Say Goodbye to Expensive Makeup Products: Check out High Quality yet Surprisingly Affordable Makeup Products to Get That Perfect Look (2023)

Say Goodbye to Expensive Makeup Products: Check out High Quality yet Surprisingly Affordable Makeup Products to Get That Perfect Look (2023)

Contrary to popular misconception makeup products need not be expensive to be of high quality. If you are confused then we are here to help you remove your confusion. This BP Guide has specially curated a list of 30 high quality makeup products which not only give you the desired result but are also extremely affordable and do not compromise in achieving that perfect look. Moreover, this guide will also give you important tips to keep in mind when buying makeup products. Read on to know more.

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Are Cheap Makeup Products Good?

One of the most common misunderstandings in the makeup space is that cheap products are of low quality. As strange as it might sound, this idea about the makeup products is far from true. The price of a makeup product does not guarantee its quality. For instance, there are a lot of high priced products that have sharp fragrances reiterating the fact that they are full of chemicals. On the other hand, a makeup product that is made from locally sourced ingredients might be available for a low price but would be of premium quality. Similarly, international brands might cost you a bomb whereas the domestic products will be relatively affordable, the simple reason being the former's shipping cost. So you must keep an open mind while shopping for makeup items.

Ingredients to Keep a Check on When Buying a Makeup Product

To help you make a right decision while buying makeup products, here are a few pointers:

Comedogenic Ingredients

Simply put, comedogenic ingredients are those ingredients that clog the pores and lead to blemishes, acne and dark circles. For example, several plant-based oils are comedogenic in nature. However, that is not the case with all the oils, and based on your skin type, the makeup products should be selected.

Harmful Chemicals - Endocrine Disruptors

Popularly known as "hormonally active agents", endocrine disruptors can also impact the endocrine system. In the makeup industry these ingredients are also known as PFA or forever chemicals. Basically, these ingredients interfere with the hormones of the body causing various disorders and skin related issues.

Suitability for the Skin Type

One of the common mistakes that you might do while selecting makeup products is not considering your skin type. Almost all the good brands mention the skin type according to which the makeup product should be selected. Apart from the skin type, skin tone is also an important factor to consider when selecting makeup products. Take for instance, when you select a foundation there are multiple shades and the one best suited for your skin tone should be selected.

Sharp Fragrance or Other Skin Allergy Ingredients

A patch test is precisely meant for identifying the makeup products that suit or do not suit your skin. It is always suggested to do a skin test before applying any makeup product on the skin. Similarly, there are makeup products with sharp fragrances. The sharp fragrances are always caused by the chemicals that are harmful for the skin. Therefore, while selecting a makeup product make sure to stay away from sharp fragrances and skin allergy ingredients.

Top 30 Affordable Makeup Products to Buy in India

Let us now talk about the top 30 affordable makeup products in India that promise quality.

Top 10 Lipsticks Under 500

Here are the top 10 lipsticks brands in India under 500 bucks

1. Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Matte Mousse Lip & Cheek Color


This lightweight and matte textured lipstick from Lakme delivers a perfect shade for your lips and cheeks. The mousse-like texture of the lipstick ensures that you can wear it for long without feeling too heavy. The easy-to-blend formula gives a subtle but attractive look to the cheeks. Moreover, the one stroke application is also simple to use and gives a perfect shade. There are a total of 6 matte shades to select from according to your skin shade. Buy Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Matte Mousse Lip & Cheek Color on Nykaa for just ₹ 420.00.

2. Insight Non Transfer Lip Color


The smudge-proof and non-transferrable formula of this Insight Non Transfer Lip Color makes it a perfect choice for every occasion. Free from harmful chemicals such as parabens, the lipstick leaves a matte shade and is smudge-free. In just one application, you get the pigment rich colour saving the effort of giving a touch-up every now and then. Buy this lipstick shade on Amazon for just ₹ 88.00 and give your lips the care they deserve along with the nice shades.

