Monday, 16 June 2014

Beauty On A Budget : Make Up Starter Collection

Make Up Revolution Cream Blush//Natural Collection Loose Powder//Miss Sporty So Matte Foundation//Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer//Rimmel Scandaleyes Khol Liner//Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara//Revlon Balm Stain//Make Up Academy Luxe Laquer//E.L.F Eyebrow Kit//Sleek Contour Kit

When I first started wearing make up, I felt lost in a world full of options and at the time I didn't know about the beauty world and as I had dial up internet, the short time I was allowed online was spent on making my Bebo page look as pimped out as possible rather than looking up reviews. I just bought whatever the girls in my school were using (Dream Matte Mousse in 3 shades too dark anyone?)

I've decided to put together a collection of make-up items that are good quality but not too pricey, as a "starter collection" for those who are starting to branch out into the wonderful world of make up and looking for a little bit of guidance. Please feel free to leave comments with other suggestions, I tried to keep it small and simple but it's always nice to know others opinions!


Miss Sporty So Matte Foundation £3.49

Ok, so this is a bit of a niche product as it really depends on the finish you like, but I couldn't get over how good this foundation is for under a fiver! It has terrible reviews on Boots' website saying it's cakey and doesn't last, but I've found that it's better than a lot of high end foundations I've tried! The only issue I have is the colour range, with only 3 choices I have to mix it with my Dainty Doll foundation to lighten it up, but for the price I really can't complain. I'd recommend using a small amount and buffing with a stipple brush to avoid any cakeyness.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer £4.19

If you've been following the beauty community or some of the well known bloggers *cough cough Zoella* for a while, then you'll probably have already heard how great this concealer is. It doesn't cake, the colours are light enough for pale folk such as myself and it gives great coverage for a small price. Nuff said.

Make Up Revolution Cream Blush £1.50

A blusher. For £1.50. Yes, you heard me right! If I hadn't already been a Make Up Academy  and E.L.F fan I wouldn't have believed that such a cheap product could be any good, but the sudden explosion of this company just backs up how great their products are. The colour selection is small but fits most skin tones and the colours give a glow without covering your cheeks in glitter. Plus it lasts all day! I don't know if this is being patronising, but in case you didn't know, cream blush has to go on before powder or it will look streaky. I actually buy this from Superdrugs website rather than their own website, it can take forever to arrive but I get points on my Superdrug card! (They sometimes give me free sweeties and perfume testers too, bonus!)

Sleek Contour Kit £6.49

 As someone with ghost skin, finding a bronzer that doesn't make me look orange or grey is pretty hard. This kit is a tad on the orange side, but blends so smoothly that it looks subtle and gives a healthy glow. The highlight side is perfect for those that don't like too much shimmer on their face as well!

Natural Collection Loose Powder £1.99

As you know, I find it hard to find much difference in powders, except that some sit on the face a lot more obviously than others. The Natural Collection Powder is so cheap and blends into the skin really well, making it a great investment


Scandaleyes Waterproof Khol Liner £3.99

When I first started wearing make up, eyeliner was definitely the trickiest part to master! I started off with pencil liner, before moving on to liquid when I was about 14. I now love the Scandaleyes Khol liner, it stays all day without budging as it's waterproof.

Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara £10.99

I've tried a few different versions of this mascara, with my favourite so far being the gold version. The thick brush coats and separates the lashes with no clumps and doesn't leave me with dreaded panda eyes like most.


Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain £7.99

I only tried out the Revlon Colorburst range a month or so a go, but I'm really impressed with the staying power. Even the matte collection lasts 3-4 hours and doesn't dry out the lips. The Balm Stain collection is perfect for those days when you don't want your lips to be the statement piece of your face but still want to add colour. 

MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer £3

For the times you do want more colour, the MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer dries to a matte finish and lasts for a good hour, which isn't bad for a mere £3!

E.L.F Brow Kit £3.95

I've been buying from E.L.F for roughly 4 years now and I've only just hit pan on the brow kit, which was one of the things I bought in my first order. I'm well aware I should throw it out as it will be well out of date, but until it gives me a reaction I'll continue to use it. At £3.95 it's an inexpensive item which lasts a long time.

There are many brands that have high quality products without a massive price tag, so it's always great to give products the ol' google to see if there's reviews, or even dupes of more expensive brands! Can you recommend any good products for beauty on a budget?



  1. Great post! xo

  2. I love the elf brow kit as well! elf is definitely a good budget brand to start off with x

    Jasmin Charlotte

    1. I totally agree, I wish E.L.F, MUA and Make Up Revolution had existed when I first started wearing make up! I would of saved myself so much money.


  3. I love the Sleek contour kit, although you have to tap away a LOT of excess and have a very light hand with it - the first time I used it was a complete disaster! Scandaleyes liners are also a great buy, I have the nude one for lining my waterline, works a treat :)
    The Graduate Goddess xx

    1. Yeah definitely, I also find I need to wash my brush regularly or it builds up a lot of colour! Ooh I heard that nude is more natural on the waterline than white, i'll have to invest!


  4. I love the ELF Brow Kit and it lasts forever!

    1. I know, E.L.F is such good value for money!



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