The dollar has gone up and so has the price of your MAC makeup. Your favorite foundation is now triple the price and you come to the (heartbreaking) realization that you can no longer afford your makeup. I recently ran out of makeup on holiday and my pocket was in tears. Spending over N15,000 on a bottle of foundation seemed completely ridiculous, so I decided to suck it up and try my hand at some drug store brands.
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I tried one particular foundation and was impressed by the finish but I decided to give it a few hours. Sometimes, the make up can look perfect and then a few hours later, it melts off, becomes patchy or basically turns you into a green monster. Trust me, I’ve seen things in this life. Fast forward to eight hours later, my make up was still matte and I honestly could not see the difference between this foundation and my usual one – aside from the fact that my pocket had been doing back flips all day. The next day, I went to the drug store confidently with a basket in hand – I ‘splurged’ on color correctors, lipsticks, eye shadows and bronzers.

I realized that I was so used to these high-end brands like MAC and LANCOME that I failed to see that I was paying for the brand names as opposed to the actual products. There are many brands that do the exact same thing, at fractions of the costs and no one would ever be able to tell the difference.

Beauty blender – N5,000

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Nuban beauty sponge – N2,000

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Becca Shimmering skin perfector – N8,000

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L’Oreal True Match Lumi – N3,500

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MAC Setting spray – N8,000

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Elf Makeup Mist – N3,500

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Too Faced ‘Better than sex’ mascara – N10,000

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Miss Manga mascara – N3,000

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit – N8,000

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Zaron Face Definer – N3,000

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MAC ‘Ruby Woo’- N5,000

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Wet n Wild ‘Certainly Red’- N800

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 Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow pomade – N7,500

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Colour Pop Brow color pots – N2,00010

Becca Ever-Matte – N21,700

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No 7 Beautifully Matte – N7,000

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Smashbox Photo Finish – N10,000

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NYX Studio Photo-Loving primer – N4,500

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MAC Bare Minerals powder – N10,000

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Black Opal Finishing Powder – N2,000

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MAC Pro-Longwear concealer – 

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LA Girl Pro Concealer – 

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Black-Up Matifying foundation – N13,000

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Milani Conceal + Perfect foundation – N4,500

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Lancome Tent Miracle foundation – N16,000

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Maybelline Fit Me foundation – N4,200

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