best budget makeup

When it comes to beauty, I really couldn’t be any less of a snob. Yes, whilst I swoon/stalk/dream of Charlotte Tilbury as much as the next blogger –  #ThatRoseGoldPackagingThough #ThatClicheLife – I will also happily cake my face dress my face in drugstore only products if they’re what I’m loving most makeup wise.

Recently, drugstore makeup is what I’ve been loving most lately – “Hallelujah” screams my purse – and I realised that some of my absolute holy grail/can’t live without/my face would look like a pile of shit poo without these BAE’S products, all belong to the drugstore. So I thought, what better way to celebrate this than by doing an entire post based on my 5 budget makeup products.

I also used this as the perfect excuse to go out and buy back ups for said HG’s and also have a bit of a splurge whilst I’m at it. Video evidence here [insert “can’t look”/”purse, please don’t hate me” emoji’s here].

Bourjois Healthy mix serum foundation
Bourjois Healthy mix serum foundation

Bourjois Healthy mix serum foundation – First up is a product that I have used consistently for the last 6 months which, as a major foundation whore (yep, I am that girl that’s forever on the hunt for the perfect foundation) is true testament to just how incredible this is. I’d say it has a light to medium coverage that is also buildable, but the thing that I love most about this is that it just looks like skin. So natural but also covers any redness, and it somehow manages to leave a dewy finish but lasts a long time too. This is almost the perfect foundation for me, which is kinda’ like saying that Kanye loves someone as much as he loves himself. Yep, big things…

collection lasting perfection concealer
collection lasting perfection concealer

Collection Lasting perfection concealer – I won’t bang on about this for long because I have mentioned it numerous times on my blog and youtube channel but in short, it’s a very high coverage concealer that works well on my blacker than black under eyes and blemishes. It’s long lasting, doesn’t crease… basically, if I could marry this product, I would. Mrs Ellie Lasting Perfection… gotta ring to it right? πŸ˜‰

Revlon Strawberry Shortcake
Revlon Strawberry Shortcake

Revlon lip butter in Strawberry Shortcake (Β£7.99) – This lip butter, in short, is pretty much what I wear on a day to day basis. I have big old lips – Oh hey there Jay Z… – so keeping my lips in good condition is pretty essential. This means that lipstick on a day to day is not really great for and me and this, this is where Revlon’s lip butters come in. They are so incredibly moisturising and yet somehow, so pigmented. Strawberry shortcake is a gorgeous mid toned pink that’s so brightening on my face (i.e makes me look like I’ve had a few hours sleep rather than none at all) and reminds me of a glossier Mac Angel, my favourite lipstick ever, putting it right up there at the top of my budget HG purchases.

Soap and glory archery brow pencil

Soap and glory archery brow pencil – I had a lot of love for this eyebrow product anyway, but it doesn’t hurt when the lovely Becca Rose comments on your eyebrow game during drinks does it? πŸ˜‰ It’s actually only when I don’t have this in my life that I realise just how much I rely on it. The pencil, for me, provides the most perfect, natural filled in brow that really does just look like individual hairs almost (my todler-like description skills are out in full force today.) The spoolie is also fantastic – is that a weird thing to say? I feel like that’s a weird thing to say – but it really does grab on to those brows and keep them in place. I couldn’t be without this product (… well, I could, but my brows would look like utter shite) πŸ˜‰

Maybelline colour tattoo on and on bronze
Maybelline colour tattoo creamy beige

Maybelline Colour tattoo On and on bronze/Creamy beige – Another product that I’ve mentioned numerous times before but these beauties really are the best of the “paint pot”-esque bunch. Formulation wise, they apply seamlessly and stay on all day. These things seriously just don’t budge, whatsoever. Colour wise? Maybelline girl, you’ve got this down… They have an incredible variety of colours but my two favourites which are so me, are On and on bronze, the perfect bronze – funny that – golden, shimmery shade that works amazingly as a base and by itself. The latter being Creamy beige which is the most perfect chic, sophisticated neutral eye colour. Very work/”formal meeting” friendly and definitely one I rely on no matter what the day, what the occasion.

