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Colourful Beauty Under £5

Wednesday, 5 April 2017
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Not too long ago in my post, The Big Make-Up Declutter, I spoke about how I don't wear colour quite as often as you might assume from my makeup tutorials and on-screen face and the likes, but I am still a fan and I think it's really exciting to watch drugstore brands venture into the realms of the weird and the colourful when it comes to make-up. Make-up is supposed to be an art form, a way for one to express themselves and say how they feel - and how can you do that when a whole multitude of shades isn't available at your fingertips? The drugstore has come a long way since I started playing with make-up, and today I thought I'd share a couple of colourful, well-performing products that happen to be under a fiver each. 

BARRY M GELLY HI-SHINE LIP CRAYON - ELECTRA, £4.99

Once upon a time, I was big fan of the Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Lip Crayons. Not much has changed - I still love the glossy finish and comfortable, non-sticky texture, but nowadays I rarely ever wear a lip product that isn't a liquid-to-matte lipstick which is why these have taken a backseat. The shade that I've mentioned here is a bright, glossy, neon pink that's very similar to the Barry M Lip Paint in #52 Shocking Pink that I adored as a young teen when I first started dabbling in the world of beauty products. Instead of a matte finish and drying texture, though, this formula offers up shine and comfort. The handy crayon-style packaging makes this so easy to apply on the move or when you're in a rush, too.

STARGAZER LIP STICK - 130, £3.50

Stargazer are still a brand I'm relatively new to, despite the fact that I've been buying from them since I was about 18 years old - at the time, they were one of the only affordable brands on the market that offered a real diverse colour range. Their lipsticks have definitely been a hit and miss with me - at one point I owned a silver, a white and a blue, and all of which were lacking pigmentation and were rather drying and dragged on the lips. This purple shade is definitely a show-stealer though - it's creamy, pigmented and opaque. The only annoying part is the awkwardly-shaped bullet! 

BARRY M DAZZLE DUSTS, £4.59

Barry M were once known as one of the most colourful brands in beauty, but I think this is something that has dwindled as time and trends have changed. I find their stand to be packed with what's almost exclusively neutrals now - which is a real shame as I used to enjoy many of their rainbow-hued products. That said, I still consider them one of my favourite brands and the quality of their products is brilliant. Their Dazzle Dusts have been a cult-favourite for years now, although its range has definitely shrunk over time, and they're a product I enjoy using from time-to-time. You can find some of their older, harder-to-find colourful shades on the likes of eBay for a varying price range, but I managed to scoop this bright tangerine orange (named Burnt Orange) up for just a quid in my local pound shop. It's the perfect shade for a tropical-inspired summer make-up look.

MAKE-UP ACADEMY SILENT DISCO EYESHADOW PALETTE, £4

I've raved about this palette a fair bit, and you can see it in action during my Harley Quinn Suicide Squad Inspired Makeup. I'm a big fan of this palette even now I've cut back on all the bold colour - the 12 shades aren't perfect all across the board but the quality and colour payoff is fab for the most part, and if you're scared of colour in your make-up, this could be a nice way to ease you in. It contains brights, pastels, shimmers and mattes, and it will offer you a way to experiment with colour without breaking the bank.

MAKE-UP REVOLUTION AMAZING LIPSTICK - IMMORAL, £1

Make-Up Revolution have quickly turned into a very experimental brand, bringing out high-quality products for a small price tag, and their pigmentation when it comes to bright shades is very impressive. I have only tried this one shade from the Scandalous lipstick collection (there's five in total), but the colour payoff is very impressive. This is a nice satiny formula that won't dry out your lips or drag when you apply it, and it doesn't look patchy on. Although I no longer wear this and have parted ways with it, it was a hard one to let go just for the fact that it's such a fab, bargain of a product! 

Have you tried any of these? What colourful beauty products do you love? 

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