The Best Tools For Your Base | On A Budget

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

It's nice to have a few high end brushes in our collection but sometimes, I can't exactly go and break the bank to purchase NARS ITA and the Zoeva Rose Gold collection. Even Real Techniques have began to up their prices since the release of the Bold Metals collection earlier this year. It's definitely a luxury to have tools like this in your kit but sometimes it is possible to create a look just as good with some budget based tools. In today's post, I have rounded up for you some of my favourite places to purchase decent standard beauty tools on a budget. 

Topshop is definitely one of my favourite places to pick up brushes on a budget. Although they don't have many on offer, what they do have work brilliantly for me. The powder brush, £8.00 here is brilliant for of course adding a touch of bronzer. This brush is super soft and blends out any powdered products brilliantly. I love using this brush to blend out bronzer, reducing the intensity and creating the illusion I have a nice and natural glow. Recently I have been loving the stippling brush, also £8.00 here to apply to either a BB cream or even my foundation. I just use downwards strokes across my whole face to create a natural and even looking finish. The fibres of this brush allow you to pick up just the right amount of product, allowing your foundation to have a natural rather than 'cakey' finish.

You would probably be surprised this store made it onto my favourites list but their brushes are brilliant. I love using the foundation brush, £2.00 here for applying concealer under my eyes. This also works really well for blending out concealer around the eyebrow area. Leaving you with a smooth, crisp finish which really perfects the look of my eyebrows. The only negative with this brush is it does have a tendency to stain. Originally with a bright pink tip, this brush has definitely seen better days. The Eyeshadow brush, £1.00 here also works really well for applying base shadows to the lid and surprisingly neither of these brushes shed either considering they are made with 100% synthetic hair and the inexpensive price. Definitely worth picking up, also the packaging of these is super cute! And we all know I am a sucker for cute packaging..

It's amazing what you can find on this site sometimes. I picked up a pack of two fake beauty blenders for only £3.99 here and these allow me to blend in my foundation and under eye concealer, seamlessly. I generally prefer using sponges rather than brushes for base application in all honesty. I am now using my second out of the pack and the first one lasted me for well over a year, in the end it looked a little bit too mucky and had several cracks beginning to show. But to gain a years worth of usage in each for just under £4, you really cannot complain! I love using these when they are slightly damp to gain a more natural looking finish.

Lastly, Avon is brilliant for budget beauty buys. The blusher brush, £7.00 here is wonderfully multipurpose. The fan shape makes it brilliant for applying a powder highlight to the cheek bones, as well as making even contouring effortless. The eyelash curler, £5.00 here further adds a lovely curl to the lashes, and the handle makes it super easy to hold all of those lashes down in place. Pain free and fuss free!

So those were a few of my recommendations for picking up tools on a budget, if you have any other budget favourites which I haven't mentioned here then be sure to let me know down below! Also, if you haven't read my last post it involves a MAC lipstick giveaway which you can check out here
Until next time lovelies,

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  1. I love the wilkos brushes! Great post x

    Claire |

  2. I'm so gutted that the Gold Metals are expensive as they are. I've never tried Avon brushes, do they shed?

  3. I know me too, they really are gorgeous though! And no mine haven't so far and I've had them for a while!

  4. NICE

  5. I need to try out wilko brushes, they look really good :)

  6. You definitely should! They are amazing for the price!!

  7. I've got quite a few RT dupes from eBay over the years and they've always impressed me :) Also definitely need to have a look in Wilkinsons because I've heard such good things!

    Claire | | xx

  8. It's amazing what you can find on eBay sometimes! And you definitely should, they are so fab! xx

  9. I can vouch for the Wilko's brushes too, not only are they quite pretty, they're effective too. :D

  10. I've never had the opportunity to try any of these brands as we have better access to the U.S. market stuff where I live but I have to say that even though I enjoy my luxe items, some of my favorite brushes of all time are the cheapest. The Elf powder brush is my HG and it retails for $3 USD! (well, it's actually $5 here but point is, its pretty inexpensive).

    Beauty Isles | An Island Girl's Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  11. Great picks, definitely going to get my hands on some topshop brushes! :)

    Urban Obsessions // Vegan Food & Lifestyle Blog

  12. You definitely should, the powder brush is my favourite!

  13. I wish ELF was more accessible here in the UK!

  14. This is great! Sometimes I feel it's wayyyyy to expensive to get a decent brush - do I really want to spend over £20 for one brush? Nope. These are great alternatives! Thank You! <3

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  15. This is a really helpful post As the comment below says, it's so expensive to get a decent brush at a reasonable price. I'll definitely be looking into Wilko!

    Courtney |

  16. Thanks Courtney, I'm glad it helped!

  17. They are such good quality, I love them!

  18. I have heard so much about Wilko brushes and makeup. I never even thought they would that good, it's one range I'm going to have to check out. I've been watching a whole range of brushes on Ebay for like £8, it has everything you need, but you're always worried incase they aren't worth it haha.
    Great post though, I'm always looking for bargain brushes! I've found the Makeup Revolution brushes worth it too!

    Kourtney xx

  19. They honestly are such good quality, I was shocked myself when I gave them a try! I love Ebay bargains but like you say it's hard to tell the quality until you receive them in person xx


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