Top 10 Makeup Buys Under £10

Top 10 Makeup Buys Under £10

Everyone likes a good bargain including myself. I’ve put together our favourite makeup buys for under £10. Last year I did my top ten under £20, this year I set myself a challenge to bring you 10 amazing products for under £10.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

The Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara has been a favourite of mine for a long time. It gives you those dramatic full lashes for only £8.99. The quality and look are what you would expect of a designer, expensive mascara and there’s no clumping. I have been buying this mascara for a couple of years now, and I don’t see any end in sight:)

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara can be bought from for £8.99

Max Factor Creme Puff Face Blusher

max factor creme puff face blusher

I recently purchased this blush by Max Factor. Unfortunately, I dropped it on the floor and the whole thing smashed:( It was a shame because honestly, I loved it, it wasn’t too heavy, yet at the same time added colour to my face in a subtle, perfect way. The blusher comes in four colours, I bought Alluring Rose which is a beautiful rose colour. It looks fab on! I love how the blusher is textured, it creates the loveliest effect when worn.

Max Factor Creme Puff Face Blusher can be bought from for £8.99

Barry M Meteor Storm Eyeshadow Palette

barry m meteor eyeshadow palette

It’s hard to believe this palette is only £9.99. At first glance, it looks a little like an Urban Decay eyeshadow palette. It comes in fewer colours but costs a LOT less so in my eyes totally worth it. The colours are perfect for this time of year, there’s a combination of shimmers and metallics and those shades are gorgeous. Who’s ready to party?

Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define

makeup revolution conceal and define

I couldn’t do this post without including the Conceal and Define by Makeup Revolution. It’s a winner. It’s highly pigmented and covers everything, like seriously everything. And it lasts all day! The concealer comes in 25 shades- a huge range. It covers every skin colour and tone. You can buy it in a regular size for £4 or a supersize for £7. This is a must have!!! Read my full review here.

Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define can be bought from

Sleek MakeUP Highlighting Elixir

Sleek MakeUP Highlighting Elixir

This highlighter reminds me a lot of the Iconic London Illuminator Drops, but, a lot more affordable. These drops can be used alone or you can mix a drop or two with your moisturiser, primer or foundation. They are highly pigmented so if one drop is too much for you, use half a drop. It comes in 3 colours which are all beautiful! We all know you can never have too many highlighters and these highlighters give the designer brands a run for their money!

Sleek Makeup Highlighting Elixir can be bought from Boots

Maybelline Gigi Hadid Liquid Strobe- Gold

GIGI HADID LIQUID STROBESince we’re on the topic of highlighters, I couldn’t skip this one. It’s a limited edition by Gigi Hadid with Maybelline and its gold! It can be mixed with primer, moisturiser or foundation. My personal favourite for this highlighter is to use it on top of cheekbones- it does some serious glowing:)

Maybelline x Gigi Hadid Liquid Strobe can be bought from for £9.99 but is currently on sale for £6.50

NYX Professional Makeup Micro Brow PencilNYX Professional Makeup Micro Brow Pencil

This brow pencil at £10 just makes the cut, but I think its a goodie. Its a double ended eyebrow tool- on one end is the brow pencil and on the other is the brush part. The brow pencil is super thin. This is what you should look out for in an eyebrow pencil because the thinner it is, the more realistic the strokes look. It comes in 8 different shades ranging from taupe and blonde to dark brown and black.

Nyx Professional Makeup Micro Brow Pencil can be bought from for £10

Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation

This isn’t a bestseller without a reason. It applies seamlessly, lasts for 24 hours and only costs £8.29. One of the best selling points is how light it feels on the skin- as if you’re not wearing anything. It’s a light to medium coverage but if you want full coverage you can layer it. It comes in 24 shades with a huge range of colours, perfect for every skin colour.

Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette

Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette

This contour palette comes with eight shades, four for contouring and four for highlighting. Both the highlighter and the contour have a shimmery shade. I love it when palettes include shimmers because it makes it an all-inclusive palette- perfect for day and parties! The palette is vegan, cruelty-free and paraben free. I can think of a few friends who would love to receive this palette as a gift, can you?

Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette can be bought from for £8

brushworks Makeup Sponge HD Complexion & Makeup Kit

brushworks Makeup Sponge HD Complexion & Make-up Kit

What’s makeup without the right tools? With this set, you get a makeup sponge and two Kabuki styled brushes. All of them can be used with powders and liquids. The sponge is really easy to use and ideal for blending, use the small point around small areas like the eyes and nose. My biggest tip for when using sponges is that you wash them out properly- if you don’t mould can grow and that eew and unhealthy. There is an angled Kabuki brush which is for contouring and the flat Kabuki brush which is best for setting powders and the likes.

brushworks Makeup Sponge HD Complexion & Makeup Kit can be bought from for £7.69

That’s a wrap for my top 10 makeup buy under £10. I hope it’s helped you with buying your gifts and stocking fillers!

