I don’t want to go into too much detail about the eyeshadows and what they are like as this is a subject that picked over many many times by almost every beauty blogger out there, but I really wanted to talk in general about how the highstreet seems more and more to fighting back against the high end companies and saying “we can do it nearly as well as you for a damn sight less money.”
Suffice it to say these are good; good in general and really really good when you look at value for money.
If you love to wear smokey brown eyes (my go to everyday eye makeup) look no further than the Heaven & Earth Palette, it has every shade you could possibly conceive that you might need.
The Undressed Palette is similar (browny colours), but also contains a really good black and grey in it making it much more verstalie, virtually tripling the amount of looks you can get out of it.
These palettes cost just £4 and £3 respectively. £3! For that £3 you get 12 eyeshadows and 9.6 grams of product and eyeshadows that themselves are good. I personally feel they could be a tiny bit more pigmented, but honesty im splitting hairs here, even if these were priced at between the £10-£15 range these would still be amazing value for money compared to their high end counterparts. The Undressed Palette especially is often compared to Urban Decay’s Naked and Naked 2 which retail for £36 each (still very good value considering the price of the single eyeshadows I think).
It’s not just MUA championing the way to cheaper makeup – Barry M (amazing nail polish colours) Sleek (great blushes) and Me Me Me (exact dupe for Benefit’s Moonbeam at a third of the price) are also really good lines with outstanding prices. Even the slightly more pricey brands are knocking it out of the park at the moment – Revlon have produced some amazing lip products in the recent months, Bourjois of course own Chanel and there is certainly some strong similarities between some of their products and Boots’ no7 range has made the headlines several times over the last few years for a few of what have become their ‘cult’ products.
I don’t know whether this is a response to the economic climate or just simply if these companies are fed up of being seen as second class citizens to their high-end cousins. Whatever the reason I for one am really glad for this upsurge in quality being seen on the high street, and have recently been heading to my local Boots and Superdrug first rather than straight into John Lewis, House of Fraser and Fenwick. My husband and my bank balance have been thanking me!
What are your favourite highstreet products you cant live without?
Btw, anyone found some great, cheaper lip liners recently? I’m on the hunt! x