Budget Beauty MakeUp Look

It’s been a while since I’ve done a makeup look or makeup tutorial so I thought it was about time I revisited them again. I like my makeup, I like good brands, I like good packaging as most beauty lovers do, but sometimes I feel that the more budget friendly brands get overlooked for their more expensive counterparts.

Yes I like my luxury products, but I do also have some favourites from the less expensive pharmacy stocked brands, and what’s more, there seems to be new products coming out from these brands all the time now that have me intrigued.

So today I’ve decided to put a makeup look together using only pharmacy bought products. Some are new to me, others I’ve used before, but most importantly, each product costs less than €15 so is very affordable.

I’ve been doing a few individual product reviews of late and therefore, I’m very conscious of trying to keep my posts interesting for all you lovely readers. I’m by no means a makeup artist, there of lots of amazing beauty bloggers out there who know a helluva lot more than I do. But I love playing around with makeup and trying new looks, so that’s what I’ve done.

Before I start, here’s a list of all the products I used and their price points:

  • L’Oreal Infallibile Mattifying Primer – €11.99
  • Bourjois City Radiance Skin Protecting Brightening Foundation – €13.99
  • NYX Contour Wonder Stick – €14.00
  • Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil – €4.79
  • Catrice Sand Nudes Eyeshadow Palette – €5.50
  • NYX Vinyl Liquid Eyeliner – €7.99
  • L’Oreal Miss Hippy Mega Volume Mascara – €11.99
  • L’Oreal True Match Powder – €10.49
  • Bourjois Rose De Jaspe Blusher – €10.00
  • Bourjois Rouge Edition Souffle de Velvet Sheer Matte Lipgloss – €12.49

I started this look off as I always do with applying a thin coat of primer to my face. I hadn’t used this primer before but have heard quite a lot about it so I really wanted to give it a try. It has a gel like consistency, but is also quite wet, and therefore needs a good few minutes drying time before applying foundation.

For those of you familiar with the Smashbox Photo Finish primer, this has exactly the same feel and texture. Although it doesn’t have the quick drying time that the Smashbox option does, it comes very close to it. As I’ve only used this once, I can’t give a proper review, but first impressions are definitely positive.


Next, I applied a thin layer of the City Radiance foundation in shade 03 (light beige) using a small stippling brush and the first thing that hit me was the gorgeous scent. It smells amazing! The formula is extremely light weight, meaning it’s super blendable, and it also lived up to its claims of brightening the skin.

Another thing I really noticed about this foundation was how well it lasted all day long. It really has great staying power, and leaves your skin looking quite dewy. And we all know I love a nice dewy glow! I have seen so many bloggers raving about this recently which is why I decided to try it out and so far I have to say I’m liking the results. Again, I can’t give a proper review until I’ve used this for a few weeks but I promise to do a full blog post once I have.


As I was using the NYX contour stick, I decided not to use a concealer and instead use the brighter end of this stick to both conceal and highlight. I found the stick very easy to use, just a few quick wipes and you’re ready to go.

Using a small angled contour brush, I blended into the foundation and loved the highlight look it gave the skin under my eyes.


I then used the darker side of the stick to contour my cheek bones, my nose and the outer frame of my face to give some definition and structure. Again the pigment was very good, and overall very easy to apply.

The next step for me was applying brow pencil to my brows. I love a strong brow and the MAC brow pencil is literally my holy grail for brows. But I’ve used this pencil before and I have to say, it’s not bad at all. The only downside for today’s look is that this shade is just a fraction too dark for me, I used 04 Black Brown, but next time I think I’d be better going one shade lighter.

I do however love the brow brush head that comes with the pencil, it helps to blend the colour evenly and give a natural look to the brows.


Following on from my brows, I began blending my eyeshadows using my Catrice nude palette.. This palette has really gorgeous shades, I just love the peach shade, and the others are all definitely the kind of colours I like to wear on my eyes. I’ve had this for a while now but only got to test it out today for the first time. To be honest I have to say I was a little disappointed with the pigment on the shadows, for such lovely colours in the palette, it really took a lot to actually achieve the same colour on the eye.

I used four shades on my eyes, starting with the matte nude, then building the matte peach into the nude and blending over the entire eye. I then applied the dark shimmer brown to the outer eyelids and used the lighter matte brown shade to blend.


I followed the eyeshadow application by using the NYX vinyl liquid liner to create a very fine line and flick on the top eyelid. I’ve used this a couple of times now and just about starting to get the hang of it. I’m not great at applying brush liquid liners, but because the brush head is so thin on this, it’s much easier to apply and  to achieve the line thickness that you want.

To finish off my eyes I took the L’Oreal Miss Hippie mascara and applied light layers to my eyelashes. One word – love! I absolutely loved the application on this mascara as well as the formulation and I think this could very quickly become a new favourite of mine. The bristles on the brush head were very soft and applied exactly the right amount of liquid to the lashes.

The drying time was also very good and it really lifted my eyelashes to give them a full finish with great volume. It was one of those moments you don’t expect to happen, but you almost whisper ‘yes’ to yourself at the joy of having come across a great new product! Am I the only one who does that?!

After my eyes had set, I finished off my face with L’Oreal True Match powder and Bourjois Jasper rose blush. The True Match powder is super blendable, very easy to apply, and left a nice finish on my skin. I’ll have to try this out a little more, and with a few different foundations however, before I can give a proper opinion on it.

The Bourjois blush however I have used many times, and have loved many times. It never gets old, it does exactly what it claims to do, it is pigmented, it is long lasting, and it gives a wonderful shimmer to the cheek bones. I’ve used this blusher quite a few times before and the colour is just fab. An oldie but a goodie as the saying goes!


Finally, to complete my look, I decided to try out the Bourjois Rouge Edition Souffle de Velvet Sheer Matte Lipgloss in shade 04, Ravie en Rose. Again, I’ve seen a few reviews on these lip glosses and they’ve been on my list to try so today was a perfect excuse. But unfortunately this gloss didn’t quite live up to the expectations I had for it.

It took several applications, I’m talking at least four or five, to get a good colour out of the gloss which is such a turn off, especially for a matte lip product. Usually matte lippies are highly pigmented, but this fell short for me I’m afraid. The matte finish was good once I achieved the colour, but I don’t anticipate this lasting me too long if I have to use so much of it every time I apply.

So there you go… TADA! My final budget beauty makeup look. What do you think?


It was great playing around with different products today, especially as I got to try out some great new ones. The specific ones to watch for me however, are the City Radiance foundation and the Miss Hippie mascara. I’ve a feeling my relationship with these two is going to be a long one. As always, I’ll keep you posted.

I hope you liked this post, it’s quite different from what I usually write about so I’d really love to hear your thoughts and get some feedback.

I haven’t mastered the world of YouTube yet, and actually for me blogging is so much about the writing, so I don’t think that’s a road I’m going to go down. For now anyway. But hopefully I still managed to explain these products in detail through this post, and let you all know how I achieved this look.

Sorcha x

 

 

 

 

 

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