something that all of us can agree is pretty wonderful. However, when it comes to coating your face in product, sometimes the dirt cheap products can cause some hesitation. [While I’m all for a super low-cost eye shadow or brow pencil, the idea of putting $1 foundation or concealer all over my face was still a little disconcerting when I decided to do a whole face of makeup with $1 products from Miss A. In my mind, a lower cost is associated with lower quality, synthetic ingredients, AKA stuff that isn’t as good for your skin as natural ingredients. Still, though, if $1, safe makeup is out there and there’s even a small chance it could be good, I figured it was worth a shot.
I went with Miss A as opposed to another brand as the site is known for having a massive selection of products — all of which include 100 percent FDA-approved ingredients and cruelty-free practices.
I decided to recreate my usual everyday full face makeup look including primer, foundation, concealer, setting powder, blush, bronzer, highlighter, eye shadow, brow pencil and gel, lipstick, and lip gloss. Every single thing, including the brushes and the makeup sponge were $1. And while some products were better than others, I was incredibly impressed with the results.
I started with a bare face and the AOA Wonder Skin Poreless Face Primer, which is one of the best selling items on the site. To be honest, this was one of the products I was most afraid of using given that it was going to be in direct contact with my entire face, where as everything else would have a barrier because of the primer (like the foundation) or only be in a few areas (blush, bronzer). I’ve had some bad experiences with primers of many price points in the past, as well, which added to my hesitation. However, it felt exactly like any other silicone-based primer I’ve tried. It didn’t feel greasy, either, which is always a plus when it comes to primer in my opinion.
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I finished the look with a couple swipes of the Amuse Waterproof Mascara, which did the trick. In terms of mascara, I’m personally not very picky, so knowing there is a truly waterproof option that’s only $1 is a definite game-changer.
I wore this face of makeup for about five hours, and everything wore well over time. I was hyperaware that I was wearing ingredients and products my skin wasn’t used to, though, and I did have some minor breakouts in the days after using the products, to be fair. However, as a beauty editor who is trying products daily, it’s hard to say whether this was directly caused by the makeup or something else I tried in the past week. While I won’t be swapping out my expensive eye shadow palettes for $1 versions anytime soon, my mind has officially been changed when it comes to lipstick, concealer, and brow products. Affordable makeup doesn’t have to be scary — and, in fact, it can be kind of fun.
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