Beauty Bargains – Essential Makeup Buys Under N5000


One of my New Year’s resolutions (mind you I’ve broken nearly all of them already), is to be on top of my makeup game. I know everyone wants to be able to turn heads while saying I woke up like this, but for me the only head I would turn if I go to work without makeup is that of my boss asking me why I have given up so early in life. 

Ok, so it’s not that bad but I do thank the Lord for the invention of makeup and I’m also thankful that I don’t have to empty my account while getting choice makeup for my day to day look.

I know how a lot of people balk at the exorbitant prices of make up but fret no more, I’ve put together a list of essentials for day to day makeup that are fabulous, easy to use and very good by the society of world makeup (I made that up but you get my point)  and the most amazing thing is that they only cost between N1000 and N5000!

All these items are available  in Nigeria and sincerely I think the only thing left for you to do is deciding which ones are more suitable for your skin type. Please not that I’ve rounded up the prices to the higher end so you might actually find them cheaper.

Not bad right? I know, I’m that much of a darling.

Here are my top  Beauty Bargains


Powder & Foundation Brushes

A good brush is essential for effortless and smooth application of your powder and foundation.

The Real Technique Buffing Powder Brush N3000 & Real Technique Stippling Brush N3000



The Original Beauty Blender N3000



Face Primer 

A primer keeps your makeup stay intact all day without creasing or shifting.

No 7 Beautifully Matte Primer N3500




Foundation serves as a flawless base to even out skin tones and give your face a smooth surface for your makeup.

Revlon Color Stay Foundation for Oily and Combination Skin N4000

Revlon Color Stay Foundation for Oily and Combination skin Rich Ginger

Mary Kay Medium Coverage Foundation N2000


Mary Kay TimeWise Luminous Wear Liquid Foundation N3000

Mary Kay TimeWise Full Coverage Foundation




Concealer deal with blemish and spot coverage and also to highlight areas of your face.

L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer N1200

LA Girl Pro Conceal HD concealer

Mary Kay Full Coverage Concealer N1500

Mary Kay Full Coverage Concealer



Powder is essential for sealing your flawless look and reducing shine.

House Of Tara Powder N3000

House Of tara Powder Dual 46

IMAN Second to None Luminous Foundation N3500

IMAN Second to None Luminous Foundation Clay3

Milani Even Touch Powder Foundation N3000




Maybelline New York Clear Smooth All In One Powder N2500

Maybelline New York Clear-Smooth All In One Powder_HONEY


Eyeshadow Palettes

Eyeshadows me your eyes pop and can take your look from day to night with a sweep of colour.

The Maybelline Nudes N4000

Maybellline New York the Nudes eyeshadow palette

Wet and Wild  Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette In Vanity N2500

Wet and Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette In Vanity



BH Cosmetics 28 Color Neutral Eyeshadows Palette N4000

BH Cosmetics 28 Colors Plaette Neutral Eyeshadow

E.l.f. Studio 80-Piece Day to Night Eyeshadow Palette N4500



Bronzer & Blushes

Bronzers and blushes are great for highlighting the face and adding extra colour to your face.

Sleek Makeup Blush By 3  N3000

Sleek Makeup Blush by 3 in Lace

Cover Girl Clean Glow Bronzer N2500

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E.l.f Baked Bronzer N2500

E.l.f Baked Bronzer


Nude Lipsticks

For everyday makeup look nude lipstick does the trick.

House Of Tara High Shine Lipstain in Nehanda  (1700),

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House of Tara Lipstick in Omoremi N1500

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Maybelline Lipstick in Nude Embrace N2500




Revlon Lipstick in Mink N2500

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Mink


For nude lipsticks, its essential to line the lips with a natural coloured liner so it blends with your lip colour.

Nyx Slim Lip Pencil  in Natural N1000

Nyx Slim Lip Pencil Natural


MAC  Lip Pencil in Cork N2500

MAC lip pencil cork


Eyeliners, Mascaras and Kajals

Eyeliners and Kajals make the whites of your eyes seem even whiter and add extra glam to your lids while the mascara gives more volume  to your eyelashes.

L’Oreal Paris Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black (2500),

Maybelline Colossal Kajal(1000).



L’Oreal Paris Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black N2500

L'Oreal Paris Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner Carbon Black


Maybelline New York Volume Express Mascara N2500


Wet n Wild Mega Eyes Creme Eyeliner N1500

Wet n Wild Mega Eyes Creme Eyeliner


Once you’ve got all your fabulous and fabulously priced makeup essentials you’ll need something to store them in. I like those makeup bags with compartments so that my pencils don’t have the chance to smear up against the rest of the makeup and in general everything will be nice and orderly.


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At the end of the day, a smile completes it all!






  1. For someone like me who needs to change her make up game. This list of items is definitely going to be useful. Thank you nims… you’re truly a darling

    • The MaryKay Timwisem luminous wear liquid foundation gives a longer flawless look than the medium coverage as its thicker and more matte than that of the medium coverage

  2. The price difference in the Elf baked bronzer is way too much. It costs $3 here in the U.S. That’s ridiculous for someone to sell it for as much as #2,500

  3. please which concealer is better for highlighting and masking dark circles, L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer or Mary Kay Signature? I’m light skinned and my face is pretty oily .

  4. This is Soo helpful. It terms of knowing what to expect but like are the prices conclusive? And any suggestions as to the specific places one can purchase?

  5. Pls where can I get the no7 makeup base for 3500…I stay in lekki nd the places I’ve checked range theirs from 4500-5000. Can I find it in lagos market?


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