The Best Bargain Beauty Steals Under £10 That Rival Designer Makeup

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Thanks to all the high street options, you no longer need to fork out big bucks for quality beauty products (Shutterstock)
Quality make up without breaking the bank.

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.

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MUA Eyeshadow Palette - Burning Embers

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.

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder


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.

Boujois Volume Clubbing Black Mascara

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.

Topshop Lips in Shazam

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.

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Maxfactor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush

L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation at Boots, £9.99

L’Oreal’s creamy foundation comes in 23 shades so you’re all but guaranteed to find one to match your skin tone. Unlike other high street foundations (and some designer ones!), True Match feels soft but not greasy to wear and blends on easily without feeling cloying. Sure, Chanel’s Vitalumiere is lovely, but it’s almost three times the price and this does the job brilliantly.
l'oreal true match foundation

Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner at Superdrug, £2.99

Collection’s little pot of fabulous has been a bonafide classic in the beauty world for 25 years. It glides on with a bold black colour and the soft nib applicator allows you to create the perfect flick that stays put all night, even in a sweaty club. Comes in brown and blue too. Do not be put off by the cheap as chips price tag. This is the best bargain we have ever found in the beauty aisles.
Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner

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First published 24 August 2017