Budget beauty buys that go the extra mile

Premium products don’t have to mean premium price tags. These purse-friendly superstars have been giving luxury brands a run for their money

Charlotte Garner

Best budget beauty buys

Aldi Lime, Basil & Mandarin Candle, £3.49, Aldi

Who doesn’t love a Jo Malone candle (£50)? Answer: those who have discovered Aldi’s fabulous doppelgangers. In fact, light them both up and, apart from the price tag, you’d be hard pushed to tell the difference – its Lime, Basil & Mandarin is a particular favourite.

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L’Oréal Paris True Match Foundation, £9.99, boots.com

When it comes to the perfect base, we’re all looking for one that’s like our skin but better. And L’Oréal True Match Foundation is more than a match for Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation, which costs £44.50. The L’Oréal version is slightly thicker but boasts a decent glowy finish and has staying power, too.

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Revolution 12.5% Vitamin C, Ferulic Acid & Vitamins serum, £12, revolutionbeauty.com.

What do you do when you find a product your skin loves – Skinceuticals legendary C E Ferulic (£145) – but your bank balance hates? Why not try Revolution’s rejuvenating combination of vitamin C (defends against environmental stress) and ferulic acid (helps stabilise the vitamin C). It sinks in nicely and doesn’t feel sticky.

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Maybelline Cheek Heat, £8.99, superdrug.com.

This bargain hero is perfect for adding a bit of dewy oomph to your cheeks. Although its packaging may not be quite as chic as Glossier’s very similar Cloud Paint (£17), the gel-cream formula blends just as smoothly and its sheer consistency layers brilliantly.

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Revlon Colorstay Creme Eyeshadow in Caramel, £7.99, boots.com.

If you ever needed proof that you don’t have to splash your cash for great quality, here it is. While this Revlon offering has a touch more shimmer than the super-similar Tom Ford option (£32), it has the same velvety texture, a just-as-good shade range and better staying power.

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elf 16hr Camo Concealer, £6, beautybay.com.

This creamy concealer went viral on TikTok last year when people swore it was just as highly pigmented and hard-wearing as Tarte’s renowned Shape Tape Concealer (£27). Delivering full coverage and easy to blend, this also won’t budge once set.

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Rimmel Magnif’eyes Palette in Spice, £9.99, superdrug.com.

Boasting 12 shades thatmake eyes pop, with a mix of mattes and sparkles… While we could be talking about Urban Decay’s iconic Naked Heat Palette – the one that blazed on to the scene in 2017, sold 10.6 million in just four months and costs £46 – we’re not. In fact, we are singing the praises of Rimmel’s equally sensational offering.

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