Cost Effective Hydrating Makeup

The last in my series on cost effective products for dry and dehydrated skin ends with hydrating makeup. I've talked about my own skincare routine, how to tell if you have dehydrated skin, and how dehydrated skin can be a side effect of medicines you take for chronic pain and illness.

This last post is about makeup.  I rarely wear makeup now, because let's face it, I spend the majority of my time in my house, trying to feel better.  I just don't have the time or energy for daily makeup.

I wear makeup on date nights, special events, and when we go on vacation.

This leads me to first consider how long the makeup will last.

If you go to your current makeup there is a little jar icon on the back with a date.  In the jar icon, if you see a 12, that means it is good for 12 months, etc.

Now I am using the Clinique All Day Hydration - it has a 24.  That means it is good for 2 years!  Since I hardly wear makeup, that means I don't have to buy it as often. Bonus!

Next, I threw out any makeup that was drying. For those of you out there with dehydrated skin, if you aren't in the know, stop using powder.

I seriously mean powder everything...setting powder, powder blush, powder bronzer, powder highlighter and definitely no baking!!!  Powders will just emphasize your dried out skin and make wrinkles more visible.

Several of the hydrating makeups are self-setting now, so there is no need to set with a powder.  More makeup lines are turning to liquid or cream or based bronzers, blushes, and highlighters.

Just wet your blending sponge and get to work. I find that with all liquid makeup, my routine is also faster now. Double Bonus!

Cost Effective Hydrating Makeup


I personally don't use a primer anymore with my skincare routine but if you are still wanting to use one, these are the hydrating primers I found during my research trip to my local Ulta.

Most primers are mattifying - they will dry out your skin.  Avoid them and look for a hydrating or dewy primer.

Best Bang for Your Buck
ELF Hydrating Face Primer $10 for 1.01oz  = $9.90
Flower Beauty In Your Prime Hydrating Primer $12.99 1.0 oz = $12.99

It Costs How Much?!?!
Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer $32 for 1.35oz = $23.70
ULTA Hydrating Face Primer $18.00 1.0 oz = $18.00

Middle of the Road
Models Own Hydrating Face Base Colour Correcting Face Primer $14.99 1.0 oz = $14.99
Laura Geller Spackle Hydrating Under Make-up Primer $32.00 2.0 oz = $16.00


There is a great disparity in price between prestige brands and drugstore brands.  I personally find it hard to find my correct shade in drugstore brand makeup because you can't try it on and usually end up buying more than one - so is it really cost effective at that point?

I also took into account online reviews. Some makeup while listed as hydrating several online reviews actually stated it was actually drying, like SMASHBOX Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation.

Instead of ranking these in my Best Bang for Your Buck, It Costs How Much?!?!, and Middle of the Road categories, I'm going to list them from lowest price to highest price in their respective categories.


Bare Minerals Complexion RescueTinted Hydrating Gel $30 for 1.18 oz = $25.42
Clinique All-Day Hydration Full Coverage Foundation + Concealer $29 for 1 oz = $29.00
Your Skin But Better CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream + Hydrating Anti-Aging Serum $38 for 1.08 oz = $35.19
TARTE Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Hydrating Foundation $39 for 1.01 oz = $38.61
Hope in a Jar Light-As-Air Hydrating Foundation $39 for 1 oz = $39.00


Maybelline Fit Me! Dewy & Smooth Hydrating Foundation $7.99 for 1 oz = $7.99 (16 shades)
Cover Girl Vitalist Healthy Exlier Foundation $11.99 for 1 oz = $11.99 (7 shades)
L'Oreal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup $11.99 for 1 oz = $11.99 (15 shades)
Physicians Formula The Healthy Foundation $12.99 for 1 oz = $12.99 (12 shades)
L'Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Makeup $12.99 for 1 oz = $12.99 (12 shades)
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint $14.99 for 1 oz = $14.99 (10 shades)

Blush, Bronzer, Concealer, and Illumination

Ok, so you don't typically use a large amount of concealer, but when I started looking at the price per ounce.  OMG. Damn. I didn't realize how much concealer cost!

Right now I'm thanking my stars that my Clinique All-Day Hydration Full Coverage Foundation + Concealer includes concealer.

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Concealer $9.99 for .21oz = $47.57 an ounce
Revlon Youth FX Fill + Blur Concealer $6.99 for 0.11 oz= $63.54 an ounce
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Concealer $12.99 for 0.12 oz = $108.25 an ounce
Benefit Boi-ing Hydrating Concealer $20 for 0.12 oz = $166.67 an ounce
Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer Hydrate $32 for 0.08 oz = $400 an ounce

WET N WILD Online Only MegaGlo Makeup Stick Blush $3.99 for 0.21 oz = $19.00 an ounce
NYX Bright Idea Blushing Stick $7.99 for 0.21oz = $38.05 an ounce
Benefit Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain $30 for 0.33 oz = $90.91 an ounce
Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm $23 for 0.22 oz = $104.55 an ounce

Temptu S/B Liquid Bronzer $10.00 for 1 oz = $10.00 an ounce
BAREMINERALS BareSkin Sheer Sun Serum Bronzer $28.00 for 1.0 oz = $28.00 an ounce
NYX Bright Idea Bronzing Stick $7.99 for 0.21oz =$38.05 an ounce
Perricone MD No Makeup Bronzer $35.00 for 0.3 oz = $116.67 an ounce

Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter $9 for 0.61 oz = $14.75 an ounce
NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator $7.49 for 0.5 oz = $14.98 an ounce
NYX Bright Idea Illuminating Stick $7.99 for 0.21oz = $38.05 an ounce
Laura Geller Dewdreamer Illuminating Drops $32.00 for 0.51 oz = $62.75 an ounce

Makeup Setting Spray/Hydrating Spray

Mario Badescu Facial Spray $12 for 8 oz = $1.50  an ounce
Ulta Beauty Aquablast Hydrating Beauty Mist $10 for 4 oz = $2.50
Flower Beauty Seal The Deal Hydrating Setting Spray $12.99 for 3.4 oz = $3.82
NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Dewy Finish Makeup Setting Spray $7.99 for 2.02 oz = $3.96
First Aid Beauty Vitamin Hydrating Mist $16 for 2 oz = $8.00

Makeup Remover

You really want to avoid towelette makeup removers.  They are too rough and harsh on dry and dehydrated skin.  It's the same principle of scrubs.  Don't use them.  Plus they are expensive for what you get.

Botanics Hydration Burst 3 in 1 Micellar Cleanser $8.99 for 8.4 oz = $1.07
Ulta Beauty Freshface Micellar Cleansing Water $9 for 8 oz = $1.13
CeraVe Micellar Water $12.99 for 10 oz = $1.30
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Cleansing Lotion $8.99 for 5.5 oz = $1.63
Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm $29.50 for 3.8 oz = $7.76

Honestly, I know that the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is expensive compared to other makeup removers but I honestly don't know if I would switch.  It's amazing and so hydrating that I would hate to try something that might set off a round of skin barrier damage.