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The Best Affordable Makeup Products

You know that feeling you get when you find an amazing high street beauty product and it costs less than your weekly caffeine fund? Sometimes the high street beauty brands just get it right and do an even better job than products which are triple the price! Here are my current holy grail drugstore makeup products that I just can’t do my makeup without…

NYX Micro Brow Pencil £7

When I want to achieve a natural brow look this is the product I reach for. I have the shade ‘taupe’ and it works perfectly allowing me to add really natural looking hair like strokes to my brows, leaving them darker and more defined without being too over the top. The formulation of this product is perfect and the tiny nib makes filling in brows easy. My only gripe is that this usually lasts around a month and a half, so I’ve already repurchased this around 7 times!

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer £5.99

I picked this up because Feel Unique had 34% off (which they still do) and I wanted to see what all the hype was about. This really is a dupe for the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer – if. not. better! It sits on my skin well and is so incredibly pigmented it covers up every blemish and late night easily. I love using this with a beauty blender for a flawless yet non cakey looking finish. The reason I prefer this slightly over the Nars concealer is because it isn’t as drying and doesn’t crease at all under the eyes. A must try for every skin type I think!

Rimmel Only 1 Matte lipsticks* £6.99

I remember how excited I was when Rimmel kindly sent me the whole range of their new lipsticks, and that was before I had tried them! You’ll probably already know the drill with these but the formulation, pigmentation and staying power is just incredible and they have become an everyday go to for me. I have wrote a post including my favourites and lip swatches if you want to see the specifics.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams £5.50

These are as close as I’ll go to wearing a liquid lipstick. I’ve tried so many different liquid lipstick formulations and I’ve just come to the conclusion that they don’t work for me. However, I really don’t feel like I’m missing out having these in my collection. They dry down to a beautiful matte finish without being at all drying or showing up every crack in my lips and every shade I’ve tried lasts a good 6-7 hours before needing a touch up! I’m so impressed with the formulation of these and I now have over 10 in my collection… Whoops! 

L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara  £10.99

This is one of those products I regret not trying sooner. I love L’Oreal mascara’s in general but most leave my lashes looking too clumpy and over done for everyday, but this mascara manages to add length and subtle volume. My lashes look the same when I come to take my makeup off in the evening as they did when I left the house in the morning. I love using this in conjunction with a more volumising mascara when I want a more dramatic look. I’ve never had any issues with smudging throughout the day and a tube lasts me a good 3 months even using it every day.

Crown Pure Exposed Eyeshadow Palette* £19.99

A more recent addition to my collection is this beautiful palette from Crown, yes it is another dupe for a certain palette from a certain highend brand… However, I was pleasantly surprised when I tried this for the first time, the shadows are nicely pigmented, long lasting and fall out was minimal. I’ll be honest, formulation wise it isn’t quite as spectacular as Urban Decay in my opinion, although for half the price it has definitely filled a gap in my collection and I’m not too fussed about picking up the Naked 2 anymore. The shade selection makes this palette perfect for day time and evening makeup and I’ve really enjoyed using it over the past month.

What are your high street makeup must haves?

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    February 10, 2017Reply

    The L'Oreal telescopic is my holy grail mascara! I have used it for the past like 5/6 years… nothing else compares!Lynnsay

    Beckie Porritt

    February 10, 2017Reply

    I have that mascara and I love it! Loved this post.Beckie xo // The Pale Tails

    Georgie Lowen

    February 10, 2017Reply

    Amazing shades of eyeshadows. I haven't done a massive drugstore haul in a while. Trying to be good and not buy anything for a while. I have so much make up that I have barely used, so I really need to try and get through it all haha.GeorgiexoxoTheLipstickDaily

    Courtney Gardiner

    February 10, 2017Reply

    I swear by NYX soft matte lip creams, they're amazing in pigment and longevity annnd formula for the price!Courtney | Lashes and Luxe

    Maria da Cunha

    February 10, 2017Reply

    Such good suggestions, all the products are major essencials!!!

    Megan Hobson

    February 10, 2017Reply

    I keep adding the NYX brow pencil to my basket, I think it's time to checkout!! meg x


    February 10, 2017Reply

    I love the matte lip creams, they are so nice. A Sparkle Of Grace


    February 10, 2017Reply

    I really like the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams, but I only have 2!Ela |


    February 10, 2017Reply

    Wow, that Crown eyeshadow is something else, I thought it was Urban Decay! Thank you for sharing, amazing picks. I love the Telescopic mascara too xxxALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    Dea Andriany

    February 11, 2017Reply

    The way you described Fit Me as Nars' dupe really tickled me, I love Nars' concealer and recently tried fit me powder, love it as well, might be branching to the concealer because of you.Selene Addicted


    February 11, 2017Reply

    The Nyx soft matte lip creams are a dream, I don't think there is a girl out there who does not own at least one shade. The formula is amazing.YiotaPinkDaisyLoves


    February 11, 2017Reply

    I legitimately thought that was a Naked palette at first! Was sitting here thinking why has she included a Naked palette in her drugstore picks haha! What a dupe xxFrances Kayleigh | Beauty Fashion Lifestyle

    Jessie-Ann Lewis

    February 11, 2017Reply

    I received the Rimmel Matte Me lipsticks and I'm SO impressed by them – they're amazing! xxJessie | allthingsbeautiful-x


    February 11, 2017Reply

    I knew you would love the Maybelline concealer, it's lovely isn't it! XxAmanda |


    February 11, 2017Reply

    So many people speak about the fit me concealer and it must have been a long time since I've walked in Boots or Superdrug as the design seems to of slightly changed. I've always wanted to pick this up but when you've got six other concealers lying around you've got to stop yourself haha! I generally thought that was the UD palette when I first saw it, great for starting out I suppose!Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

