Today’s a big one – eye products galore. Budget brands normally have a pretty great range of eye products so I’ve tried to narrow it down to some of my absolute favourites.
Single Eye Shadows –
L’Oreal Color Riche Eyeshadow Mono – I hardly bother with single eyeshadows, particularly budget ones but I’m very glad that I picked Cafe Saint Germain up. It’s one of my favourite taupe shades with just the right amount of glowy shimmer. The whole range swatches absolutely beautifully and the range is full of dreamy neutrals.
Max Factor Excess Shimmer Cream Shadow – Although the name Excess Shimmer might not sound particularly appealing, this mousse-y, bronze-y cream shadow is seriously awesome for lazy days where I just want to throw one colour all over the lid. The formula is creamy but still manages to set into place perfectly once you’re finished blending it out.
Maybelline Colour Tattoo Eye Shadow – I can seriously say that everyone needs to own Bad To The Bronze. This is the ultimate foolproof cream eyeshadow formula – so cheap but the quality is just amazing. The colour range has a great mix of brights and neutrals, too.
Eyeshadow Palettes –
Essence The Bronzes Eyeshadow Palette – This one’s only a newbie to my collection but I thought it was worth a mention even though I’ve only played with it once or twice. The palette could definitely use a matte shade or two and the shades can have a bit of fall out but eight bronze-y shades for that cheap? I won’t say no… This would be a great one for beginners too!
Models Prefer Eyeshadow Quad – I never really hear much about these quads but this one’s been a favourite of mine for a while now. Hook Me Up has such a great collection of shades and the formula is great.
Wet N Wild Eyeshadow Trio – Although they’re a little trickier to get your hands on, Wet n Wild shadows are well worth the trouble. For the price, I’m constantly amazed by how easy to work with these are. This trio in Walking On Eggshells has everything you’d need for the perfect every day eye.
Eye Liners –
Rimmel Scandal’Eyes Waterproof Eye Liner – These are by far my favourite eyeliners and the ones that make up most of my eye liner collection (I have at least 6 shades from the range). They’re creamy, easy to sharpen and once they set in place they stay put.
Australis Stayput Eye Liner – Another seriously creamy option from the drugstore and retractable, too, for those people that just don’t like pencils.
Models Prefer Infinite Colour Pencil – Although I only have one of these in a colour that I barely use (I’m honestly not sure what convinced me to buy this in the first place), I can’t fault the formula. The colour is vibrant, they glide on beautifully and once they set they stay put. I think I’ll be picking up a few more shades in the sale…
And, although I’m not much of a liquid eyeliner person the Maybelline Master Precise Eyeliner and Maybelline Hypersharp Wing Liquid Eye Liner are, in my experience, the absolute best for liquid liner noobs.
Eye Brow Products –
Nude by Nature Mineral Brow Liner* – I’ve tried a few brow pencils from the drugstore but this one definitely tops them all. It’s basically foolproof when it comes to adding a bit of definition to the brows and filling in any sparse spots.
L’Oreal Brow Artist Genius Kit* – Although I’m normally a pencil girl I’ve been using this little wax & powder combo quite a bit and the results have been great – defined but natural looking browsand it’s nowhere near as fussy as I thought it would be.
L’Oreal Brow Artist Plumper – I also have quite a few brow gels that I’ve tried out but by far, this L’Oreal one is my favourite. The wand is teeny tiny and easy to work with and it has tiny little fibres that work to fill in sparse areas, too. Sometimes I don’t bother filling in my brows and just give them a quick once over with this.
Maybelline Full N Soft Waterproof Mascara – Long time readers won’t be surprised to see me recommending this one yet again. I always have a tube of this on hand. It’s my favourite for natural, voluminous lashes that manage to hold a curl for the whole day. It’s also a great one for a bit of definition on the lower lashes.
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara – I’ve only been trying this one out for a while but I can totally see the hype. The brush needs a bit of a wipe after pulling it out of the tube to get rid of the excess but after that, the formula gives separated, long and voluminous lashes. I’m also surprised at how well this one manages to hold a curl, considering it’s not my normal waterproof formula.
Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara* – One of the cheapest mascaras I’ve ever tried but also one of my favourites. It gives serious length to my lashes and holds a pretty good curl. For around $5, I’d say this one’s worth a try.
As you can see, there’s plenty on offer in the drugstore to try out and the quality is often just as good as the higher end brands.
What are your favourite budget eye products?
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