I love makeup. I love a bargain. Put the two together and I’m a very happy bunny! I’ve picked up a few really great products lately and I really wanted to show them so love, as well as sharing a few of my long-term favourites. Here’s a little round up of some brilliant products that you can get your hands on for less than the cost of lunch!
Holika Holika Holipop Detailcara*
Price: Around £4.25
I bought this mascara out of curiosity – I’ve never tried a ‘skinny’ brush mascara and this one was cheap enough to pique my interest. It was definitely a great gamble because I am in love with this stuff. I have the ‘Longlash and Curling’ version, which definitely delivers on its promises. The formula is full of tiny little fibres which build an amazing amount of length (although I would not recommend it for sensitive eyes or contact lens wearers). The tiny brush makes it easy to get upper and lower lashes and the packaging is slimline and adorable. Honestly, I’ve tried mascaras for 4 times the price of this one that haven’t given me such great results.
The Ordinary Serum Foundation
Price: £5.70 (or £6 from Asos)
This was the purchase that made me write this post! The Ordinary is a great, low-budget brand that I always turn to for reasonable skin care. They recently released a foundation, which has been constantly out of stock…until now! Mine arrived on Saturday and I’m already loving it. It’s great, lightweight and way more long-lasting than I expected. They have an incredible 21 shades in the range so odds are you will find a good match, which is still a shamefully rare thing for budget makeup.
Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette Sugar & Spice
I have had this palette for well over a year, I’ve bought more as gifts for friends…I bloody LOVE this palette! It’s unbelievably good value given how great the quality is. The blushes are all are really pigmented and the selection makes it great for travelling with. There are 6 matte shades, 1 shimmery pink shade and one very pretty, slightly blue-toned highlight. The first two on the top row are much more peachy-pink than the photo suggests, and there’s a great variety of pinks from pale to deep rose.
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
Price: £5.99 (currently on offer in Superdrug for £3.99)
I’ve never really got on with foundation brushes, so the first time I tried a makeup sponge was a bit of a revelation to me. They make applying makeup so speedy and simple! I’ve tried several of these types of sponges, from cheap Primark ones to more pricey options, but Real Techniques is the one I alway come back to. Easier to clean than brushes. And an absolute steal on offer for £3.99 right now, and you can often get a two-pack from TK Maxx for a bargainous £7.99!
Secret Key Rose Water Oil Clear Powder*
Price: Around £3.90
Ever since I started dabbling with Asian beauty trends and makeup, I’ve really fallen in love with their face powders. Secret Key is a Korean brand and this powder is just beautiful. It’s a really finely-milled powder with a light but very subtle scent. What I particularly like about this product is how well it keeps oiliness at bay but still leaves your skin with a gentle glow. I’ve never found a face powder in this price range that does this good a job, it’s seriously impressive stuff. And very cute packaging to boot!
Essence Make Me Brow
Apparently, a great dupe for Benefit’s Gimme Brow, although I’ve never tried it because I love this one too much. I’ve used this product for over a year, and I’ve tried others, but I always come back to this stuff. I have quite thick eyebrows (largely because I’m too lazy to pluck them..) and this adds a hint of colour without being too dramatic. Perfect for everyday wear!
*Little note: Always remember to be super careful buying cosmetics of eBay. There are plenty of fakes around and they can be filled with dangerous chemicals. You don’t want those near your eyes! I bought this mascara from a trusted eBay seller, F2PLUS1, who I’ve linked to here. I’m going to do a post on trusted eBay sellers for Korean and Japanese cosmetics soon, so watch this space!
So there we are – a few of my current favourite budget makeup products. Looking at it, that’s a full face of makeup and a sponge to apply it with for under £25! Have you tried any of these? Or do you have any other favourites? Let me know in the comments…