3. Colorbar Velvet Matte Lipstick


Colorbar Velvet Matt Lipstick is rich in vitamin E with a unique 2-in-1 formulation to give a matte finish to the lips after a single application. Apart from vitamin E, the lipstick also has softening agents such as jojoba oil and shea butter. Once put, you do not have to worry about the shade getting lighter for another 5-6 hours. Apart from giving a creamy, smudge-proof shade the lipstick also protects the lips from the harsh sun thereby preventing lip issues such as darkening and pigmentation. Buy this complete lip care lipstick from Colorbar on Amazon for just ₹ 244.00.

4. Sugar Smudge Me Not Liquid Lipstick

Sugar Cosmetics Smudge Me Not Liquid Lipstick is on this list for its various properties such as transfer-proof, smudge-proof and long-lasting effect. The lipstick stays for 12 hours after a single application. While vitamin E nourishes and retains the natural colour of the lips, high pigmentation with bold finish gives the perfect look to your lips. A single stroke does the job and you need not hold back from having your favourite beverage like coffee or wine. Complete your look with the winged eyeliner to look picture perfect and stand out from the crowd. Buy this Sugar Cosmetics lipstick on Purplle for just ₹ 149.00.

5. Nykaa Paintstix! Waterproof Matte Lipstick


A glamorous update for all your wardrobe needs, Nykaa Paintstix! Waterproof Matte Lipstick is best for those who are always on the go. The waterproof formula of this lipstick ensures that you can wear it for long without worrying about touch-up. Moreover, sip on your favourite beverage without worrying about the shade becoming lighter. The lightweight and non-drying formula of the lipstick stays with you throughout the day. This lipstick is also enriched with vitamin E guaranteeing smooth and nourished lips every time you apply it. Buy this lip shade from Nykaa for just ₹ 399.00.

6. Faces Canada Weightless Crème Lipstick


The diamond like shine of this weightless crème lipstick from Faces Canada is enriched with vitamin E. The lightweight formula has a creamy and smooth texture ensuring moisturised lips throughout the day. Ingredients such as shea butter, jojoba oil and almond oil leave soft and plush lips. The nourishing colour and intense pigmentation gives a perfect shade to your lips. Get the trendy shades with this amazing lipstick for that perfect glossy finish. All the shades are made in such a way that they perfectly match the Indian skin tone. Buy Faces Canada Weightless Crème Lipstick on Amazon for just ₹ 188.00.

7. Belora Paris Long Stay Matte Liquid Lipstick


This transfer-proof and long-lasting liquid lipstick from Belora Paris stays for 12 hours and delivers an intense pigmentation for the high colour payoff in just one stroke. Formulated with ingredients such as jojoba oil, sunflower oil and vitamin E, it gives a hydrated feel to your lips. With one stroke application, this lipstick provides a high coverage without any feathering and striking colour. The lip colour is formulated without harmful chemicals such as silicones. If you keep away from the harmful chemicals and ingredients that are restricted under the latest guidelines from EU, EWG and USA, try out this lipstick available on Amazon for just ₹ 449.00.

8. Swiss Beauty Soft Matte Lip Cream


Available in beautiful shades, Swiss Beauty Soft Matte Lip Cream rises to every occasion and is perfect for all skin shades. Keep your lips hydrated with these luxurious universal shades of the lip colours. Since the lip shade has a smooth finish and is lightweight, you do not have to worry about feathering and cracking of lips. Get this lipstick from Swiss Beauty on Amazon for just ₹ 199.00.

9. L'Oréal Paris Color Riche Moist Matte Lipstick


Get the extreme colour payoff with this lip shade from L'Oréal Paris. The matte lipstick comes in 45 rich and intense shades for that complete look and long-lasting colour. Hydration level in the lipstick is good and therefore the matte and soft look of the lips stays for longer hours. The lipstick is ultra-moisturising and contains nourishing ingredients such as jojoba oil along with the matte gel technology. The rich palette of shades rises to every occasion and all type of events from party to regular office wear. This L'Oréal Paris luxuriously packaged lipstick is available on Nykaa for just ₹ 799.00.

