Budget Beauty: Six gorgeous rose gold makeup under P550

The perfect combination of glam, luxury and romance, rose gold is a color that looks as fab on our faces as it does on accessories. The precious metal is actually created using a combination of gold, copper, and a hint of silver but the shade itself can come in a range of hues, from dusty pinks all the way to practically bronze with a hint of pink. Rose gold looks incredibly flattering on any skin tone so if you want to add it to your color collection, here are some pocket-friendly picks to get you started!

Ever Bilena Xtreme Shine in 709 (P75 at department stores)

Metallic lips are back in style thanks to Kylie's matte metallic lippies. Our friendly neighborhood Ever Bilena, it seems, has never doubted its return. An old line called Xtreme Shine happens to have this pretty shade of rose gold hidden all this time! You'll want to try wearing this when you're out in the sun or in a well-lit area: the rosy base and gold shimmer make for a stunning combination. This goes on quite sheer, so it's best used on top of lipstick or lip liner. In the lip look above, we wore 709 on top of a rose liner to get that full-bodied effect.

Ever Bilena Pink Palette (P150 at department stores)

Don’t be fooled by its cheap price tag: this palette offers great pigmentation. It contains six shades you can use to create a rose gold inspired look: matte white, baby pink, warm rose, copper, golden brown, and dark brown with gold glitters. You can even wear these without primer if you won't be out for long or don’t have very oily lids.

Etude House Play 101 Pencil in #62 (P349 at Etude House)

Use this pencil as an eyeshadow or eyeliner - either way, it adds a pretty sparkle to your eyes. The light pink shade has fine gold shimmer that gives it a pearlescent finish. Instead of applying it on your waterline (not a good idea because shimmer can enter your eye), apply it to the lower lashline for a Korean-inspired look. This shade is limited edition though, so you may want to keep backups of this pretty pencil!

NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Gleam (P460 at department stores)

NYX actually describes this as a golden peach pearl but it seems to have a nice rosy tint in person. The shimmer is finely-milled and won't turn you into a disco ball, plus it applies very smoothly and blends easily. You can put this on prior to foundation, or blend it with your face base for a lit-from-within glow. If you're afraid of too much shine though, it makes for a superb highlighter for your cheekbones, cupid’s bow, and even decolletage.  

NYX HD Blush in Intuition (P520 at department stores)

The HD blushes from NYX are pretty famous for their vivid pigmentation, which is a great quality to find in such an affordable product. Intuition is a warm rose with golden frost. It gives a semi-opaque coverage that blends on skin easily, but we advise to still use a light hand. It's a pretty good dupe of the Benefit Rockateur Blush, as it happens, except Rockateur is bronzier. 

L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush (~P250 at online stores) 

These little pots of eyeshadow were an instant hit when they were first released but they somehow never quite made it our shores. Liz managed to get this warm copper rose shade from an online store, and it was definitely worth the hype. The shadow has superb pigmentation even in just one swipe, and holds up very well through a day of sweat and oil. We love how we can skip eye primers with this!

Unfortunately, this particular product may no longer be available since it was released some time back. It's a good reference point though should you decide to look for a similar cream shadow.


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