The Affordable Face

March 20, 2015

If you're short on pennies but don't want to compromise on quality, there are still plenty of drugstore options to choose from that rival the more luxury alternatives.
 I thought I'd give a little run down of my picks from the aisles of Boots and Superdrug that I like to reach for when creating a quick and natural everyday face... 

 For foundation, there are actually quite a few gems out there, but my favourite at the moment is Revlon's Nearly Naked Foundation for a sheer and natural finish that evens out skin tone and reduces redness.  To cover the dark circles, I use Collection's Illuminating Touch Concealer on a daily basis.  As I don't like things too dewy, I then dust on a thin layer of Soap and Glory's Kick Ass Instant Retouch Pressed Powder. This powder is so finely milled it reduces shine without ever looking too powdery. The yellow hue also helps to conceal any redness.

To add a bit of colour to my pasty complexion, I've been using Maxfactor's Creme Puff Blush in Lovely Pink. This is a great dupe for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes. It might not be quite as pigmented, but the marbled peachy pink hue delivers a subtle wash of colour and a hint of highlight. Complexion done, I move onto my brows. I've been using Soap and Glory's Brow Archery in Hot chocolate for the past few months and i'm in love. The pencil is so small you can create really precise and natural definition whilst the slightly waxy texture keeps everything in place. The colour is also a pretty good match and not too red toned. Oh, and it comes with a little spoolie on the other end - I can't fault it!

For eyes, the L'Oreal Colour Riche eyeshadows deliver on texture, pigmentation and longevity. My favourites are Over the Taupe for a wash of colour all over the lid and Quartze Flume to add definition to the outer corner and along the lash line. if you prefer eyeliner, Rimmel Scandal Eyes liners have got you covered.

To finish, a few coats of L'Oreal's Miss Manga Mascara adds length and volume to lashes with ease without smudging or flaking throughout the day. I'm not a huge lipgloss fan but Maybelline's Colour Sensational Shine Gloss in Cashmere Rose adds a wash of colour without having to worry about gloopy, 'hair stuck to my face' dramas.

If you're also looking for good and affordable blushes, I can't recommend the Real Techniques collection enough. The buffing brush, blush brush and shading brush are my personal favourites and ones I reach for daily.

What are your drugstore must haves?

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  1. Such gorgeous picks, I love the Maybelline glosses too the colour applys really well. I keep seeing the Maxfactor blushes, I think I'll treat myself to one :)

    Hanh x | hanhabelle

  2. I definitely want to try the revlon nearly naked foundation x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

  3. I've been wanting to try those Maybelline glosses but unfortunately they never brought them over here! I do really want to try the Miss Manga mascara and Max Factor blushes though. They both sound amazing!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  4. Oooo those eyeshadow's look gorgeous!
    xprincessjas | ♥

  5. I really want to try those Maybelline lip glosses! Lovely post xx

    Ioanna |

  6. Those blushes from Max Factor looks so good! I wish we had them here in Portugal xx


  7. The L'Oreal eyeshadow is gorgeous, I've recently just discovered an amazingly lengthening mascara from Seventeen, it's so inexpensive!
    xxx Claire

  8. This is such a great post idea, I've not used any of these products mentioned but definitely will have a look in to them now because I'm running out of my makeup!
    I've tagged you in my new body image campaign 'Promote Health, Not Size'. I'd really love you to get involved! Rebecca Marie xxx

  9. I've wanted to try S&G archery pencil for ages, might have to now xo

    Halcyon Velvet

  10. Love the Nearly Naked foundation! Great picks :)

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  11. So many lovely affordable products. I really like the L'Oreal Mono Eyeshadows & the colour selection is so good.

  12. So many great and affordable products- Miss Manga mascara is my all time favourite! I also need to get my hands on Soap and Glory Archery as soon as possible. Xx

    Olivia -

  13. I love that collection concealer! I feel like it isn't talked about enough, some lovely choices in this post! I really need to try the miss manga mascara I've heard so much about it! Great post xx

    Beauty Girl

  14. Creme blushes always looks the prettiest, and are soo nice! Your photos make me want to rush out and buy more makeup lol

  15. Brow Archery is one of my favourite products at the moment, it's such a good dupe for the Anastasia Brow Wiz! I definitely need to try the Collection concealer :)

    alice x | beautybyalicee | bloglovin'

  16. There are so many incredible products here! I wish Soap&Glory would release their makeup here in Australia, we only have their bath products at the moment.

  17. Such pretty photography! I love Real Techniques brushes too, they're such amazing quality! I love their buffing, blush and stippling brushes the most :)

    Rebecca Coco

  18. great post! loving the sound of theses products!


  19. The drugstore has some really good finds if you're willing to dig around. I also love the Rimmel Scandal'Eyes Kohl Kajal Eye Liners. Right now I'm getting a lot of use out of the Maybelline the Mega Plush Mascara for fluttery, defined lashes.

  20. Great picks! I love your blog and the way you take photos. I love the maybelline master precise liner its fool proof!


  21. Great products, love the photos !

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    Nina & Tina
    LP: A Cocktail Of Confidence

  24. I really like the look of the Maybelline's Colour Sensational Shine Gloss especially in the shade you bought. I think I might have to purchase this and try it out.

    Beth x

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