10. Maybelline New York Super Stay Matte Ink

Maybelline New York Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick has super pigmented shades and this pink shade perfectly suits the Indian skin tone. Not only is the shade long lasting but it is also super easy to apply with the help of the arrow-shaped applicator. The super saturated shade looks every bit classy and stays on your lips for up to 16 hours with a single application. The sponge of the applicator is nicely pointed defining the lips well without any struggle. Coming to the texture, the lipstick has a medium-thick texture saving you from a patchy application. Buy this easy to apply lipstick from Maybelline on Purplle for just ₹ 436.00.

Top 5 Affordable Mascara in India

11. Maybelline New York Hypercurl Mascara


This Maybelline New York Hypercurl Mascara is one of the most sought after makeup products for its good quality and affordable price. This highly pigmented colour is long lasting and also washable ensuring that you do not have to put in a lot of effort when removing the makeup. Further, the mascara feels weightless on the eyes due to its weightless gel formula. Moreover, the curl-memory wax gives that perfect curl. Talking about the bristles, they are specially made to coat the lash from root to tip and do not clump the lashes together. Buy this amazing Maybelline mascara on Amazon for just ₹ 224.00.

12. Blue Heaven Walk Free Green Pack Mascara


The waterproof mascara from Blue Heaven is perfect for giving the curl to the long lashes, giving them perfect length and volume. Blue Heaven Walk Free Mascara gives a visible lift and is very long lasting. Further, the brush or the applicator comes with a ball tip giving that perfect look and detailing corners. Once you are done with the first coat of mascara, let it dry and apply the second coat thereafter. The mascara stays for up to 12 hours of the day and dries quickly leaving a perfect look. Rise to every occasion with this mascara from Blue Heaven available on Amazon for just ₹ 135.00.

13. Wet n Wild Max Volume Plus Waterproof Mascara


Wet n Wild Max Volume Plus Waterproof Mascara is enriched with antioxidants from the macadamia nut, nourishing and highlighting your eyes at the same time. Further, the jojoba oil and olive oil present in the mascara conditions the eyes and nourish them well. The rubber bristles help in easy application and have precise control. Moreover, the size of the mascara is easy to carry in your bag during travel. Get the perfect curl with this Wet n Wild mascara and get the perfect look for any occasion. Buy this Wet n Wild volume mascara on Amazon for just ₹ 610.00.

14. Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara


The trendy packaging of this mascara from Essence is sure to catch the eyeballs but the quality is also premium. The mascara gives you a voluminous and false lash effect. The fibre brush that comes with the mascara helps to create those dramatic lashes and sculpted length. Further, the brush is also tapered for a dramatic and sculpted look of the eyes. If you believe in a sustainable and green product then this Essence mascara is cruelty-free, vegan, as well as environment-friendly making it a highly recommended choice for you. Buy this mascara on Nykaa for just ₹ 395.00.

15. Faces Canada Glam On Volume Perfect Mascara


A single stroke of Faces Canada Glam On Volume Perfect Mascara is all you need to create the perfect eye look. The wand that comes with the mascara is very soft and gives the perfect coating in just one stroke. Since the formula is dry, it does not clump on the lashes and makes them look fuller. Apart from being handy, the mascara gives a nice curl to the lashes. Further, it also feels very light on the lashes ensuring that you can wear it throughout the day. The small and compact size of the mascara is perfect for keeping in the bag while travelling. Buy Faces Canada Glam On Volume Perfect Mascara on Nykaa for just ₹ 349.00.

Top 5 Affordable Eyeliners in India

16. Maybelline New York Drama Gel Eyeliner

Maybelline New York Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner lets you get the classic wing or the dramatic kajal look easily in a single stroke. This waterproof formula comes with a high quality tip brush for the even spread of the liner in just a single stroke. Be worry-free for up to 36 hours after putting this liner once. Moreover, the oil-free formula of this liner ensures that the highly pigmented colour is held together nicely. Maybelline, known for their premium products, have done justice to their eyeliner as well making it smudge-proof and long lasting. Pick this eyeliner on Purplle for just ₹ 347.00.

