Budget Makeup Essentials Under £10!

Hey everyone!

Well it’s been a hot minute since I uploaded a budget beauty post! I haven’t been particularly keeping up to date with makeup releases, trends or anything to do with it in general recently. The main reason is of course not having the money to buy it all and also having such a huge stash of products to probably last me the rest of my life. I wouldn’t say that I’m less passionate about it because I still really love applying it and experimenting but it’s very rare that I do anymore. I’ve been putting more focus into my skincare and getting rid of blemishes so I can feel more confident without it. Saying that, it does feel a lot more like a luxury and makes me feel extra confident when I do apply a full face now as it’s something I’m not used to looking at every day anymore.

Talking about embracing your natural self, I thought I’d do a post about the essential decently-priced products that I couldn’t live without. I can’t say that my makeup bag is worth that much anyway as I’m a budget beauty lover through and through. If I’m going to invest money in anything, it’ll be an eyeshadow palette. Or should I say about 15 of them…

Revolution Conceal And Define Concealer // £4

If you’re a beauty lover and haven’t tried this, where have you been!? It’s well known that this is a good dupe for the highly-loved Tarte Shape Tape. I cannot personally comment as to be honest I could never bring myself to fork out that much for a high end concealer unless I had quite a bit of disposable income. I was in love with the Collection concealer prior to this which is also a brilliant budget item but found it was really breaking me out, particularly inbetween my eyebrows and on my forehead. Funnily enough, as soon as I switched over to this one, the spots gradually disappeared. This concealer is in my opinion better than the Collection one and the packaging is cuter although I do find it runs out quite a bit faster. I don’t find this a huge problem though as it’s so cheap in the first place.

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation // £6.99

In all honesty, it really saddens me that Maybelline isn’t cruelty-free as I have never found a foundation as perfect for my skin as this one. It feels so light on the skin but still gives such a good coverage and a glowing complexion. I’ve tried foundations from Kat Von D to No7 to The Body Shop to L’oreal. It seems all others I’ve tried have either been great coverage but too clogging/heavy for my skin or average coverage but breathable. This foundation in my opinion gives the absolute best of both worlds and I’ve never had as many compliments on my base as I have when wearing this one. For the price, use and the fact that the palest yellowy colour is the perfect match for me, this is my holy grail. It has been for the past year or so and I can’t see it changing anytime soon. Although if anyone knows of an incredible dupe that’s cruelty-free, let a girl know.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Makeup Sponge // £5.99

I can’t believe I went so long using a god damn brush. Not to say that some brushes aren’t really effective and nice but my god this is ten times better. I’ve never tried a real beauty blender sponge because of the price but I imagine this is just as good. I mean, they’re both egg shaped sponges. I don’t use mine the conventional damp way as I found this does the opposite of what it’s supposed to and actually takes the makeup off of my face which is pretty useless. I also get a bit freaked out about the bacteria that would build up in a sponge that’s dampened daily. Using this sponge dry to apply my foundation gives me a completely even and soft coverage across my face and I think it’s well worth the money! I do tend to rip it every time I wash it so instead I have resorted to just replacing it each time instead.

Maybelline Lash Sensational // £8.99

Again, a Maybelline product. My best friend and I have used this mascara for as long as I can remember and I can’t even remember what I used before it! It’s better than any other mascara I’ve tried, high end or not. It doesn’t flake off, it’s super black and thickens the lashes aswell as lengthens them. Drugstore and budget brands are coming out with increasingly incredible products as time goes on but I can’t say I’ve ever found another mascara this good from anywhere. I’m still yet to try Bad Gal Bang and Better Than Sex but they’re too far out of my price range to be a staple in my makeup bag. This one is the perfect formula, brush and price for me! Although saying that, when searching for this on the Superdrug website I have noticed it’s gone up by £1 since the last time I purchased it, cheeky.

If I want to look a bit more alive but not go full beat then these are the products I will be using aswell as The Body Shop Face Base powder. That was £15 last time I checked though so sadly didn’t make it onto this list! What are the makeup essentials you couldn’t live without?

’Til Next Time,
BTB Xx

24 Comments Add yours

  1. Creative Nails says:

    I’d love to try out some higher end beauty products but when I see the price and know theres some much cheaper alternatives that are pretty much the same, I find it’s hard to splash out on it! The collection concealer has been something I’ve used for so long as I’ve never found something as good as it for the price. To hear the revolution concealer is better though really makes me want to try it out! Especially it’s a similar price too!

    Amy,
    https://creativenails.uk

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      I totally agree, I struggle to part with my money because of it haha. You really should, it’s actually at thicker consistency but it feels pretty similar on the skin, its lovely! ❤️

  2. Sarah Beane says:

    I love the Real Techniques sponge – it’s the only way I put on my foundation! Have you tried their brushes?

