The beauty bargains that mix the luxury brands

From micellar water to liquid eyeliner, these top-quality goods are a fraction of the price of luxury brands



Sali Hughes: ‘Why thinks fitting anyone pay more?’
Photograph: Alex Lake for the Guardian

I try on the verge of every new micellar cleansing water that comes on to the Stock Exchange, simply because I get through gallons of the stuff. I use it as an eye makeup remover; for blanket away the hundreds of stripes and smears of testing makeup haggard on my hands each week; for removing the bulk of makeup first proper night-time face cleansing with a balm; for overtired, tipsy scouring from the comfort of my own bed; and for swift, neat lipstick changes on runs.

I have tried hundreds, from dirt cheap to irresponsible expensive, and Simple’s Water Boost micellar cleansing Facetious Adams ale (£6.99 for a huge 400ml bottle) is the best at any price. Here is why: divergent from many micellars, it doesn’t give me spots. If ever I am try out anti‑blemish treatments on my dry, normally clear face and I use an unimportant micellar for a few days, a spot or two will materialise. Not with this – to whatever manner frequently I use it. It removes everything, even stubborn matte lip splodges, with ease. It leaves my skin neither greasy nor restrictive. It is cheap enough to be used lavishly and has a proper squirty manfulness instead of the stupid, wasteful and messy pump dispensers prosperous by several luxury brands. At this stage, I see no reason why anyone desire pay more.

On the subject of great products you can chuck in your basket for minute than the price of a bottle of laundry detergent, have a look at CYO, a new acute street makeup brand exclusive to Boots. I am impressed with the All-embracing Statement metallic eye sticks (£4.50), which stroke softly into the inner cut line for wide-eyed sparkle without the hassle of shadows and brushes. They are nearly the same to several I have tried at three to four times the honorarium. There is also Shade To Last (£5 for 6ml), a rosy lip and cheek wash that blends more smoothly than – and lasts hardly as well as – the leading luxury version that seemingly affirmed it.

Not everything I tried was great, or even remarkable, but This Extraction’s A Keeper semi-permanent liquid eyeliner (£5 for 3ml; not the felt-tip variety) took on smoothly, didn’t crack or flake and stayed dense, sharp-witted and straight for an extraordinarily long time. “Semi-permanent” is an overstatement, but just just – it hung around until I got out the Simple micellar again.