Makeup Wars – 5 favorites under $10

Makeup Wars - 5 under 10

Makeup Wars – 5 under 10

For this week’s Makeup Wars the choices were infinite but the decision was made in a flash. These 5 (actually 7 since I’m like that) are the products that get constant use so you need to know about them. I’ll start with my eye favorites since that’s what I do when I apply makeup – go for the eyes.

MILANI EYESHADOW PRIMER is one of the best primers I’ve tried no matter the cost. I usually switch between this and Too Faced Shadow Insurance but the truth is that for $6 this could be my only choice and I’d be just as happy as with my $20 TFSI.

Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Milani Eyeshadow Primer

MILANI BELLA EYES GEL POWDER EYESHADOW in Bella Chiffon and Bella Espresso are my fall back shadows. I’ve purchased at least a dozen of the 31 shades. While I like them all, it’s these two that I couldn’t do without. Bella Espresso is a dark brown satin matte. If all mattes shadows wore like Bella Espresso I’d be a convert. It’s hard for me to believe it’s a matte since it has a sheen to it. I love that I can intensify it if I want it dark (which I usually do) and that this cool toned brown works with just about everything. Bella Chiffon is a shimmering off-white shade. There’s no glitter or sparkle but it’s bright and I love it on my browbone. At $4.49 you can buy them both for $10 but I bet you won’t stop at just 2.

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Espresso and Chiffon

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Espresso and Chiffon

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Chiffon and Espresso

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Chiffon and Espresso

REVIVA LABS EYE MAKEUP REMOVER GEL ($5) is a fabulous eye makeup remover. I was sent one to test and shortly after bought a second – I don’t want to run out of this ever. This incredibly gentle gel removes even the most stubborn gel liners and mascaras. It’s moisturizing, conditioning and non-oily. Fabulous stuff from a fabulous company. Another reason I love Reviva Labs.

Reviva Labs Eye Makeup Remover Gel

Reviva Labs Eye Makeup Remover Gel

HARD CANDY FAST & FABULOUS TRANSLUCENT FINISHING POWDER ($6) is the reason to drive to Walmart right now (well you can finish reading the review if you want). This is the only pressed powder I’m using these days. I use a soft kabuki brush to apply this matte powder and it helps keep my foundation set and looking good throughout the day. Its oil absorbing finish helps blur my many imperfections.

Hard Candy Fast & Furious Translucent Finishing Powder

Hard Candy Fast & Furious Translucent Finishing Powder

Two nail polish brands had to be included since they are fabulous easy to find products. The entire SINFULCOLORS line of nail polishes are $1.99. And they last, they really last! The colors are beautiful and the quality is equal to any high end brand you can think of. It’s rare that I can find a $2 treat that isn’t fattening but these fill the bill. Another brand that I love and can be found at Target is PIXI BEAUTY ($8). I’ve reviewed a lot of Pixi’s nail polishes and have loved them all. My newest one is Olive Gold and I found it on sale at Target for $3 – color me golden. I can’t wait to wear this fall shade and share it.

SinfulColors Let's Talk and Pixi Olive Gold polishes

SinfulColors Let’s Talk and Pixi Olive Gold polishes

For this entire post – all 7 items – the total would be $36! I’ve spent that much on a single mascara. I’d much rather have these 7. Let’s see what the other Makeup Wars bloggers picked. I’ve got all that change that I can spend! What’s your favorite under $10 product? — Marcia

*Hard Candy, Sinful Colors and Reviva were originally sent as press samples



  1. I love those shadows!

  2. Your Milani picks are great!

  3. Those Milani Shadows are gorgeous! I love your picks, Marcia!

  4. Wow, I need to try that Milani eyeshadow primer!

  5. I like Milani shadows too for the cost. They are worth every penny and I will be getting the Bella Espresso shadow for sure. The other thing I have never used but should is primer. So I’ll be getting that one too. Thanks for the heads up!

  6. I have those 2 Milani shades too, they are so pretty! Great picks.

  7. The Milani shadow singles are so good. I won several and love them. I can’t find the primer in my area, tho.

  8. Oooh, I need to try that Reviva Labs makeup remover. I didn’t even know they had one!

  9. Milani really is a great brand!

  10. Nice choices. I love Milani shadows.

  11. Oooh, great picks! I must try those Milani products!

  12. O.O Those Milani shades!

  13. Great picks! I am dying to try the Reviva Eye Makeup Remover

  14. I love all of your picks!

  15. Those shadows are awesome!

  16. More Milani Yay! I forgot Pixi nail polishes–so many great colors!

  17. Milani is always a hit! And soooo affordable!

  18. I definitely need to try the Milani primer (and the shadows too, holy pigmentation!)

  19. Those Milani e/s pack more pigment than the pricier Burberry eye cream I just reviewed. Proof that luxury doesn’t always mean quality

  20. I keep forgetting about those Milani shadows! I need to pull them out of my drawer and use them!

  21. I’ve yet to try that Milani primer but the shadows are every thing!!!

  22. My all time fave eyeshadow primer! It keeps anything on!!

  23. I’ve never even heard of those Milani shadows but they look so pretty! I’d love the darker brown!

  24. I love love Milani Eyeshadow Primer – it is one of my favorites and I love me some Bella Eyes too.

  25. I had no idea that Reviva Labs had a fabulous makeup remover! And I love those Milani blushes. Such great quality for affordable shadows.

  26. Nataile Brown says

    This eye shadow primer and finishing powder sound amazing. I haven’t tried either but I think I need to change that. Thanks for the suggestions. 🙂

  27. I have those Milani shadows and they are awesome!

  28. The only thing I have tried on your list is the Sinful colors! I need to try out some of the others!