5 Under 5




While on occasion I may indulge in a splurge or two, when it comes to make-up I am definitely a budget girl at heart. There is a huge variety of products available for those with a small budget and you can find some real gems hiding in the aisles of Boots and Superdrug. With that said, here are five great products I've found that are under £5. 


Beauty UK High Brow Palette
I'm not really a big fan of brow pencils and generally prefer to fill mine in with powder. This palette is great for that- the powders are just the right texture and don't have the fall out that an eyeshadow might have. The colours are the perfect tone, just ashy enough to look really natural. I'm pretty sure the palette only comes in one colour, but I think the shades in it are varied enough to suit most hair colours. Coming it at £3.99, this palette is a great bargain. 

Collection Illuminating Touch Concealer
Yes, there are plenty of YSL Touche Eclat dupes out there, but this is my favourite that I have tried. I use this under the eyes and it works well to brighten up any darkness. Granted, I don't suffer from major dark circles so for those who do, something more heavy duty may be needed. However, if you just need something to give you a little boost under the eyes, this is lovely. It's also a great one for pale skin tones. This is priced at £4.99, and can often be found on offer for slightly cheaper. 

Barry M Blink Waterproof Precision Liner
I have tried A LOT of felt eyeliner pens in my time, from budget to high end, and this is one of the best in my opinion. The nib is long and thin, making it really easy to draw a nice, precise line. The colour comes out a very dark black and it's opaque in one sweep so there's no need to layer and risk messing up the perfect line you just made! This can smudge slightly on me, but I find this happens with most liquid liners and it is easily rectified by setting it with black eyeshadow. This liner costs a mere £4.59. It also lasts for a fairly long time, and doesn't dry up within a week like some eyeliners I could mention (*cough* Eyeko *cough*), making it great value for money. 

Revolution Palettes
If I was writing this a year ago, I probably would have mentioned the MUA eyeshadow palettes right about now. But then Makeup Revolution came on the scene, and their ever expanding range of eyeshadow palettes stole my affections. Their palettes are a great option if on a budget, as they are excellent quality for the meagre prices. The Iconic Palettes, which come in at £4, are totally shameless dupes of the Urban Decay Naked Palettes so these are great if £37 for an eyeshadow palette is too much of a stretch. The quality isn't quite on par with Urban Decay, but it's pretty damn close. Makeup Revolution are currently available in selected Superdrug stores (see the list of stores here) and online, so if you can manage to get your hands on one of these palettes I would totally recommend them. 

Collection Work the Colour Eye Palette
If Makeup Revolution is too difficult to get a hold of and you want something that's less of a hassle to find, this Collection Palette is a great option. The palette shown above has a lovely selection of neutral shades, but it also comes in three other variations if you're a bit braver and want some more colour. The palettes contain eight colours with surprisingly good colour pay off, along with a cream highlighter which I admittedly have ignored completely. This is a lovely palette with an even better price, as it's currently only £2.99 in Boots (usually £3.99). Cheap and cheerful!

What are some of your favourite budget products? 

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