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Recently I showed a color palette for a Soft and Natural look.   It seemed to be a popular blend of makeup and I’ve been asked several times to do a drugstore version.    So I went to my local Ulta and did some bargain comparisons.    Here’s the great part – Ulta has most of these brands on sale this week at 40% off!


L'Oreal True Match

First up, the foundation in place of the Chanel one.   I like L’Oreal Ture Match.   It’s creamy, has nice texture and easy application.  Plus I like how it looks on the skin and it has several shades to choose from.





Physicians Formula Magic Mosaic

In place of the Dior Bronzing powder, I like this Physicians Formula Magic Mosaic.   This particular shade is Warm Beige.    I love the gradual shading of this palette and the colors will warm up the face beautifully.





L'Oreal Taffeta 405

Eye Shadow #25 from Giorgio Armani has been replaced by L’Oreal’s singular eye shadow in #405 Taffeta.   This is a taupe with rose shade that matches very closely to the Armani Beauty shade.





Revlon eye shadow

010 Polished Bronze

Don’t worry – I don’t mean to share the blue shadow with you!  No, it’s the color next to it.   Revlon’s eye shadow 010 Polished Bronze replaced the Giorgio Armani #27 taupe/light bronze shadow.





L'Oreal HIP 818 Saucy

Using the left shade color on L’Oreal’s HIP #818 Saucy eye shadow duo, it matches the Giorgio Armani Bronze shadow #20.






Champaigne Fizz

The Maybelline single eye shadow in #30 Champagne Fizz is a dead ringer for Giorgio Armani eye shadow #2.






Revlon Lipstick

For lips, I love this Revlon Colorburst collection.   Shade # 025 Blush is a great match to the Giorgio Armani lipstick in #30.  

For the eye shadow gel liner, I suggest Sonia Kashuk gel eyeliner in the brown shade.   At this point, I couldn’t find a budget replacement for NARS Orgasm Illuminator, but I’ll keep on searching! 

Not all the textures on the eye shadows will be the same as the Giorgio Armani ones – some may have shimmer in the budget choices when they are matte in Armani and vice versa, but the colors are very similar to one another.