Inexpensive but good make up recommendations please!

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I sort of asked this on another thread, but then thought it might be better to start my own.

I have worn No7 make up for well over a decade, but current finances dictate that finding a cheaper brand would be a very good idea. I like quite a natural look for everyday, but need a little bit of something to stop me looking washed out. I usually wear foundation, mascara and lip gloss, with maybe a bit of eyebrow pencil and a neutral eyeshadow.

I love the No7 Intelligent Colour Foundation as it is really light. I tried a Stila one that was free with Top Sante magazine, but I find it really heavy in comparison. Fine for an evening out, but not for everyday.

I need to buy mascara and foundation his week. I notice that a lot of brands (Maybelline, Max Factor etc) are currently 3 for 2 in Superdrug, so thought it would be a good plan if I could find something there. But it is so long since I bought any brand other than No7 that I'm not sure what is good and what isn't.

Having looked on the Superdrug website the Max Factor smooth effects foundation looks promising as it is supposed to be really lightweight. I know that the Max Factor 2000 calorie mascara tends to be highly recommended.

Any thoughts on these products or recommendations for something else that is worth a try?

thewhitequeen Tue 06-Aug-13 14:57:44

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alwaysinamuckingfuddle Tue 06-Aug-13 15:06:59

Bourjois foundation
Aldi lipstick (which is bloody brilliant)
Boots Natural Collection concealer & pressed powder

Deffo look at Bourjois stuff though. It comes out of the same factory as Chanel apparently.

Totally agree that Boots No 7 is ridiculously overpriced now. The price goes up every time they change the packaging.

alltoomuchrightnow Tue 06-Aug-13 15:14:25

Gosh from superdrug. it looks like MAC but MAC goes weird on me..hates my body chemistry or something.

alltoomuchrightnow Tue 06-Aug-13 15:15:05

is the boots nat collection powder really good? natural looking? does it have talc?

Vibbe Tue 06-Aug-13 15:15:36

I can recommend the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation too. All of the products are supposed to be very good, and some of the products are similar to Chanel products (blush, creme bronzer and probably others).

Sleek make quite good products as far as I can tell. I only have blushes from the brand, and they are very good. Superdrug sell the brand.
With regards to the blushes, they are very pigmented, so you have to be a bit careful when applying to not get a clown-like look, but the colours are great and they last all day.

The brands Essence and Catrice are also very good generally, but I'm not sure if they are sold in the UK.

Superdurgs MUA range has some good eyeshadow palettes. They are very similar in terms of colours to the Urban Decay Naked palette. The MUA palettes are priced at £4 and are good quality with good pigmentation. An absolute steal at that price and there are a few different colourways to choose from.

Bourgois comes from the same factory as Chanel? That makes me feel better about economising!

We don't have an Aldi here, nearest one is an hour away. Same goes for Tesco and Asda. We have a small Boots, Superdrug, Lloyds and Savers, plus I can of course buy online (although I quite like to test shades etc before buying).

I just checked the price of my No7 foundation, it is now £15.50! It isn't even on 3 for 2 at the moment. If I buy 2 products I can apparently get yet another bag of samples that I won't use, but that isn't appealing as much as having more actual cash in my bank account.

Revlon Lip Butter was being raved about on here recently and that is 2 for £10 in Superdrug, does anyone know if that is any good?

Chopsypie Tue 06-Aug-13 15:21:18

Another vote for MUA. Most items are £2, so no big deal if you don't like it.

alltoomuchrightnow Tue 06-Aug-13 15:21:48

i've never ever seen an Aldi?! where are they in south of England?! I read the raves on here about lip butter and hate it!! It's gooey and broke (the bullet bit) as soon as i applied it. and lasts five mins. Far better to use lipstain and then vaseline over stop..that stays put

Levantine Tue 06-Aug-13 15:22:23

Definitely Bourjois healthy mix serum stuff
Shame about Aldi because their BB cream is the best stuff ever, better than Bobbi Brown ime
MUA eye palettes also very good

I like the superdrug rip off of Benetint, I think it is made by BTrue or something

alltoomuchrightnow Tue 06-Aug-13 15:23:17

yes to Sleek. Gosh eyeliners are great, a lot of No7 i love..other bits are atrocious though

alltoomuchrightnow Tue 06-Aug-13 15:24:11

think am going to have to make Aldi pilgrimage. what about Morrisons? not been to one of them either! do they sell the Aldi beauty stuff or is it exclusive to Aldi

Allthingspretty Tue 06-Aug-13 15:34:43

I wouls stick with the no 7 foundation you like and get other things cheaper. MUA from superdrug is populat on these boards I think.

mignonette Tue 06-Aug-13 15:41:19

It is rumoured that Bourjois make up is manufactured in the same factories as Chanel. It is the longest lasting powder blusher/shadow from a medium range that I have used because it is triple milled, therefore very saturated in pigment.

