Recently my shopping seems to have drifted away from my high street roots towards the pricier end of the spectrum. The reason is simple. I am buying less makeup (goodness knows I have enough) so I feel justified in splurging on one or two items instead of 20 cheap ones. This doesn’t mean that I have stopped being a bargain fiend though and I have plenty of cheap and cheerful items that I adore. Here are my ten current favourite makeup items for under £10.
Sleek I-Divine Eyeshadow palettes. How could these not get a mention?! I have every single one ever released and use them often. They cater for neutrals and brights and the formulas are generally up there with the more expensive shadows I own. At £6.49 for 12 shadows it’s fantastic value for money.
17 Shine Control pressed powder. If like me you struggle with oily bits a pressed powder can be your best friend. Some just aren’t equipped to deal with oily skin though. This manages to help control oil without caking up on my skin. Yes it can kick up a lot of dust but it costs just £3.99 so I will forgive it that.
Bourjois Delice De Poudre Bronzer AKA the Chocolate bronzer. It smells good, looks good and it generally fabulous. It’s a fabulous matte contour shade that is very forgiving on my pale skin. The only problem it is tends to ‘frost’ and develop a hard layer on top. I just scrape it off every few months. It’s a pain but I still love it, oh and it’s just £6.99.
Barry M Dazzle Dusts. These little pots of loveliness come in so many shades and textures. The pigmentation is insane and they allow you to create a vibrancy that you often can’t quite get from pressed shadows. The down side is they need a sticky base but who cares, they are only £4.50!
My eyebrows like to model themselves on a nearby hedge row. They grow in all directions and need frequent weed whacking. Thankfully the ELF Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara has no problem pinning them down into shape. And it’s only £1.50.
Yes it’s another Sleek item. They win this one for innovation as much as performance. Until recently the OCC Lip Tars and MAC Lip Mixes were the only products like this but both are expensive and difficult to get a hold of. Enter the Sleek Pout Paints. Pigmented, long lasting and infinitely mixable for £4.99 and you only need to pop down to your local high street to get them.
Mascara. Not anyone in particular, I just don’t like paying more than £10 for something that will only last me a few months. I’ve had fabulous results with some super cheap ones. Generally if I’m reviewing an expensive mascara on here it’s a mini sample one.
Topshop Cream blushes. Specifically Neon Rose, I had Pinch too but sold it as the colour didn’t really suit me. These have a lovely texture, it’s a bit drier and sets so they last and last on me. And this colour is so unique. It looks terrifying in the pan but is one of those colours that always looks great on. It’s £6.
The Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer is quite simply the best under eye concealer I own. It’s pigmented, lasts, is forgiving on under eye skin. It’s just generally fabulous apart from the very limited shade range (get it sorted Collection 2000!). This was £4.19!
Technically not a makeup item but a tool. The £3.50 ELF Studio Powder brush is still one of my favourite ways to apply liquid foundation.
Let me know what your favourite barginous products are in the comments! x