I’m not going to lie, this was a hard one! You just don’t think about how much makeup costs when you buy it piece by piece. But when you need a whole face? Super challenging. The last time we did this it was $25, but you know. Inflation.

I took myself off to Walgreens and surveyed my selections. Because I had to keep costs down, I went right to Wet ‘n Wild. I’ve always thought they had great products for the price. Here is what I ended up purchasing:

So, I got quite a bit for $30, and the best part was, most of it was on sale.


The mattifying powder was a  bit chalky. I couldn’t figure out how to make it better except for using a large kabuki brush. Forget the little pad that comes with it. The coverstick was fairly good – I used it to cover and highlight, focusing on that for coverage rather than the BB cream, which I liked quite a bit.

I always love the eye shadows – they are much better than you would think, and they are so buildable that you can go for a sheer look, or make it more opaque. They have a lot of bright colors, but I stuck with some fall-like neutrals that I’ll be able to wear again. The eye pencil was phenomenal – it was the real standout here. It’s a gem – goes on like a kohl. Nice and smooth. I need more of them.

I wasn’t thrilled with the mascara, as it didn’t give me mega-volume, just your standard day-wear formula. The lip balm was another standout – it really lasted – through food, and even a smooch or two. Worth taking a look at. Plus, it’s in the trendy pencil formula.

Makeup Wars: $30 face by @retrodiva

Overall, I was pretty satisfied with my products and my look. I never thought about how hard the challenge would be, but Wet ‘n Wild makes it easy. I’ll be passing down most of it to my daughter, as we are building her a kit. This price line is perfect for her.

So, to create this look, it’s super simple. Here is how I did it:

  • Used CoverStick to over any spots, then used it to highlight – under my eyes, center of the forehead, chin dimple, brows, and cupid’s bow.
  • Applied BB Cream.
  • I actually used a bit of the lip balm as blush – it worked out much better than I thought it would. The blending wasn’t too bad.
  • I used the lightest shade in the eyeshadow trio as a highlighter – top of cheekbones, and all the other spots I used concealer in. Worked as well as any other illuminizer I have ever tried.
  • I applied the eyeshadow in the simple formula the trio has stamped on their powders. Lightest shade as a highlight on my brow bone, the pink on the lid, and the brown in the crease, blending well.
  • Used the outstanding eyeliner on the top and lower lids.
  • Mascara time. Three or four coats.
  • Applied the lip balm, although it was a bit of a mess – as I was taking the outer plastic wrapping off, the tip of the product broke off. I tried to squish it together but ultimately threw the tippy top in the trash. Made no difference to the quality of the product, though. However, full disclosure and all that.

That’s it! Super simple and really cheap.

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