Friday, 19 April 2013

Top 5 under £5: Bargain beauty products worth buying

As many of you may know, I'm a huge lover of drugstore/high street makeup brands and products and love a good bargain when it comes to makeup. I do occassionally splash out on brands like Mac, and even Chanel but 9 times out of 10 I tend to stick to more affordable brands. With that being said, I have to admit that not all products out there are worth buying, even at their super low price tag but I've put together my top five beauty buys for under £5. These are all products I love and use often that have cost less than £5 and worked really well! 

1. ELF (eyes lips face) brushes - £1.50-£3.75
ELF are probably my favourite brand for budget make-up brushes as they are excellent quality. I really like the studio range, which range from £3.50-£3.75 and some of my favourites are the mineral powder brush (pictured above, black one) and the infamous flat top powder brush which works well as a foundation buffing brush. The basics range (white brushes) are just £1.50 and these are an excellent choice for eyeshadow brushes including flat shadow brushes, detail brushes and larger brushes!

2. MUA eyeshadow palettes - £4.00
MUA are probably best known for their eyeshadows, and I can see why. Their single eyeshadows are only £1 and very pigmented and their palettes contain twelve eyeshadows for just £4. The heaven and earth palette (pictured above) is a well known dupe for Urban Decay's naked palette and contains some gorgeous neutral shades. The pigmentation, colour pay off and lasting power of these shadows make them an amazing buy for less than £5!

3. Boots' natural collection pressed powder - £1.99
A powder for less than £2? YES! Natural collection as a whole is a brand that is entirely under £5, so it's worth checking out in case you find something you like. I did, and it's this pressed powder which I use on a regular basis. I've probably been through about 7 or 8 of these as they help reduce shine and mattify my skin (not as much as Rimmel stay matte though) but all the same, an excellent powder for the price.

4. Miss Sporty nail colours - £1.99
Miss sporty isn't a brand I usually reach for, but recently I've been loving their nail polishes which come in at just under £2 and in a variety of gorgeous colours! I really like the glitter polishes to use as a top coat or on an accent nail, and they also do some lovely matte shades too! 

5. Maybelline Colour Tattoos - £4.99
A pretty good 'dupe' for Mac's paint pots and a fraction of the price. They have some gorgeous shimmer colours, which work well as a base for powder shadow or on their own. My personal favourites are 'on and on bronze' and 'pink gold'. They've recently introduced some new shades too including matte shades which are great too. The pigmentation and colour pay off is great and they are VERY long lasting! 

Have you tried any of these? What is your favourite product under £5? 



  1. I used to love and religiously use the Natural Collection Powder! Haven't tried in months though, might pick myself up another one :) xx

  2. Did you see my top 5 under £5 the other day? :)

  3. I love the Natural Collection powder, it's so cheap and such good quality. I definitely prefer it over most costly powders. I still haven't bought anything from ELF, I keep going to the site and intending to buy something, but never end up doing so. -sigh-

    Laura x

  4. I love ELF brushes, I haven't tried the Natural Collection powder but I love their blushes x

  5. Maybelline is really amazing, I wish they released more shades of their colour tattoos : ) I haven't had much luck with MUA eyeshadows, but maybe other palettes from them are better, the Undress Me Too palette in my opinion is awful : / Love the other picks ^^