I was in Primark recently looking at the beauty bits and overhear two girls sniggering and making fun of the products and basically anyone that buys them which I thought was pretty snobby and childish – but this pushed me to really rethink an idea thought up by Jake for my blog, so behold: BEAUTY ON A BUDGET. It’s really crap when you enjoy something and may even be really damn talented at it but can’t afford to really fund it to the extent you’d like, there’s nothing wrong at all with buying cheaper alternatives to help you along and you know what, half of the time they’re just as good, if not better than a “high-end” brand.
Don’t ever be ashamed to say where something you’re wearing is from, if someone’s asking you, they obviously genuinely think it looks good. And if you do get a bad reaction at all, you don’t need those negative people in your life anyway. Enough of the pep talk, my first “Beauty on a Budget” post is on some Primark lip products I’ve tried so if you want to know more, read on!
Primark PS…Pro Kiss Proof Liquid Matte Lipsticks
The packaging of these remind me of Jeffree Stars Velour Liquid Lipsticks, just obviously made a bit cheaper although you do get 0.1ml more in these for £13 less! I also personally dislike JS’s formula so I’d be so pleased if these turn out great.
They smell like vanilla which is super pleasant and the applicators make them really easy to get a nice clean edge when applying. They are also dermatologically tested and contain Vitamin E to keep the lips nice and moisturised.
Shade “01: Nude In Private” / RRP £3 for 5.5ml
This shade is a really gorgeous pale pink, it’s one of those shades that I think would suit pretty much anyone and go with pretty much any makeup look, much like one of my favourite Lip Liquids “Nairobi Camellia” from The Body Shop.
Shade “02: Pink In Excess” / RRP £3 for 5.5ml
This shade is a nudey brown with a hazey grey pink/purple undertone to it. That sounds quite confusing but its basically just like a smokey nude shade. I think this lip colour would go perfectly with a subtle nude or daring purple eye.
The formula of these lip liquids is actually pretty fabulous, they stay wet for around a minute whilst applying then dry down nicely but not to the point of being too drying at all. They also don’t clump or peel when reapplying on top throughout the day and are pretty long lasting. When wearing them, they have stayed on through a good couple of hours of talking without me feeling the need to reapply. I’d say these were WELL worth the price they’re selling for, I just wish they had more colours available, I’m really hoping they start to expand!
There was another shade in this range when I was instore that was a metallic coral sort of colour but my skin tone would be too pale to pull it off so I didn’t bother picking that one up, I imagine it would look fabulous on anyone darker than me though (which isn’t hard).
Primark PS…Metallic Matte Lip Crayon in Shade “Dark Berry” / RRP £2 for 3.5g
With the metallic craze at the moment and me being such a sucker for vampy colours, I had to pick this up as it was such a deep and gorgeous colour and for only £2! As much as I love matte lips, I really need a break from them as my lips can dry out pretty easily and this looked promising.
I think the packaging looks really cute and professional sticking with the metallic theme and having gold writing. The smell for this one is quite perfumed which I found quite odd, it’s almost a sort of floral/lavender smell which did really put me off the product.
Unfortunately this one didn’t go on well at all, the formula is quite creamy but it’s not really that easy to apply nicely, so much so that I haven’t even included a picture of it on my lips as I just couldn’t get a nice straight outline no matter how hard I tried with it. It really is a shame as the colour is absolutely gorgeous and I can imagine it suiting so many skin tones beautifully.
What are your favourite budget beauty lip products? Are there any products or brands that you would like to see reviewed in the next “Beauty on a Budget” post?