With skincare, you often get what you pay for, and it’s always a good idea to buy the best that you can afford. However, when it comes to cosmetics the same rule doesn’t apply.
Perhaps it’s a more modern development, but it’s now possible to buy exceptional quality cosmetics that offer high pigment and long wear times at great prices. Brands such as Sleek and NYX offer great value for money. It’s not just cosmetics, but there are superb tools available at excellent prices, thanks to the high quality of synthetic bristles. Bdellium, Real Techniques and Studio Line all offer amazing value for money.
It goes without saying that all of the products we stock are high quality, regardless of price, but if money is tight, here are some of our top beauty picks that won’t cost the earth.
Our first pick are the hugely popular Sleek I-Divine Eye Palettes. Available in 13 variations these palettes are a steal at £7.99. Each palette contains 12 shades, usually in a variety of finishes, unless you’re buying the matte palette, where each shade is matte.
Another great Eye Shadow Product is the NYX Jumbo Eye Shadow Pencil. Again available in a large range of colours they work amazingly on their own, or as a base for other shadows. In pencil form these are very economical with a price of £5 each.
The Neve Cosmetics Pastello Eye Liner Pencils are £3.95 and available in a great range of colours. 17 to be precise. These pencils are cruelty free and can also be used as a base for other eyeshadows.
The Everyday Minerals Tinted Lip Butters are not only great for your lips, containing shea butter, murumuru butter, marula oil and passion fruit oil, but they offer a sheer tint, are available in 11 shades and are a snip at £4.95.
The NYX Cosmetics Round Lipsticks are a great make up bag staple. These budget beauties are mineral based with a beautiful velvet texture upon application. At £4.95, pick up a few for the price of a high end lipstick!
The Lily Lola Mineral Blush pots are lightweight, loose powder blushers, available in 7 shades, you just need to tip some in the lid of your pot and apply sparingly with a blusher brush. Ranging between 2 to 3g they’ll last a surprisingly long time as you need so little. These are £7.29 each.
The Neve Cosmetics Blush Brush fits the bill perfectly and is a reasonable £8.95 and the ideal companion to mineral products, thanks to its extra soft bristles.
If you’re looking to buy several good quality brushes then its worth taking a look at Bdellium brushes, a great affordable high quality brushes, ranging from £6.50 for the Precision Liner Brush, through to £19.95 for the Maestro Kabuki Brush which is from their superior quality hand crafted range.
Buying budget beauty products that are good quality is entirely possible, and another way to make your money go even further is to look for multi-use products, such as eyeliners that can double as eye shadows or primers, or eye shadows you can use wet with a brush as eye liners.