10 beauty bargains every woman should try
Beauty editor Fiona McKim reveals her budget beauty hall of fame, from classic buys to exciting new steals
the best budget buys
1 L’Oréal Infallible Pro Glow, £11.99 normally I say foundation is like sushi – go cheap and you’ll pay the price later – but I ate my words when I tried this newbie. It melts into skin, gives full yet dewy coverage and really goes the distance. shades for all skintones too, hurrah! 2 Spa Wet Skin Moisture Miracle, £8 I slap this sweetly scented lotion onto wet skin post-shower, dry off and dress right away, yet somehow it sinks in and softens like I’ve slathered on buttery cream and stood around for half an hour as it dries. 3 Superdrug Optimum Phyto Glycolic Pads, £4.95 I’m consistently impressed by superdrug’s skincare, and these new pads give the same brightening and smoothing results as products 10 times their price. swipe on after cleansing a couple of times a week and remember to put on sPF afterwards.
Frieda Core Restore Treatment, £9.99
Whether your hair’s fine like mine, or you just crave extra volume (who doesn’t?), this blow-dry cream is the business. It manages to give noticeable bulk and root lift without feeling like it’s there at all, and results get better with every use. Magical stuff.
5 Soaper Duper Nourishing Coconut Body Wash, £6.50
there’s nothing not to adore about this. Great brand ethics, fun bubbly bottle (recycled), yummy tropical scent and a gentle, sulphate-free formula that works to a satisfying lather.
Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, £5.90
this brand can do little wrong in my eyes, offering effective ingredient-led skincare at more than fair prices. this hydrates skin at every level and I routinely nab it from the beauty cupboard over far spendier serums.
Wanna Get Lucky Gel Liner, £7.99
budget make-up by a false lash brand doesn’t sound promising, but guess what? this liner is fantastic. It glides on like the softest, silkiest kohl then doesn’t move a millimetre, even on hooded lids. Chocolatebrown teddy is my shade but at this price you can afford to experiment.
8The Wet Brush, £11.99
sometimes the simplest ideas really are the best. Imagine a well-known and much-loved detangling brush, now imagine it has a proper handle so won’t fly out of your hand every time you hit a snag. It’s no exaggeration to say I won’t let anything else near my hair when it’s damp.
9 Roger & Gallet Cassis Frénésie Extrait de Cologne, £22.50
With my perfume snob hat on I might claim this French blackcurrant blend is a bit sweet, or that colognes lack the complexity of perfume. In reality I’ve been spraying it on constantly since spring because it puts a big smile on my face. C’est la vie.
10 Rosie For Autograph Starstruck Lip & Cheek Colour, £15
I find most lip and cheek duos uncomfortably thick, but this, with its pliable formula and sheeny rose pigment, is spot-on for rapidly giving my face a bit of life mid-afternoon. w&h
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