Inexpensive but good make up recommendations please!(55 Posts)
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?
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
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...
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.
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.
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.
Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid is great - as good as expensive foundation, IMO.
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!
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!)
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.
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.
Jemima You might find this beauty blog article interesting. It is about buying well and buying budget.
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.
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!
Natural collection lip/eye pencils & eyeshadow & blusher
Maybelline 24h lip colour
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...
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.
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
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.
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).
I always go for clinique, but tried collection 2000 concealer the 16 hour wear one and it is the best I have ever used.
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.
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