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      So glad to hear it! I have a few, I used to religiously use one for my powder before it got too old and grubby haha!

  3. I used the maybelline lash sensational mascara for the first time ever yesterday and wow I definitely noticed a difference! I also used the collection lasting perfection concealer for the first time and it worked wonders with the bags under my eyes and blemishes! I hope I get on with it a lot better than you did because it’s such good value for the price (like £2?!). If it doesn’t work out then I will try the one you suggested!
    I also find that flat brushes are best for foundation personally because the sponge absorbs is much of it; I got mine cheap at Primark!
    Love your posts always x

    Meg x | the-writeblog.blogspot.co.uk

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      It really is a lovely mascara! The collection one is brilliant don’t get me wrong but I’d just keep an eye on your skin as I know quite a few people have had issues with breakouts! I think it’s around the same price at £4 – I used to use a buffing brush with my foundation which I did like but the sponge just makes the finish so much less streaky and cloggy for my skin! Thanks girl ❤️ x

  4. I’m so glad i got a beauty blender because they changed my makeup game! I also love the lash sensational but i stopped using it because maybelline aren’t cruelty free but it is such an amazing mascara for the price! I also really love the concelear by revolution, how amazing is it for the price though?!! Gorgeous photos Alice!

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      I feel you there! Yeah that’s my only issue with Maybelline 😬 I can’t seem to find anything to replace it with which I have with other products! It really is a steal! Thank you so much ❤️

  5. andthenzen says:

    Yay, I love your beauty posts! 🙊 I’m a bit undecided about the Revolution Conceal and Define. I’ve never tried the Shape Tape either, but I found this ran out super, super quickly for me and I’ve heard people say how Shape Tape lasted them for months and months so I guess if you have to repurchase this so many times in a space of time, it might be better buying the high end product that lasts longer.. 🤷🏼‍♀️ I feel like I need to try the Lash Sensational Mascara because again, I’ve heard so many people talk about it and I’m yet to find a mascara that doesn’t make my eyes super sore (I have no idea why that happens but it’s really annoying!) 😩

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      Hehe thanks Andi! Yeah unfortunately it does run out super quick but I put it down to the fact I use an absolute ton of it haha! Oh that really sucks 😔 I think you’d really like it as I have sensitive eyes too and it doesn’t tend to irritate mine at all! X

  6. Ohh I just love a bargain andI just love all the products here too! I use my real techniques sponge all the time its fab. I really want to try the makeup revolution concealer, it sounds super amazing!!

    Melissa |

    Moonlight Mel

  7. I’m going to have .to try that mascara. After I hit 40 my eyelashes began a pitiful decline. I need some major assistance!

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      You totally should, it’s a really fabulous one!

  8. Fantastic post! I have the Fit me foundation, and it’s a little too lightweight for my liking, but I think it’d be good on holiday. Lash sensation is my everyday mascara… it’s so good!

    XO Zoe | http://www.savagebeautyblogger.blogspot.co.uk

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      I find it perfect for my skin, it covers everything so well paired with the concealer! I agree it’s fab, never found anything as good! X

  9. MyPositiveJourney says:

    Beauty blenders are life! I don’t think i’ll ever apply foundation without one ever again! Soap and glory’s thick and fast mascara is amazing and not too pricey either!

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      Me too, it’d be weird now! Ooh okay I shall definitely have a look at that 👀

  10. Nancy says:

    YES! Budget beauty can be an option – and it’s great that there are good options for products that will do its job for less. Ooh! Maybelline is a good option, despite not being cruelty-free. However, we can’t have it all at this time D:. Kind of weird that you pay more so that they don’t harm animals. Does it make sense? Glad you found these useful products! Thanks for sharing :).

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      It’s the best option when it’s good! It’s such a fab foundation despite that, hopefully one day they will be! X

  11. I do love the Maybelline fit me foundation. It does wonders! I will give the mascara a go! I dont spend lots on make iup either. So you are not alone girl!

    Jenna
    https://jennasworldview.wordpress.com/
    Xoxo

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      I can’t believe just how fab it is for my skin! I can’t justify it anymore unless I’m completely in love with it haha! X

  12. theamalog says:

    In love with this post. I own the mascara and real techniques sponge. I need to try that foundation. 😍 my friend also suggested that concealer and it is definitely a steal. Need to own one of those. Great review and the photos are crisp 👍.

    1. blacktulipbeauty says:

      Aww thank you so much for this comment ❤️ the concealer is incredible and you need to try it! X

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