The six makeup products I always save on
Sometimes you need to spend on makeup but you can definitely also save!
One of the most annoying things to possibly happen is when all of your makeup seems to run out AT THE SAME TIME! Seriously, am I the only one that happens to? At the weekend, I was speaking to one of my friends and we both agreed that when it comes to makeup, there are certainly areas to spend in and areas that are super easy to save in. So if your makeup bag is in need of a refresh, here are my fave picks.
Sleek Brow Kit - €11.99
As everyone knows, good eyebrows are the perfect way to frame your face, but this needn’t be a burden on your finances. I was introduced to this product about a year ago and I still have that very same buy in my makeup bag now. It’s a teeny tiny palette available in four shades, with a shaping wax and setting powder that comes with two brushes and a mini-tweezers. The mini angled brush is dead handy for creating your desired shape and the duo is ideal for travelling because of its compact size. Honestly couldn’t recommend it enough.
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - €5.79
This is the crème de la crème of budget makeup. Affordable, highly pigmented, easy to blend and a great one for brightening up under the eyes if you opt for a lighter shade than your foundation – you couldn’t ask for much more. It’s a cult product for a reason.
Flormar Triple Action Mascara - €9.95
This affordable mascara is the absolute bee’s knees, the cat’s pyjamas, the fox’s socks – you get the picture, it’s FAB. It has an innovative brush that can be left straight to create intense length, or twisted to create curled and volumized lashes. The pigment is fantastic and its argon oil infused formula helps to condition your lashes. You can usually pick this gem up in Penneys.
Luna by Lisa Jordan Lipstick and Pencil Duo - €19
I tested these over the weekend and can report they are lovely. They're sold out online for now but are available in Sam McCauleys. They come in four beautiful shades, are really moisturising on the lips and have good lasting power. ‘Soft Citrie’ and ‘Morganite’ are my two favourites so far for a day look. The former is a peachy nude, but one that is so flattering to wear and the latter is a decent dupe of one of my most-worn Mac lippies, ‘Twig’. Considering a Mac lipstick now sets you back 20 quid (wtf), Luna’s lip kits give you the lipstick and pencil for under that price – winning!
Sleek Makeup Face Form - €13.99
Another favourite from Sleek, but they can’t be beaten for budget beauty. This trio contains a contour shade, a highlighter and a blush and the contour is my absolute go-to.
Essence Glazed Donut Highlighter - €4.49
Apparently, the ‘glazed donut’ is the new highlighting trend and whilst I can’t say I’d appreciate being likened to a pastry, I can say this highlighter gives a lovely glow. If you spritz your brush with a little setting spray before applying it also intensifies the look - I'll give you that one for free!
Urban Decay All Nighter Full Coverage Longwear Foundation - €36
This is such a star product and literally doesn’t budge all day. It’s high coverage and a matte foundation, which normally doesn’t appeal to me, but this one never looks flat. The shade range is phenomenal and a little goes a long way with this product so even though it’s a little pricey, it really lasts.
Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush - €40
With tightly packed bristles, this brush creates such a polished, full coverage look that never looks cakey.
So that's my complete roundup. Your entire makeup bag could be replaced for about €140 and it just goes to prove, you don't always have to spend a million dollars to look a million dollars.