Have a lovely day,

Hollie xx


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  1. Hi Holie, this post is excellent review with lot’s of resourceful information about top 10 make up buys under £10. Actually I was looking for buying some gift within a budget of  $10 only. Now I have found it here and going to bookmark this page for my future use. I think “Brushworks Makeup Sponge HD Complexion & Makeup Kit” will be a good choice for me to give someone as a gift. Do you have any other recommendation for me? Thanks for sharing this information.

    1. All the other products I mentioned are great gifts!

  2. These are all lovely, I would definitely like to have them all. They all seem to be quality products, the brushworks make up kit and the match perfection foundation are my two favorites. Buying makeup can be challenging for me as most times I can’t make a decision due to the many brands out there. Reviews like this makes it easier as it narrows down my choices. 

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. I get you, there are so many products that it is really confusing! Glad to have helped:)

  3. Hi Hollie, This is a very well researched topic I must say. Its a very perfect list to choose from for anyone looking to buy gifts for friends on a budget or ladies who are tight on cash but still want some good make up. I actually bought the Rimmel London Match Perfection foundation a couple of months ago and even though my friend who introduced it to me loves it and says it’s perfect for her. I found out that layering it made it a bit sticky for me. So, I prefer just using it light and using another product when I want full coverage. 

    1. Hi,

      The Rimmel London Match Perfection foundation can get sticky. If you want the best results when wearing it, make sure you have primed before the foundation and used a setting powder after. 

  4. I have also used the Max Factor blusher, and I find it great because it gives a subtle rosiness not a fake red-cheeked look like a doll.

    The makeup revolution Conceal and Define looks like a great buy, as normally good concealers are so pricey. I like the wording you use ‘covers everything.’

    Maybeline mascara you also can’t go wrong with, and they are my favorite brand of mascara.

    1. They’re all great products:)

  5. Dear Hollie,

    Thanks a lot for the insightful and informative article. I got great insights from your post.

    I am looking for some gifts for my wife for her birthday and found your post very helpful. The pricing is awesome and amazing. Always I make the purchases for my wife and how I wish I had found your article sooner which would have saved us a lot of money and also provided us with great quality products. I am going to book mark your site for future reference.

    The description you have provided about each product is very helpful for me to make my purchase decision. Heard a lot about Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour so I am going to buy that along with brushworks Makeup Sponge.

    Thanks a lot for saving us money and time. Great information, you have really given a lot of value here.

    Much Success!


  6. Hello Hollie. I am surprised at myself. Never thought of giving these makeup as a gift. My niece’s birthday is coming up and the contour palette is ideal. You know what? I should probably get one for my teenage daughter too. Since she has started “experimenting” with makeup, she will be very happy to receive one. Glad to have caught your article. Sharon

    1. I am sure they will love it!

  7. Hello Hollie!

    This is a great compilation you’ve got here. I have always had an eye for L’Oreal products but of recent been picking a lot of interest on Maybelline, but not having used any before, didn’t know if they were as great as they looked. I am glad to see you mentioned two great products here and now I think I am ready to explore them the more, starting with this Lash Sensational Mascara.

    will let you know how it goes, and look forward to reading more of your fabulous discoveries.

    By the way the price is really great..

    thanks for this..

    1. The Maybelline Lash Sensational is truly a winner!

      I am sure you will love it!

  8. Hi Hollie, I particularly love the Professional Makeup Micro brow pencil you reviewed. Nothing beats a good brow pencil, especially a thin brow pencil, it is less complicated to use and has a way of giving one a professional look. I always prefer dark brown.  The brushworks makeup sponge is great for the amount you mentioned, especially the fact that both the sponge and the brushes can be used with powders and liquids. Thanks for your tip on the proper way of handling makeup sponge. You always bring best and affordable products our way through your wonderful products review.

    1. Thanks dear and thanks for stopping by:)

  9. I sold make up as a high school leaver and for the entire 6 months as a make up sales person, I honestly couldn’t and still haven’t wrapped it around my head how make up could be so expensive. 

    So, your article on top 10 make up buys for under £10, appeals to me alot, because of the high quality and low priced features of the products. 

    Qualitative and low priced products are optimization strategies that encourages more people to make purchases. And your article has made it easier for me, to start considering buying make up again. 

    I think I’d like to purchase and refer my friends to buy the Remmel London Match Perfection Foundation, because of its low price for a foundation makeup product, which are usually expensive. 

    1. There is a lot of expensive makeup but luckily for us, there’s plenty of cheaper brands too!  Happy shopping

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