High-street hot­ties

Good-qual­ity make-up needn’t cost a for­tune, says So­nia Haria. And she has the proof

The Sunday Telegraph - Stella - - SMART BEAUTY -

The high street is a won­der­ful thing. Quite apart from pro­vid­ing an ex­cel­lent source of quick bargains, it is also a great place to hunt down wor­thy beauty finds. You don’t al­ways need to pay top dol­lar for great make-up. I think Top­shop’s is some of the around, all rea­son­ably priced at around the £10 mark and much more grown-up than you might imag­ine ( just avert your eyes from the glit­ter pots and go straight to the lip­sticks – there are al­ways a cou­ple of them in my make-up bag). And al­though Pri­mark isn’t my first stop for a quick fashion buy, the aisles are ac­tu­ally pretty well-stocked with beauty prod­ucts. It has just launched a range called My Per­fect Colour: it’s a large col­lec­tion of com­plex­ion prod­ucts in­clud­ing foun­da­tions, con­ceal­ers and BB creams, all avail­able in 16 dif­fer­ent shades. Con­sid­er­ing the start­ing price is £2, I’m im­pressed by the qual­ity.

An­other good haunt for beauty prod­ucts on the high street is H&M. With such low prices, you’d imag­ine the pack­ag­ing would leave much to be de­sired, but the Scan­di­cool cas­ing is chic and there’s al­ways some­thing I want to add to my make-up col­lec­tion. It’s just launched a range of gel nail var­nish top coats, which of­fer a long-last­ing glossy fin­ish.

If you don’t mind spend­ing a few ex­tra pounds and are in the mar­ket for some­thing a bit more lux­u­ri­ous, head to the beauty shelves at & Other Sto­ries. The bath and body prod­ucts, in par­tic­u­lar, ri­val far more ex­pen­sive brands. The Tan­ger­ine Body Oil is se­ri­ously re­fresh­ing and sooth­ing, and well worth its £12 price tag.

I’m also very ex­cited to hear that Asos is launch­ing its own-brand beauty range to­mor­row. The site, which al­ready sells masses of prod­ucts by the likes of The Or­di­nary and Ci­até, saw a gap in the mar­ket for bright, fun, in­ex­pen­sive make-up. Check out the vi­brant matt lip­sticks, chubby sticks and con­tour­ing pal­ettes.

I love the liq­uid eye­liner, which for £6 has an ex­cel­lent for­mula and brush. And the best thing? You can or­der it from the sofa and have it through your let­ter­box the next day.

This of­fers light, build­able cov­er­age in a great range of shades.

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