Foundation is often a product I don't mind splashing the cash on. I find the base the most important factor of my whole face. Get your base right and everything else falls into place. Of course I know spending money doesn't equate to a better products but when it comes to foundation I have always found this to be the case. However, The Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum is my current favourite foundation. It creates an even base that's not too heavy and lasts a good amount of time. Concealer wise, I can't rave about the Rimmel Wake me up concealer enough. This stuff is amazing and covers my dark circles like nothing else!
I've had this Rimmel Clear Complexion powder for absolutely ages but never really paid much attention to it. I found this stuffed in a handbag I use for nights out and decided to put it to the test. I wouldn't say this is the best powder in the world but for £3 it does a pretty good job of setting everything in place and preventing oil from seeping through my foundation.
The Heaven and Earth Palette from MUA is my absolute favourite at the moment, I even reach for this over my MAC shadows. For £4 this palette really did exceed my snobbish expectations. The shadows are buttery, blend well and are extremely pigmented. If the packaging was a bit more stylish, I would happily pay up to £10 for this as the quality of the shadows are really great.
Like foundation, blush is something I never found cheaper brands to do well. I have quite an extensive blush collection, in which MAC is the most prominent brand. I'm having a huge love affair which peach blushes at the moment, my favourite is of course MAC Melba but for the days when I fancy a bit of sparkle, Juicy Apricot from Fashionista is my favourite. It's ridiculously pigmented, the point I tend to go quite overboard with it but it's nothing a fluffy brush and hell of a lot of blending won't fix.
Nail varnish is something I always head to Boots for. I would be here all day listing my favourite brands and colours and I believe with nail varnish you don't have to spend a lot of money (of course I would like to own a Chanel nail varnish one day!). At the minute, Rimmel are on fire with their salon pro range. I've been addicted to the colour above, Reggae Splash and they're currently on 3 for 2 in Boots so it's a good excuse to stock up, you can never have too many bottles of nail varnish and don't let anyone tell you anything else!
Have you tried any of these products? What are your budget star buys?