While I loathe to admit it, I am a bit of make-up snob. I think I just assume that, because X powder is twice the price of Y powder, X powder must be better. However, over the last three years of writing this blog, I have become privvy to some of the best beauty products around and a large number of them are budget picks that I incorporate frequently into my make-up routine. Admittedly, a lot of the content on this blog is on the luxury end of the scale (though we do try to maintain a balance) so, I thought I would share some of my budget beauty favourites.
NYC New York Colour is a brand that falls into the "cheap as chips" category. However, that doesn't mean that quality is compromised. In fact, a lot of their products really stand out to me because they are of such a high standard. I'm currently loving the Big Bold Bronzing Powder* in ManhaTan, the Expert Last Lipstick* in Air Kiss and the Big Bold Mascara*. If you're looking for a great budget mascara, I strongly recommend you check out NYC; I have yet to be disappointed by one!
Maybelline is a pharmacy/drugstore brand at the higher end of the budget category and it definitely reflects in the quality of their products. I love the super longwearing Super Stay 14HR Lipstick and the Color Tattoos have been a huge success for the brand and are definitely the best cream shadows in the budget market. On-And-On Bronze is my favourite shade.
One of the first beauty products I ever bought was from Rimmel and the brand has gotten better and better over time. Everyone went mad for the Apocalips* line of lip lacquers and the fire engine red Apocaliptic is my favourite of the ones I have tried. I have also been loving the Scandaleyes Flex Mascara*.
Garnier recently blew me away with their launch of Perfect Blur* primer and skin perfector. After having such a horrible time with their other lauded product, the Garnier BB Cream, I didn't expect much of this but, I am already down to the end of my first tube and have recommended it as a primer to anyone who asks.
Good cream blushes are hard to find when budget beauty shopping. I've been told that the Revlon Photoready ones as well as the newer Bourjois ones are good but, the best I have found are the Topshop Makeup cream blushes. This cream to powder formula is akin to the MAC creams and the shade range is very good. I love the hot pink Primetime.
I am very particular about my eyebrow products, mainly because they are so fair and I need something that looks natural and ashy, without leaning too much into orange or brown territory. Personally, I will be sticking with the Make Up Forever Aqua Brow for the foreseeable but, at some nudging from my sister, I am including the Catrice Eyebrow Pencil as a great budget alternative. It's all she uses on her brows and she can't say enough good stuff about it.
GOSH is an oft overlooked beauty brand, probably because it isn't as accessible as some of the others mentioned here. That being said, I have loved everything I have tried from it and the most impressive budget liners, in my opinion, are the Velvet Touch Waterproof Liners. These are a really close dupe to the NARS Larger Than Life pencils and this shade, Copper Girl, is great for blue eyes.
Finally, there is a little ditty from Revlon. I never massively bought into the hype of the Lip Butters or Clinique Chubby Stick dupes but, this Photoready Concealer is a great budget alternative to the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage that I use for spot concealing. It is highly pigmented, slightly yellow-toned and the perfect waxy consistency to "blur" the appearance of blemishes.
What budget beauty products rank among your faves?