The High St Beauty Edit

Beauty products can be costly, especially the high-end offerings. I'm often on the hunt for alternatives that are just as good as some of my more expensive favourites but cheaper. While we don't have the variety of high street beauty products that America or England may have, there are still some gems out there. I'm of the belief that if it is less expensive and performs just as well then it deserves to be shared. So sit back, relax and watch the High Street beauty edit unfold..

Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in Soft Pink* and Soft Candy* I've only jumped on the cream blush bandwagon recently and I certainly can't see myself getting off any time soon. These Max Factor blushers are scary bright in the packaging but once blended out on the cheeks they leave a really subtle trace of colour. These blushers have a lovely, creamy texture and blend out well with either the tips of your fingers or a brush. These blushes last really well once applied and don't go patchy as the day goes on. Soft Pink is a lovely alternative to the Stila Convertible Colour in Gerbera but it is more pink toned than peachy so it'd suit a wider range of skintones.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Eye Pencil in Taupe and Bronze Black eyeliner, be gone! I love these creamy eye pencils for lining the lashline. The bronze pencil is particularly good if you're going for a smokier eye. These pencils are long lasting once applied, they do not budge. They're also easy to blend as well. Compared to Mac eye pencils I'd say these are definitely creamier and last just as well. I wish there was a wider colour range, a gold and a nude pencil would be lovely please Rimmel, but aside from that these are fantastic.

Real Techniques Brushes These remind me a lot of the Hourglass brushes but much, much cheaper. These brushes are super soft, lightweight, apply products beautifully and can often be used in more than one way. I know the eye brushes are often used for concealer, blush for bronzer etc. If you are after affordable, good quality brushes then these are fantastic and well worth picking up.

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Apocaliptic* (out in July) These beauties have the opacity of a lipstick and the texture of a lipgloss. They don't feel overly drying on the lips and last pretty well, although you do need to reapply this during the day. I love this colour, once dried it becomes the most gorgeous berry red with a subtle hint of fuschia. Again, these are a purse-friendly alternative to the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Lipsticks without the matte texture. Next on my list are the shades Big Bang and Stellar. I'm counting down the days until these launch.

Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze I'm not sure if it is just my skintone but this shade definitely doesn't look bronze on my eyelids. It dries to a taupe hue so its name is a little misleading. Colour matchings aside, these cream eyeshadows are great. They are super creamy and easy to apply. With a little bit of primer underneath these last pretty well on the eyelids. If you like cream eyeshadows then Benefit's Creaseless Cream shadows are also great and if you're wanting to splurge then you can't go past Mac's Paint Pots. Maybelline are bringing out some more Colour Tattoos in the coming months so keep an eye out for those!

Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lip Pencil in Wild Clover Rimmel really deliver in the pencil department and their lip variations are certainly no exception. I use this shade with nude lipsticks just to subtly contour the top of my lip and find this colour works well for that, particularly with more brown based nudes. While the shade range might not be the best Rimmel have all the basic lip colours sorted. I swatched this pencil against a Mac one and they are on par with those for staying power and creaminess. Rimmel's pencils also last pretty well too which is another bonus.

-So that's my pick of the High St beauty products. Do you have any recommendations for products I should try? I couldn't find any eyeshadows that particularly stood out so if anyone knows of good ones then leave a comment below! x

*PR Sample


  1. Totally unrelated question here, and apologies if you have mentioned it in a previous post - but what kind of skin tone do you have? What shades of foundation do you wear?

    I would like to imagine the shades of eyeshade/lipstick you mention against a skin tone haha!

    Coolthanks :)


    1. Hiya Anna! I have very pale skin so in terms of foundation I am usually part way between the palest shades from a brand and then the next shade up. At Mac I am the shade NW20 and then Chanel Aqualumiere I'm a B30.

      Hope that helps! x