I'll be honest, I love a high-end splurge and if you delve into my makeup collection you'll be hard pressed to find many budget brands. But if you look closely enough there are some real purse-friendly gems hiding away, products which I have repurchased time and time again, products which have proven to be long-lasting and with better formula's than their high-end counterparts, products which I know I can always rely on because they get the job done. I know a lot of you love a beauty bargain, so I thought it was about time I started sharing more of my favourite budget brands and products with you all - starting with five budget eye picks from priming and correcting to soft shadows and intense liners.
001. Lily Lolo Eye Primer, £8.99
I first mentioned the Lily Lolo Eye Primer back in September when celebrating 10 years of Lily Lolo, and it's a product I've reached for continuously since. The more I use this, the more I fall in love. A duo primer presented in a very slim, light-weight compact with a handy mirror, it features two very firm cream products; the lemon shade is a colour corrector which neutralises skin tone working well to correct any dark areas, whilst the buff shade helps to conceal and prime. Not only does it work fantastically well to correct and conceal, both on the lid itself as well as below the eyes, but it provides you with the most perfect base for applying shadows.
Using the Eye Primer ensures my shadows apply well, blend well, last well, with shades coming across beautifully without the need to add a lighter base to help shadows pop. It helps to stop creasing and smudging throughout the day and most importantly, when used sparingly as a little really does go such a long way, both products feel completely weightless and comfortable to wear. This is easily one of the best eye primers I've ever come across and so underrated; add it to your wishlist as a must-have product for 2016!
002. Inika Mineral Eyeshadow, £14.50
A little bit more pricey than some loose shadows you'll find on the high-street but for the quality, ingredients and how long these little pots of beautiful shadow goodness last, to me the cost is very reasonable. I'm a huge fan of Inika Mineral Eyeshadows and have raved about them many times before, most notably during organic beauty week, and they still remain to be my absolute favourite for mineral shadows.
The shade range is absolutely beautiful but my favourite and most reached for of the modest selection I have is the beautiful 03 Gold Dust which I adore not only for all over the lid, but often turn to as a shade for the inner corner where it perfectly brightens and opens up my eyes. This range is absolutely dreamy and I think 2016 will be the year I pick up more of the shades I've been lusting after; Coco Motion looks particularly lovely!
003. The Body Shop Colour Crush Eyeshadow, £7
I can't believe how underrated this range is, easily one of the most beautiful formulas on the high-street with the most intense and long-lasting colour pay-off, The Body Shop easily rival top brands like Urban Decay and Too Faced with their Colour Crush Eyeshadow range.
Fig Leaf is my favourite, one I likened to MAC Humid in my post on high-street dupes for MAC eyeshadows, a beautiful deep mossy green that is perfect for autumn and winter. Next time you're near a store, get swatching! I promise you won't be disappointed.
004. Crown Brush St. Barth's Eyeshadow Trio*, £5.99
My very first dabble into Crown Brush makeup, I have to admit that when this little trio arrived I wasn't very taken by the shades featured in the trio. For me my eyes are the area I like to experiment the most with and so I tend to go for bold, stand-out or really unique shades. On first appearances St. Barth's looked like a very dull selection of shades, but I decided to give it a go when I was feeling a more natural look - boy was I left surprised!
The trio includes a matte bone ivory, a pale cool toned taupe which has a very subtle shimmer finish and a matte pale brown with taupe undertones. The shadows work absolutely beautifully together and have deliciously soft powder formula's that are buttery soft, easy to apply with no fallout whatsoever and really dreamy to blend. The overall look they create is so flattering, I was honestly really surprised at how beautiful they turned out on first use and I have been turning to this little trio a lot since as the perfect everyday shadows. I will definitely be checking out more trios from Crown Brush in 2016!
Everyone raves about this liquid liner and with good reason, too, it's easily the best budget liner I have ever tried and I would happily repurchase this over any other liquid liner. With a fine point marker tip applicator, it is an effortlessly way to line your eyes with a true black that lasts and lasts. No smudging, no budging, super easy to apply and great for creating everything from a simple line to a bold cat flick. This eyeliner is amazing and hands down the best you will find on the high-street, without a shadow of a doubt!
Do you have any favourite budget eye picks you think I should check out?
*PR Samples - Disclaimer.