Of course, in an ideal world we’d all have limitless funds to splash out on the beauty brands recommended by celebrities and glossy magazines. But in reality, few of us can afford to be quite so indulgent with our shopping. Luckily, help is at hand. Here’s our guide to the best high street products that work just as well as their premium counterparts.
Dream Lumi Touch Concealer Pen by Maybelline
Love Yves Saint Laurent’s Touch Eclat concealer but put off by the price tag, which doesn’t leave much change from £30? Thankfully, Maybelline’s alternative is a dead ringer for its more expensive twin. Like the original, it brightens up under-eye areas and makes it look as if you’ve had plenty of beauty sleep – even when you’ve done nothing of the sort.
Rose Gold Makeup Blush by Sleek
Orgasm Blush by Nars is one of the most popular beauty products ever made – but at almost £20 a pop, it’s out of reach for many people on a budget. Enter Sleek’s Makeup Blush in Rose Gold – an almost carbon copy of the popular shade at a far more affordable price point. Packed full of peachy pigment, this blush will give you a healthy glow with even just the lightest touch.
Australian Pink Clay Mask by Sun Prive
When the Aussie skincare brand Sand & Sky released a mask made from Australian pink clay, it became an instant hit on social media. But the £40 price tag meant that only a lucky few could experience its legendary spot-fighting abilities. Thanks to rival brand Sun Prive, however, budget-conscious shoppers can now splash out on a similar treatment that fights acne and leaves soft, glowing skin.
Liquid Glitter Eyeshadow by e.l.f. Cosmetics
Looking for sparkly lids this festive season? While some might be asking Santa for the £25 Glitter & Glow shadow from Stila, we know that not everyone has that much cash to flash. Instead, opt for e.l.f. Cosmetic’s budget version to save money without compromising on quality. With the same great coverage and high-impact shine as the original, it’s the perfect alternative.
Sienna Rose Matte Lipstick by The Body Shop
While you might associate The Body Shop with the sort of perfumes and bath pearls you used as a teenager, their makeup range is surprisingly on point – such as this ultra-pigmented, long-lasting lipstick in Sienna Rose. Almost identical to Velvet Teddy, one of the most popular shades by luxe brand MAC, it comes in at almost £10 cheaper – making it the ideal beauty treat for those watching the pennies.