12 Primark Makeup Products That Are Actually As Good As The High End Versions
In the world of makeup, it can be easy to fall into the trap of believing that you need to splash the cash in order to see results from your products. As a result, your makeup bag is probably worth more than your life at this point.
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Beauty bloggers and Instagram MUAs will have you believing that anything that's not straight outta Charlotte Tilbury, MAC Cosmetics or Chanel just ain’t worth bothering with.
But we’re always here for a beauty bargain and, to be honest, it’s about time that we all started celebrating the magic that is Primark’s makeup section instead. Seriously, it’s all cheaper than your average sandwich and some of it is so, so good.
If you've never tried it for yourself, here's the first 12 Primark makeup products that you NEED to get your hands on because they're actually just as good as the high end version. YAS.
1. PS My Perfect Colour Foundation
We bet you a fiver that you've heard someone talking about how amazing this foundation is. It's just £5 a bottle and everyone is obsessed with its high level coverage and impressive staying power. Estee Lauder Double Wear dupe, anyone?
The only real struggle is the fact that errr... well, going viral has meant that it's now pretty tricky to track down, so keep your fingers crossed next time you head to Primark. GOD SPEED.
2. PS Get Lippy Lip Kits
Ever ordered a Kylie Lip Kit and then wept when you got whacked with a customs charge? STOP IT AT ONCE, because the Primark versions are seriously good, super pigmented and only a few pounds for the duo.
Inside each kit you get a Kylie-esque metallic lip gloss, high shine gloss or a matte lipstick plus matching liner. They can be a little bit drying, but a touch of lip balm over the top seems worthwhile when you're saving over £20.00.
3. PS Nudes Matte and Metallic Eyeshadow Creams
Maybe slightly inspired by the classic MAC Paint Pots, these bad boys (which come in a range of both neutral mattes and glam metallics) are definitely worth grabbing on your next shopping trip.
They're totally effortless and can be used alone to give your lids a quick application of colour with almost zero effort or alternatively, use 'em as the perfect base to amp up the impact of your regular shadows.
4. PS Bronze Instant Radiance Highlighting Glow Drops
Forever coveting the Iconic London highlight but just can't justify dropping £30.00 on them? SAME, so don't bother. Instead, reach for Primark's own version for the ultimate glowing goddess look.
The shimmer-packed formula is perfect for adding into your usual foundation for a dewy finish, or just blend across your cheekbones and high points for that Insta-ready metallic G-L-O-W.
5. PS Strobing Highlighter Creams
If there's one thing that Primark Beauty does well, it's highlighting. We could have included pretty much any of their offerings here, but the PS strobing creams deserve a special shoutout for being equally as good as MAC Strobe Cream.
Made for those lazy no makeup days, this liquid illuminator will deliver a pearlescent, lit-from-within glow that's pretty and natural looking, but just enough to strobe you up real good.
6. PS Nudes Eyeshadow Collection
Oh hey, the most aesthetically perfect eyeshadow palette to take you from neutral daytime to super sultry nighttime looks. Yep, that would be a 28-pan neutral eyeshadow palette for just £8.00. No biggie.
Being honest, there are a few shades at the lighter end of the spectrum which don't pack much of a punch - but the rest are rich, buttery, blendable and totally high end-worthy. Get this in your collection ASAP.
7. Holler & Glow Face Masks
If you're partial to a pamper session and go through sheet masks like there's no tomorrow, put the Holler & Glow masks at the top of your To Buy list for just £3.00 each.
They're cheap as chips but provide a surprising amount of cooling, soothing hydration, they come in all sorts of varieties for different skin types, and with rainbow, unicorn, galaxy cactus designs, they're also cute af.
8. K-POP Cloud Cream
Everyone's been obsessed with Glossier recently, so if you're chasing their iconic dewy, sheen skin effect but don't fancy splashing £15.00 on a single tube, then try the babein' budget Primark version called Cloud Cream instead.
It'll give you complexion perfection with a silky texture and pinched-cheeks colour, which you can also double up as an easy lip tint. It's THE product to grab from the new K-POP range.
9. PS Nudes Eyelash Curlers
Any makeup bag needs a decent pair of eyelash curlers in the mix, but don't bother spending a load on them when Primark's new pair in the Nudes range are just as good as the spenny versions.
For just a few pounds these rose gold and pastel pink curlers will give your natural lashes a beauty boost before mascara application, and they also come with a spare replacement pad for product longevity. Win.
10. PS Insta Girl Diamond Lip Toppers
The Insta Girl range is all about getting you selfie-ready in half the time that it normally takes, and the Diamond Lip Topper has officially passed the Instagram test because even Huda Beauty is a fan.
Huda reckons that this £2.50 gloss will "give a pretty shimmer to lips that are not in your face or excessively glittery” and “smell like the sweet glosses of the 90s, but we love the throwback.”
11. PS Pro Longwear Finishing Powder
We're always hearing the beauty gurus going on about how the Laura Mercier loose powder is the only one that anyone needs in their stash, but WHO has £29.00 to spend on simply staying matte? Nuh uh honey.
Instead, give the PS Pro version a go for a fresh, non-cakey finish that you would literally never guess was from Primark if we switched up the packaging.
12. PS Velvet Matte Lip Crayons
And for anyone on the hunt for a brand new, go-to lip colour to chuck in your handbag and then never go a day without for the rest of your days, look no further in the beauty section than the Velvet Matte crayons.
They come in a whole range of shades so there's one to suit every look, and will give you a silky application of colour and a very pretty, slighty lip balmy glow for extra comfort.
Words by Lucy Wood