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Beauty on a budget: 10 affordable products for your make-up bag

Get fantastic products without over-spending.

By Rachel Dean

On average, women spend around £170 on the contents of their makeup bag alone. However, for a lot of people, this just isn’t possible and honestly, you really don’t have to spend big to get great results.

With so many different makeup brands, ranging from drugstore to luxury, it’s often hard for us to choose the perfect products.

Below are some amazing products sure to fill your makeup bag without emptying your bank account:

1. Rimmel London Insta Fix & Go 2-in-1 Primer and Setting Spray

How much? £6.99

Where? Boots, Superdrug or ASOS

For just 6.99, this spray by Rimmel London has two jobs – it primes and it sets. This creates a kind of “sandwich effect” that will lock in your makeup for hours.

2. L’Oréal True Match Liquid Foundation

How much? £9.99

Where? Boots, Superdrug or ASDA

This L’Oréal foundation is a favourite amongst many because it looks beautiful on the skin. With 23 unique shades, this foundation range is said to match 98% of skin tones within the UK.

3. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

How much? £3.99

Where? Boots or Superdrug

For such an inexpensive product, the coverage of this concealer is unbelievably good and comes in multiple tones.

4. PS Contour Kit

How much? £6.00

Where? Primark

Recently, people have been loving Primark’s makeup due to its resemblance to many high-end brands. For just £6, this contour kit is a makeup bag must-have.

5. Bourjois Little Round Pot Blusher

Apply Little Round Pot blush to the apples of cheeks for a healthy glow. #Bourjois

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How much? £7.99

Where? Boots, Superdrug or M&S

This little baked blush from Bourjois has been around for nearly 150 years. That alone should prove the product’s worth, however, the shades are cute and it blends impeccably.

6. Max Factor Bronzer


How much? £9.99

Where? Boots or Superdrug

Get a stunning sun-kissed look with this Max Factor bronzer. It looks so natural on the skin, but it’s also buildable, allowing for a more intense look.

7. Makeup Revolution Skin Kiss Highlighter

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How much? £5.00

Where? Superdrug or TAM Beauty

These highlighters are so shimmery and pretty – an absolute essential for all makeup bags.

8. NYX Cosmetics Ultimate Shadow Palettes

How much? £16.00

Where? Boots, ASOS or Cult Beauty

As the only item on this list that is over £10, it should help to know that as there are 16 shadows in each of these palettes, that means just £1 for each! These palettes are perfect for those who seek multiple looks without going over their budget.

9. Kiko Extra Sculpt Volume Mascara

How much? £8.90

Where? Kiko

The best drugstore mascara I have ever bought. The mascara’s formula leaves lashes looking thick and voluminous and what more can we ask from a mascara at this price?

10. Sleek Makeup Matte Me Lip Cream

Matte Me goals ❤️️�� Shop now >> #SleekMakeUP #BBloggers #SleekOG

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How much? £4.99

Where? Boots or Superdrug

This lip range from Sleek Makeup has enough colours to suit all skin tones. It’s long lasting with a smooth matte finish.

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