I’m a big fan of drugstore make-up, and in recent years drugstore brands have really upped their game to keep up with their higher end counterparts. However, there are some high-end beauty products that I feel are worth spending that little bit extra on.
1. Anastasia Beverley Hills “Modern Renaissance” palette – £43.00
I got this palette for my birthday and I’ve found that it’s 100% worth the hype. The eyeshadows are highly pigmented and very blendable. The majority of the shadows are warm-toned, so if you prefer cool tones, this might not be the palette for you. I particularly love the glitter shades “Primavera” and “Antique Bronze”. They look amazing on their own but you can make them pop even more by spraying a tiny bit of setting spray onto a flat brush before you apply. There are hundreds of tutorials on YouTube and Pinterest featuring this palette so you’ll never be short of different looks to try out.
2. Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit in the shade “Candy K” – $29.00
I wasn’t sure whether or not to include this on my “high end” list but at $29.00/£22.00, it’s a lot pricier than your average drugstore lipstick. This is my go-to day-to-day nude lip colour because it goes with absolutely everything and it has incredible lasting power. I’ve been out for meals and drinks without having to re-apply once! The kit comes with the matte liquid lipstick and a matching lipliner which is extremely smooth to apply.
3. Too Faced “Better Than Sex” mascara – £19.00
I’ve found it. The holy grail. I’ve had this mascara recommended to me by family, friends, YouTubers – everyone, but I’ve always been sceptical about mascara recommendations – as everyone’s preference about length, texture and volume is different. This is the best one I’ve tried. I don’t have particularly long eyelashes so length and volume are what I would usually look for in a good mascara. I’ve been using this for a few months and I’m still blown away by the length of my lashes every time I put it on. I also love this product because it doesn’t make your lashes clump together and you don’t end up ruining your perfect eyeshadow by getting black spots on your eyelids!
4. Benefit Hoola Bronzer – £23.50
This one is a total “cult classic” which features on SO many people’s lists of favourite beauty products – and for good reason. I actually use this as more of a contour shade than as a bronzer as I’m very pale and putting too much on my face just looks silly. It’s a matte powder which when blended out, creates a very natural-looking shadow. You only need a very small amount of product to create a naturally contoured look – so the product lasts FOREVER, which makes it well worth paying for.
5. Too Faced – Born This Way Foundation – £29.00
This is my go-to foundation for evening and weekend wear. This is when I tend to go for a more full-coverage and long-wearing foundation. This foundation doesn’t go streaky as the day/night goes on. I wear the shade “Nude” and I’ve found that my favourite way to apply it is with a Beauty Blender. Too Faced say that it’s medium to full coverage foundation – but I would say it’s closer to full coverage. I’m prone to breakouts and this foundation covers them until they’re barely visible.
I love hearing other people’s recommendations – so feel free to leave yours below, or if you’ve tried any of my recommendations, let me know what you think!