I make no secret of the fact that I spend a lot of money on make-up; it is my vice! While I generally prefer to buy one or two more expensive items less frequently, I do have some mainstays in my collection that are definitely on the budget end of the scale. I think budget brands have come on in leaps and bounds in recent years and where once I didn't have even one drugstore products, I now have many that I reach for on a regular, if not daily, basis. This will be the second instalment of my Budget Beauty Favourites and you can check out the first part from 2013 here!
L'Oreal is probably one of the higher end budget brands and, while their prices sometimes seem astronomical in comparison to, say, Barry M or Rimmel, the quality is definitely worth the extra few quid. None of these items will come as a surprise to you as I feature them frequently so, I will just blast through them really quickly.
The L'Oreal Color Riche Collection Privée by Julianne* is the closest I get to a nude lip. The Collection Privée line-up is all about finding a neutral to suit your colouring and, in my case, Julianne Moore's peachy pink is the closest fit (to see the other shades, check out this post) and I wear it all the time. L'Oreal Mega Volume Miss Manga Mascara* is one of the newer releases from the brand (review here) and it is the first mascara I have ever, in my life, used up! It was a sad day when I had to throw the empty tube in the bin and I will definitely be repurchasing this when I'm next in Boots. Another for eyes and the L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Bronze Taupe is not just my favourite drugstore eyeshadow but, one of my favourite shadows in general. Sadly, this is a US-only shade but, the range here has many similar bronzes to take your pick from. The quality of these pressed pigments in incomparable and this is my go-to eye when paired with the next product I'm going to talk about.
The Maybelline Color Tattoo 24H in On and On Bronze was the first I bought and the one I continue to use consistently. These cream shadows are the closest budget offering I have found to my beloved MAC Paint Pots and I frequently use On and On Bronze as a base for the aforementioned Infallible Eyeshadow. I wear this combo all the time and did a work make-up tutorial a few weeks ago featuring it which you can see here. Also from Maybelline are the Maybelline Baby Lips. When I first tried these, I thought they were hella overrated but, then my sister bought me the Intensive Care one for Christmas and, well, the rest is history. I have since repurchases this in bulk and always have at least one on me as it is the most nourishing, hydrating and comfortable "cheap" lip balm.
I frequently speak of my love for No7 and two products have wormed their way into favourites status. The No7 Stay Perfect Superlight Foundation* has been a permanent fixture in my foundation routine since I got it and I can't say enough good things about it - definitely the best budget foundation I have tried. Pair that with the No7 Instant Illusions Rapid Radiance Base* and you have a pretty spectacular looking face of make-up. This is the best illuminating primer I think I have tried - even better than the Clarins I think - and it sits so beautifully under foundation in leaves skin with a gorgeous pearlescence.
Finally, a late entry from new-to-Ireland brand Wet n Wild. I have tried a few bits from this range and while I love the eyeshadows, most of it has been a big fat fail for me, except this lip liner. The Wet n Wild Colouricon Lip Liner in Fab Fuschia is the perfect berry-toned lip liner. It is kind of a chameleon in that in works with both neutrals and brights and can really transform the look of what you put on top of it. Couple that with a great, comfortable formula, a low price tag and a super long pencil and you have one excellent, excellent product.
What are your budget favourites?