Once upon a time beauty products that were considered budget weren’t necessarily that good but thanks to the rise in ‘drugstore makeup’ things have changed. Yep, that’s right – quality and choice are on the up – and said products are easy to track down, either in-store or online. No splurging, no problemo.
In fact, just because that designer foundation set you back £40, that’s no indication it’s actually any more efficient than something that cost much less. Our favourite high street pharmacies (cue Boots and Superdrug) stock a heap of products with innovative, quality ingredients, minus that purse-pinching price. The high prices for some of the best-known brands can often be an indication of their packaging. That heavy glass bottle and expensive marketing campaign can often raise the costs up.
Remember the mighty Boots’ Natural Collection line when you were younger? Well it’s still going strong, with even more emphasis on simple, no-nonsense essentials at really budget prices, we’re talking many items priced at £1.99 and less, with gentle formulations including being fragrance-free and containing soothing chamomile. There’s everything from blushers and concealers to mascaras and eye pencils. You might think they’re just for tweens but the reviews beg to differ, revealing happy customers of all ages hailing them as “good value” and “long-lasting.”
MUA Makeup is another one of our go-to brands for anyone looking for affordable, high-quality products less than £1.99. Most of the collection is under £5, with some of our favourites, including highly-pigmented shimmery and matte eyeshadow shades (very similar to the designer classics) are priced at £1.50 at Superdrug. The brand is also 100% cruelty-free too.
Budget supermarket Aldi have long been tempting us with their ‘special buys’ which are widely-known dupes of some of designer brands. While most of the makeup is priced around £5 and under, products like a giant 400ml micellar water will set you back just £1.49 (when the best known brand goes for around £1.95 for 125ml).
Of course, getting thrifty with your beauty tools is also possible these days too, with makeup bag essentials such as blending sponges, pencil sharpeners and makeup brushes easily accessible for anyone on a budget.