Paying one dollar for a quality makeup product just doesn’t seem feasible, right?! Well, we shall see about that. Shopmissa.com is a website that offers tons of products that typically retail for a dollar. Yes, just ONE DOLLAR. Talk about ballin’ on a budget. For the sake of science and my wallet, I added some of the makeup deals to my cart. All of the chosen items were from the site’s in-house brand called “AOA Studio.” The complexion products are what I gravitated towards, since those are the products that are the hardest to get right.
Let’s talk the good, the bad and the ugly to see if discounted makeup is even worth it.
AOA Wonder Skin Primer
I purchased two primers that claim to do separate things. A blurring one with a silicone base and an illuminating one that feels more like a lotion. A good primer is key to keep your base makeup looking and lasting it’s best. The silicone primer was a miss. The consistency was too thin and it just felt like excess slime on my face. I did not see it help the appearance of my makeup at all, if anything the BB cream just slipped right off when worn together. The illuminating primer gave me more success. The lotion feel was on the thicker side and gave me skin a subtle glow. It dried down with a slight stickiness to it which made any product I put on top adhere better. I will continue to use the illuminating primer since it rivals products that are far more spend-y.
Do I think they were worth the one dollar? One of them, yes!
AOA Perfect BB Cream:
This thick BB cream pleasantly surprised me. With medium coverage it worked just fine for evening out my skin. You can easily build the coverage with another layer as well. While it did not last all day, that is not something I typically ask for in a BB cream. This is a great product for light makeup days and when you want your skin to be able to breathe a bit more. Applying it with a dense brush got the most coverage but when applied with a damp sponge I was given a more long-lasting flawless look.
Do I think it was worth the one dollar? Certainly!
AOA Wonder Cover Concealer
This site carries a ton of different concealer shades including ones designed for color correcting. I got a peach one to counteract dark circles and one that was a couple of shades lighter than my skin tone to brighten my complexion. The color correcter was a total fail. It has a good amount of pigment but it was too orange to counteract anything on my pale skin. My dark circles were actually enhanced and it was too dark of a shade to then be easily covered up. The true concealer shade had a similar consistency, thick and somewhat greasy. When applied to the face they set almost immediately making them impossible to blend out. The concealer wiped away my foundation underneath and made my under eye area look terrible. These products aged me at least a decade. This might work for spot concealing instead of under the eyes, but probably not worth the headache.
Do I think they were worth the one dollar? No!
AOA Perfect Setting Powder:
Loose powder can make or break a makeup look, especially when you have dry skin like me. Adding tons of powders can make you look dehydrated. I was worried that for such a low price point this powder wouldn’t do my skin any favors. Without fragrance and with the powder being so finely milled it felt like silk going onto the skin. “Baking” your face is a makeup practice that ensures it last all day while making the skin look airbrushed but it takes a LOT of powder. Why spend a ton of money on powder to just use it up so quickly? The “Soft Light” option offered a slight beige tint to it while “Transparent” was the typical white powder that comes off as nothing on the skin. They claim to have no flashback but I did not find that to be true, so use a light hand or avoid flash photography. These powders preformed great and I will definitely be repurchasing.
Do I think they were worth the one dollar? YES!
a2o Setting & Priming Sprays:
After all the hard work I put in, I want to make sure my makeup is going to stick around all day. That is where using a priming and setting spray comes in. These two products were the only two that cost more than a dollar. Coming in at $3.50 each, I was skeptical. This site jaded me almost instantly. If everything else could be sold at one dollar why not these? Maybe there were amazing! I was hooked on that idea and just had to purchase. The primer sprays feels nice and adds another boost of hydration for my dry skin. It dries down fast so you don’t have to wait too long to apply your makeup. The setting spray also feels nice. The nozzle on both of these bottles isn’t perfect but still offers a fine enough mist. While I did enjoy using both of these products, they didn’t do a whole lot. When using them in conjunction I don’t think my makeup lasted or preformed any better throughout my typical day. I will continue to use these though in hopes that I may eventually see a difference.
Do I think they were worth the money? Maybe?
Sheet masks are my obsession, that is public knowledge at this point. However, this habit of mine can tend to get a little pricey. When I ran across sheet masks being sold for one dollar a piece, I lost my mind. These perform just the same if not better than their higher priced counterparts. With so many options available your mask collection will be set for life. Pick some up if you are curious to see if this is a skincare regimen that could work for you. The two that I tried smelled great, fit my face well and left my skin feeling refreshed and hydrated. Total success!
Do I think they were worth the one dollar? ABSOLUTELY!
Overall I had a lot of fun trying these products and was stoked to find some serious hits. Saying something isn’t even worth a dollar may seem harsh but I wanted to hold these items to a high standard, no matter the price point. While I don’t have particularly sensitive skin trying these products still seemed a bit daunting. After testing the items for over a month they did not cause my skin to have any sort of bad reaction.
If you are new to makeup or just don’t want to spend a ton of cash, this site is perfect for you. You can buy almost a full face of makeup for less money than a grande latte! Happy shopping.
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