I've really fallen in love with high-street makeup again recently, mostly spurred on by my recent high-street beauty haul which I shared last weekend (see here). Back in March I shared my thoughts on the divide between high-street and high-end makeup, discussing whether one really was better than the other, sharing the products I think each price-bracket does best (see here). Today I wanted to share with you some of my favourite high-street products, all under £10, that show the high-street does makeup just as well as high-end.
Although I have a couple of high-end bases which I absolutely adore, I think the high-street has such a fantastic variety of formulas and finishes which are just as good. Everyone raves about the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (£4.19), but one I've been using over recent months which is a tiny bit cheaper and does the job just as well is the Miss Sporty Liquid Concealer (£2.99). Formula wise I prefer it to Collection's cult-favourite, not too thick and just the right consistency to cover and conceal without fading, creasing or collecting in fine lines throughout the day. Even better? They have a skin-loving formula with Vitamins C & E. I use shade Medium to conceal and shade Light to brighten.
One of my favourite bases ever is the Max Factor Whipped Creme Foundation (£9.99), which I find works really well with my skin despite having an oily skin type. With a whipped formula it feels incredibly light-weight, is very easy to apply and leaves skin with a demi-matte finish that leaves skin looking radiant and revived, with a non-drying oil and fragrance free formula that makes it suitable for even the most sensitive or dry skin types. The coverage is pretty decent; one application is an easy light to medium coverage, but it can be built up fairly well if you want something a little heavier. Full review here.
The high-street has some fantastic blushes and over the past couple of years the formulas and finishes available from budget-friendly brands has seriously expanded, taking example from high-end brands who have shown makeup adorers love new products, innovations and expansive shade ranges.
A few brands have released cream formulas but my favourite by far is the Bourjois Cream Blush (£7.99) range, which I find perfect all year round. The formula is absolutely spot on; not too wet or sticky feeling like a lot of cream blushes I've tried, Bourjois Cream Blushes are velvety soft to the touch with a cream-to-powder formula that leaves a long-lasting and flattering finish. In fact, I prefer these over my high-end cream blushes! Full review here.
Although not the easiest to find in the UK but readily available online at www.beautychamber.co.uk, I adore the Sigma Enlight Blush (£9.50) range, which has some gorgeous neutral shades with velvet soft powder formulas. Highly pigmented, a little goes a long way and they have some of the best longevity I've ever come across with powder blushes at a high-street price. My favourites are Serene for a subtle flush of colour, and Mellow for the perfect neutral blush and contour. Full review here.
A blush range I am completely obsessed with which is easily my favourite high-street release of the year so far is the Max Factor Creme Puff Blush (£8.99) range. With shades designed to work with all complexions, they have a beautiful baked formula with multi-tonal pigments which effortlessly provides a flush of colour that looks flattering on the skin. With fantastic colour pay-off and great longevity, these beauties last all day long, probably my favourite baked product ever. Full review of the full range here.
When it comes to high-street eyeshadows, Sigma is my favourite. I adore the Sigma Individual Eye Shadow (£8.95) range, which has some incredibly beautiful shades with a variety of finishes. Like the blush range, they have the most beautiful powder formula with no fallout whatsoever, amazing colour pay-off and they apply and blend like a dream! They also last wonderfully throughout the day, without budging, smudging or creasing. Full review here.
I adore gel and cream liners, a product so many high-street brands try to get right but so far, the only one to impress me is the Topshop Gel Liner (£8) in Ink, a true matte black. £8 is so budget-friendly for a long-lasting gel liner, I'd love to see Topshop expand their range with more shades! It doesn't last quite as long as my high-end favourites, but is great for everyday use. Full review here.
Easily comparable to the famous NARS Lip Pencils, the Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil (£4.99) range, which is one of my favourite lip product ranges available on the high-street. Short and chunky lip pencils, they have a deliciously creamy formula that provides intense pigmentation for a pop of opaque colour in just one application. I find they last well throughout the day, but to prolong longevity a lip liner is a good idea. With a demi-matte finish and the tiniest subtle shine, they are the perfect way to a quick and easy lip. Full review here.
I also adore the traditional lipsticks from Maybelline, particularly the Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick (£6.99) range and the Maybelline Coloursens Nude Lipstick (£6.99) range. I've compared Maybelline lipsticks to MAC before, in formula and shades, I just think they have the most gorgeous creamy soft formulas and the shade ranges are so expansive! I absolutely adore Maybelline lip products, I cannot recommend them enough. You can check out my review of the Coloursens Nude lipsticks here and the Color Sensational Vivids here.
Last but not least and the newest high-street beauty to join my makeup collection is the Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lip Liner (£2.99) in Spice which I featured in my recent high-street beauty haul (see here). I am just so incredibly impressed with this lip liner, I will undoubtedly be adding the entire range to my collection (not even an exaggeration!). Super intense pigmentation, a firm formula that's soft enough to glide on effortlessly without dragging, but not so creamy it smudges or budges throughout the day. This is one of the longest-lasting lip liners I have ever tried - and that's coming from someone who until recently only had high-end lip liners! Incredible for the price.
The high-street has some amazing brands with fantastic products, and these are just a small selection of my favourites. What are your top high-street products under £10?