Finding makeup is easy, all a girl has to do is walk into a drugstore. You can find makeup just about anywhere now but finding the right makeup for your skin is a little bit more difficult, even harder, finding quality, affordable makeup. I’ve tried just about every brand from Cover Girl to Chanel, and I’ve found that there’s really no need to spend so much money on high-end designer makeup when there are cheaper brands that work just as well. The best way to go about finding a cheaper replacement is to find out what you like about the high-end designer makeup and look for those qualities in a less expensive brand.
If you’re like me, the quality of makeup is almost as important as how it will effect my skin. The last thing I want is to use makeup to cover up blemishes only to get more blemishes. I’ve also found that makeup can dull and age your skin and since I don’t wear it that often it’s never been an issue for me, but one can never be to cautious when it comes to skin care. The two brands that I see the most advertisements for are Neutrogena and Almay cosmetics. Both brands can be found at just about any retail or drugstore and although they are on the pricier end, they’re still much less expensive than high-end designer brands.
Almay is the more expensive out of the two and the brand that I was less familiar with. The reason why I decided to try out Almay was the fact that they matched up eye makeup shades that would enhance the color of your eyes. Almay matches up eye shadow shades, eye liner and mascara to either play up your eye color or bring it out. Another thing I like about Almay is their eye makeup remover, it doesn’t leave any residue and removes makeup without any hassle. What I absolutely love about Almay is their Smart Shade makeup, which is a foundation that comes in three shades, light, light/medium and medium. What’s great about this Smart Shade makeup is that it transform itself into a shade that compliments your skin tone, perfect for those of us who have a hard time finding the right shade of makeup. Smart Shade also has nourishing antioxidants that helps give your skin a natural, healthy glow.
I pretty much went out and bought the entire line of eye makeup, a lip gloss, lipstick, makeup remover and of course the Smart Shade. Yeah, I went a little crazy but hey, I had faith that my money would be well worth it. Well I was disappointed, except for the Smart Shade the rest of the line wasn’t all that great. I mean the cosmetics weren’t bad but they weren’t anything really special. The line of eye makeup was like any other cosmetic line except that Almay matched up the shades for you, but that’s only good if you know nothing about matching up colors. I didn’t like the lip gloss or lipstick either, the colors were nice and natural but it had a strange chemical scent to it and tasted bitter.
After a few times of using it I haven’t used Almay anymore, everything I’ve bought are now sitting in my makeup drawer.
Out of all the brands I’ve tried I prefer Neutrogena overall. Their cosmetic line is Dermatologist recommended, at least that’s what they advertise, which makes sense since Neutrogena is known for their skin care products. What I like about Neutrogena cosmetic is that it’s light weight and looks natural, unlike other brands that make you look too made-up or cakey. I also like their blushes and eye shadows because it comes in a variety of natural-looking colors they actually show up on my skin. It’s great for those who have a hard time finding blushes and pinkish eye shadows that will show up on their skin and still look natural. What I love the most about Neutrogena is their lip glosses and lipsticks, I like the taste, smell and feel, it goes on smoothly and is one of the few brands that make lipstick and glosses that protects and nourishes your lips.
Almay isn’t a bad brand and it has many good and unique products that other brands don’t offer, but for the most part you can find the same items in a less expensive brand. I would recommend Neutrogena if you’re looking for cosmetics that give you a natural look as well as nourishes and protects your skin.