Now, I am not one to shy away from a bargain- especially when it comes to a makeup product that actually works! I want to share with you fellow beauty addicts my absolute must-haves from the drugstore that work just as well as high end products, for a fraction of the price:
Barry M- Flawless colour correcting primer- £5.99
My skin could rival that of a tomato some days, so when i’m doing my makeup I want to start off with a good base. This primer is my must have for skin that has been subject to breakouts (F U MOTHER NATURE!) and general redness. You don’t have to be a beauty guru to work out how colour correction works, (we sort of learnt about it in primary school) you know, the colour wheel; purple is opposite yellow, green is opposite red and so on. In makeup, it works the same. Some people think primer is unnecessary, others are on the fence, but me, I hopped over that fence a long time ago and haven’t looked back. Just as you would prime a wall before painting, the same goes for priming before foundation. It will minimise the appearance of pores, increase the longevity of your face makeup AND if it has the added benefit of colour correcting: COUNT. ME. IN!
Rimmel London- Lasting Finish Foundation- £7.99
As I mentioned above, I am prone to breakouts and redness, so I am always looking for something to cover that up. I prefer a fuller coverage foundation and they can usually break the bank so when I stumbled upon this little gem, I couldn’t believe it was drugstore! It gives the perfect amount of coverage, lasts all day without touch-ups and smells incredible.
Collection- Lasting perfection concealer (1 fair)- £4.19
I cannot speak highly enough of this concealer. I literally buy it in bulk when I see it in stock because it is always sold out! Collection have nailed the perfect concealer to cover AND brighten for a price that is unbeatable. For me, this rivals the consistency and coverage of Nars creamy concealer which retails at an eye-watering £28. I have both and will tend to reach for the Collection concealer for everyday, so I’d rather buy 7 tubes of this concealer for the same price as the Nars one.
Rimmel stay matte pressed powder- £3.99
For a babe with oily skin, it is essential you powder for that perfect flawless base and for me this pressed powder is the one. It sets down all of your hard work, creates a matte finish, minimises oil from seeping through throughout the day and it stops your base from creasing. For the price, it’s a win-win!
Primark- Face Sculpting Palette- £6.00
Primark seriously stepped up their game when it came to beauty products and is now one of the more popular brands when it comes to beauty bargain hunters. This sculpting palette comes with 2 contour shades, two setting powders and an array of eyeshadows for creating that perfectly chiselled look. This is honestly one of my favourite products that I own; the powders are buttery, they’re easy to blend and its three products in one palette- for £6! Need I say more?
Makeup Revolution- Ultra 32 Flawless 3 Resurrection Palette- £8.00
This. Just this. This eyeshadow palette is INSANE. Inside its beautiful rose-gold packaging lie 32 incredible shades to create an everyday kinda vibe or transform your look into a stunning night-time one. It has mattes and shimmers for whatever eye look you want to create. It can do no wrong in (or on) my eyes!
Collection Extreme 24hr Felt Tip Liner- £2.99
Collection are back at it again; this time with a liner that is so black and a brush that is so thin, you’ll have a wing so sharp it can stab a fuckboy right in the heart before he can break yours.
Essence lip liner- £1.00
The formula of these liners are so creamy and come in a perfect array of colours that don’t bleed from your lips. Usually with a cheap liner you can expect a chalky consistency and the staying power of your pay cheque on a 50% off sale at Sephora but these are anything but. For £1, buy them in every colour!
Makeup Revolution- Brow Pomade- £6.00
I’ve tried a lot of both high-end and drugstore brow products but this pomade is by far my favourite. It’s consistency and finish rivals the ABH Dipbrow and for a fraction of the price. Available in colours to suit blondes to dark brunettes, it’s perfect for everyone looking to achieve fuller looking brows.
Collection Fast Stroke Defining Mascara- £2.99
I’ll be honest here, I do not like cheap mascaras at all and when I first purchased this on a whim, I expected nothing less than the typical gloopy formula with a nasty chemical scent. This was different and I was pleasantly surprised; I thought the brush was nice and perfectly coated and defined each lash! Although it wont trump my Benefit They’re Real mascara, this one is definitely one you can count on if your low on cash and pumping the brush to your old mascara, attempting to get the last drop.