10 Products Under £10 That You Have To Try

After being on a student budget for what feels like a lifetime now (5 years, eek) I think that I’ve somewhat become a pro at savvy shopping. From nailing new season trends on a shoe string, to duping high end makeup looks for – a lot – less, it’s become part of what TKL is all about. As you probably all know, when it comes down to beauty products, the most pricey item certainly isn’t always the best. There are some insanely good quality drugstore products that will only leave you £10 (or even less) out of pocket, but will give you those high end looks without the insane price tags. 

Makeup Geek Contour Powder Pan – £9.25

This is by far my fave contour shade for everyday, purely because it’s amazingly good value for money. That’s no overstatement either, I literally use this everyday. Yes I do contour all the time, but it’s no longer a chore as a little bit of this goes a long way, plus it blends so darn well. I just gently touch the pan, tap twice, and apply lightly. Building up intensity as you go along is the key to any contour application! To put the price into perspective, I’ve had this product for about a year and I haven’t hit pan on it yet. If you don’t like pan products, this powder is available as an individual compact… however it does cost almost £5.00 more.

I have mine in Infidelity, which is the “Cool Fair” shade and it’s perfectly matched as a contour shade for my yellow undertones. I always find that some warmer shades instantly look orange on me due to the yellowness of my skin so I have to go a bit more ashy. They also have warm/cool shades for each skin tone, so you’re bound to find a match specifically for you and your unique preferences.

I’ve also mentioned this contour powder in:

The 5 Best Drugstore Contours | April 2016 Beauty Faves

Rimmel London Sculpting Palette by Kate – £6.99*

I have the shade Two or #002 (IMO They could actually use the name “Coral Glow”) which contains the perfect Light/Medium highlight, blush, and bronzer shades. I’ve found that the blush is the most long wearing of the three shades, with bronzer coming close second, and the highlighter trailing behind by quite a bit. As drugstore highlights rarely meet my (#highend) expectations, this really doesn’t phase me and I still think that this palette is 100% worth investing in for quick on the go makeup. This is also the compact that I instantly grab if I’m spending the night elsewhere as it’s perfect for travelling with.

I’ve also mentioned this compact palette in: January 2017 Beauty Faves

Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer – £7.99

Apologies for how crappy my concealer looks right now, but a messy makeup product is a sign of love right? Uhhhh I cannot tell you how much this little guy changed my concealer game, and for such a great price too. I’ve shamefully spent a lot of money on high end concealers assuming that you get what you pay for, however this isn’t always the case. A reasonable £7.99 for an amazing concealer, with great coverage and a natural feel. Goodbye creasing, hello bright undereyes. My only gripe? Bloody get on with creating a better shade range, Maybelline! I use the lightest shade available, and I am in no way as fair as you can get.

NYX Professional Prismatic Eyeshadow in Girl Talk – £5.50*

Okay, guys n’ gals. This is the best drugstore highlight that I have ever tried…. aaand it’s an eyeshadow. “Whaaaaat you crazy” I can hear ya now but it’s true and it’s a good’un, promise. I usually apply this to my inner corners, however one half-asleep makeup application lead to my dipping in my Morphe M500 Brush instead of my inner corner brush (pity me, I was sans-coffee) and voila, duo-chrome highlight perfection. I went in a second time after spritzing my brush with a little MAC Fix + Spray, and it was even more glowy, duo-chrome-y, and intense. 10/10 – I will always recommend this.

I’ve also mentioned this eyeshadow in:

My 15 Minute Morning Makeup | September 2016 Beauty Faves

Essence Lip Liner – £1

Apologies in advance because I think that you can only pick this up from Wilko’s exclusively, and I know that not everyone has direct access to one nearby. But if you do find yourself in the vicinity, go and grab all of these lip liners because you wont be disappointed. For £1, you get exactly what you want from a lip liner product and I even feel that I reach for these more than my MAC Lip Liners as they are just much more kind to the lips and are still intense in colour application. Layering lipstick on these babies also works really well, and for such a bargain, I can’t fault them.

