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10 Save vs. Splurge Products for Girls on A Budget


NARS Blush in “Orgasm” (P1,800)

While NARS’s Orgasm may be THE blush that every beauty lover has to have, it’s met its match with the more budget-friendly Milani Baked Blush in “Dolce Pink.” Both blushes are a soft, pretty shade of pink that compliment most skin tones, with a lightweight and super blendable formula. At just a fraction of the price, Milani takes the cake here.


Benefit Cosmetics 24-hour Brow Setter (P1,400)

When groomed brows are a must everyday, regularly re-purchasing a brow styler that isn’t a strain on your wallet is the smarter choice. Rimmel’s brow gel helps to define and tame even the most unruly of brows, and keeps every stray hair in place from dusk until dawn.


theBalm Bahama Mama Bronzer (P1,335)

Whether you’ve got a light, medium, or deep skin tone, a good bronzer can still add that extra bit of warmth and glow to your face. It can also do wonders to define your natural face shape and balance out a ‘too light’ foundation shade.  Rimmel’s Natural Bronzer has a velvety, soft texture that blends seamlessly and boasts an impressive 10-hour wear time.


Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray (P1,980)

For some of us, getting dolled up can take hours. That’s why it’s important to keep makeup in place with the right setting spray. Milani’s dual purpose setting spray keeps shine and fading at bay, and even works to prime and prep your skin for makeup with tons of hydration.


YSL Touche Eclat- All Over Brightening Pen (P1,975)

Even some of Hollywood’s most beautiful ladies have to deal with our everyday skin concerns, like large pores, acne, and redness. Having a professional makeup artist on call is great, but for us regular folk, a top-notch concealer is the next best thing. Milani’s brightening concealer flawlessly works to hide every blemish you’ve got with its full coverage, lightweight formula.


MAC Retro Matte Lipstick in “Ruby Woo” (P1,100)

Every empowered gal shouldn’t be afraid to rock a classic, red lip. Milani’s pigmented, liquid formula also features a cool-toned, bold red that’ll compliment most skin tones. It also has a more velvety finish and a longer wear time of 16 hours, so I think we’ve got a clear winner here.


Smashbox Photo Finish Smooth & Blur Primer (P2,100)

What’s the secret to great-looking makeup? An equally great primer. Prep skin with Rimmel’s take on a primer that also blurs away and minimizes pores and other imperfections. It also leaves skin visibly smoother and brighter, giving your makeup the best base for application.


Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder (P1,999)

Face powder is a necessity you rarely need to shell out a painful amount of money for. Rimmel’s got proof with their best selling powder that not only controls shine for hours. It also minimizes pores and leaves skin looking matte, but not flat.


Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation (P1,950)

Since its launch, Fenty Beauty became one of the most trending beauty brands to date. With products like a longwearing foundation that provides full coverage without the heavy feel, we can understand why. If you want to avoid its steep price tags though, Milani’s got our backs. Their buildable, water-resistant foundation combines the power of a foundation and a concealer for maximum coverage that leaves a flawless finish.


K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyebrow Liner 24H (P845)

No matter what brow style is dominating the beauty scene, you can’t deny that fuller, defined brows frame the face better and help you look younger. Rimmel’s dual brow product makes your daily eyebrow grooming a treat. Just define and set with the wax, then fill in with the powder for red carpet ready brows.

Written By: Ari Yupangco BEAUTY CONTRIBUTOR

Ari has been blogging since 2012 about all things beauty with a sprinkle of different topics here and there. She loves makeup just as much as she loves almost anything nerdy like video games and comic books, and is big on Japanese culture.

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