I can recommend Revlon too. They do some lovely limited edition seasonal colours and products that again, last and do not go all hard and shiny in the case of the powders.

AVON nail polishes last well on my toes and do not chip as much as the YSL and Chanel polishes I also own.

If you can spend a little more in order to save in the medium term, then I would go for MAC and Shu Uemura. They last forever. My MAC eye pencils are used every day and two years later I am only two thirds of the way down on my eyeliner. Shu Uemura pigments are the most saturated of the lot IMO. Great colours and texture. The make up removing oils are lovely too but probably too ££ for what you are asking for.

mignonette Tue 06-Aug-13 15:49:53

Oh and I adore Barry M powder shadow pots. Use dry or tip a little on your hand and dip into it with a wet brush to turn into eye liner. They never ever run out, dry up or go gungy. The only problem is that teenage daughters are attracted to them like magpies.

Eyeko stocked in Superdrug does some quirky little make up products- a liquid that painted over eyeliner, seals it and a liquid that turns powdes into eyeliners.

Burts Bees tinted lipbalms available in Debenhams, Boots and independent stores have a good level of pigment and the new Maybelline Babylips tinted lipbalm has fab packaging and does the job of subtle lip colour and moisturiser.

Check out the sales in Boots of last seasons colours too. I am always seeing Elizabeth Arden and Lancome products discounted.

I don't think anywhere here sell Shu Uemura or MAC, so it would mean buying online and not being able to test colours.

I remember trying a Revlon foundation years ago and found it really heavy, which put me off. They have probably changed all of their formulae since then though.

I don't think our Boots sells Elizabeth Arden or Lancome either! Worth a look though if I am ever shopping somewhere bigger.

pocketandsweet Tue 06-Aug-13 15:55:44

I really rate the natural collection pressed powder. It is one product that I always re-buy when I run out. I actually have had a few things from natural collection that I have liked a lot. Some nice lipsticks and my favourite cream blush ( discontinued now ).

pocketandsweet Tue 06-Aug-13 15:58:09

MUA from super drug is also great for neutral eye palettes and I have had a couple of good blushers from there.

mignonette Tue 06-Aug-13 16:03:46

That's a shame Jemima. I don't use foundation so am absolutely no use at all in recommending any. The Natural collection from Boots is good as Pocket says. I have their lip sticks. My daughter uses powder. I will have to ask her.

CecyHall Tue 06-Aug-13 16:03:53

Barry M lash modelling. Only mascara I've ever repeat bought (about 4 times as well) and under £7.

E.L.F. is 50% off everthing at the moment. It's only avilabe online, but it's cheap anyway, and there's some really good stuff there. The HD powder is brilliant, the complexion perfection and bronzer pallettes are my favourite, and the primer is fab. The lipsticks don't tend to come up true to the website colours tough, but the eyeshadows are really good. I stock up on the brushes whenever there is a code available- I absolutely love the Studio Kabuki brush, it's so soft.

I spent £30 there last year, and got a massive box of stuff delivered, it was like christmas! I tend to go for the studio or mineral stuff, but I do have some of the normal range, and it tends to work out at a couple of quid per item.

Link here

Shu, MAC, EA and Lancôme are all significantly more expensive than No 7, though much better quality and do last well.

At the cheaper end of things, I like Bourjois Healthy Mix, Sleek eyeshadow palettes and blushers and Collection lasting concealer (can't remember the exact name but it's bloody brilliant). I've never found a cheap mascara that I liked tbh.

Branleuse Tue 06-Aug-13 16:18:55

Maybelline mousse foundation is my budget fave.
All maybelline mascaras are fine and dont smudge, and rimmel extra super lash.
Rimmel lipstick is pretty good, and bourgeois eyeshadow is as good as any expensive one.

rimmel eyeliner

collection 2000 bronzer stick

I was looking at the Maybelline Mousse Foundation Branleuse, is it quite lightweight? I was also looking at the Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid as that looked like it wouldn't be too heavy. I used to wear Maybelline Great Lash Mascara back in my teens grin

Another vote for MUA and Bourjois and Avon nail polishes

Hmm, I noticed an advert in my guilty pleasure Grazia a magazine last night that the No7 offer changes today to Buy One Get Second Half Price. So I am now torn between spending £20ish on a foundation and mascara that I haven't tried before and getting a free lippy or something on 3 for 2 in Superdrug, or spending £20ish in Boots on a foundation and mascara that I know and love. I'm leaning towards beer the devil you know...