    Kate Rose xo

    February 11, 2017Reply

    The Nyx soft matte lip creams are something I eye up every time I'm at a Nyx counter. They look beautiful and sound amazing! XKate//

    Charlotte Morgan

    February 11, 2017Reply

    Loved this post! I love the sound of that NYX brow pencil, it looks amazing and as my Benefit one snapped on me last week i'm in need of something to replace it that is a bit more purse friendly! xx

    The Makeup Directory

    February 11, 2017Reply

    So many amazing products here, just love the Rimmel lipsticks and that mascara! I must check out that concealer!The Makeup Directory

    Alina Bostan

    February 11, 2017Reply

    I need to pick up some of these Rimmel lipsticks. I keep seeing them everywhere and they sound amazing, plus there's gorgeous shades to choose from xBeauty with charm

    Parie Joshi

    February 11, 2017Reply

    Is spy so mnay favourites! The drugstore is a great place!Parie xClass and Glitter

    Sophie Mills

    February 11, 2017Reply

    I love Maybelline Fit Me concealer! I can't believe it took me so long to try it, but I'm hooked now. I also love the Rimmel Matte Lipsticks – such a bargain buy.My favourite drugstore buys are the Rimmel Match Perfection foundation and the Soap & Glory primer.Sophie x | Essential Twenty

    Abigail Turner

    February 11, 2017Reply

    I've hit pan on a number of colours in a certain high end palette… however I don't want to spend that much money for just 4 colours. The dupe by crown looks beautiful… I'm going to have to try it now!Abigail x www.


    February 11, 2017Reply

    I literally love all of these items! The eyeshadow palette look amazing. Lipsticks from Rimmel are my fave but I have yet to try the new matte collection. Also I've been meaning to try NYX lip creams, so I'm so jealous of everything in this post!x

    Victoria - Florence and Mary

    February 11, 2017Reply

    I love Fit Me Concealer although have been testing out other products recently. That said this weekend I've been through my make up and pulled this out once again and remembering why and how much I love this.Victoria

    Vanessa Gollasch

    February 11, 2017Reply

    The shades in that eyeshadow palette look really nice!xx

    Faye Laura

    February 11, 2017Reply

    I'm picking up that Maybelline concealer at the next chance I get, you've totally sold me, it sounds great!

    Dany Queen

    February 11, 2017Reply

    I must try the Rimmel lipsticks, the nudes all look gorgeous! xx Dany | The Queens Empire

    Cindy Yue

    February 12, 2017Reply

    Wowza you can get through those brow products quick, good thing they're more affordable! They look like a great dupe for the ABH Brow Wiz. I used to go through that so quickly so I started using powders and then using the brow pencil to clean up the ends or add more definition. The NYX soft matte lip creams are definitely nice, I need to pick up more as I only have one shade! And girrrl you seriously always have the best makeup swatches – those shades look so lovely! If I had the option now between this and the Naked 2 I'd probably go for this since it's not one I reach for too often, but for the price I'm not too fussed.Cindy |

    Emma Kate

    February 12, 2017Reply

    I love the NYX soft matte lip creams. I really need to get around to trying the Fit Me Concealer, I've heard so many good things about it. I always end up sticking to the Collection Lasting Perfection one though!

    Charlotte Lane

    February 12, 2017Reply

    I'm definitely going to the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer if you say it's a dupe for the Nars Creamy Concealer, as I've wanted to try that one out for ages but it's a little bit too far out of my budget! The crown palette looks great as well, I love all of the shades xoChar |

    Caroline Malone

    February 12, 2017Reply

    I think it's quite difficult to match Urban Decay Naked formulas but this is a very pretty palette and for those on a budget it may be a decent dupe! I ned to pick up another shade of the NYX Micro Brow Pencil as I picked mine up in a ridiculous Auburn colour which didn't suit me at all!

    Ellies World

    February 12, 2017Reply

    I need to try the Fit Me concealer! And the Rimmel lipsticks look gorgeous!

    Lucy Alice

    February 12, 2017Reply

    Nyx is probably my favourite drugstore brand, everything they do seems to be fab!Lucy | Forever September

    Leanne Page

    February 12, 2017Reply

    I really want to try some of crown bushes makeup. I have a coupe of their brushes I've been testing and I really like them. I also need to try those Rimmel lipsticks. I've been intrigued by the NYX brown pencil, I will defo pick it up now 🙂 xxLPage Beauty

    Shireen L. Platt

    February 12, 2017Reply

    I adore L'Oreal Telescopic but I've only tried the black tube never the gold. And yes to Maybelline FitMe! I have repurchased many times and it's my go to concealer.Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    Salma Ummbaby

    February 13, 2017Reply

    I still need to try the NYX eyebrow pencil…sounds like something I would enjoy using and everyone seems to love it. I didn't get along with the Soft Mattes quite so well but I still have a couple in my collection that I like using with a lip liner xxxSal | UmmBaby Beauty

    Gemma Louise

    February 16, 2017Reply

    I love the Maybelline Fit Me cocealer but it doesn't have a shade light enough I don't think which is why I prefer NARS! xGemma Louise

    Jasmine Stewart

    February 21, 2017Reply

    The Rimmel matte lipstick formula is SO good! I need to try the NYX brow pencil 🙂 it looks like such a good dupe of my Anastasia oneJasmine xx Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    February 25, 2017Reply

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