Over to my little sister once again - at the moment I am saving up to go back to America with my entire family so pricey make-up purchases are out of the window. With that in mind I have gathered up all my favourite budget picks and brands, some you may have heard of and other perhaps not...
Primark - Yes seriously, admittedly I seldom spend any time looking at the make-up stand but for cosmetic bags and cases there is nowhere better. Not only are they well made, beautifully designed not to mention sturdy but beyond affordable. It doesn't matter what your beauty storage needs are you can more than bet Primark will answer the call - from dinky make-up bags to travel solutions they offer it all and under £10 too.
Collection - Formerly known as Collection 2000, a range I used to skip whenever frequenting Boots or Superdrug yet one that has come into its own in the past year or so. Sure Collection Concealer is widely hailed as one of the best of its type but be sure to check of the lipsticks and nail polishes, especially if it is a shade you won't wear frequently. I can not recommend Collection Cream Puff Matte Lip Creams enough and their pressed powder isn't too be missed either. If you give one brand a second chance to win you over it should be Collection - their reformulated textures and products have not gone unnoticed in this household that is for sure.
Lottie London - the new brush range that is both lust worthy and affordable - don't let the cutesy pastel toned brushes fool you into thinking they are gimmicky. Oh no! Each is wonderfully constructed with sturdy handles, fluffy brush heads that both blend and scrub up well free of splaying and shedding. Did we mention that they are beautiful to look at too? You can find the entire brush and polish range via Superdrug - link.
Max Factor - I used to think Max Factor was aimed at older, more mature women than myself until my sister (yep Adrienne - mature in no sense of the word at all) handed me a bottle of their wonderful primer - Max Factor Facefinity Primer. From that moment on I was hooked. Admittedly Max Factor are one of the more pricer "budget friendly" brands out there but you are almost guaranteed stellar quality. If you have yet to try the new Max Factor Creme Puff Blushes then make them your next port of call - yes they are comparable to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes but I'd go one step further and say they are a little more pigmented.
MUA - The brand that won us all over with their wonderful and utterly affordable eyeshadow palettes. Yes on the whole MUA can be a little hit and miss - the mascaras and nail polishes do nothing for me yet the eyeshadows and MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquers rival even the priciest of matte lip stains. My advice when it comes to MUA is to really research the products before purchasing. Generally speaking MUA do powder and lip products best but like I said the key is to do your homework with this brand as there are plenty of hidden gems to be found. If I could recommend one product it would be the MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighting Powders.
Make Up Revolution - Perhaps the King of dupes, you can almost guarantee that whatever pricey product you may have your eye on, Make Up Revolution will offer a more affordable solution. Much like the above MUA brand I feel Make Up Revolution really come into their own with powder products be it for the general face area or eyes. Make Up Revolution have every type of palette going from face, eyes, brows and mixed mediums all the while being beyond affordable. My personal pick is the new Ultra 32 Shade Eyeshadow Palette Affirmation Palette - all the eyeshadow shades you could dream of and more.
B. - Superdrug's in-house premium brand that offers luxury skin and beauty items without a hefty price tag, all of which are cruelty free and Vegan. I'm not all that familiar with B. cosmetics but do regularly purchase B. Micellar Water and their Melting Cleanser. If affordable luxury is what you crave then head to Superdrug. You can explore than brand in full here - link.
John Frieda - Blonde, brunette, bleached, heat fried and all that is in between (including beach ready products) you can beat that John Frieda will offer up a solution. Yes there are far cheaper hair care brands to be found on the UK highstreet but very few offer this level of care (Aussie come a close second) and expertise. It also doesn't hurt that they are forever on offer via Boots!
Model's Own - Barry M are often hailed as the be all and end all of budget nail polishes but personally I feel Model's Own pip them to the post, affordable with wonderful colour collections and more often than not long wearing formulations. The new Models Own Festival Nail Polish in Pink Wellys is my current go to neon!
Soap & Glory - Skincare, make-up and bath and body treats there is a reason the Soap & Glory aisle in my local Boots is forever crowded with women of all ages. Quirky packaging with great innovative products that not only smell great but deliver all that they promise without breaking the bank. I am hard pushed to say what I enjoy most from the expansive line up but would nudge you towards the make-up stand only because it is somewhat slips under the radar. The Soap & Glory Lid Stuff Flawless Finish Eyeshadow Quad in What's Nude, easily one of the best nude palettes I have ever stumbled upon.
Feel free to add to the above list...
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