… and here’s one I made earlier. I’m wearing each product mentioned in this photo just so you can gauge what it looks like on. Blogger of the year and all that… [insert “totally kidding so please don’t think I’m a twat” emoji here].
So this brings me to the end of this post. I have to admit – prepare for some loser vibes here ladies – I had so much fun rummaging through my makeup bag and picking out the pieces I really couldn’t be without.  It definitely made me rediscover some old favourites, as well as discovering that sometimes it really is best to stick to your – very limited i.e pink lips neutral eyes and “please turn me into Cara” brows – comfort zone.
I would love to know what your top budget makeup items are? Please feel free to leave them in the comment below. I read and reply to every single one πŸ™‚
As always, thank you so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!


  1. Nicole Marie says:

    Such lovely photos! I totally agree, I couldn't leave the house without putting on my lasting perfection concealer. I really want to try that foundation. I have heard so many good reviews about it x

  2. Eilidh says:

    the end 3 products feature heavily in my makeup routine, you just cannot beat the prices! They are amazing too

    Eilidh from Velvet-Winter

  3. This is so funny these are my High street holy grails as well! They seriously are 'the bollocks' and for what they cost, a win win in my eyes.

    Charlotte. xx

  4. We are definitely on the same wave length! I've tried most of these products and agree they are fabulous! xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

  5. Maddy says:

    Love the whole look together, the eyeshadows look so gorgeous!
    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

  6. Lucija says:

    I've heard that this foundation is a bit yellow, is that true? I'm dying to try in but if it only comes in yellow undertones, it's kinda off for me..


    • Hi lovely, I've only tried this shade so I couldn't say for all of them but this is definitely slightly warmer/yellow – which works great for me as I have olive skin – but I'd recommend swatching first πŸ™‚


  7. Great Post. Thanks for sharing.

    Valentina | DAILY SUIT

  8. Ohh what a lovely little collection! I love the Bourjois foundation too, but I think it's about time I finally tried the Lasting Perfection concealer! x

    Martha Jane |

  9. Nazia Javed says:

    maybellines color tattoo in creamy beige is one of my faves too! Its the only product that lasts all day on my oily eyelides. I also love l'oreals true match foundation and their brow artist plumper too xx

  10. Beauty Bloss says:

    my favourite budget buy is bad to the bronze, colour tattoo. Wore it today!
    The Beauty Bloss

  11. I always enjoy these, especially now that I've put myself on a serious budget ha

    x- Naomi in Wonderland

  12. Fabulous products, love all of your picks <3

    Capturing Life Memoirs |

  13. Alina Bostan says:

    Couldn't agree more on the Bourjois foundation and the Maybelline Colour Tattoos, so good and I'm amazed the the quality considering they're so affordable x

    Beauty with charm | Zoeva Giveaway

  14. Rosy Flynn says:

    I'm all about the Bourjois foundation, I'm happiest with it all over my face trying πŸ™‚ My top lip butter is Pink Truffle – just yes.

    Rosy |

  15. I've actually never tried out any of these before but I definitely need to scoop up that lip butter! Sounds amazing!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  16. Maddy Lines says:

    Hey, we actually have 4 faves in common ! You seem to have such good taste ;p I apparently need to get my hands on that bourjois foundation.
    Have a lovely day,


  17. SBUK says:

    Sadly, I find the collection concealer a bit too dry for my under eye area but that Bourjois foundation and the color tattoos are simply incredible and I can't live without them either. xx

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

  18. Rubi Ani says:

    The Bourgeois healthy mix serum is my favourite highstreet foundation too. I haven't used it in a while though because I've been trying high-end ones. It's one I know I can always go back to though.
    Rubi | Instagram | The Den |

  19. Alejandra says:

    Fantastic products! Great post:)
    Have a nice day dear,

  20. Stephanie says:

    Great post! I love Loreal true match foundations and elf products.