ColourPop Lippie Stix – $5.00 / £4.06

Can’t believe I haven’t done a Worth The Hype blog post on these Lippie Stix yet, hint: they so are. I have both the Matte and Matte X formulas, and personally I love them both. The Matte X is slightly more drying, but has the velvet-y effect of a liquid lippy that I really enjoy wearing. They last a solid day’s wear (if you don’t eat messy food) and wear pretty well too. Oh, and they now finally ship internationally so everyone can enjoy a good ColourPop splurge! The only issue that I’ve had with them is that the holographic print on the packaging does wear off really quickly, leaving you with a pretty blank looking white product. I’m all for minimalism so IDC, but it’s worth knowin’ if ya purchasin’.

MUA Pro Base CC Cream – £3.00*

MUA was kind enough to send me all three shades of their Colour Correcting cream, and I’ve really enjoyed using them. This came as a bit of a surprise to me, as I’m not usually into colour correcting but I noticed a significant difference when using these products. I applied them more like concealers as they have soft doe-foot applicators which make spot correcting really easy.

The green is perfect for balancing redness, which I have a lot of (especially after a glass o’vino) and for pesky redness around spots or blemishes. The peach is also really complementary to light/medium skin tones and more brown-toned under eye bags. Unfortunately I haven’t tried the yellow shade as I don’t have many blue/purple blemishes to my skin tone, but it would be perfect for that “banana” highlight that the Kardashians are famous for loving.

NYX Full Throttle Lipstick in Kiss The Dust

I recieved a sample of the Full Throttle lippy in the Olympia Beauty goodie bag last summer and I was so bloody impressed with the formula that I went out and bought two more shades. Out of the entire shade selection, this is definitely the most wearable. Kiss The Dust is a beautiful brown-toned nude that gets me complements whenever I wear the shade, get in. For an actual lipstick, it stays on for a ridiculous amount of time, even after eating and drinking. Plus, the matte finish lasts too which is fab for a tube lipstick IMO.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Colour in Blacky O 

Out of all of my nail polishes, I pick this one the most – and no, it’s not simply because it’s black (good guess tho, huns). It lasts bloody ages and doesn’t chip for days, and I am indeed one of those gals with the misfortune of chipping her nails all the time. I picked this up on a whim on a random Boots haul and it completely surprised me, and surpassed all of my nail polish expectations, and for £8 – What more could you ask for?

L’Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes in Extra Black

This is the absolute best mascara for straight, short, asian lashes – I promise you. If you have long, naturally curled lashes then 1) I am very jealous, 2) You might not love this mascara, but if you have lashes like me you might just fall in love with it like I did. I’ve been buying it since it first came out when I was around 14/15 years old, and it’s still my absolute holy grail lash product.

Do you have any fave beauty products that come in under £10?




  1. Beckie Porritt
    March 5, 2017 / 6:09 PM

    What gorgeous photographs. How talented are you! I've had that maybelline concealer in the past and it is really good. I love how you've written about products that are affordable! Really good post.Beckie xo // The Pale Tails

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      March 6, 2017 / 5:53 PM

      Thanks so much, Beckie! x

  2. Hannah Louise
    March 5, 2017 / 8:30 PM

    Great post! I'm currently loving the Maybelline concealer! I am yet to try the Essence lipliners, might definitely have to pick some up soon! Hanney | Blog About Hanney 

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      March 6, 2017 / 5:53 PM

      They're definitely worth the £1 price tag!

  3. Nicole Merza
    March 6, 2017 / 4:28 AM

    Lovely picks! I've not tried most of these, but I'll definitely be checking them out soon! I've heard amazing things about the Rimmel palette.Nicole | The Glam Surge

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      March 6, 2017 / 6:01 PM

      Eeek, definitely worth it if you need a little drugstore TLC!

  4. Ana
    March 6, 2017 / 5:20 PM

    I really want to try the Maybelline concealer and some Colourpop lipsticks too, and after reading your post I'm gonna have to do it 😉 xxxhttp://fallingforablog.blogspot.com.es/2017/03/grey-grey.html

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      March 6, 2017 / 6:01 PM

      Hehe sorry, not sorry – ENJOY!

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