dottypyjamas Wed 07-Aug-13 08:53:39

Definitely check out Barry m - I use their chunky black eye liner and its just like the benefit one, it's about £5 I think. I also like rimmel bronzers - I use the light non shimmer one so it's not too tangoed! Bourgeois healthy mix under eye cream is great too, and lasts for ages.

madamecake Wed 07-Aug-13 09:51:17

Sleek blushers are great, especially rose gold (very similar to nars orgasm).
MUA mosaic blushers and bronzers. The English rose one makes a good illuminating powder when swept all over.
Maybelline great lash. I prefer this to some high end mascaras.
Bourjois healthy mix foundation. Not used it but Lisa Eldridge really rates it on her website and it gets great reviews.

evertonmint Wed 07-Aug-13 09:55:02

I like Sleek blusher, MUA eyeshadow, Revlon lip butter, Rimmel eyeliner. Always have issues with mascara, but really liking Max Factor Masterpiece and will probably rebuy (a mascara first!)

I stick with No 7 for foundation and powder at the moment as they suit me.

TirNaNog100 Wed 07-Aug-13 10:03:02

Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid is great - as good as expensive foundation, IMO.

JustBecauseICan Wed 07-Aug-13 10:07:36

There are millions of threads about Chanel making Bourjois and I really like it.
It's on 3x2 in Boots at the mo'. I have tried the Health Mix Serum foundation and must admit I didn't like the slimy texture. I am tempted to try the Health Mix without serum though.

I am currently using a Rimmel Wake me Up foundation which is great, just as good as any of the Clarins/Clinique/EL I've tried in the past. I also rate Maybelline eraser foundation, lovely lovely texture, and their dream matte mousse is exactly the same as a Clarins one I used to use but £15 cheaper!

JustBecauseICan Wed 07-Aug-13 10:09:06

Loads of the Revlon/Rimmel/Maybelline/L'Oreal type make up can also be found on discount online sites with ££££s off. I saw Revlon Photoready foundation (which I want to try) at £6 instead of £12 somewhere online last week. (trouble is I browse so many of these sites I can never find them again!)

VestaCurry Wed 07-Aug-13 10:16:51

Max Factor CC cream is superb. I haven't bought Max Factor in years, but saw this on offer in Boots when it was launched. Very very lightweight but seems to transform my skin, making it look evenly dewy and glowy! I bought the lightest shade as my skin is very pale and the match is great. I'm in my late 40's so anything that gives me a dewy/glowy look is a plus. Lots of people comment on how good I'm looking when I wear it with with just a bit of busher and mascara.

MadBusLady Wed 07-Aug-13 11:02:30

Bourjois for eyeshadow, blusher and the Healthy Mix foundation. Collection at Superdrug for everything else and especially the Lasting Gel Nail Colour (not a huge colour range in that though).

Sali Hughes did an interesting column about professional beauty stores recently and said they were the same products cheaper than beauty halls, though I don't know whether there's a minimum spend.

TBH I think most cheap eyeshadow, pencils, mascara etc are probably pretty good these days, it's not hard to get the formulations right. Powder, foundation and primer you'll want to take a bit more care with.

mignonette Fri 09-Aug-13 09:52:19

Jemima You might find this beauty blog article interesting. It is about buying well and buying budget.

InMyShreddies Fri 09-Aug-13 10:41:09

I love Bourjois Healthy Mix serum - Boots and Tesco usually have testers of each shade so you can apply it and check your reflection in various mirrors before buying.

I tried a mousse foundation from the Barbara Daly range at Tesco which was really lovely and about £8 - it was called Face Lift foundation. That's definitely worth a try too.

I have very pale skin and struggle to find pale enough shades in most cheaper brands, but those two are great and yellow-toned which is much more flattering than pinkish, which ime Max Factor always is.

I have a MUA eyeshadow palette - the Naked rip-off for £4, and it's ace.

JustBecauseICan Fri 09-Aug-13 11:24:54

The Argan oil conditioner on that blog is in my local pound shop, was looking at it the other day. Might give it a go!

Karbea Fri 09-Aug-13 16:49:33

these rimmel eyeshadow sticks are great.

DipMeInChocolate Fri 09-Aug-13 17:17:42

Revlon foundation
Natural collection lip/eye pencils & eyeshadow & blusher
Maybelline 24h lip colour
Aldi concealer
Rimmel powder

Ikeameatballs Fri 09-Aug-13 17:26:45

I like the garner bb cream. I used to get a No 7 foundation but have been converted to this.

