Best Beauty Buys: Five Under £5

Best Budget Beauty Buys

Great makeup doesn’t always come from a department store and cost a spenny penny. Check out these bargain beauty buys. Five under £5 that hold their own against more pricey products.

The Ordinary Primer

1. The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer, £3.90 (full review here).

I put this primer through its paces. Spent a couple of weeks wearing The Ordinary High Adherence Silicone Primer on one side of my face, and a similar but spendier option on the other. And I can report, they all do the same thing. Benefit The Porefessional, Smashbox Photo Finish, Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturiser, No7 Airbrush Away Primer. Same, same. Save your cash.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

2. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, £4.19 (reviewed here).

I’m not the first to talk about this concealer and I won’t be the last. Full coverage, blendable, long wearing. It is my favourite concealer of all time for blemishes, at any price. It’s only flaw is the limited shade range.

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3. Collection Precision Contouring Stick, £3.99.

A second entry for Collection, their Precision Contouring Stick blends out so effortlessly that since my original review I have branched out and started using it all over me face. As with the concealer, shade selection lets it down but the colour Light is the perfect cool-toned brown for fair skins.

Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Bricks

4. Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Bricks, £3.99 (full review here).

Dupes for more luxury versions, the Seventeen Shimmer Bricks feel as fancy as their high end counterparts. The shimmer is so fine that on the face it’s more of a sheen than anything – not a hint of glitter.

Makeup Revolution Essential Mattes 2 Eyeshadow Palette

5. Makeup Revolution Essential Mattes 2 Eyeshadow Palette, £4, here.

Cheaper matte shadows can be a little choppy, tricky to blend. Not so the Makeup Revolution Essential Mattes 2 Eyeshadow Palette. These shadows are a little powdery, but blend beautifully with no fall out – even the darker shades.

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For more beauty on a budget check out Best Beauty Buys: 3 Under £3.

Til next time,



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