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4 Affordable Eye Shadow Options that Won't Break the Bank

4 Affordable Eye Shadow Options that Won't Break the Bank

We all want to accumulate a big makeup collection that can rival those of our favorite makeup artists and YouTube beauty gurus. However, even those of us here at Frends Beauty know that makeup can get a little pricey. Sure, we'd love it if you bought up all our inventory, but realistically we know that option isn't on the table for the most beauty divas on a budget!

Thankfully, we offer tons of phenomenal eye shadows at affordable prices, which make accumulating a large makeup collection attainable for just about anyone. If you want to duplicate the stunning eye shadow looks you see on Instagram and YouTube without spending a fortune, then try some of these affordable eye shadow options on for size.

The NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil ($4.50)

The NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil is one of those products that serves roughly four zillion purposes. As a cream product, it creates a crease-free base for powder shadow. Used alone, it works to create color and dimension. As a liner, it gives you that smudged out, perfect smokey look. The ultimate beauty guru secret for looking awake when you've barely gotten a lick of sleep is to use "Milk" in the inner corners of your eyes. It gives you that bright, doe-eyed look - think Serena on Gossip Girl.

NYX Love in Rio Bikini Bottom ($6.00)


We aren't shy in professing 
our NYX love here at Frends Beauty. But really, what's not to love about this virtually perfect brand? Their products are as high-quality and pigmented as their department store counterparts, but at prices that even our most budget-conscious shoppers don't find offensive. This awesome little trio is perfect for your daily neutral school or office look. Use the lightest shade to highlight your brows and inner corners, smudge out the outermost part of your lid with the neutral brown and use the darkest shade as a powder liner for a soft but defined look.

Ben Nye Pearl Sheen Shadow in "Charcoal" ($8.00)

For only eight dollars, you'll be getting a product that will do triple, if not quadruple duty. Brunettes swear by this inexpensive eye shadow as the perfect neutral dark shade to fill in sparse brows. When applied onto the lids with a flat, shader brush, this powder gives a great dramatic look; however, when swept on lightly with a fluffy brush, it gives just a hint of drama, suitable for daytime wear.

Ben Nye Lumiere Luxe Sparkle Powder ($13.00)

If you're really budget-conscious you might balk at the over ten dollar price tag, but hear us out. This stunning loose product is, as Britney Spears might say, not a shimmer, not yet a glitter. Designed for stage and camera use, all you need is one of these babies (hint: we recommend "Ice Gold" or "Silver") to get you through literally all of your holiday engagements. Use just a touch on your inner corners and cheekbones to spice up your holiday party look. Use the product as a wash over the entire lid and as a hair and body shimmer to glow on New Year's Eve. A little goes a long way, so this is an inexpensive product that you'll enjoy for quite some time.

We here at Frends Beauty love all of our fabulous shoppers, even the budget-conscious ones. Actually, scratch that: Especially the budget-conscious ones! This is why we offer 10% off all orders for anyone who opens an account with us. It's our top priority to keep you looking flawless, without spending a fortune.

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