Cheap AF: The Dollar Store Makeup Challenge

Published on September 25, 2016 by   ·   1 Comment

So y’all know I’ve been LIVING for the Facebook Live broadcasts and I’ve been thinking about dipping my toes into the waters of YouTube…and I thought, “What better way to get started than by doing some of the hot makeup challenges that keep popping up.”  And you also know that your girl Miss Jaye is cheap as fuck, so the Dollar Store Makeup Challenge seemed like the perfect introduction!

I headed on down to my local Dollar Tree to see what I could find.  I’m no stranger to dollar store makeup, and I’ve written about trying out some products before (HERE and HERE), but one thing I know is that selection is often limited in terms of both range of products and range of shades for the products that are there.  I decided to hit both Dollar Trees and make a couple of trips about two weeks apart.  And I have to say that I was pretty impressed that I was able to find almost every kind of product I would need for a full face.  Here’s what my makeup haul looks like:

Dollar Store Makeup

Now as I was selecting and choosing I noticed that even more than in past trips to the Dollar Tree makeup aisle, there were three brands that made up the bulk of my selections; in fact, there are only three individual products that are not part of these brands in the entire collection!  Those brands are Sassy + Chic (which seems to be a Dollar Tree brand, as I’ve never run across this anywhere else before), L.A. Colors (which I’ve seen a small selection of before at Wal-Mart, I think), and Wet’N’Wild (which is a brand that is also available at slightly higher prices at drug stores and large discount chains).  In addition to these three “powerhouse” brands, I also found a ColorMates pressed powder (I swear my previous articles included many more items from this brand, but they were pretty scarce this time around), a Bonnie Bell “liquid lipstick” ( that seems to be little more than a pigmented glass), and a hot pink blush from e.l.f.

Here’s a breakdown of what I found, divided up by Brand:

Sassy + Chic:  BB Cream, CC Cream, Liquid Foundation in two shades, Glitter Lip Gloss, Eyelash Curler

L A Colors:  Liquid Foundation in two shades (Creamy Beige, True Beige), Mascara, Liquid Eyeliner, Eyeshadow Trio in two shade ranges (Lily and Iris), 6-Color Eyeshadow Palette in Fling, Lipstick/Lip Gloss Duo in Twinkle, Powder Blush in 2 shades (Berry Plum and Pink Blush), Concealer, Bronzer in Baked (for contour), Shimmering Loose Eyeshadow in Snow White (for highlight)

Wet ‘N Wild: Lashes (two pairs of C971A for top, 1 pair C972A for bottom), Color Icon Glitter Shadow in Spiked, Lipstick in Hot Red, Color Icon liner pencils in Purple and Mink Brown

ColorMates: Pressed Powder in Natural Beige

Bonnie Bell: Liquid Lipstick in Mojito

e.l.f.: Powder Blush in Pink Passion

All of this makeup, a full freaking face, for under $30 (well, just over once you add Uncle Sam’s cut).  If this makeup challenge works out and I can make a passable drag face…well, then I’ve been living wrong for a long damn time.

Somethings are impossible to find, of course.  There isn’t a primer to be seen (even e.l.f.’s primers run about $6 at big discount stores), so I’m hoping that layer the BB and CC creams will give me a nice bottom layer as well as some additional coverage.  There also isn’t anything along the lines of a setting spray, but I’m a drag queen from way back, so I just popped over to the hair aisle and got myself a can of aerosol hairspray to set it and forget it!  And as far as highlight and contour, I’m banking on L.A. Colors being pretty versatile, using a pressed powder bronzer and a loose powder shadow to (hopefully!) get the sculpted look I want.  I’m a little nervous about the concealer as it is pretty dark (I may do another scouting run soon, and I hear there is a Dollar Tree that opened in East Grand that I have yet to check out) as I would love a much later shade to help contribute to some contouring.

Even if this doesn’t work out the way I’m hoping, it’s important to remember that you can have glam and glitz at a wide range of budgets…and it’s even more important to remember that makeup should be fun, because you are already beautiful just the way you are!

(Fun fact: as of the writing of this article, if you go to Google, type in “Hooker Makeup” and search Images, the very first image that shows up is from one of my earlier Dollar Store Beauty posts!  Mama Champagne will be so proud!  Let me know if it disappears so I can remove the link!)

And just for fun and until I get around to figuring out when and how I want to shoot this challenge video, here is a challenge video by Tati (I thought her look turned out great – please ignore her shameless whoring for the iPhone 7).

UPDATE:  I decided to check out the East Grand Forks Dollar Tree for the first time, and while I didn’t find a lighter concealer (contouring is going to be a bitch!) I did find a couple of other things: another L.A. Colors blush in a color called Peach Rose that will hopefully help blend together the deep berry and the bright pinks; Wet’N’Wild MegaWear Mascara (always good to have mascara options, even with falsies!); a couple of random fluffy eyeshadow brushes from Wet’N’Wild; another 6-color eyeshadow palette from L.A. Colors called lucky that has some nice greens as well as a sparkly white highlight shade; and 2 pairs of fake nails that are mint green with pink flamingos on them!  I don’t know if they will fit on my monster claws, but I am super excited to try, and I’m going to gear the colors of the whole look to those nails.  Can’t wait to give this challenge a try!

Now Go Forth & Get Painted!

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Readers Comments (1)
  1. I swear by all shades of the LA Looks loose eye shadows. I’ve been using them for years. They are what I consider metalics, though they tend to be more on the pastel side. I use a very lite coat of clown white as my shadow base, and then press on these loose powder shadows and they stay and are quite bright and reflective. I especially like the metalic black and the sunshine gold. If you brush on a layer of the gold over other multiple color patches or stripes, it blends with an instant effect of shimmer. Just a little tip on cheap makeup from an old queen!

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