I Took the Dollar Tree Makeup Challenge

Makeup on Aisle 64 Dollar Tree Makeup ChallengDollar Tree Makeup Challenge

proved to be a challenge in more ways than one.  I thought the biggest obstacle would be finding suitable products – anti-aging cream, foundation with a good color match, and primers.  I was somewhat right on that aspect but the biggest issue tended to be brushes for product application.  Let’s get into it.

I went to two stores and neither had any anti-aging cream.  What I did find was Dermasil Oil Free Daily Retinol Facial Cream.  It came in a tube like hand lotion and had a strong fragrance.  Not off-putting, just a bit stronger than I was used to.  It smoothed on nicely and served as a foundation primer.  There was none to be had in either store.  No foundation primer.  No eye primer.  I had to make do.

Makeup on Aisle 64 Dollar Tree Makeup Challenge Foundation


The foundation I found was Sassy & Chic Moisturizing Foundation in the color Dark.  The color match worked and the sheer coverage was acceptable.  However, the product itself was very thin, very runny so I had to use a sponge to get an even application.  I took the sponge out of the L.A. Colors pressed powder compact since I was not able to pick up a foundation brush.   The pressed powder helped to set the foundation.

Makeup on Aisle 64 Dollar Tree Makeup Challenge BrowEyebrows

Once I got the foundation on, I wanted to address the eye brows and they proved to be most challenging.  I had no eye brow brush and struggled to find a solution.  I ended up using the L.A. Colors eye/brow pencil in Dark Brown to shape and fill in the brow.  Then, I brushed the brows out with the Elf Small Angled Brush.   Who knew it would work so well to help tame my brows.

Makeup on Aisle 64 Dollar Tree Makeup Challenge Eyeshadow ApplicationEyeshadow

For eye shadow, I picked up the ColorMates eye shadow palette Island Oasis.  This palette had a variety of colors in soft browns, blues, and grays.  But… it came with one of those little spongy duo-tipped applicators that I dislike.   Since I couldn’t find any eye primer, I picked up the Elf Smudge pot in Cruisin’ Chic to use as a primer and high light.

The shadow was not highly pigmented so I had to pat on several applications.  When it came to blending out the colors, I felt the sponge applicator tugged on my eye lids too much.  I found myself longing for my Real Techiniques eye shadow brushes.  Mascara was mascara – a traditional black with traditional wand.  It proved to be long-lasting and water proof.

Makeup on Aisle 64 Dollar Tree Makeup Challenge BlushBlush and Bronzer

Blush and bronzer are always my favorite products to apply so I was looking forward to trying these newbies.   The brushes that came with the L.A. Colors Blush (Peach Rose) and Bronzer (Baked) were terrible.  They were harsh on the skin and I could feel the bristles dropping on my face.  I cast these brushes aside and went to the Sassy & Chic Kabuki Cosmetic Brush.  It wasn’t much better so I resorted to using my fingers for product application.   Neither product was highly pigmented so it took several applications.  Then I used the Kabuki brush to blend, blend, blend.

My cheeks still needed a hint of color so I used the Elf Lip Balm Tint in Grapefruit to add just a little pop.  This worked beautifully but since it was a lip balm, it was a tad bit sticky.  I had to go back to the Kabuki brush to smooth away the stickiness.

Makeup on Aisle 64 Dollar Tree Makeup Challenge Lipstick Application

Lip Stick

Lip color wasn’t a problem.  I used the Colormates  Lipstick and Lip Liner Pencil in Ginger Spice.  It turned out to be a perfect nude for me.  It lasted for several  hours and didn’t dry my lips.  This product was well worth the dollar spent.

I’m always on the lookout for anti-aging products or concealers and I was lucky enough to find Skin Nutritions Age Defy Ultimate Dark Spot Corrector Age Defy Dark Circles & Puffiness Serum.  I applied these prior to putting on the foundation.  The dark spot corrector will take some time so I couldn’t really evaluate it but the Dark Circle and Puffiness Serum felt cool and soothing.

Makeup on Aisle 64 Dollar Tree Makeup Challenge Flawless Look

All in all, I liked the look I achieved with my Dollar Tree products and so did my husband.  His comment?  “Maybe you should shop at Dollar Tree more often.“   He thinks I spend too much on makeup!  You can see how I applied each of the products by visiting Makeup on Aisle 64 TV at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avlu7TcDCOA.

I challenge you to take the Dollar Tree Makeup Challenge.  Hit me up and let me know how you do.

Want to know more about budget friendly foundations?  Check out Color Match Key in Foundation Favorites.  

Have you tried any Dollar Tree cosmetic products lately?

