The highstreet (or drugstore if you're from across the pond) have some amazing products. Though I do like a treat and splurge, sometimes you really don't need to splash out to get good quality products. The last few years, many budget brands have massively improved their product line. Whilst, I could talk about many products, I've managed to whittle down my favourites based on how easy they are to find, all round quality, suitability and price. These are the standout gems that are well worth a purchase.
Whilst I have a major love for Revlon Colorstay, the only foundation that can rival it is Match Perfection. The Rimmel offering is more of a people pleaser in terms of coverage, price and being suitable for most skin types. I'd describe the coverage as light to medium with a radiant finish. Oily/combination skins will need to blot their t-zone during the day but despite that, the staying power is pretty good. Its kind of a 'skin but better' result - a flawless base and good colour match. I use light porcelain, which is perfect for my very fair skin. It also has a pump bottle too. A really great all round foundation.
We're on a Rimmel Roll!One of my favourite Rimmel products is the Scandaleyes liner in nude. This is great for brightening the eye area, especially if you suffer from tired eyes. I apply like a normal liner on the bottom lash line and also in the corners before blending. It really perks up the eye area and is a bargain buy!
Though the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer is the hyped concealer (I personally really like it), its not for everyone. If you're looking for something less heavy and more blendable then Seventeen Stay Time is your answer. This can be used on blemishes, redness, imperfections and under the eyes. Despite being slightly lighter coverage than lasting perfection, it stays put all day (I haven't tested the 18h claim though) and isn't orange toned. Theres a limited shade range but if you can find one that suits your skin tone then its worth snapping up.
Bar far, one of the best pressed powders I've tried is the NYC Smooth Skin Powder. For the price of £1.99, you get a compact with powder, mirror and puff. The powder does a great job of setting makeup, controlling oil and not looking caked on. I'd even go as far as saying this is on par if not better than MAC's pressed powder, which is about ten times the price. A real steal.
I never know where to start when it comes to eyeshadow shopping on the highstreet. There are a few palettes out there but for single shadows, its a little trickier. Iced fudge is a gorgeous taupe brown with a soft texture and good pigmentation. If you love neutrals, then this is one to consider, especially for just over £4.
Despite being dubbed a blush, halo is really best used as a highlighter. Halo is a gorgeous light pink champagne shimmer, that's considered a dupe for MAC's soft and gentle. Its pigmented, smooth and only £3.99. I'm not a massive fan of the cardboard packaging but that aside, this is a really great product (you can see it swatched in this post).
Have you tried any of these products?