I'm a big fan of high street beauty products. Sure, I love my high end treats but I probably spend more time looking at products in Boots and Superdrug than anywhere else. Last year, I wrote a post called five beauty products under £5 (you can view that here) but I wanted to do an update to that post and make it a little more in depth.
There's quite a lot of makeup under £5 on the high street with brands, such as MUA and Make Up Revolution offering lower priced items. My personal favourites at the moment include the Beauty UK Baked blush in Halo £3.99. This is a gorgeous light pink/champagne highlighter thats incredibly soft and pigmented. Its one of the nicest highlighters I've tried and a bargain for only £3.99 - you can see it swatched in this post.
For concealer, its really no surprise that the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer £4.19 makes the cut. I've repurchased this several times as it provides good coverage and doesn't look cakey. I find some concealers can look quite orange toned on my pale skin but this one is the perfect shade. I don't use this under my eyes as its a bit too heavy but for small blemishes and imperfections, it does an amazing job. A product I do like to use on my eyes to brighten them is the Rimmel Scandaleyes Liner in nude £3.99. I also have this in silver too - they're soft, pigmented and don't drag across the skin. Nude is great for making eyes look more awake. I like to blend it in with a brush and it really helps to perk up the skin around the eye area.
A new addition to my makeup collection is the Maybelline Eyestudio Eyeshadow in iced fudge £4.09. This pretty taupe shade is pigmented and soft, though it does feel powdery. Luckily when applying, it doesn't kick up too much powder and blends perfectly. For lips, I really like the NYX lipsticks, in particular haute melon £4.91 (amazon). Haute melon is a creamy coral red/orange with a semi-opaque finish - I swatched it in this post. I have a few NYX lipsticks and they're good value for money. They're not the most longlasting but they typically have good pigmentation and feel very comfortable to wear. There's also a wide variety of shades. NYX pumpkin pie is a nice dupe for MAC's shy girl lipstick - you can see the two compared here.
With nail polish, I've found a few really nice shades on the high street. I love the Barry M Gelly Nail Polishes in huckleberry and sugar apple £3.99. These spring shades have an extra glossy finish and only need two coats to be fully opaque. I havent tried many barry m products but these polishes have me wanting to try more.
Models Own £4.99 are best known for their polishes. They have pretty much every shade and finish you can think of. I own a few shades and all of them are good quality. I have tried their glitter polishes in the past and I found them quite gloopy, so for me the everyday shades are the best. For top coats, I really recommend the Maybelline Color Show Polishes. I also really like the shade pow green £3.99 as its such an unusual shade. Finally, I'm throwing a cheat item into the mix. Essie have some amazing shades, which you can pick up for just £2.50 on fragrance direct. I find them to be generally opaque in two coats, are non streaky and are fairly long wearing. A bargain if you can find them discounted.
SKIN & HAIR
As well as makeup and nails, I wanted to give a quick mention to some hair and skincare products. I've mentioned the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water £4.99 before and I really think it is the best micellar water at the lower end of the price range. It removes makeup without feeling sticky or drying and you get a big 400ml bottle for the price. Far better value than Loreal or Nivea. Another skincare product I rate is The Body Shop Born Lippy Pot Balm in strawberry £2*. This balm smells delicious as well as being hydrating and giving the lips a red tint. I'm not a fan of the pot as its not overly hygienic but its a really lovely formula and a cheap buy too.
For hair, there are several good options out there. Having oily roots, I recently bought the Boots Expert Build Up Removal Shampoo £3.49 (I can find it online but it should be instore). This shampoo is great for deep cleansing without stripping the hair or making it look oilier. Its recommended to use once a week as its more of a detox than daily shampoo but I would definitely give it a go if you have oily hair or get a build up of product in your hair. For oily hair days, otherwise known as those in-between washes, I like to spritz the Dove Refresh & Care Dry Shampoo £4.59. This stuff not only smells incredible but it refreshes without that grey cast that dry shampoos often leave. It doesnt feel too heavy either and it adds a lil bit of body too. I cant mention Dove haircare without talking about the Dove Nourishing Oil Care Leave-in Conditioning Spray £3.59. Again this has a great smell and contains almond, coconut and argan oil to condition. You can spray this on wet or dry hair and it just gives that extra bit of hydration without weighing down the hair feeling sticky or yucky. Its the kind of product that makes hair styling a pleasure to use - a definite must have in my book!
I would love to know if you've tried any of these products or if you have any suggestions of great products under £5?