Who says looking good has to break the bank? This edit of ten affordable beauty buys gives you high-end quality, at high-street prices. Each product here would be worth buying at twice the price – but luckily, we don’t have to. Snap ‘em up!
Seventeen Falsifeye HD Mascara
Length, curl, separation and volume – and all for €8.99? Since we discovered this Boots budget buy, our other mascaras haven’t had a look in. There’s no clumping or flaking and it’s easy to layer, for a full-on and fluttery effect.
Maybelline Colour Intense Velvet Lip Pencils
We can’t really tell the difference between these, and more high-end lip crayons on the market – except these ones are €6.49. They come in ten creamy shades that are easy to draw on and wear – no lip liner required.
L’Oreal Paris Super Liner Perfect Slim
Whether you’re an expert or a novice when it comes to liquid liner, this slim felt-tip pen, €10.49, makes it easy to get right. The glossy black shade is ideal for creating a fine, precise line or a sharp, graphic flick.
No 7 Instant Radiance Highlighter
Flattering and fun, this chunky crayon delivers a light-catching gleam to the cheeks – and the smooth, creamy consistency is effortless to blend. €12.95.
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet
Our go-to pick for a long-lasting, high-impact lip, these matte liquid lipsticks outperform products at double or triple the price-point. Choose from a great selection of pinks, reds or nudes; Grand Cru, €12.49, is the perfect autumn/winter red.
La Roche Posay Cicaplast Lip Balm
Nothing soothes dry or irritated lips faster than this intense balm, from one of our favourite French pharmacy brands. With shea butter and panthenol to nourish and repair, this stacks up against far pricier products – but you’ll find it in pharmacies for just €6.50.
Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On & On Bronze
The metallic eye is a trend that’s here to stay. For one of the most easy-to-wear formulas, look to Maybelline’s little glass pots of cream shadow; they’re long-lasting and lightweight, with intense colour payoff. On and On Bronze, €7.49, is the standout shade.
Rimmel Kate Moss Matte lipstick #107
The formula of these lipsticks is exceptional and this shade, a rich berry-red, is on track to being crowned a true modern classic. Velvety and comfortable to wear, at €6.99 this is one we should all have in our collection.
NYC BB Beautifying Blushable Cream Stick
Yes, these cream blushes are a bit of a mouthful, but give them a try and you’ll be willing to let that go. For €3.49 these are pretty, pigmented and long-lasting, while the creamy texture is a doddle to blend.
NIMA Brush Beauty Tools
These Irish beauty tools have had a revamp, and the brushes are better than ever. With their matte-effect, duck-egg blue handles, the Artistic collection is gorgeous, and offers an impressive range of tools. We want all of the contour and eye brushes – and with prices from €10, we can afford to buy them, too.
Emma Henderson @fluffyblog