Here’s what my face looks like when it’s on a budget…

Ok, I admit it, I am a make up snob. I’m not talking a love for ONLY luxury brands, my love lies with those interesting, hidden gems of product ranges with professional quality and exciting stories behind them. I’m always going to prefer to spend my money on those brands, however, in the interest of being a good blogger, today I’m investigating some budget brands.

At the end of the day, all of our beauty obsessions started from an early age and when money was precious, so naturally we started with those easy to find budget beauty brands. For me it was brands like Barry M, Rimmel and Miss Sporty that were in my first ever make up bag (plus whatever sparkly shizz they had in Bodycare)

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These days there are very few products from the high street that I use on a daily basis, it’s partly because I prefer to support the small, indie brands and it’s partly because I’ve become accustomed to a professional quality product, either way, I’m sure I’m missing some hype from not trying more high street stuff.

This week, I wore almost 100% budget beauty for the day (I didn’t have a cheap mascara to hand) to give it a proper test and see if anything could covert me.

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Here’s what I tested out for the day:

Collection Eyes Uncovered Palette in Nude Bronze- £3.99

This dinky beauty is clearly a dupe for the Naked Urban Decay palettes and for many, a neutral palette has become an essential. I’m not a massive user of neutral shades so wouldn’t necessarily splurge on these colours so this is a great options and total bargain. They have launched three different shades too. Good textures and colour pay-off, can’t really complain for under £4! Great shades for brows too!

BD Trade Secrets Dream Shine Highlighter in Lustre- £7.99

They’ve clearly tried to mimic the gold luxe appeal of the YSL Touche Eclat here and the colour is a pretty peachy, gold shimmer. I’d say it’s more a fine glitter than a full blown highlighter but it does its job, but I’m not blown away, the effect is rather wishy washy for my liking.

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Collection Naturally Matt Foundation in Porcelain- £2.99

I can’t believe this is under £3. I actually got on quite well with this foundation, the shade is right for my pale skin and it’s easy to apply. The coverage is quite light though so would be more suited to younger skin or for someone with less imperfections to hide. I will definitely give this another go and I like the packaging too.

BD Trade Secrets Pure Matte Lip Melt in Graceful- £5.99

A Clinique chubby stick dupe, I’m not a huge fan of the clear plastic lid, but the product inside is good. In the bullet it’s a fab pink toned red that is smooth to apply and sets to a relatively matte finish, it’ll never challenge my Lime Crime Velvetines, but the format makes it easy to take out and about with you.

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BD Swatches L-R: Posey Cheek Colour, Matte Lip Melt in Graceful, Highlighter in Lustre and Camo 1 Concealer

BD Trade Secrets Velvet Cream Cheek Colour in Posey- £4.99

Super cute colour here, I’m not a massive fan of cream colours for checks though as I prefer a matte finish. The finish on this one is not super glossy though, so can work well. However, on the base of the foundation I found it melted quickly, will test again to see if it performs better on a different base. LOVE this shade though, a pretty peach  which would suit so many skintones. Would prefer a larger pan too so that I can apply with a brush instead of fingers.

BD Camouflage Face Concealer in Camo 1- £3.99

Pretty amazed at how pale this is, good job BD! However, it only comes in four shades, so not sure if they cater to the other end of the skin tone spectrum. Nice creamy texture and semi-matte finish, again didn’t stick to this base too well, so will have to try it again. It’s a small pan though, so not sure it would last me too long.

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Spot the Miz!

2True Twist ‘n’  Line Eye Definer in Metallic Blue- £1.99

This is a funny pencil, when you apply it swatched the colour is mega vibrant metallic blue and pretty amazing, however, on top of a layer of other products it tends to come out a bit faded, so depends how you’re using it. Not bad for under £2.

Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder in Vanilla- £8.99

Now then, this is something that I genuinely use EVERYDAY at the moment, I use it under and over my foundation for a matte finish and to help make up stay put. It’s lasting me ages too so great value for money.


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Overall, I’d saw the finished look is far more muted than on a regular day for me, but it doesn’t look bad. I’d prefer a higher level of coverage and a more matte finish, but not bad for a make up look on a budget. I’ve found a few products I’ll dabble with again, but I’m still preferring my usual indie/professional brands.

What’s your favourite budget beauty buy?

What have you tried from this list?


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