Dollar Tree Makeup Challenge Products Used

Or, maybe you’ve found some inexpensive brands somewhere else.  Tell me about them in the comments section.

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Color Match Key in Foundation Favorites

Makeup on Aisle 64 Foundations Favorites

Foundation Favorites

Getting a good color match with your foundation can be a challenge. Many brands are limited in the number of shades they offer and sometimes, price can be a barrier. Here are some of my favorite foundations. Three are prestige or high-end brands and two you can pick up at your local drug store.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup $40  img_3075-ub-naked

This one is my absolute favorite. When I’m wearing it you can barely tell I have anything on. It looks like me only better. It’s sheer. Weightless. Long-wearing. You can build the coverage if you need to and it doesn’t look dry or cakey. The best part about this prestige brand is that it has 24 shades. If you want a sheer foundation, a great color match, and a flawless finish this might be the product you’ve been looking for.

Benefits for the woman north of 40 

Naked Skin Liquid Makeup reduces the appearance of fine lines. Imperfections almost disappear.  Skin appears more radiant and youthful.  It’s got good stuff in it – anti-wrinkle peptides, brightening agents, antioxidants, and sodium hyaluronate – stuff to help keep your skin looking and feeling great.

Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation $40  img_3051ud-all-nighter

The All Nighter Liquid Foundation is in the Urban Decay family but a different product line.  This full coverage foundation is three times more pigmented than the Naked Skin.  Because it’s so pigmented, it is not buildable.  One pump – smoothed on and blended out with a brush should leave you with a flawless matte finish.  Another nice thing about the All Nighter Liquid Foundation is its mattifying effect.  It absorbs oil and reduces shine.  It’s also long lasting and wells wear.

If I’m having problems with blemishes or have trouble spots to hide, I wear the All Nighter Liquid Foundation.  When my skin is clear and sheer coverage is what I desire, I go with the Naked Skin.  Since each of these Urban Decay products has 24 shades, color matching should not be difficult.  Neither of these products contain SPF (sun protection factor) so make sure you apply sun protectant as part of your daily routine.

MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation $38

img_3055-macMAC Mineralize Moisture SPF Foundation is another good choice. It comes in 22 different shades and the satin finish gives a “lit from within” glow. It provides the perfect canvas for blush, bronzer, or whatever product you choose to apply. I use this prestige brand in NC 40. It doesn’t dry my skin and I don’t look like a grease ball at the end of the day.

Budget Conscious? 

If you’re budget conscious, these last two products might work for you.

Covergirl Queen Collection All Day Flawless 3-in-1 Foundation $12.00  img_3061-queen

The 3-in-one formula “fuses powder, concealer, and foundation” to provide a cost-effective, long-lasting product. It wears well and looks natural. I did a comparison by making up my face with MAC NC 40 on one side and the Covergirl Queen 3-in-1 Foundation in Sand on the other. The difference was imperceptible. This product is specially formulated for dark skin and has 14 shades. The only problem is that you can’t find it in every drug store.



img_3063-loreal-visiliftL’Oreal Paris Visible Lift Blur Foundation $13.00

Now this one is interesting.  I wanted to try another drug store brand and I came across this one.  I took a look at the reviews before I tried it and overall, the reviews were good.  Most thought the product did exactly what it said it would do – minimize fine lines, reduce pore size, even out skin tones, and provide anti-aging benefits.  Most of the ladies believed their skin looked better than ever.  However, there were a few reviews that said the product didn’t last very long, transferred onto clothing, and color matching was a problem. Undeterred, I decided to give it a try.  Here’s what I found:

The color match was wonderful.  At first, I thought it was a tad bit warm but no, it was perfect.  My face looked smooth, poreless, and radiant.  It was so natural looking. The tint was just different enough that I could tell a difference from my usual foundation but no one else could.  I turned my face from side to side and thought this one could be my new best friend.  It covered every bit as well as my high end brands and was a third of the cost.  Another plus?  It has an SPF of 18.  I was in love.  I can’t call it a favorite since I haven’t had it for very long but it’s new and I’m loving it. The drawback?  It only comes in 12 shades and my shade, Honey Beige No. 211, is one of the darker shades.

Makeup on Aisle 64 Color Match Key in Foundation FavoritesMakeup on Aisle 64 Color Match Key in Foundation Favorites Swatches

What’s your favorite foundation?

What’s working for you?  Or, what foundation did you try and it was a total failure? Tell me about it in the comments section.


