I’m a sucker for a bargain, especially when it comes to makeup. Of course I love my high end products, but my drugstore buys remain to be my favourite to shop for, as you can really get a lot for your money.
The products I’d like to talk about today are things I use on at least a weekly basis, if not daily. There are a selection of face, eye, and lip products in my favourites which shows that you can really get a full makeup look using budget buys, that can look just as good as a high end look.
The first item I’ll discuss is the product that I’ve been using the longest out of my top 5, and this is the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder. I actually know so many people who swear by this powder and use it on a daily basis like I do. I love Rimmel as a brand, and this is the most budget friendly powder I’ve used. Of course there are cheaper alternatives, but I find that this has the longest staying powder and mattifies without making foundation patchy. I apply this all over, but concentrate it to my T-zone where my makeup tends to fade quickest. The shade I have at the moment is Pink Blossom which, on good skin days, I’ve been known to apply instead of foundation, but I love Transparent to just set my makeup when I put on a liquid foundation base. This retails for £3.99 and can be bought at the usual places (Boots, Superdrug, Feel Unique etc).
Another face product I love is the Seveteen Stay Time Concealer, which I wear in Extra Fair. I think that this is just as good as the cult favourite Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, but is more pink toned, and therefore a better match for my skin. This is available in four shades and I use it to cover blemishes (which I combine on the back of my hand with Lasting Perfection in Fair, as the combination gives me the perfect colour and consistency). I wouldn’t use this for under eye circles as it’s isn’t particularly brightening, but it does cover redness and spots extremely well. I’ve been using this for around a year now, and will continue to do so until I find something just as pocket and face friendly. This retails for £4.49 and can be picked up in Boots.
Another beauty blogger favourite is the Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow in On and On Bronze which I love as a base or just on its own. On and On Bronze on its own allows you to have a beautiful bronze eye which looks like you’ve spent ages meticulously blending out shadows, when in reality you’ve thrown it on in about three seconds. However, I also like to use Metallic Pomegranate for a red/pink base or Permanent Taupe as a more natural base. I have most of the other shades too as I’m such an advocate for this product, but these are my most used ones. I think that they are so creamy, and I would definitely be straight out to repurchase if I were to run out. These are a creamy shadow, but also have a gel like consistency. Because of this, they don’t crease and they last all day. I’ve been using these for around 18 months now, and they can be bought for £4.99 in Boots or Superdrug.
Another Rimmel product that I love is the Rimmel Brow This Way Brow Sculpting Kit which includes a powder, a wax, a double ended brush, and a spooly. I don’t tend to use the brush, and I don’t use the wax, but the powder is a perfect match for my eyebrows and for £3.99, it is significantly cheaper than a lot of other brow kits. It also lasts all day when I set it with a clear brow gel. As far as products in this post go, this is my most recent purchase. I have only been using this for three or four months but I can tell that it is going to stay in my makeup collection for a long time. This is £3.99 and can be picked up in the drugstore.
The final item that I love for under £5 is also the cheapest, retailing at £1 from Superdrug. This is the MUA Lipstick in Shade 11 which is a muted red colour, super creamy and extremely long lasting. I’ve been wearing this for around a year now, and as mentioned in My Favourite Nude Lip Colours post, I’m also a fan of MUA’s Matte Lipstick in Fawn Fancy. As a budget lipstick, this is absolutely beautiful. I definitely need to pick up more shades from this collection as you cannot go wrong when spending £1 on a lipstick.
So those are my top 5 makeup products under £5. I hope you enjoyed it, and were inspired to try out some of the budget buys in the drugstore. I think it’s definitely worth experimenting with the more pocket friendly products as they can really surprise you, and be just as good, if not better than, the high end products.
Do you have any makeup items under £5 that you can’t live without?