It’s January, everyone’s a bit poor, eating out of the freezer and counting down the days, hours and minutes until the next payday. Hopefully, I’m not the only one Just in case it’s not just me with an empty purse, I have put together my favourite 5 makeup products that cost less than £5 each because let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a bargain! Especially at this time of year.

5 Makeup products under £5


It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the PS… range. The lip and face products in particular, are absolutely incredible especially given their prices. It fact, I recently completed a challenge on Instagram stories where I showcased a different Primark lipstick every day for a week after buying a set of  10 lipsticks and matching pencils for £5! I was so impressed with my Primark lipstick that I wore it on Christmas Day and couldn’t stop sharing with everyone how amazing my 25p lipstick was!

Ps Instagirl #SelfieReady Blur Primer

I have to say, I’m not keen on the name of this product, but it is amazing. It is hands down the best primer that I’ve used in a while and the fact that it is only £5 just makes it even better.

Top 5 under £5

The Instagirl #Selfie Ready Blue Primer is a clear gel silicone primer which claims to blur fine lines and pores. I’m lucky enough to not have many visible pores, but it definitely has an impact on my fine lines. They definitely appear better when photographed, so I can’t complain.

In the past, I have found that silicone primers don’t always agree with some of my foundations. Anyone else ever find tiny little balls of rolled up foundation? But I’ve used Mac Studio Fix, Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r and Kat Von D Lock-It with this primer. and all of these foundations look so much smoother over the top of plus it seems to help them last forever. I absolutely love this!

PS Velvet Matte Lipstick Crayon in Pillar Box Red

It’s well known that I love this lipstick! I’ve written two posts about the different shades, check them out here and here.  I’m practically obsessed. The thing is, it is a very good product. It’s pigmented and gives a strong, bold colour that’s lasts and lasts. It isn’t at all drying, comes in a range of shades and costs only £2! What’s not to like?

Makeup Revolution

It would be impossible to mention affordable makeup brands with mentioning Makeup Revolution, who are part of Adam Minto’s Tam Beauty.  

Top 5 under £5


I adore Makeup Revolution and I Heart Makeup. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love them! The brand is stocked in Superdrug and are pretty hard to miss as they release amazing products regularly and have developed some great purse-friendly dupes for high-end products.

Redemption Eyeshadow Palette

Makeup Revolution have palettes ranging from £4 up to £15 and to be honest, I see no difference in quality. They are fantastic for the price. I tend to find the lighter colours can be quite sheer and take a while to build up, however the darker colours are quite pigmented. These swatches have been done with just one swipe.

Top 5 under £5

The longevity isn’t horrendous either. Without priming the shadows stay put and I don’t notice any creasing or fading. With a primer the colours look bolder and stay put all day.  Blending takes a bit more work than a more expensive palette but they do blend ok with a decent blending brush (I use a Mac 217).

I love that these £4 palettes come in a variety of shades including brights so there will be something for everyone. If you want to experiment with colours or techniques, the Makeup Revolution palettes are a perfect way to do this without spending a fortune.

Makeup Revolution Rose Gold Lipstick in Chauffeur

I’m not going to lie, I bought this mostly because of the rose gold packaging. I am rose gold obsessed. At only £3, I didn’t mind too much if it was horrendous so I was pleasantly surprised when it was the perfect ‘my lips but better shade’. This lipstick is often in my handbag for when I need to look a bit more polished but I haven’t got the time to do a full look.

Chaffeur and Pillar Box Red Swatches


What I liked about it was the fact that it was quite moisturising so although it didn’t last for more than 3/4 hours, it wasn’t uncomfortable and drying every time I reapplied.

Collection Extreme Felt Tip Liner

The last thing on my list of bargains is the one product that I probably use every single day. I love black liner (who doesn’t?! but I honestly cannot find a better black felt tip style liner. I’ve tried a few. This is really black, instead of the usual charcoal and has a really fine tip that isn’t too hard so it is easy to control. I love it.

It last for ages and dries pretty quickly so it doesn’t smudge and leave a horrible ring under your eyes making you look like a raccoon. Best of all it’s only £2.99. Definitely one of my favourite products.

What have I missed? What do you think are the best drugstore bargains?

The 5 best drug store makeup products under £5


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