For anybody who is v pale, I'd recommend having a look at the Soap and Glory foundation, The Fairest Of Them All. It's the first foundation I've repurchased since deciding that I needed something cheaper than Bare Minerals.

For blusher, Max Factor Miracle Touch is v good and about £6 a pot iirc.

I really rate Revlon for cheap nail varnish.

Thanks all. In the end I went with No7 Essentially Natural Foundation, which is £5 cheaper than my usual one. Then got a No7 mascara half price on the offer as a second product. Better the devil you know...

Pinupgirl Fri 09-Aug-13 19:48:24

I second remus's Soap and Glory recommendation. I use their Heck of a Blot face powder and it is very pale. I also love their hocus focus primer under foundation or moisturiser if I'm having a no make-up day.

The bourjois healthy mix foundation is very good-I had people ask me what I was wearing when I used it. Bourjois is great for eyeshadows/blushers too.

Mua BB cream is good if a little sticky in texture.

leamarie2013 Fri 16-Aug-13 01:13:56

Max factor 2000 calorie mascara is great, iv tried others but alwAys go back to it. Gosh from superdrug do fantastic eyeliners and brow pencils, they last all day.
MUA eyeshadows are great for the price.
I use the rimmel wake me up foundation (with the orange lid) it lasts for ages and not as heAvy as the other rimmel ones

louloubellamozzarella Fri 16-Aug-13 12:10:18

Max Factor false lash effect Mascara (not the waterproof version which is poop) is the best mascara I've tried. Love it. Often cheaper from Feel Unique or Cheap Smells or Amazon.

rubyblue Thu 10-Oct-13 10:33:59

I second leamarie2013 on Max Factor 2000 calorie foundation, have tried Chanel, YSL and Clinique and many cheaper brands but none are as good as MF (or even their more expensive mascaras).

plentyofsoap Thu 10-Oct-13 10:51:57

I always go for clinique, but tried collection 2000 concealer the 16 hour wear one and it is the best I have ever used.

SundaySimmons Thu 10-Oct-13 10:53:32

If you like a dewy look with medium to full coverage I recommend laval foundation. It is the cheapest of the cheap but really is superb. My fave is a max factor foundation but if you want inexpensive then go for the Laval which is available cheaply on amazon, ebay and some small chemists.

I can't recommend laval's other products because I have only used the foundation.

My daughter likes Leichner which is also cheap in price but a decent quality foundation.

NYX is my favourite budget brand. I wear all the lipsticks, and lip creams, they're fantastic.

Mower a mixture of expensive and inexpensive products as my penchant for Make up snobbery has long dispersed and I wear what I like regardless of the brand name.

Avon do good eyeliners, Glimmerstix.

Collection 200O make a great concealer/highlighter pen.

SundaySimmons Thu 10-Oct-13 10:57:48

Here are the reviews for the Laval secret beauty foundation in the shade, fair

Aquelven Thu 10-Oct-13 11:06:29

Yes, the Max Factor 2000 Calorie mascara is terrific. I stopped wasting money on expensive brands & just use this now, after it being the one I always went back to after fruitless forays into the likes of Lancôme, YSL, Chanel etc thinking there might be even better ones. There isn't.

Boots Natural a collection Eyeshadows are brilliant. Lots of matt, neutral colours, very like Bobbi Brown minus the expensive packaging, at stupidly cheap prices ( especially when on almost constant offer)

Aldi brow pencil, longer than most with free sharpener, brilliant colours. Their pressed powder in a surprisingly expensive looking silver compact.

Nao35 Wed 20-Nov-13 18:25:45

I agree. As a professional makeup artist I think the MUA represent excellent value for money and I use some of their products myself.

SELondonSwede Wed 20-Nov-13 20:13:18

Def natural collection mascara for £1.99 in boots. For the price you really cant beat it. I am a lancome mascara girl but since i had my ds I cant afford it. Looking back it seems silly spending £20.00 on a mascara when i can spend 1.99.
Try it!

sergeantmajor Wed 20-Nov-13 22:35:04

I made an emergency purchase of Superdrug MUA mascara for £1. Yes, £1. I had gone off to work without make-up and had forgotten my make-up bag and was determined to spend as little as possible on a spare mascara to get me through the day. And whaddya know? It's great! It doesn't smudge or leak little black snow over my cheeks, unlike pricier brands. Perhaps not overly luscious but I don't like that for daytime anyway. So hurrah for £1 mascaras!

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