Spring makeup revamp £10 challenge

Doesn’t feel so wintery any more, does it? I decided to give my makeup bag a quick spring clean and refresh, and set myself a tight budget of £10. Well, can you really give yourself a spring cosmetics makeover for £10?

Let’s see. I went looking for colour cosmetics (eyeshadow, blusher, lip colour and nail polish) in this season’s peaches, corals and nudes – here’s how I got on, starting with eyeshadow.

 eyeshadow challenge Penny Golightly

If you only have £1 to spend, E.L.F.’s barely-there brightening eyeshadow quad in Ethereal (1), or the darker/warmer Butternut version are currently £1.00 + P&P. You may well be able to find a free P&P code if you hunt around or like their Facebook page. The palettes are tiny but the quality’s very reasonable.

I’ve also recently found some Collection 2000 9-eyeshadow Angelic palettes (2) for £1 in my local Poundland. Lots of fun, shimmery pastel shades to play around with, and although they’re not the most finely milled the colour payoff’s good and they blend reasonably well.

Superdrug’s MUA Professional palette in Undressed (3) is £4.00 and contains 12 neutral shades, some shimmery and some matt. It’s very, very like Urban Decay’s Naked palette if you haven’t seen it before, and is amazing quality for the price.

I’ve also found some designer products at much lower prices than usual. For starters, the discontinued range of Calvin Klein intense mono eyeshadows is just £1.99 + P&P at FragranceDirect, or you can find them on eBay from £2.75 delivered. Lots of pigment with some shimmer in most shades, and they blend very nicely. The most spring-like colours are:

  • Fresh Air (4) – palest peach/pink (would work as a highlighter on medium/darker skin)
  • Chameleon – champagne colour
  • Chanterelle – light peach/beige
  • Tangelo (5) – subtle beige/gold with peach tones
  • Copper Sun – medium copper/peach (would work for summer too)

For a darker colour, Dainty Doll eyeshadows are turning up at just £1.99 (was £11.50) + P&P at FragranceDirect, and also Amazon and eBay. Again, very nice quality, and lots of pigment, even though they were originally designed for paler skin. Teach Me Tiger (6) is a strong orange/peach that can be layered.

The most expensive purchase here is £4.00, so that leaves at least £6 to buy the rest. If you bought the £1 eyeshadow quad or the palette in the pound shop, there’d still be £9 in the kitty. Coming up next: blusher.

Do you have any other cheap-but-good spring makeup finds?

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