So, it appears that whilst I was hiding away during a spending ban (see here) Primark decided to launch their own beauty section? It's called 'P.S' or 'P.S Love' and either way, I missed it and was pleasantly surprised to see a whole new range of products in what I like to call their 'bits and bobs section'. The prices were mostly £1 or £1.50 so I decided to pick up a few things and try them out, I really couldn't leave them there for that price, could I?
I decided on 3 nail polishes, which don't have shade names but they are the mint green, soft grey and taupe/mushroom shade, all were £1 each and the packaging is remarkably similar to that of Butter London nail polishes. For lip products I chose one of their lip crayons (£1) in a bright red and a lipgloss in shimmering pink (£1.50). From the eye section I chose their volumising mascara (£1) and Brow pencil (£1) in light. I have no idea why the lipgloss of all products was 50pence more expensive, but that's just me being picky. I thought I'd let you all know my thoughts on these super purse friendly beauty buys:
The nail polishes have lovely packaging, a decent shade selection but no shade names. £1 each for 10ml and a standard sized brush. As you can see on the nail swatched, the first coat applies quite faint and almost streaky so immediately I thought they were doomed. However, o the second coat the colour became opaque and smooth and they looked the same quality as nail polishes that are far more expensive! The mint green is gorgeous and perfect for this time of year and the grey and mushroom shades are perfect for anytime of year and could easily transition into autumn/winter polishes. I haven't tried all 3 yet, but the mint green lasts about 3 days chip free, which is pretty good if you ask me. I hope all the other shades have a similar wear time.
The Volumising Mascara was only £1 and I have to say I didn't have high hopes for it. However, it really is a brilliant mascara for the price. Okay, it's not a wonder product but it does provide results! The brush is a pretty standard curved bristle brush that grips lashes well and helps to thicken and blacken lashes as well as adding some length. The formula isn't overly wet, so it doesn't spread or smudge easily which I like. It doesn't leave lashes feeling hard or crispy and for £1 this is definitely something I'd buy again! I'm all about budget mascaras. After all, they only have a 3month shelf life so the less money wasted the better!
The lip products were also a pleasant surprise! The lip crayon reminds me of most chunky lip crayons out their; revlon, rimmel, clinique etc - it has pretty much the same packaging. However, I'd say this was more of a tinted balm rather than a stain or lipstick. It has a subtle colour pay off that looks natural but does provide a good amount of colour. It isn't as red as it looks, but it is lovely to wear and very moisturising and glossy. Again, for £1 - a brilliant budget beauty buy! The lipgloss has a squeezy applicator (don't know the professional name for those contraptions) and is easy to apply. I expected it to be rather stick but it isn't sticky at all. It does have some shimmer, but nothing too in your face and it looks subtle on the lips. I did choose a pale shade, suitable for easy, everyday wear! I still don't see why the lipgloss was £1.50 though, maybe I am just being a cheap-skate?
Overall - I'm very happy with the products I chose. They are excellent value for money and surprisingly good quality. Definitely worth checking out if you want to try out some budget beauty products that won't break the bank.