I feel as though in the past year or so the drugstore/high-street beauty stores have really upped their games and are coming up top trumps. There are a lot of gems to be found in the aisles and there’s something about finding something great that beats the satisfaction of buying its high end alternative.
I often find myself pondering Boots and Superdrug whenever I walk past one or when I have a bit of time to waste and so with many years experience swatching, sampling and spending, I’ve come up with my pick of the bunch. These are my top 10 products under £10.
1. Nivea Pure & Natural Moisturisers are an easy pick coming in at under five pounds each. These can often be found on offer too. (Superdrug constantly have skincare offers, I always pick things up when they’ve got a bit of money off.) These moisturisers are hydrating, nourishing and moisturising and are perfect for those with dry or dehydrated skin, they feel cooling and sink in quickly while still providing hours of hydration and moisture, leaving skin soft, plump and ready for makeup.
2. Topshop Highlighting Powder in Crescent Moon has been discontinued (sob) meaning I do use it sparingly. This is a buttery soft subtle glowy highlight with a rose golden undertone, suitable for all skintones and skin types. The product contains little or no shimmer and adds a beautiful candlelit radiance to the skin. I love.
3. Rimmer Natural Bronzer is a warm toned bronze with a subtle shimmer which doesnt really translate onto the skin. During last summer, this bronzer had holy grail status for me and warmed up my complexion in a way which none of its competitors managed. It has a slightly red undertone making the colour natural looking and leaving you looking like you’ve had two weeks in the Bahamas… if only.
4. Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Polish in Soul Session. Part of Rimmel’s ongoing collaboration with Kate Moss, soul session is my pick of the drugstore polish. A lovely nude shade which elongates the fingers and again would look lovely against any skin tone. The polish is created with Lycra technology meaning it goes on smoothly and lasts longer than others.
5. Maybelline Colossal Go Extreme! Mascara in Leather Black has just tipped my beloved Great Lash off the top spot with its incredible lengthening power. This mascara provides length and volume and a leather black coating to the lashes.
6. Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo Leather Effect in Creamy Beige is my new favourite eye colour, I wear it as a base under other shadows to make them pop and to increase the longevity as well as wearing it alone on those mornings where i’m too tired to even pick up an eyeshadow brush. Easy to use and great pigmentation.
7. Tanya Burr Lipgloss in Chic is my favourite gloss from the drugstore. Pigmented, glossy, smells lovely and isn’t too sticky on the lips and the shade range is outstanding.
8. Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick in Tantalizing Taupe is a lovely cool toned everyday nude shade. The formula glides on well and covers a multitude of dry lipped sins. I tend to pick this up most days and am currently looking into more shades from the ever expanding range.
9. Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Nude Delight. Gosh i’m a sucker for a nude, this is the latters peachy alternative in my collection, and one I tend to go for in the summer months when my skin is a little darker and makeup is warmer. This has a moisture rich formula (Genius) and again glides over any dry patches. The longevity isn’t quite as long as the Maybelline nude, however, for the moisturising properties I don’t mind reapplying every so often.
10. Palmers Cocoa Butter Original Formula Lip Balm is something I can’t rave about enough and which, in hindsight, should have been at the very top of this post. I LOVE THIS LIP BALM. If you pick up one thing this week, make it this. Thank me later.
So, those are my top picks for under £10. What are your drugstore favourites?