After quite a few disappointing purchases, I thought I’d given up on affordable eyeshadows for good. Everything I came across seemed to be powdery on application and then creased and faded. I recently came across an affordable eyeshadow palette that changed my mind and reminded me of all the wonderful affordable eyeshadows that I own. So I thought, what better than to share by favourites with you!
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Affordable Eyeshadows: Powders
Let’s start with powders and the eyeshadow that prompted this revelation, the GOSH Eye Xpressions quad in Back To Nature (£8.99)*. This quad is buttery soft, blends like a dream and is beautifully pigmented. I could go on all day about how much I love the affordable eyeshadows in this quad, but I won’t because you can go and read all about it in my GOSH Eye Xpressions Review.
One of the first affordable eyeshadows I ever bought were the Bourjois Little Round Pot Eyeshadows (£6.99). I have these in two shades, Beige Rose and Brun Irreel. I prefer the singles to the trios. But I suspect that this is to do with shades rather than the quality of the eyeshadows themselves.
The first brow product I ever bought, was actually the Natural Collection Solo Eyeshadow (£1.99) in Crushed Walnut. I’d read in a magazine that this was an ideal brow shade for those with brown hair. Unfortunately, I have to disagree with the magazine. This eyeshadow in my brows looks way too warm. However, I did love the quality of this affordable eyeshadow and as a result, have invested in two more in the shades Willow and Moss Shimmer.
Other affordable eyeshadows from my past that I’ve been impressed with are the No7 Stay Perfect Eyeshadows (£7.00). I have these in Wheatsheaf and Oyster. Along with my shadows from Bourjois, these were the shades I gravitated towards throughout my teens. Unfortunately, I’m not able to use the No7 Stay Perfect Eyeshadows, after they reformulated and now include ingredients I’m allergic too. I can’t remember whether it’s wheat or shea butter that they now contain, but if you’re allergic to one of these, make sure you check the ingredients. I also have a trio in the shade good earth that I love. Thankfully, I’ve found an alternative to these shades that I like just as much. So I don’t have to worry about using the trio up (I’ve hit pan on two of the three shades)
The Soap & Glory Lid Stuff Eyeshadow palette in What’s Nude has some good dupes for the bottom two shades in the No7 Good Earth trio. While I find the shade vanilla (the matte cream) to be powdery, it’s not so bad that you can’t work with it and the other three shades in the palette more than make up for it.
The Maybelline Nudes palettes (£11.99) have had mixed reviews, but I’ve been impressed with them. The shadows aren’t as pigmented as my Urban Decay eyeshadows, but they’re also not as expensive. They’re a great option for a natural, everyday look. I’ve got a full review of The Nude’s palette and am planning a review of The Blushed Nudes. I haven’t yet tried all the eyeshadows in this palette. Those I have, I’ve been impressed with.
From my teenage years, I still have a Maybelline Expert Wear Mono Eyeshadow in Iced Fudge. Check out the retro Maybelline packaging! This was one of my favourite affordable eyeshadows and I’m really excited to have rediscovered it. Sadly, the Expert Wear Mono Eyeshadow’s aren’t available any more.
Affordable Eyeshadows: Foils
I have to admit that I don’t get on with Makeup Revolution eyeshadows and I think they contributed to my negative feelings on affordable eyeshadows. The Awesome Metals Eye Foils (£3) however, are a completely different story. I absolutely love the Rose Gold Eye Foil, so much so that I’ve dedicated a whole post to it (Makeup Revolution Awesome Metals Eye Foil review) and created a Rose Gold Eye Look with it.
Affordable Eyeshadows: Creams
I have to admit, that I struggle with cream eyeshadows. While the rest of my face is dry, my eyelids seem to be rather oily. I’ve tried so many different brands, but only two have worked for me without creasing. The first of these is the GOSH Forever Shadow Stick (£6.29). I have this in the shade Silver Rose and it’s beautiful. It’s also particularly useful for travel, as the packaging is light and easy to apply on the go. You can read more about this in my GOSH Forever Shadow Stick review.
The first cream eyeshadows I found that didn’t crease on me were the Maybelline Colour Tattoos (£5.99) and I’ve been in love ever since. I’ve got quite a collection and have been very jealous of those in the US who have an extended range of shades, which include limited edition options. I think my bank balance is quite relieved thought! My most used Colour Tattoo shades are Pink Gold and On And On Bronze.
What are your favourite affordable eyeshadows?
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