The £10 spring makeup challenge: Part 2

Is it possible to revamp your makeup bag for spring for under a tenner? Today I’m looking at blushers that give you an incredible amount of bang* for your buck. Again, I’m looking at spring colours: light pinks, peaches, and neutrals.

*Nars Orgasm look-alikes may be included in this article.

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Bargain blusher challenge

First up, if you only have £1 to spare, try the MUA blusher (1) in shade 1 or shade 2, a pale pink and a peach respectively. The packaging isn’t up to much but the actual products are good quality, they apply nicely and the shades are flattering. Also available in Superdrug.

My other £1 find this week has been the boxed Complexion Collection trio of blushers by Miners (2), currently in many branches of Poundland, if you’re quick. It features a pale pink highlighter, a peachy blush and a rose blush. It’s a huge amount of product for a quid.

If you’d like to try a designer dupe, E.L.F.’s Blush With Brush in Glow (3) is a peach-pink with a slight gold shimmer that’s very similar to Nars’ cult blusher shade, Orgasm. It’s finely milled and well pigmented, and it costs £2.50 (+P&P).

Priced at £1.99 there’s the Natural Collection Blushed Cheeks range, in Pink Cloud (4) or Peach Melba, from Boots. These are well made, easy to use and add a natural subtle flush.

Also at £1.99 +P&P, and more than a bit of a steal, is the Dainty Doll cream blusher range (5) (RRP £13.50) currently discounted at FragranceDirect. These are long lasting and really pretty, available in Paper Roses (pale pink), Orange County Girl (peach) and Billion Dollar Babies (nude/bronze for pale skin). There are also some beautiful quality Dainty Doll powder blushes (6) on the site, again £13.50 reduced to £1.99, in Happy Shake (pale lilac), My Girl (soft pink), Money Talks (bronzer with shimmer for pale skin) and You are My Sunshine (peach with gold glow).

If you have a little more cash, you might like to check out Sleek’s luxe-alike cheek colours starting from £4.29, Topshop Makeup’s blusher for £6.00, or GOSH’s Natural Blush which retails at £6.99.

So, the most expensive blusher product in my top picks is £2.50 +P&P, and the cheapest is £1. We still have plenty left out of that £10 so far – but how will we get on when it comes to lip colour? Find out in the next £10 spring makeup challenge article, coming soon…

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