10 budget friendly, top rated beauty products to get your hands on inc. Wet n Wild, Nyx and more

Posted on 24 September 2017
By Chelsea Connor
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​Makeup is expensive, especially if you have a slight (massive) addiction to all things beauty. Here are some amazing products to buy if you want to save some cash, but still want to look and feel gorgeous.

ELF Flawless Finish Foundation SPF, £7.50

This is such a perfect looking foundation for all skin types. The Flawless Finish foundation is full coverage, without feeling heavy or cakey on the skin, which dries down to a matte without making your skin look dry. If you can find your shade in this range, definitely try it out. You might be pleasantly surprised by how much of a gorgeous coverage a £7.50 foundation can give! – 4/5 Rating from 797 reviews *Ulta.com*

Makeup Geek Eye Shadows, £4.95

Hands down the best shadows ever and for the grand ol’ price of £4.95. These are holy grails that I use every single day which surpass all high end palettes when it comes to bendability and formula. Even if you struggle when working with eyeshadows, these MUG shadows will make you look like a pro when it comes to blending, as they are so soft and pigmented. Recommended shades are Cherry Cola, Crème Brulee, Cupcake, Bitten, Boo Berry and Coco Bear. – 5/5 Rating from 724 Reviews *BeautyBay*

Makeup Revolution Baked Highlighters, £3.00

These highlighters will make your cheekbones visible from the moon. It’s an intensely pigmented highlighter, without looking chunky or adding texture to your skin. It gives a very gorgeous, glowy look. If you’re a fan of the ‘wet cheeks’ kind of look, this may just be a new beauty favourite for you. Recommended shades: Radiant Light and Golden Lights. – 4.7/5 Rating from 1,481 Reviews *Ulta.com*

L.A Girl Glide Gel Liner, £4.00

These. Eyeliners. Will. Not. Budge. There’s a reason the glide gel liners by L.A Splash are gaining popularity. With a range of colours that are rarely seen with pencil liners, and with the application of a of a liquid/gel liner but in the form of a pencil, they are incredibly comfy to wear all day and won’t bleed and give you that ‘Alice Cooper’ look after a few hours that pencil liners have a habit of doing. They also have funky colours if you want to mix it up and add a cute twist to your everyday look. Recommended shades: Paradise Purple, Gypsy Teal and Very Black. – 5/5 Rating from 21 Reviews *BeautyBay*

Essence False Lash Effect Princess Mascara, £3.30

This is a product that has created a storm in the beauty world. Daily Mail have reported on this mascara, Reddit users have gone crazy for it and it seems to be constantly sold out everywhere. However, if you ever manage to get your hands on this, you certainly won’t be disappointed. This is a Godsend for people who have naturally really short lashes, as the volume it gives is insane. This will hold a curl all day and will add such dramatic length that people may mistake them for fake lashes. An absolute steel at £3.30. – 5/5 Rating from 20 Reviews *Wilko.com*

The Ordinary Skincare Advanced Retinoid 2% Serum, £8

This is another product that seems to have everybody talking at the minute. I have used this for a few months now and the change in my skin is unreal. This lightweight almost-water like serum really does slow down the aging process of your skin. The reason people seem to be going crazy for this is because it’s rare to get the beloved and sought-after ingredient, retinoid, for such a cheap price.

Retinoid intensely exfoliates your skin so that the top layer breaks down and makes your skin look smoother, plumper and makes your complexion look a whole lot better if you suffer from troublesome spots. – 4.4/5 Rating from 47 Reviews *Makeupalley.com*

Wet n Wild Mega Glow Contouring Palette in ‘Dulce De Leche’, £5.30

If you want a flawless, perfect contour and you have light to medium skin, this is an absolute must- run out- and-purchase- asap product. Wet n Wild are renowned for making beautiful yet affordable makeup, and this is the best of the bunch. A banana shade for highlight and a buttery soft cool brown shade for contour comes in the compact, which also contains a lot of product considering the price. – 4/5 Rating from 45 Reviews *Amazon.com*

Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream, £4.20 (At FeelUnique) These Soft Matte Lip Creams are a god send for those of you who want the staying power of a liquid lip, but without the dehydrated feeling. They come in tons of adorable shades and are so comfortable to wear all throughout the day. They feel creamy on the lips and unless you’re drinking a lot or eating oily foods, will stand the test of time. Recommended shades are: Stockholm, Prague, Antwerp, Copenhagen and Morocco. – 4/5 Rating from 127 Reviews *FeelUnique.com*

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, £3.99

I have used this concealer for around five years now and have tried so many others and they never compare to this bargain from Collection. This concealer provides the perfect amount of coverage for everyday use, not to heavy but will cover any dark circles/uneven skin tone/blemishes that you have no problem. It won’t crease on your under eyes are move around as you go about your day and will make you look much more awake on those super early mornings. – 4.2/5 Rating from 123 Reviews, *Boots.com*

W7 Prime Magic Face Primer ‘Clear’, £3.70

One of the cheapest on the list yet easily one of the best. This has been around for quite some time but has recently started rapidly gaining popularity after customers started to realize the similarities between this and its high-end dupe, Smashbox Photo finish Primer (£26). This primer will keep your makeup on all day and will keep it looking exactly how you applied it in the morning. Magic Face Primer also softens your skin so it feels baby smooth, which makes for an easier application when it comes to your foundation. – 4.8/5 Rating from 233 Reviews, *Amazon.co.uk*