Beauty On A Budget – Testing Out Primark Makeup

So I had wanted to try some Primark makeup for a while after reading some surprisingly good reviews about them online. After doing my wish makeup haul I was thinking about other more affordable makeup brands I could test out so I decided to go for Primark. I did have to stop myself going crazy when I was in Primark as they have quite a large makeup range now – I decided to go for just a few items to avoid too much wastage.  Primark was also (obviously) so so so busy so I didn’t have a chance to look at their makeup range fully. I was surprised by how much choice they had though, their makeup selection is way bigger than I thought it would be. I was going to try out their foundation but I just couldn’t bare it when I was there – most of them seemed to be already open or somehow covered in foundation already, so for this look I have used my own foundation as a base.

I bought 7 products from their makeup range – an eyeliner, mascara, a highlighter palette, brow pomade, velvet matte crayon and 2 eye shadows. All together this cost me £13.80 which isn’t too bad for 7 makeup products (obviously depends how good they actually are but I’ll talk about that in a second).

PS Eye shadows – Royal Mint and Champagne Flute (90p each)

For 90p each I wasn’t really expecting much to be honest but they’re pretty good. They’re not super pigmented. When you apply the first layer or so they sort of just give a glittery/glowy look but you can add a few layers with these to make them look a bit thicker/more pigmented. Wasn’t massively blown away by these but at the end of the day they’re only 90p so I’m not too bothered.

PS Eyeconic Brow Pomade (£2)

Right I’m not sure if it was me being super daft but I couldn’t see any shade names/numbers on this product so I sort of just winged it and picked one at random. Even looking at the packaging now I can’t see anything that says a shade so I’m not too sure about that one. As you can see from the picture I think this shade is a little too dark for me, not sure if that was just me applying it too heavily or what but my eyebrows look crazy dark. I’ve never used brow pomade before so I was super excited testing this one out but it also meant that I wasn’t really sure on how to best apply it. Shade aside, this product was actually pretty good – I liked how creamy the formula was and how well the product glides onto the eyebrow. That being said, I’m not sure that it’s a product that I’d use again as I think it made my brows look way too out there. I will continue with testing out this product seeing if maybe I apply it differently I get a different result. I will keep this though as it could come in handy if I did want to do a bold brow look for some reason. If you’re into really defined brows then definitely give this product a go.

PS Liquid Liner – Ultra Black (£1)

For only a pound this eyeliner looked surprisingly good when I applied it. I was expecting it to be sort of see through/ have a grey-ish tinge like some cheap liquid eyeliners do but I found that it was super black and a really solid line. The applicator is easy enough to use, it’s the classic brush style of liquid eyeliner and whilst I prefer an eyeliner pen this one was surprisingly easy to use. When applied the liner can go a little dry on eye which is a bit annoying as it can feel a bit uncomfortable. After wearing it for a couple of hours I found that it went a little flaky too. I’m not complaining too much as it was only a pound but I can’t see me using this product again as liquid eyeliner is like my go to makeup product so I need something comfortable to wear that lasts a long time.

PS Aqua Lashes – Black (£2)

This mascara actually shook me, it’s so good!! It really did lengthen my lashes and make them look longer and more voluminous. To top it all off this bad boy is also waterproof. I love how great they look in the picture, you can really see the effect that it’s had on my lashes. For £2 I think this is so worth it.  I have a little theory about mascara though and not sure if it’s just me that’s found this but a lot of the cheaper/more affordable mascaras that I’ve used have been better than some high end ones. There is exceptions of course but there’s been quite a few cheap mascaras that I’ve fallen in love with. Am I the only one who has found this?

PS Velvert Matte Lipstick Crayon – Dulce De Leche (£2.00)

Feels so smooth when applied to the lips, it’s a really creamy feeling lip crayon. I absolutely love the shade of this lipstick crayon, it’s sort of a reddy/nude. If I had just used this without knowing it was from Primark I’d had never guessed that it was £2.00. I was expecting this lipstick to be super drying which it surprisingly isn’t, it actually feels really velvety on the lips. Whilst I wouldn’t say that it’s matte (which I don’t mind) the finish is really nice and sort of more semi-matte but it does seem to last really well. I’ve used this quite a few times since purchasing it and I’m actually really liking it, definitely want to try a few of the other shades.

PS Gold Rush Highlighting Palette (£5.00)

I really should have looked at this palette more before buying it. Gold/bronze highlighters don’t suit my skin tone that well because I’m too pale. So silly me was trying to apply this lightly but it just ended up making my face look a bit dirty (I was having a right nightmare trying to put this on and blend it in but ah well). I did try the shades out as eye shadow and found that they looked much better like that. Feel like there’s not that much I can say about this palette because the colours really didn’t suit me at all.

I’m contemplating maybe turning this into sort of a series, trying out affordable makeup and seeing how it is. I find it super fun and interesting to do posts like this so I think a series based on this would be fun. Would this be something you’d be interested in reading?

Have you tried any Primark products? Would love to hear what you think about this post.

