As much as I love and treasure my high end makeup products I also really enjoy drugstore ones. I'm not a makeup snob by any means and try lots of affordable products which often rival their much more expensive alternatives. And today I want to share with you 10 great makeup items which cost £10, or under, each and are good not only for the price but are genuinely fantastic products which in some cases out-perform much more expensive offerings.
1. Soap & Glory One Heck Of A Blot Primer, £10, I recently talked about it in my latest empties post and unfortunately I threw away the packaging so it's not in the picture, anyway, it's a great primer which smoothes out the skin and extends the wear time of my foundation, it doesn't have the greasy, silicon-y feeling and while it might not be the best at keeping the skin completely matte it reduces the shine quite significantly in my case.
2. Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer, £10, ever since I bought this foundation a month ago I can't stop using it, it's really good! It offers great coverage, it blends beautifully, it doesn't accentuate dryness or pores and lines, it has nice satin finish and it lasts up to 10 hours on my skin even without a primer. It works better for my skin then some high end foundations I tried recently.
3. Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder, £8.99, I've tried many drugstore powders and this is by far the best, it sets makeup beautifully without looking cakey at all, it helps mattifying the skin but it looks very natural. It's super finely milled and silky smooth. It also adds a tiny bit of coverage which makes the base look even more perfected.
4. Max Factor Crème Puff blush, £8.99, I have three shades of these blushes and I think they're amazing quality, super finely milled, silky soft, they blend beautifully on the skin and have very subtle luminous finish. They remind me a lot of Hourglass Ambient Lighting blushes and are as good.
5. Freedom Makeup Pro Strobe Palette, £10, (review), I'm not a massive fan of strong contouring and only really reach for contouring bronzers when I do more glam makeup looks, that's why I never had the need to invest in an expensive palette and this budget offering is more then enough. The powders are finely milled, soft and they blend well on the skin, the contour shades are on the cooler side so perfect for creating the illusion of shadows. The highlighting powders are great to set concealer or even foundation if you're quite pale. Really good, affordable contouring palette and it comes with a brush as well.
6. Makeup Revolution Beyond Radiance Palette, £8, (review), if you're a fan of subtle highlight, luminous skin and the 'glow from within' look and always wanted to try the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders then this drugstore offering is perfect for you. These powders are super finely milled, silky soft and add very natural glow to the skin. This palette suits paler complexions but the brand has in their offer also Radiance Palette which will be beautiful on other skin tones.
7. Makeup Revolution New-trals vs Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette, £6.99, (review), when it comes to eyeshadow palettes at super affordable prices Makeup Revolution is definitely a leader on UK beauty market, not only they have a very wide selection of different palettes but they're also very good quality eyeshadows. I've tried many of their palettes and my favourites are the Pro-Iconic ones, especially the New-trals vs Neutrlas palette which is so on trend now with those super warm and red shades. The pigmentation of the eyeshadows is good, they blend well and with good primer last all day on the eyes. The matte shades are smooth, soft and quite impressive considering how cheap they are.
8. Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious mascara, £7.99, I very rarely splurge on mascaras, simply because they don't last a long time and also because drugstore has some excellent ones on offer. Lash Sensational mascara had been my favourite for a long time but since I've tried the Luscious version I think it's even better, after the initial wet phase when it makes my lashes a bit clumpy that is, but once it dries out a bit it gives my lashes lots of volume and length and it keeps the curl all day. The only negative is that it's quite difficult to remove it but nothing a good cleanser can't deal with.
9. NYX Matte Lipsticks, £6.50, I've talked about these lipsticks on my blog way too many times but they're totally worth it as, in my opinion, they're one of the best drugstore lipsticks. They're very pigmented, creamy, apply smoothly on the lips without dragging the skin, have semi-matte finish but feel very comfortable on the lips and last good 3-5 hours depending on how much you eat during that time. I have 6 different shades and non of them disappointed me.
10. Colourpop Ultra Satin Lips, $6, when it comes to liquid lipsticks I've tried many of them but one formula that really stands out to me is the Ultra Satin Lips from Colourpop, they have amazing pigmentation, apply evenly, last a long time on the lips even with some eating and drinking yet they don't feel drying at all. They don't accentuate dryness or lip lines, have semi matte/satin finish and although they transfer on the cups etc. I'm willing to pay the little price for how comfortable they are on the lips. Colourpop is shipping now internationally so it's not a problem to get hang of these lippies but if you're after just one shade then it's worth turning to eBay, you'd pay significantly more for a lipstick but it will be with you within couple of days and you don't have to worry about international shipping, this seller have a good selection of shades and they're genuine products.
Have you tried any of these products? Do you agree with me that they're great budget buys? Which other drugstore products would be in your 10 under £10 list?
PS. Blog schedule update
I wanted to update my regular readers on some changes I am making to my blog's posts schedule.
I've been posting three times a week for over 2 years now which was a good balance for me but unfortunately I've noticed that lately I've been struggling to keep up on top of the blogging and being an active member of the community so I have decided to reduce my posts to two times a week.
Ever since the school has started in September and my younger boy has been attending nursery sessions for 3 hours a day I seem to have less time to myself. We live quite far from school, I don't drive (although I'm in the process of getting my driving license) which means I waste about 3 hours a day by walking to and from school 3 times a day. It seems like I'm always on the move and with some after school clubs for my older son and the usual mummy's duties and housework etc. it's difficult for me to find the time for blogging during the day. So it's all for the evenings and I simply don't have enough time for everything I want to do.
I still enjoy blogging very much and I want to keep doing it while also visiting and commenting on other blogs which I've been struggling a bit with lately, so my solution is to reduce the amount of my posts.
I will be posting on Mondays and Thursday with every other Thursday being a makeup tutorial post. I had to reduce the amount of makeup posts as well as they take a long time to prepare and I want to be more relaxed on weekends without thinking that I need to create a look for my blog. As much as I love doing them sometimes it feels like a chore to have to dedicate at least 2 hours to create a look and take pictures.
I hope you don't mind these changes, they're really needed though if I want to keep my standards and still enjoy this hobby.