The Makeup Wars $20 Challenge, Beauty Info Zone edition

Good Morning Marcia, your mission, should you chose to accept it, is to create a makeup collection for exactly $20. You can spend less but if you spend more the MW (Makeup Wars) team will disavow any knowledge of you and ban you forever from their missions. This message will self-destruct in five seconds unless you agree to these conditions. Good luck Marcia, you’ll need it.

Imagine that your luggage and all your makeup is lost. The airlines, being the “generous souls” that they are, have given you $20 to buy what you need to last the rest of your trip. You don’t have to worry about skincare or hair but you do want to look decent. In my scenario I decided that I’d have to spend all the money in one store. I chose to go to Meijers which is a Midwestern chain similar to Super Kmart and Walmart. I had that $20 bill in hand and wandered the aisles to find what I thought I’d like and possibly use in the future.

My purchases:

Rimmel eyeshadow quad 024 Green Sapphire. I picked this because I’d never bought Rimmel eyeshadows and I wanted to review them anyway. The colors in this appealed to me since there was a light shade that could be used as a highlighter, as well as a light green and 2 dark green shadows. $5.99

E.L.F. Blending Eye Brush. This seemed like it had some substance to it and I had a feeling I could both apply and blend with it. $1

WetnWild gel eyeliner in Eggplant. This was chosen because I love gels and my favorite Physicians Formula would be too expensive. Plus it comes with a brush so I had a tool to apply it with. I thought the eggplant shade would play with the greens nicely too.  $2.99

WetnWild MegaWink Mascara. Since I desperately need an eyelash curler I chose this Curl Enhancing mascara. $2.99

NYC Smooth Skin Liquid Makeup in Ivory. This was the most neutral and lightest shade I could find in inexpensive foundations. $2.94

E.L.F. Tone Correcting Concealer in Light Beige. This was my biggest challenge. The concealers that looked decent were too expensive and I was getting close to the end of my money. $1

E.L.F. All Over Color Stick in Pink Lemonade. I love cream blush, I wouldn’t need an applicator and I could use this on my lips. $1

E.L.F. Plumping Lip Gloss in Oasis. A two sided gloss – one side is a lip plumper and the other a pinky peach gloss $1

Total:  $19!!!!

Now for my opinions of these gems:

Rimmel eyeshadow quad 024 Green Sapphire – nice colors, good quality but not buttery soft. They aren’t chalky though and I didn’t have fallout. But they weren’t the easiest to blend especially with the ELF brush. Because I didn’t have an eyeshadow primer the shadows were much harder to blend and faded. Later using better brushes and Too Faced Eyeshadow Insurance, this was a nice set. RATING: Would consider buying another Rimmel palette but I’m not rushing into it.

E.L.F. Blending Eye Brush – this looks the most like the MAC 217 of any of their brushes. Since I couldn’t feel the head of the brush I figured I’d take a chance with this since I could apply and blend with it. The brush isn’t soft but it held up to the shadows. It was easier to apply with this brush than it was to blend with it. RATING: I think I’d try the regular eyeshadow brush if I had to do it again.

WetnWild gel eyeliner in Eggplant – the brush is awful!! I had a heck of a time lining with it because the handle is so short. I also have a hard time keeping the container closed since the cap barely has enough depth to screw on well. The eggplant color is nice, the liner lasts decently. It’s much easier to use with a better brush though. RATING: I won’t buy another but I wouldn’t tell you not to buy this.

WetnWild MegaWink Mascara – I do not like this!! It didn’t enhance any curl, it made my lashes look dull and flat. Even when I tried it the next day with my eyelash curler it wouldn’t hold a curl and my lashes looked clumpy. It didn’t smudge much though. RATING: forget about it!

NYC Smooth Skin Liquid Makeup – this is the thickest liquid I’ve tried. I could not get it out of the jar. I had it upside down for 2 days and it didn’t budge. I finally had to take a q-tip and scoop some out. The color match was okay especially for a drugstore foundation and didn’t oxidize. The foundation was decent but I can’t give it a higher rating than that. I’ll try it again in the cold months but it didn’t last in the heat. RATING: your mileage may vary, it’s not bad for $3 but it’s not great.

E.L.F. Tone Correcting Concealer in Light Beige – this isn’t very concealing. The color choices were pretty bad and this was darker than my foundation choice. It didn’t last but at first it looked okay. RATING: I’d skip this and find something better even if you had to sacrifice somewhere else.

E.L.F. All Over Color Stick in Pink Lemonade – while I’d never describe this shade as pink lemonade it’s actually quite pretty for someone who likes cool toned blush. It applied nicely and blended well with my fingers. I also liked it quite a bit on my lips. I’ve used it several times as a lipstick and then put the gloss over it. RATING: a steal, check this one out for sure.

E.L.F. Plumping Lip Gloss in Oasis – I’m surprised but I do like it. The plumping side really does plump though it stings too. If you ever tried the original DuWop lip plumper it feels like that but without the nasty fragrance. The gloss side is quite pretty and flattering. Plus these two lasted well. RATING: a great buy, even if you didn’t use the plumping side the gloss is quite pretty.

The items I really missed a lot were my eyeshadow primer, my eyelash curler and a blot powder. If I could have had those or even drugstore ones I’d have been much happier. But with $1 left I wouldn’t get too far!

Use the arrows above or the links below to find out how the rest of the Mission Impossible Team  Makeup War ladies spent their wad! I’d love to hear what you’d buy with the same $20. — Marcia


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  1. What a good selection of products you were able to get for $20.

  2. Again with the good review of the ELF Pink Lemonade stick! I had bought it to try too, but it was an “alternate” product for me and I haven’t opened it yet. That’s too bad about the Rimmel palette not being great, the colors look so pretty!

  3. Great Post!! I loved what you picked. I too had a problem w/ the concealer not working for me, mine was WnW brand. Love that ELF all over cover stick! Such a great color! I might have to find that one!

  4. beautyin says:

    Christine, I like the Rimmel but it was extremely dark and not a great daytime choice. I’ve played around with it though and with the right brushes it’s better.

  5. Another Pink Lemonade stick. I’m so picking that up. I really like the looks of that and the gloss. Very impressed.

  6. Doesn’t that elf color stick rock!?!?! I love the one that I got. Like you, I kind of chuckled at the name. I would not call it pink lemonade given that it is more like a medium rose. I liked the eyesahdow brush too, given that it was only $1.

  7. Great job! I love your picks, especially the Rimmel eyeshadow quad!

  8. I love your choices, especially that Rimmel… it’s so gorgeous!

  9. I must bust out my elf all-over-color stick! It has been hiding in the depths of my makeup collection. It really is a pretty shade. You made some great choices!!! And, lol, that foundation needs new packaging, right?

  10. I have wondered about that elf blush stick. It looks amazing and it’s only $1!! Very cool. I need that now. It seems like elf stood out pretty well in this test.

  11. I missed my primers too! I wish elf was easier for me to find here.

  12. I love these challenges. OMG, had to laugh at the rating you gave to the mascara!!!

  13. I love your makeup wars. What fun these are to read. I like seeing how you each approach the topic too.


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