It’s that time of the month again (no, not that time) when we’re all waiting for payday to come around so we can go to Pret for lunch, restock our gin cupboard (what do you mean, you don’t have a whole cupboard for gin?), and treat ourselves to something new and pretty (like this, for example). If you can’t wait that long, here are some ace bits that are actually good, as well as affordable.
Starting with nails, I love Mavala – cute little bottles that you actually stand a chance of finishing before they go gloopy, a great shade range, and decent staying power, all for £4.95. This particular shade, Dancing Queen, is a golden pink duochrome which I’m not sure is available in Boots anymore, but there are plenty of other colours that you can pick up with your meal deal.
If you’re more into lips than tips, the Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liners are marvellous. They’re not drying, are twist-up so you don’t have to dig around in your makeup
drawer bag for a sharpener, and the shade Eastend Snob is a dupe for Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk. Oh, and they’re a whole £3.99.
Next up is the item that inspired this post, the Collection Blush and Glow palette. For a mere £4.99 you get two blushers, a bronzer, and highlighter, in shades that you actually want to wear. All four are decent quality, non-glittery, not overly powdery, and flattering. My photos are making the blushers look a bit peachy but they’re both pink – the one on the left is matte and the right is slightly sheeny.
The GOSH Forever Eye Shadow stick in Twisted Brown is the product that is a bit of a cheat. It was on offer for under £5 when I took the photos and now…well, isn’t. It’s £6.29 but is really brilliant. It looks like a bit of a dull colour but is the perfect shade for using as a super-quick liner (smoosh along the lashline, smudge it out a bit) or a quick scribble’n’blend all over your eye
ballslids. Once it sets it doesn’t go anywhere, even on my awkward eyes.
There’s another tiny cheat in here, which is the Kiko Intense Colour Longlasting Liner, which should be £5.20 but is currently discounted to £4.15. I’ve got it in 03 Pearly Bronze (currently out of stock on the website but is probably in all of the stores), which is a lovely shiny, light-catching shade, but the blue options, like 11 Metallic Blue Teal and 15 Metallic Midnight Blue, are also fabulous. Like the Kiko, it’s easy to smudge out but once the liner has set it’s stuck there until you take it off.
Finally is the Barry M Flawless Mist & Fix Setting Spray – Dewy Finish, which is such good value at £5. I didn’t have high hopes but bought it because it was the only one in Boots that didn’t contain alcohol (although I think the Matte Finish version does), and I’m so glad I took a chance on it. It really does help to stop my makeup stay on my face so at the end of the day, I may be fading rapidly but my foundation isn’t.
Have you tried any of these affordable-but-brilliant bits? What do you grab when you need a cheap treat?- Any product marked with an '*' is a PR sample. All reviews are 100% honest regardless of whether I bought the item myself or was sent it. Links may be affiliate, which means that I get a small commission if you use them -