17. Music Flower Long Lasting Gel Eyeliner


This smudge-proof eyeliner comes from a relatively new entrant in the cosmetic space – Music Flower. However, the product has received good ratings on Amazon because of its smooth application and long-lasting effect. The slant applicator of this eyeliner ensures that the lines over the eyes are perfectly drawn. In the pack, you get 2 brushes – the angled liner brush can be used for creating a wing whereas the flat brush is used for drawing a single line. The buttery texture of the liner ensures that the perfect line is achieved in just one stroke and take up to 2 minutes to settle. Get this extremely pigmented eyeliner from Music Flower on Amazon for just ₹ 195.00.

18. L'Oréal Paris Super Liner Gel Intenza 36H Eyeliner


There are a very few brands in the make-up space that can match L'Oréal when it comes to quality and performance. The L'Oréal Paris Super Liner Gel Intenza 36H is waterproof and lasts for up to 36 hours. Further, the highly pigmented formula of this liner gives the most dramatic and defined look to your eyes. Easy to apply and blend, this eyeliner can be used for every occasion for giving your eyes the best look. Moreover, the small bottle of the eyeliner is a perfect packaging for those of you who want to carry it while travelling as well. Get this super intense and premium eyeliner on Nykaa for just ₹ 748.00.

19. Colorbar Infinite Waterproof 24 Hrs Liquid Eyeliner


Loved by the gen Z, Colorbar Infinite Eyeliner lasts for up to 24 hours and is smudge-proof. All you need is just one stroke of this intensely pigmented liner from Colorbar for completing the look. Since the eyeliner comes with a high-shine lacquer, be assured of the intense colour. Further, once applied, the eyeliner dries very quickly and is equally easy to remove with the help of warm water. This eyeliner is free from parabens, mineral oils and formaldehydes making it safe for the eyes. You can try the eyeliner from this vegetarian and cruelty-free brand available on Nykaa for just ₹ 525.00.

20. Swiss Beauty 2 in 1 Eyebrow & Gel Eyeliner

Swiss Beauty 2 in 1 Eyebrow & Gel Eyeliner is the answer to all your worries of having too many eye makeup products to carry. The gel liner which doubles up as a eyebrow liner has a rich and creamy waterproof formula that is easy to put on. Once applied, the liner lasts for up to 24 hours without the need of a touch up. Moreover, the deeply saturated colour lasts all day and does not flake, making this eyeliner perfect for every occasion. Get this eyeliner on Netmeds for just ₹ 359.00.

Top 5 Affordable Eyeshadows in India

21. Glam 21 Professional Eyeshadow Palette


Glam 21 Professional Eyeshadow Palette has a sleek and compact design and includes a rich palette of 51 shades. In the pack, you also get 2 soft applicators that perfectly glide through the eyes. The palette has a range of colours from the brightening base colours to the darkest shades. The safe and natural colours are free from chemicals and adhesions that make it suitable for all kinds of skin types. Get the smokey look or the dramatic eyes with the this colour palette from Glam 21 available on Amazon for just ₹ 529.00.

22. Lakme Absolute Infinity Eyeshadow Palette


Lakme Absolute Infinity Eyeshadow Palette is an assortment of 48 brilliant shades. Not only does the palette have bold and vibrant shades but they also blend effortlessly and give an intense colour payoff. These highly blendable eye shades come in both matte and shimmer finish. The application is also easy with the use of a sponge applicator lining the eyes in just one sweep. You can also create different looks by smudging with the applicator or your hand. Mix shades to create a new look or just use one of the many shades available depending on the occasion. Buy Lakme Absolute Infinity Eyeshadow Palette on Amazon for just ₹ 647.00.

23. Nykaa Eyes on Me! 10-in-1 Eyeshadow Palette


If you are looking for a compact eye shadow pack that has trending colours then Nykaa Eyes on Me! 10-in-1 Eyeshadow Palette is a perfect pick. The high pigmentation properties of these colours give just the perfect shade after every application. Further, these shades are easy to blend and stay for up to 10 hours without the need of a touch-up. Whether you love the sun-kissed dewy makeup look or are a fan of twilight shades, this colour palette from Nykaa stands to every occasion. Also be assured that this eyeshadow palette from Nykaa is vegan and cruelty-free. Buy Nykaa Eyes on Me! 10-in-1 Eyeshadow Palette for just ₹ 539.00 on Nykaa.

24. Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow 10 Pan Palette


Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow 10 Pan Palette is a palette of 10 different eyeshadows that are vibrant and suitable for all types of looks. You can either apply these shades individually or blend them to form a nice shade. The shades have a highly pigmented formula and a very soft consistency making them glide easily on your eyes. You can use the light shades during day events and the shimmery shades can be used for the evening and night parties and events. Since the product is gluten-free, fragrance-free and cruelty-free, you can buy it without any guilt. Buy this Wet n Wild eyeshadow on Nykaa for just ₹ 400.00.

25. Huda Beauty Nude Obsessions Mini Eyeshadow Palette


The mini eyeshadow from Huda Beauty is all you need to get the perfect eye-makeup anywhere. A compact set of 9 eye-shades, these shades are smooth and blendable that are easily blended into the skin. Moreover, the shades are talc-free and fragrance-free, which means that you do not have to deal with the eyeshadow getting in your eyes causing itching and redness. Further, the shades are free from any type of fragrance thus suitable for those of you with allergy to sharp smells. Pick from the three nude palettes the one that suits you the best. You can buy Huda Beauty eyeshades on Nykaa for just ₹ 2,400.00. It may seem on the pricier side but it is a worthwhile investment.

Top 5 Affordable Foundations in India

26. Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation


This new age Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation fits the Indian skin tone. Contrary to some foundations that open the pores and oily skin, this foundation minimises the pores and with the help of blurring micro powders it conceals the pores and absorbs the excess oil naturally. Even after applying the foundation for longer hours, this foundation does not cause shiny skin. Choose the shade that fits your skin undertone perfectly and get a flawless skin with this Maybelline New York liquid foundation available on Amazon for just ₹ 245.00.

27. Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Mousse Foundation


Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Mousse Foundation is yet another lightweight formula that works as a foundation and blends effortlessly for that even skin tone. The matte finish of the foundation lasts throughout the day without giving the skin that shiny look. The pocket-sized tube is very easy to carry along and gives the perfect tone to the skin as well. Since, it feels very light on the skin you would have no problem in applying it throughout the day. Buy Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Mousse Foundation on Amazon for just ₹ 159.00.

28. L.A. Girl Pro Coverage HD Foundation

The L.A. Girl Pro Coverage HD Foundation provides full coverage and is a lightweight formula perfect for wearing throughout the day. Since the foundation is paraben-free and added antioxidant, it helps in hydrating and enhancing the skin appearance. The range has a total of 10 shades to select from, for each undertone and delivers the best result. Buy this foundation shade on Netmeds for just ₹ 1,250.00.

29. Nykaa SKINgenius Sculpting & Hydrating Foundation


The Nykaa SKINgenius Sculpting & Hydrating Foundation is a sculpting and hydrating foundation lasting throughout the day. The polylift technology along with hyaluronic acid uplifts the skin as well as imparts hydration to it. Further, the colour adapting technology of the foundation also gives the perfect match to the skin. Get the dewy finish with this foundation which is paraben-free and fragrance-free. Buy Nykaa SKINgenius Sculpting & Hydrating Foundation on Nykaa for just ₹ 431.00.

30. Mars BB Cream


Mars BB Cream Skin Perfection Matte Foundation is perfect for concealing uneven tone around the eyes and other areas. Further, the formula of the cream does not leave the creasing, cracking or settling into the lines effect, giving a smooth and dewy finish. The foundation comes with medium coverage and is perfectly blendable. All you need is just a couple of pumps to apply the foundation and get the best result. Buy it on Amazon for just ₹ 229.00.

How to Select Makeup Brands for Indian Skin Tone

  • Right Foundation: For the Indian skin tone, mostly a foundation with a yellow base fits. However, you can try out the foundation on the neck or the face before buying one. Testing the foundation on the arms would not give the correct result due to difference in the skin tones of the face and arms.

  • Right Concealer: While choosing the concealer, make sure that it a one or two shades lighter than the skin tone or the foundation. For those of you who have two shades can pick the warmer tone for the perfect blending.

  • Right Blush and Highlighter: Highlighters and blushes also come in varied shades, and based on the skin tone you can pick from dusty rose pink, pearly pinks and so on.
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