High street beauty bargains

Written by Brigid Farrell.

2013 has really been the year of the high street beauty buys and in some cases, high street products are almost perfect dupes for a product that is three times as expensive. So, let’s all celebrate the high street and have some change from a tenner.

Base products. Photo: Brigid Farrell.


  • Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer (RRP £5.49) – A full coverage concealer that perfectly hides those dark circles that suggest you’ve been up past bedtime. The slight shimmer in this concealer reawakens and illuminates the complexion.
  • Topshop Cream Blusher (RRP £6.00) – These cute little cream blushers turn to powder once applied to the skin to give a lovely rosy glow. Perfect for the colder months.
  • Bourjois Java Rice Loose Powder (RRP £9.99) – Not only is the packaging for this illuminating powder really pretty, but it is celebrating its 150th birthday.  This re-formulated finely milled powder gives a lovely healthy glow to the skin when applied to the high points.
Lip products. Photo: Brigid Farrell.


  • Korress Lip Butter (RRP £8.00) – Formulated with Shea butter, these lip balms come in a variety of different colours. These are designed to both hydrate and add a hint of colour. Again, another ideal product for Autumn/Winter.
  • Rimmel lip products (RRP £5-£7) – In regards to lip products, Rimmel really is going strong at the moment – it would be impossible to choose just one product.  Some items to consider include the new Moisture Renew range, Rimmel Kate Matte lipstick or the Apocalips.
  • Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain (RRP £7.99) – These stains combine a moisturising lip balm with a flush of colour.  These are an almost identical dupe for the Clinique chubby sticks, both in formula and packaging.
Eye products. Photo: Brigid Farrell.


  • Revlon  Grow Luscious Mascara (RRP £9.99) – This high street mascara beautifully lifts and lengthens the lashes whilst still maintaining a natural look.  Lashes look fuller and over time the unique formula allows the lashes to grow stronger.
  • MUA Eye Shadow Palette (RRP £4.00) – The quality of these eye shadow palettes is really something, especially when you consider that you get 12 shades for £4.00. With strong pigmentation, a range of different colours and a combination between matte and shimmer shades, you can’t complain.
  •  Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Liner in nude (£3.99) – This eye liner is creamy enough to be applied gently to the waterline, but lasts long enough that you don’t have to worry that it’s going to disappear.  Using a nude liner can really brighten and lift the eye, so that nobody knows you had a few too many drinks the night before.

For the last of our top ten, I’ve picked the Essie nail polishes (RRP £7.99).  The colour range of these polishes is so extensive, that there’s bound to be something that appeals to you.  A long wearing formula with a small flat brush makes them perfect for accurate application. Colours worth noting include mint candy apple and chocolate cakes.

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