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  1. March 2, 2018 / 2:47 pm

    I like the highlighting palette but I’m too pale as well 😭xxx

    • Grace
      March 2, 2018 / 3:58 pm

      Aw gal will send you it anyway to try xxx

  2. March 2, 2018 / 3:36 pm

    £13.80 for 7 products? Wow, that is cheap. And to be honest they don’t look bad at all. I never tried Primark makeup, and I didn’t intended to do it, but after reading your post and reviews, I might try the eyeliner and the eyeshadow. They look very good on you x

    • Grace
      March 2, 2018 / 4:04 pm

      Yes, such a good price and it’s good quality too! Yes, it’s so surprising these are from Primark isn’t it?? Yes go for it, like at such a good price it’s worth testing it out x

      • March 2, 2018 / 6:55 pm

        I am definitely going to try them. 🤗❤️

  3. March 2, 2018 / 8:10 pm

    I’ve seen so many good reviews of Primark products lately especially by well know youtubers think I might try it out for myself. The eyeliner looks really good on you x

    • Grace
      March 2, 2018 / 8:42 pm

      Yes so worth a go honestly, I decided to try myself after seeing loads of reviews and was pleasently surprised. Aw thank you lovely, it’s so black which is great x

  4. March 3, 2018 / 7:52 am

    Ohhh that is ridiculously cheap isnt it. Blimey! Although you wasnt over impressed with the eyeshadow, I think you did a great job with them ann they look great, I love the colours. Love the lip colour on you too. Im actually tempted to pick up a couple of bits when Im next in Primark, the prices are too good!

    • Grace
      March 3, 2018 / 10:19 am

      Yes, it’s crazy how cheap you can get some products nowadays! Awww thank you, after building them a bit I did like how they looked. Yesss do it, it’s so cheap that even if you didn’t like products when you used them it’s not too much of a waste!xx

  5. March 3, 2018 / 4:50 pm

    I’d love for this to be a series! 😀 I’m glad you had some luck with these at least, would be awful if everything was a dud. x

    • Grace
      March 4, 2018 / 10:37 am

      I think could be kind of fun, just didn’t know it it’d be interesting 😊 I was so worried they were all going to be awful but lucky I had some luck xx

  6. March 4, 2018 / 9:46 am

    When I was in primark a few days ago I was really tempted to buy some of the makeup products! I might have to check out the lipsticks they look lovely 😊

    • Grace
      March 4, 2018 / 10:37 am

      Yeeees was so surprised but I actually really like the lipstick and for £2 its really good and long lasting!xx

  7. Ruth
    March 4, 2018 / 9:50 am

    I love primark make up. It’s so affordable and you can just play with different bits and trends without breaking the bank.

    • Grace
      March 4, 2018 / 10:38 am

      Yeeees it’s so great you can play with different products without spending a fortune, they’re actually good quality for the price too x

  8. March 4, 2018 / 3:53 pm

    I’m literally on my way to Primark now to buy these products. I have the highlighter palette and love it. I want to try the eyeliner and the brow pomade!

    • Grace
      March 4, 2018 / 5:53 pm

      Omg yeees, hope you love the products! The brow pomade is so good, you wouldn’t think it was from primark

  9. March 4, 2018 / 3:59 pm

    Wow, you got them for such a good price! I was thinking of buying some Primark makeup but wasn’t really sure about the quality. Think I’ll get some now x

    • Grace
      March 4, 2018 / 5:53 pm

      Yes, it’s so great isn’t it! Great to get a bargain every now and again. Yes i was the same but honestly it’s high quality for the price xx

  10. March 4, 2018 / 4:14 pm

    That gold rush highlighting palette looks just up my street! May have to head to my nearest Primark sometime soon… 😀 xx

    • Grace
      March 4, 2018 / 5:54 pm

      I think on the right skin it would be amazing, it’s just because i’m so pale it didn’t really suit me! Yes girl do it, treat yourself xx

  11. March 7, 2018 / 7:22 pm

    This was a fab post! I get what u mean about the pallette however I would try using it as an eyeshadow instead! It may surprise you x x x

    • Grace
      March 7, 2018 / 7:57 pm

      Yeees I was thinking that because they seem to be quite pigmented shades and that gold is beautiful! Good idea, thanks for stopping by xxxx

      • March 7, 2018 / 8:04 pm

        Do it! And then post about it I’d. Love to see your results xxx mwah x

        • Grace
          March 7, 2018 / 8:57 pm

          Will do! Would be an interesting experience! Thank younlovely xxxx

  12. March 10, 2018 / 10:41 pm

    Primark makeup is do much better than it used to be! I e for a few bits and bobs. I like the instagirl finishing powder with blue particles! Have you seen it? The palette looks gorgeous, I’ll have to add it to my list got next time I’m in Primark.

    Samantha x

    • March 10, 2018 / 10:42 pm

      Sorry about all the typos! Hope you can figure out what I meant lol x

    • Grace
      March 11, 2018 / 11:09 am

      Yes, they have come such a long way now with their products, they’ve improved so much and actually have some amazing products. Oooh I’ve heard about it but not tried it yet, have heard some great things about it! Yes you should do, they have some fabulous stuff x

  13. March 10, 2018 / 10:42 pm

    Sorry about all the typos! Hope you can figure out what I meant lol x

    • Grace
      March 11, 2018 / 11:10 am

      Yeah, I know what you meant don’t worry x

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