Top 5 under £5 | Vol. 1

We all know that the prices of makeup are crawling up a ladder.  However, the quality of drugstore makeup is increasing with cost.  I'm reaching for dupes compared to my high end products more.  Not only do they not break the bank, but they do the job and more.  In no particular order, here are my top five under £5! I hope you guys get some inspiration out of this.

1. ELF eyebrow kit £4.50

This product was one of my favourites and has continued to be so for over 5 years.  This duo is one that can mimic high end brands such as the infamous Anastasia dipbrow pomade which was flying off shelves.  Despite the fact that the range of colors are limited, the darkest shade of the four they offer in 'Dark' is perfect for those with naturally black hair.  I find it doesn't look harsh or noticeable and blends in like a charm.  Like the age old tail goes, 'Pick an eyebrow shade two shades lighter than your natural color'.  The kit does not look harsh against my skin, does not rub or fade off in my experience, and is very easy to work with. The powder sets in the gel wonderfully but I find that using the gel on its own is all that is required. The applicator was sturdy and fine enough to reach every nook and cranny of my brow! Although most people spit on brushes that come with the product, this one is particularly amazing.

2. Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara £4.99

The original Rimmel London Scandaleyes mascara in the bright orange tube received mixed reviews.  This mascara is perfect if you love long, thick lashes.  I find that wiggling the brush reduces clump action dramatically upon application.  It is long lasting and holds the curl as long as you don't go too heavy handed and wipe excess on the rim of the bottle prior to use.  There is intense pigment and the wand is perfect in gripping each individual lash from the inner to outer corner of your eye.  In addition, the mascara does not budge.  It can withstand all types of weathering.

3. Collection Lasting Colour Lipstick in Mulburry Burst £2.99

I have always preferred purple lipsticks over red based ones because, not only does it complement my skin tone more, I find that it blends with my natural lip color; appearing more natural.  At a cheap as chips price of £3, I couldn't NOT try out this product.  I found that it had a buttery and non-drying feel on my lips. The longevity before reapplication is about 4 hours before signs of fading is noticeable. This is not something to cry about considering the price tag.  Nevertheless, the product does not bleed and the pigmentation is phenomenal and opaque, so build up is not required.  There is a range of colors available with various undertones making this the perfect lipstick brand to begin your collection or for everyday wear.

4. Maybelline Master Shape Brow Pencil - £2.98 (£1.98 at Wilko!)

Another brow product! Everyone can leave the house bare but if you truly wanted to look put together, well done brows is a must.  They frame the face, so I had to include another old time classic.  You can never go wrong with an eyebrow product that includes a spoolie.  It makes life that much easier.  I keep forgetting to buy a pack of spoolies from the store so having one attached to the pencil is perfect.  It is feathery enough to prevent accentuation of harsh edges so it gives a natural overall appearance.  The pencil itself is creamy and glides on like a pro, but light strokes is important to as too much pressure can affect not only the shape of the pencil tip, but also create a fake, 'painted in' appeal to your brows. Due to its creamy texture however, frequent sharpening is necessary and no sharpeners are provided with this product.  Despite not being as weather proof as the ELF Eyebrow kit, I find that this is perfect for travel and on the go nevertheless. 

5. Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent £3.99

I always lean towards translucent or transparent powders as the 'cakey' look is never going to be in style.  I suffer with an oily T-zone as a result of my normal-combination skin type.  In addition, with darker skin tones like mine, ashiness around the mouth and forehead causes a lot of unneeded aggravation.  Nevertheless, this pressed powder has solved a million and one problems for me in the past before I switched to the Revlon PhotoReady powder.  This powder is finely milled and is buttery to the touch.  It does not feel heavy at all.  The shade 'Transparent' is not for those who are looking for extra coverage after application of a bb cream, tinted moisturiser, or foundation.  Instead, it acts to stupendously control oiliness without resulting in the appearance of dry patches.  It holds up for about 4-5 hours on my skin before reapplication would be needed.  However, the process of reapplying does not accentuate any dry patches, further making this cheap product a winner!

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