There’s nothing better than a friend mistaking your Zara bag for a designer buy. It’s much the same in beauty: compliments don’t always come by way of expensive products. These prudent spends are all under a tenner and rival their pricier much counterparts.
TRESemme Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo, £5.25
The dry shampoo of dreams, this clear mist won’t leave brunette roots looking grey and it absorbs oil, allowing you to eke out a blow-dry and add oomph to deflated hair.
Essence Princess Volume Mascara, £3.50
Glossies ranked this mascara as best-in-box thanks to its cobra-shaped wand, which stretches lashes from the roots, enhancing both length and volume.
Percy and Reed Quite Frankly Flawless Finishing Polish, £10
Stylists Adam Reed and Paul Percival know hair, which is why their expert range has become a line-up of bestsellers. This polish makes quick work of perfecting hair, simply warm between your palms and then smooth through the lengths for hydration and hold.
Lanolips 101 Ointment, £7.99
An ointment that can be relied upon to hydrate lips, elbows, cuticles…the list goes on. It also bounces light when pressed along the tops of cheekbones.
La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Lips, £6
The baume of all balms when it comes to rehydrating and nourishing dry lips.
Maybelline Master Kajal in Lapis Blue, £5.99
Easy to use and soft – it won’t tug the fragile skin on your eyelid – this blendable, buildable kohl is a basic requirement for any make-up bag.
Essie Nail Polish, £7.99
Essie is the go-to pro nail brand, but for those whose day job doesn’t include manicures, this slightly thicker gel-like formula is quick to apply and wears well.
NYX Cosmetics Single Eyeshadows, £5
When it comes to bold brights and fashion-forward shades NYX is the latest brand on the block, especially for eyes. Expect expert products on the less spenny end of the spectrum.
Bourjois Sunsation BB Bronzer Cream 8 in 1, £10
The cheap route to an expensive-looking complexion, this tinted gel-cream is easily blended and sinks into skin providing a subtle complexion pick-me-up.
Revlon ColourBurst Matte Balm, £7.99
One of the first (and in our opinion best) lip crayons to hit the high street, the hydrating formula glides across lips imparting a velvety matte layer of colour.
Bioderma Sensibio H2o Cleanser, £10.20
Famed for it’s ability to simultaneously cleanse and calm model’s fashion week-weary skin, this micellar water soothes, hydrates and ever-so-gently cleanses.
Real Techniques Foundation Brush, £9.99
You’d be forgiven for thinking that good make-up brushes are an investment buy, but Real Techniques has changed that, combining affordability with expertise having been designed by beauty bloggers and make-up pros Pixiwoo.