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August Finds and Favorites — Loving the Sun Dipped Glow Kit

August Finds and Favorites

Anastasia Sun Dipped Glow Kit

Makeup on Aisle 64 August Finds and Favorites Sun Dipped Glow KitMy newest find and current favorite is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Sun Dipped.  It is absolutely amazing.  I saw it at Ulta Beauty — didn’t buy it.  Checked it out on line.  Didn’t buy it.  Went back to Ulta to play with the tester.  Still didn’t buy it.  I held out as long as I could.  I was on a no-spend makeup budget and trying to stick to it.  The next day, when my husband was gone fishing, I made a trip back to Ulta and picked that baby up.  I couldn’t hold out any longer. I went solo so my sister and granddaughter couldn’t be accused of contributing to my madness.  Wouldn’t you know it — he called when I was on my way home!

“You aren’t out shopping are you?” he asked.

“Well, honey, to be honest, I am.”

“I knew it.”  He chuckled.  “Just watch the budget!” I was watching it all right and watching my platinum points build up at Ulta.

The Anastasia Glow Kit in Sun Dipped has four metallic powder highlighters to give your skin a luminous glow.  Bronzed is an amber penny metal finish. Tourmaline is a warm taupe with a rose gold finish.  Summer is a luminous sand color with a white gold finish and Moonstone is a radiant quartz with a pearl finish.  Sun dipped works well on all skin tones but I’m really loving it on my ebony sisters.  The shades can be layered or worn separately.  Mix it up.   You won’t believe how nice it looks.

Brush Alert

Makeup on Aisle 64 August Finds and Favorites #23 Brush, Anastasia Beverly Hills

This is the recommended brush to use with this set — #23 by Anastasia Beverly Hills.

Be careful what brush you use when applying the product.  Bronzing and multi-tasking brushes pick up and transfer too much product.  Try a fan or a diffuser brush.  These brushes don’t pick up as much product and give you the control needed to apply just the right amount of highlight.  When I’m really feeling myself, I’ll dust the velvety-powder over my cheekbones and my décolletage.


Which Glow Kit is for you?

Anastasia Beverly Hills has five Glow Kits.  One of them will be just right for you.  Let me know which one you pick up!

A Few Favorites

Clarisonic Facial Cleansing Brushes  Mia 2 $169  Mia Fit $219

Makeup on Aisle 64 August Finds and Favorites Mia 2 White KitWhether you’re a makeup wearer or not, clean, healthy skin is a must.  The rotating brushes of Clarisonic’s face cleansing systems gently but effectively clean and exfoliate revealing younger-looking, more radiant skin.  I love my Mia 2.  It’s gentle enough for twice daily use and I don’t have to worry about damaging my skin.  I also recommend Mia Fit.  It’s smaller, fits into the palm of your hand, and tucks easily into a bag.  Want softer skin that’s six times cleaner than skin washed with hands alone?  Try a Clarisonic cleansing device.

Makeup on Aisle 64 August Finds and Favorites Majorette by BenefitMajorette (Benefit cosmetics) $29 provides a youthful flush and it’s the perfect cheek color to help you transition into fall.  If you’re north of 40 and starting to have problems with fine lines, this cream-to-powder blush doesn’t settle into creases like powder products do.  Is it WOC (women of color) friendly?  It works well for me and my milk-chocolate sisters but it’s not the best option for dark-chocolate beauties.  For them, I recommend After Glow.

Makeup on Aisle 64 August Finds and Favorites Iman After GlowAfter Glow (Iman Cosmetics) ($16) works well for all skin tones.  It’s listed as a sheer finish bronzing powder but it works well as a blusher.  This tri-color product is absolutely amazing.  Swirl your brush through all three colors and lightly dust your cheeks for a beautiful blush. For a sun-kissed glow, use more of the golden-shade and a heavier product application.

Makeup on Aisle 64 August Finds and Favorites Jungle QueenGet the perfect pout with Jungle Queen by Lipstick Queen ($24).  The papaya-coral color is simply gorgeous and complements all skin tones.  It’s nourishing, hydrating, and totally kissable. (Little transfer of color and not sticky!)  I love wearing it.   If you’ve been sticking with neutrals and are ready to try something just a bit more avant garde – Jungle Queen is the one for you.



What didn’t I like?

Makeup on Aisle 64 August Finds and Favorites Time Balm


Time Balm Face Primer® is my miss this month.  My foundation does not go on smoothly when I use this primer.  I’ve tried it with three different foundations and the results are the same. I feel like I’m tugging at my skin and not getting a good application.  I’ve tried applying the foundation by hand, with a brush, or a combination of both and I just don’t like the results.  I will not be repurchasing Time Balm Face Primer®.


There you have it — my August finds, favorites, and least liked product.

What are your August finds and favorites?  What did you dislike?

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