I feel so daft writing this as this post was meant to go live last week but after my holiday to Iceland and having a chilled weekend I never took any photos last week due to light problems after the weekend, but I completely forgot I had already taken the photos before I went away… oops. Anyway, today’s post is all about my favourite budget makeup picks, from foundations to eyeshadows and blushers, to lip products.
Foundation and base products are a product I love to splurge on but are also something I like to save on. That may make no sense but I don’t want to wear only my high-end foundations everyday as this means they will be used up quicker, so I tend to reach for my budget beauty picks on an everyday basis and there are some in my collection that even rival high-end bases.
First up is the Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Flawless foundation, a foundation that I have talked about a number of times but one I absolutely love. It literally only costs £5.99 and I honestly think it is a base worth so much more, and one you need to have in your collection. It provides a nearly flawless demi-matte finish that impresses me every time. It lasts most of the working day too.
The LA Girl Pro BB Cream had to be my next choice, but I won’t say too much as I have talked about numerous times recently but I would say it is comparable to the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue, and it is a lovely product. I love how it leaves my skin glowing, and that even though it is a BB cream it still provides medium coverage.
The final base I had to include is The Ordinary Coverage foundation. It’s another medium to full coverage foundation and a fantastic product. I love the finish of that foundation, which isn’t completely matte, and the fact you can’t feel it on your skin. If you haven’t tried The Ordinary yet, I definitely suggest adding this to your wishlist.
Powder and mascara
Loose powder is something that I have only started to use within the last year or so but this one I picked up from No 7, the No 7 Perfect Light Loose Powder, just works, and I really haven’t felt the need to pick up any other loose powder. It lightly sets my foundation and concealer without being too noticeable and stops my eyeshadow from creasing.
My favourite budget mascara is on the higher end of budget, but as L’Oreal mascaras tend to be the ones I always go for, I had to include at least one. The L’Oreal False Lash Sculpt Mascara definitely adds the length and volume I’m always after, and the L’Oreal False Lash Telescopic mascara is another fabulous offering from them which adds a little more definition.
If you are after something more budget my other budget mascara pick would have to be from Essence. I don’t actually have a mascara from them currently but I’ve tried a couple and they’ve always been incredible for the price. One I tried that I loved only cost around £3!
Blushers, bronzers and highlighters
A palette which has a blusher, bronzer and highlighter is so convenient and one that I haven’t stopped using since purchasing earlier this year is The Body Shop Face Contouring Palette. Now, you may not think of The Body Shop as a budget brand but if you pick this up when there’s a 40% off code you can pick it up for just £9, and it is so worth it. It’s an incredible product for pale skinned girls and every single shade is lovely, with my favourite definitely being the bronzing and contour shades.
If it’s a budget blusher you’re looking for then my favourites are the MUA Blushers and the Essence Satin Touch Blush in 20 Satin Love. These both literally cost a £1 and are some of the most pigmented blushers I’ve found from the drugstore. I love the glow the Essence one provides, and the range of shades available always impresses me with the MUA blushers. The shade pictured is Candyfloss.
As to highlighters, my favourite is definitely the MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighters as they are just incredible. They have pigment and provide a beautiful glow, whilst lasting relatively well on the skin. I’ve also heard great things about the Makeup Revolution Highlighters.
First up is, of course, the Colourpop Super Shock Shadows, yes, the ones I spend my entire life talking about. I love how pigmented they are and how long they last. The choice of shades is incredible too, you can probably find pretty much any colour you’re looking for. Above is the shades Nillionaire, Muse and White Rabbit.
I don’t really use a primer with the Colourpop eyeshadows but with anything else the primer I always reach for is the NYX Proof It Waterproof eyeshadow primer. I can never make my mind up as to whether it helps my eye makeup last longer but it’s definitely one of my favourite budget makeup picks and it does ensure my eye makeup doesn’t crease.
Ahh, the product I own a tonne of, but there are so many great budget makeup picks. First up is the Colourpop Satin Lips; I love how comfortable they feel on the lips and that they wear incredibly well. I won’t say too much as they’re another product I’ve spoken about a lot but my favourite shades are Lyin’ King and Alyssa. (You can also see my latest haul here.)
As for budget lipsticks my favourites would definitely have to be from The Body Shop. I have quite a collection and honestly, love all the formulas, but the matte and standard Colour Crush lipsticks are my favourites. They’re both incredibly comfortable and generally last 3-4 hours with the matte formula lasting a bit longer. They fade well too so if you don’t have the chance to top up you don’t need to worry, which is amazing. The shades pictured in the Colour Crush formula are 110 and 130, and in the Matte formula is 420.
Lastly, a product I never expected would feature in a post like this is the Primark PS Lip Liner Pencils. These cost a mere £1 and are very smooth to use on the lips whilst not being too soft. I love them and find they work with so many of my lipsticks. I have the four shades above, which are Candy Pink, BonBon, Rosewood Mauve and Desert Sand.
What is your favourite budget makeup picks? Have you tried any of the products I’ve mentioned?