  21. Uzo O says:

    Great choices , I love the Rev long lippy , I have the mauve over , perfect nude.

  22. Uzo O says:

    Great choices , I love the Rev long lippy , I have the mauve over , perfect nude.

  23. S Jones says:

    I love all of the products that you've mentioned, especially the Maybelline Colour Tattoos! x


  24. oh I am SO with you on the Bourjois foundation and the Maybelline colour tattoo– so basically i KNOW I now have to go and try the others!!

    Shot From The Street | Fashion Blog

  25. Annabel B says:

    Well this is just like looking into my makeup bag…just much better photographed!!

    Annabel β™₯
    Mascara & Maltesers

  26. LBG says:

    I love looking around the drugstore for beauty finds! I love the strawberry color. I like the Rimmel Kate color #8 and any bb cream. Cool post!

  27. crafty-zone says:

    I really like your beauty and low-budget favourites, especially I love this lipstick from Revlon, it has amazing and delicate shade πŸ™‚ Moreover, I have to try this product from Maybelline out πŸ˜‰

  28. Anonymous says:

    Can you believe I have never tried the Bourjois Healthy Balance foundation?! I need to jump on that bandwagon! Hell yes to the Collection concealer, S&G Archery Brow pencil & Maybelline Colour Tattoo – some my fav drugstore products too & one's that will always be in my collection πŸ™‚ x

    Brenda BusyBee | Win a Travalo Perfume Atomiser

  29. MeMe Books says:

    These products really suit you, and you wouldn't even tell that they were budget, looking lovely Elle.

    Meme xx

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  30. Oooh! Thanks for sharing, I think I will have to try that foundation πŸ™‚ xx

  31. I'm actually not a big fan of the colour tattoos, they always crease on me but I do like bourjois foundations on the whole x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

  32. I don't care for the cream eyeshadows, but I adore collection concealer and revlon butter lipsticks. I still need to try bourjois foundation!
    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  33. Anonymous says:

    Lovely post Ellie! I also love Revlon lip butters, Cotton Candy is my favorite! Also have the same shade of the Maybelline color tattoos & I love this one!
    Nati xx

  34. Love the post! I am gonna check some out. The concealer seems pretty good.!

  35. Creamy Beige and on & On Bronze are the best colour tattoo shades and I find myself wearing one or the other most days πŸ™‚ Brow archery is an everyday staple too xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  36. I love the colour tattoos so I'll definitely have to get my hands on the other products in your list! I've been meaning to get the healthy mix foundation for a while now. Pictures are looking fab! xxxx

  37. Georgia Jade says:

    Collection concealer is the bomb-diggity! I picked it up last year when I was here in England and I would only use it sparingly because we don't have it back over there in Australia. Safe to say I splurged and bought quite a few since being here already!

    Georgia | The Weekend Attic – Personal Style, Beauty and Lifestyle

  38. Glam O'Clock says:

    Such a nice read -I love your writing Elle! I love drudstore products too. My favourite are without doubt L'Oreal True Match foundation, Maybelline Fit me concealer and Max Factor Colour Elixir lipsticks. I also love Kiko, I can't have enough of their eyeshadow sticks and their Eyeprecision Eyebrow pencil. Xx

    Alexandra | Glam O’Clock

  39. Tia Katarina says:

    Love this selection, the Brow Archery pencil is amazing and everyone seems to adore the Healthy Mix foundation so maybe I'll give that a go!

    Tia |

  40. Emily says:

    I forgot about that Bourjois foundation, I'll have to dig it out of my collection! I used to love Lasting Perfection but now I've been obsessing over Seventeen Stay Time Concealer for the past year instaed and don't touch my Lasting Perfection now! Have you ever tried the Stay Time concealer?!

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog


  41. Ela says:

    Love the post! S&G and Maybelline are great products!

  42. Very nice post! I love Revlon lip butters xx

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