For this face I wanted to keep the products pretty similar in formula and shade to their high end equivalents so it required some sifting through my stash to find what's suitable. I started with the Garnier 5 Sec Perfect Blur (£9.74) to prime my skin, which is in fact the only 'drugstore' primer I own. It's not quite as silicone based as the bare Minerals Prime Time but does a similar job. Next up I buffed in some of my Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation in Shell (£8.99) which I think is a pretty good alternative base to NARS Sheer Glow in terms of texture. It's a lot sheerer and easier to blend however, so for that reason I actually prefer it. For cheeks, Topshop's Cream Blush in Head Over Heels (£6) is very similar in shade to my Tarte blush in Tipsy and although it's a cream formula, it blends out to a powder finish so not too dissimilar in texture either. Finally a good budget dupe for Benefit's Girl Meets Pearl is definitely this Rimmel Wake Me Up Shimmer Touch in 002 Rose (£4.99). Although thicker in consistency and pinker in colour, it blends out to give a very similar rosy glow!
For eyes I used Taupe from the Sleek i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette in Au Naturel (£7.99), a soft, pigmented champagne-y shimmer. I personally think Sleek do some of the best budget palettes on the highstreet and this particular one definitely rivals the Naked palettes in terms of quality and colour range (read more about my favourite neutral palettes here). A slick of the cult Maybelline the Falsies Mascara (£7.99) and a touch of Rimmel Scandaleyes Precision Micro Liner (£5.49) and we're good to go. Finally, for lips, I picked this L'Oréal Colour Riche Diamantissime Lipstick in 325 Fuschia (£8.19), the closest match I could find to the Chanel shade (I don't own many pinks believe it or not). Although slightly more vibrant in shade I think I actually prefer this colour to the Chanel lipstick. Ooh err.
So, what is the grand total of this more 'budget' face? A much less terrifying £51.39. Which is a whopping saving of £134.11 if you opt for these highstreet products over their high-end counterparts (which amassed a cringe-worthy £185.50)!
What's interesting is I actually prefer this finished look and quite a few of the products too. Maybe, just maybe this will curb my spending habits...
Which look do you prefer? Are you shocked by how much makeup can cost?