Saturday, 22 March 2014

top 10 budget makeup buys under £3

Today on the blog I'll be sharing some of my favourite budget beauty buys, and when I say budget - I mean budget! I'd been thinking about doing a top 5 for under £5 post but thought I'd go one step further and share my top ten for under £3! Each of these make-up products come in at under £3 and are some of my most used items, so it's proof that you really don't need to spend a fortune on make-up when there are so many great products from a range of 'drugstore/highstreet' brands! 

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Miners fresh faced concealer comes in at £2.99* and I've reviewed this in it's own post. In a nutshell, it's available in 3 shades, works great on under eye darkness and correcting skin tones and covers blemishes pretty well. It's one of the better budget concealers I've tried and ideal for brightening dark circles! 

MUA matte lipsticks come in at just £1 and are come in 5 shades. You can see the full collection and swatches in my post about the collection, but my favourite is definitely 'wild berry' which is a deep matte purple. The formula is matte without being too drying on the lips and you can find a great nude, coral, pink, red and purple lip all for £1 each! They coloured bit on the bottom of the lipstick also contains some extra product if you'd rather apply with a brush! 

MUA Colour blast eyeshadow sticks are £3 and a great option for quick make-up application or using as a base under other shadows. If you're using them on their own I'd recommend applying a primer first but used together with other products you can build up colour and also use as a highlight! The shade pictured is 'stay' and is a gorgeous champagne gold which is ideal for using as a base under any neutral shadows or using as a brow bone highlight or eyeliner. 

Sinful colours nail polishes are just £1.99 and come in SO many shades and finishes! You can get glitter, pearl, matte, cream and shimmer shades. The shade pictured above is 'Island Coral' which is a gorgeous shade for spring/summer and looks great within 2 coats. Another one of my favourites from this range is 'Nirvana' which is a dark taupe which you can see in my NOTW post here. They are currently on offer in boots 3 for £4! 

Maybelline baby lips are £2.99 each and perhaps one of the most talked about releases of last year (see swatches in this review) They took long enough to get to the UK but they were worth the wait. They are great for throwing in a handbag and applying mirror-free, ideal for school or work and moisturising too! The tinted shades are cherry me, peach kiss (pictured above) and pink punch - all of which leave a light tint of colour on the lips. 

Rimmel moisture renew lipsticks offer some amazing dupes for the likes of MAC at a fraction of the price. You can pick up some shades on ebay/amazon/local discount shops for anywhere between £1-£3! The shade above is oxford street fuschia which is a very good dupe for MAC's speed dial lipstick (see swatches here) another great dupe is nottinghill nude which is very similar to MAC's shy girl lipstick (see swatches here)  

MUA undress your skin highlighter comes in at just £3 for a whopping 7.5g of product. Luckily it's in stock online at the moment, which is quite rare as almost everybody is a fan of this product. There really isn't much out there in the way of highlighters when it comes to the drugstores and highstreet shops but if you can get your hands on this one then do! It's a gorgeous iridescent pink shade (see blog post here) with a silver highlight which doesn't leave you looking like a disco ball, instead gives you a lovely subtle shimmer! 

Boots Natural Collection Blush in Peach Melba is just £1.99 (currently on 3 for 2!) and is a wonderful buy for less than £2! It's a matte shade, pretty well pigmented and a lovely colour. There are a few shades in the blush range, a total of 4 I believe but 'peach melba' is one of my go-to blushes for the whole year! It's the perfect peachy/pink which gives your cheeks a natural looking flush of colour! 

Miss Sporty nail polishes are definitely worth checking out and are only £1.99 each, this glitter shade is a lovely top coat and I like to use it over pretty pastel shades like mint candy apple from essie (see nails here) and other matte shades in the range are bright, fun and packed with colour - you can see another shade I like in this post. They are currently on offer in boots 2 for £3! 

Avon Care Intensive royal jelly lip treatment is available for around £2 and is a life-saver if you suffer from dry/sore/chapped lips! You can see my full review in this blog post, it contains SPF15 and applies as a thick layer that sinks into the skin to soothe and soften. It has hygienic packaging and is ideal for carrying with you on the go to soothe lips throughout the day. It also smells delicious! 

What's your favourite budget beauty product? Feel free to share them below and recommend a bargain beauty buy! 


  1. I love bargains but have to say any cheaper lipsticks I find dont last the day

  2. Great post, I love a good bargain! I love the Natural Collection blushers, their bronzers are great too! xx

  3. Huge, HUGE fan of MUA! Their lipsticks, their highlighters, can't go wrong!

    Fashionicide // Fashion, with a difference

  4. I haven't actually tried any of these! Thanks for the recommendations

  5. Natural Collection blushers are great. I also really like pink cloud.
    Water Painted Dreams xxx

  6. Great picks, I love the Sinful Colours nail polishes and the MUA highlighter is gorgeous x

  7. Some fab picks on here! I like almost all of these items, the MUA highlighter is a real favourite of mine and I love the shadow sticks too (though agree that you need to use a primer with them)

    Also love Sinful colors polishes, cannot believe how amazing they are for the price.

    Intrigued by the Miners concealer, though!

    Laura - - xxx

  8. Ooh I really want the highlighter and that Avon lip stuff, my lips are forever sore during colder months!

    Great post :)
    Golden Clutter

  9. Ooh I really want the highlighter and that Avon lip stuff, my lips are forever sore during colder months!

    Great post :)
    Golden Clutter

  10. I use the Boots Natural Collection Blush in Sweet Cheeks, I absolutely love it! It's been a staple for a few years now! xoxo