Where To Save On Makeup

I do love my luxury high end brands, but sometimes there is no need to fork out 20 odd quid for something thats just as good at the drugstore. I'm willing to invest in foundations, good quality eye shadows and lipsticks but some things don't seem as worth it. I'm just covering makeup here but if you would like me to talk through various other beauty bits to save on then please let me know in the comments.

A good base is key to any makeup look and a good foundation and concealer duo isn't impossible to find within Boots, however your choice is limited. If you're looking for a face powder however, the drugstore will have you covered. High-end wise, MAC do some great powders and I know theres a few from Chanel that are very loved and of course the Hourglass Lighting Powder, but you'll find ones just as good from lower-end brands. A few of my favourites include, The Soap and Glory Kick Ass Powder  (£12.00), Rimmel Stay Matte (£3.99) and the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder (£8.99) which are all lovely powders that mattify the skin without it looking cakey. If you're not a great powder lover I would suggest trying these out as they may well change your mind!

Mascara and eyeliner are both things I very rarely walk out of Boots and Superdrug for. I know many people love mascaras from higher end brands, and of course they are great, but there are ones just as good for a lot less. L'Oreal and MAX Factor are my favourite mascara brands, they have lots of different options for lengthening and volumising and they are all rather excellent. No7 also do some great ones and Maybelline offer some which I know are very raved about. The same goes for eyeliner and although the Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen and the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner entice me greatly, £40 for an eyeliner is not worth it in my eyes. They may last a bit longer but I go through them so quickly I would rather pay a bit less. The Soap and Glory Supercat Liner (£6.00) is amazing, its super black, lasts well on the eyes, has a great felt tip nib which is easy to use and doesn't dry up quickly! For liquid liners I would recommend the Rimmel Exaggerate Liner (£5.29), and for pencils the Rimmel Scandal Eye Liners (£3.99) are an amazing dupe for the Urban Decay 24/7 liners!

Since the launch of the much loved Real Technique brushes my MAC ones have started to collect dust..I think Real Techniques have you covered in terms of brushes, they have one for everything and they're great quality and very soft! Zoeva is also a brush brand which has been new on the scene over the past couple of years. Their brushes are inexpensive too, but very lovely and they also come in some great sets if you're starting out with makeup.


  1. Such a helpful post as I always walk into SpaceNK and have no idea what to spend or save on! I think a post similar to this on skincare related items would be great!
    alice x

  2. I totally agree- boots and superdrug have products just as good as high end brands nowadays and continue to prove we don't need to spend silly amounts on makeup to have good high quality products.

    Flo x


  3. totally agree! no point paying a massive price when the drug store has some amazing items:)

    Eilidh from Velvet-Winter

  4. Real Techniques are such a go to for brushes, they're amazing! xx

    Beauty Soup || UK Beauty Blog

  5. I love the Rimmel liners! They are great for the price! Love your blog as well! New follower!

    XO, Erica


  6. Lovely post, I agree there are so many great makeup bis that you can pick up in Boots, especially with your mascaras and eyeliners. I love the L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes, its my all time favourite x
    Danielle ||Miss Sunshine & Sparkle

  7. Great post! I totally agree with most of your picks and I definitely feel that there are some things you need to pay more for and some things that are easily found in a drugstore! x

    Always, Alice x

  8. Such an awesome read, a lot of my favourite products were mentioned too. I love stay matte powder and a lot of products from maybelline. I've heard a lot about zoeeva makeup brushes, I need to look into them more. Great post!


  9. Great post! I totally agree that sometimes drugstore products can be just as good, especially the eyeliners!!!! Real techniques are my favourite brush brand, they where a real game changer and it's great to see other purse friendly brands following :)


  10. I love the RT brushes, they really are amazing for the price x

    Gemma | missmakeupmagpie.com

  11. I really want to try that S&G liner!

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  12. I could not agree more! You are so spot on.
    Things like mascara are really not worth shelling out for, you can get just as good ones, maybe even better, on the highstreet, but when it comes to foundation, you really should be splurging a bit since it is something that is going to sit on your skin all day long!
    Great tips! xo

    Other Infinities

  13. this is helpful, and now i really want to try that soap and glory liner!

    Sophie | Floral Sophie


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