Popping into Boots for some toothpaste without accidentally emerging looking guilty with bags full of spenny products you can’t really afford is easier said than done, it’s true.
Those glamourous designer makeup counters with their shiny lippies in classy oh-so-Parisian cases scream ‘Buy me!’ and there’s always a nail polish in a slightly different hue to the one you already have just begging to join your collection. But trust us, there’s really no need to splash out on the high-end options, you just need to do some digging.
The old adage that you get what you pay for often proves wise, but when it comes to makeup, there are some fabulous high street offerings that are just as good, if not better, than their overpriced counterparts.
If you must break the bank in the name of beauty (and everyone deserves a treat sometimes), do so on skincare, but that Dior eyeliner? It’s honestly unnecessary. That girl you envied for her eyeliner flicks last night almost certainly looked awesome because she’d been practising them for years, not because she’d forked out £30 on the latest liquid must-have. In fact, if she had any sense, she’ll have used the Collection Fast Stroke Eye Liner. It costs £2.99, glides on like a dream and stays put for hours.
Don’t believe us that cheap doesn’t always mean crap? Have a flick through our top recommendations, try them for yourself and berate us in the comments if we’re wrong.
MUA Burning Embers Eyeshadow Palette at Superdrug,£8
This is a stunner of a bargain, with 25 highly pigmented shadows for just £8. Expect a mixture of pearl and matte finishes in shades that have been designed to complement each other so you can have great fun blending to create an eye look that suits you perfectly.
Barry M Brows Kit at Boots, £5.99
This handy little kit comes with everything you need for A-list eyebrows, including a double-ended applicator for shaping and blending and a pair of tweezers for getting rid of any stray hairs. Simple but oh so effective.
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder at Feel Unique, £3.99
Lock in makeup and minimise shine for up to 12 hours with this high street gem from staple brand Rimmel. It might be worth picking up two (for under £8 total what do you have to lose?) – one transparent and another with a slight bronze glow, to cover all your beauty needs.
Bourjois Volume Clubbing Ultra Black Mascara at Boots,£7.99
No girl wants to be worrying about their mascara rubbing off while out partying, which is why you need this heavy duty number from Bourjois. Its vinyl-enriched formula keeps those lashes on fleek while a double-sided brush gives dramatic length and volume.
Lips In Shazam at Topshop, £8
Topshop lipsticks never fail us and come in a range of gorgeous colours from subtle nudes to daring brights like this striking orange. If you struggle with chapped lips, fear not, as they moisturise while on, getting a big thumbs up for comfort, too.
Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blusher, £6.99
This cute blusher comes in four shades (we love soft pink). Compacted into a mini pot easy to pop into your handbag, it becomes creamy when applied to the cheeks, perfectly blending in with your liquid or cream foundation for a natural, dewy finish. It stays put all day, unlike many powder blushers.
L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation at Boots, £9.99
Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner at Superdrug, £2.99
First published 24 August 2017