So my friend and I were talking at work recently about how we would rather spend a lot of money on expensive/high-end makeup than cheaper brands and although I was all for it, I realised I have
quite a few a lot of inexpensive products that I love. I’m definitely here for buying makeup that will run my pockets dry and not caring because of the luxurious packaging and buttery quality but I have to admit, the budget brands have improved their game. Being able to spend less than £10 on a makeup product is always a great feeling, especially when it does the job a product that costs more would.
I sat down the other day with my makeup collection and counted all my budget buys which surprised me as I have a fair amount. For the purpose of this post though, I only included 10, my top 10 to be exact. I managed to narrow it down by choosing the products I use the most so you can see how I get my usage out of cheap makeup. So, without further ado, in no particular order, I present my top 10 under £10.
I’m not quite sure how I even came across Collection (previously Collection 2000) Sheer Loose Powder in Transparent (£2.99), but can I say I’m happy I did. It’s the only loose powder I have used in the past two years and I have no issues with it at all. Although I eventually want to upgrade to the infamous Laura Mercier translucent powder, I will still buy this as a backup. It sets my makeup beautifully and controls oil really well for a £2.99 powder. Also, major key lol, it is actually transparent and does not leave a white cast which is fab for a WOC like myself.
In terms of my cheeks, the cheaper brands of blushes, highlighters and bronzers have been doing the damn thing. ELF Blush & Bronzing Powder in Turks and Caicos (£6.99) is a must have for me. I discovered it in some of my fav Youtubers videos and went on to purchase it a few months ago via Ebay, now I use it all the time. I only use the bronzer as the blush looks too light but the bronzer is not too dark and even though it leans on the cool side a bit, there is no muddy tone. To compliment it, Sleek’s ‘Rose Gold’ blush (£4.49) is a pretty blush when I want my cheeks to glow as it’s a warm tone that adds a nice wash of colour and light shimmer.
Following on providing a glow, Kiko Water Eyeshadow in 208 (£8.90) which is said to be a dupe for MAC Whisper of Guilt and Makeup Revolution ‘Rock on World’ Bronzer (£4.00) are my ride or die babies. I use the Makeup Revolution one for my standard day looks and the Kiko one when I’m going out as its brighter and makes me gleam! I think everyone should join the highlight revolution, see what I did there…
Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel liner (£7.99) is one of the best eyeliners I have ever used. Although sometimes it can be a pain to put on depending what eye brush I use, the results are amazing. It’s actually black unlike some eyeliners that claim they’re black and turn out dark grey. *side eye* It is also matte which is a bonus so the intensity shows and does not budge at all until I attempt to wipe it off with makeup wipes. Oh, and this liner makes a great base under a smokey eye.
Then comes the raved about LA Pro Girl Concealers (£4.99)… the shades I have are Toffee and the Orange Corrector. I use Toffee to highlight under my eyes as it is a lovely warm yellow/peach shade and the orange corrector to correct blemishes sometimes. I don’t know what magic they put in these concealers but I still can’t get over how something so great can be so cheap. Like how?! I love the formula, the brush applicator, the longevity of these, everything! No cons for me. There is also a shade to suit every single skintone which is probably one of the key reasons these are so talked about. Sidenote: the prices vary depending where you get it from and can range from £2 – £5.
Staying with LA Girl, they’re not just good for concealers, but also for lipliners too. For £1.99, the LA Girl Endless Auto Lipliner in Cocoa (£1.99) is an amazing buy. Everytime I wear lipstick or gloss I use this to line my lips then fill them in with whatever colour I choose to wear and it just helps my lips look put together, you know.
NYX ‘Fortune Cookie’ Butter Gloss (£5.00) which I have spoken about in a past post, here, is my everyday baby. It goes well over any nude pink lipstick including the Rimmel Kate Lipstick in 08 (£5.49), a nude pink mauve that has a creamy texture but stays put for sooo long.
There you have it, my top 10 under £10. I’m keen to discover more great products so let me know some of your favourite budget beauty buys too.