Real Techniques Blush brush £10
Real Techniques Face brush £10
Real Techniques can do no wrong, as far as I'm concerned. I remember the days when I'd spend £30 on a single Mac brush, and actually these brushes are of equal quality, if not more so. My favourites and most used are the tapered blush brush, and the buffing face brush, which has changed the way I apply foundation entirely. There are cheaper alternatives to eye make up too, and although I do still reach for my Mac crease blending brush, these Models Own brushes are my favourites for eyebrows, base colour and crease application. Although not pictured, Elf's brushes are worth mentioning too, particularly their studio flat powder brush, and stippling brushes - Thank me later!
Collection Lasting Perfection concealer £4
Maybelline Fit concealer £6
Rimmel highlighting match perfection concealer £6
Bourjois Perfect 123 Foundation £11
Raved about everywhere it seems, the Collection concealer has slowly crept up in price over the years, but its still worth it. Rivalling several of its more expensive alternatives, this is one of my most 'reached for' concealers for my under eyes. It could last longer, but I really have no complaints! I find the Maybelline concealer contains a bit more moisture and is better suited for blemishes, and Rimmels offering is a nice, incredibly light concealer that I use under the eyes and across the bridge of the nose. It doesn't offer the best coverage, but it has better uses as a highlighting concealer. Foundation I am really fussy about and usually stick to higher ends, but this Bourjois foundation has taken my fancy. It doesn't last a whole day so I don't wear it at work, but its decent coverage and semi-natural finish still have me reaching for it usually at weekends.
Models Own blush 'warm glow' £6
17 Blush 'damson wine' £3.50
17 Glow Rocks 'pink bronze' £5
MUA Shimmer Highlighter £3
There are so many decent cheek products on the high street, and whilst I don't think anything will ever beat Nars, I am a fan of Models Owns incredibly pigmented blushes. 17's are also something to try, but don't expect inspirational packaging. Even though the range of colours is tiny, they're worth every penny for every day use. Where 17 have really flourished though, is with their glow rocks which are a pretty close dupe for my well loved Laura Merciers Rose Rendezvous illuminator.
MUA palettes 'Undressed' & 'Undress me too' £4 each
Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil £3
Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner £6
Maybelline Master Precise Gel Pencil Liner
Barry M Shimmering Eye Crayon
Rimmel Extra Wow Mascara £5.50
I think the MUA palettes are well known dupes of the much loved Urban Decay 'Naked' Palettes, and they're such a steal it'd be silly not to give them a go. I still prefer the UD original versions, but these are compact enough to throw in a weekend bag without worrying about whether or not they'll all make it in one piece. I've used the Rimmel brow pencil on and off for years, and although I stick with my Nars pencil or HD Brows palette for occasions, I tend to use this for my natural day to day work 'look.' I often reach for the Barry M crayon to highlight around the eyes, and its ridiculously quick and easy to use. Top points are saved for Maybelline though, their liquid liner is hands down the best I've ever used, and the gel liner is a dupe for Urban Decays awesome eyeliners - Says it all really!
Models own polish 'Nude Beige' £5
Bourjois Rouge Edition lipstick '18' £8
Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish lipstick '08' £5.50
I don't really wear nail varnish due to my line of work, but when I do, this is usually my first choice, and is the only nail polish I've repurchased time and time again (it goes gloopy)! Lipstick though, I'm always reaching for, and whilst Mac, Lancome and YSL will always rule the game here, these Bourjois and Rimmel lippies are the only high street offerings I've ever tried and loved.
What're your favourite high street products?