These are the bargain beauty products Reddit users cannot be without

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Just when we thought Reddit users couldn’t bestow another ounce of wisdom upon us if they tried, they’ve gone and done it again.

And this time, one clever, forum-using soul has tackled one of our favourite topics to get advice on: bargain beauty buys.

The rush we get when a fellow cosmetics-fan pulls us close and divulges their latest beauty secrets is unparalleled, even more so when said products are an absolute steal.

And if you appreciate getting the insider scoop on which products are worthy of your time, you’re going to absolutely love hearing all the expertise these Redditers have got in store.

Forum user MrsLovettPies started the thread entitled, ‘Your cheap as f**k Holy Grails’, asking beauty buffs for a list of their favourite inexpensive cult cosmetics.

With nearly 500 replies, it’s like your friendship group has just quadroupled (and then some), as well as your make-up bag – but not, might we add, at the expense of your purse.

We’ve picked out some reccurring favourites, from powder to eyeliner, so you can start your shopping spree now...

Elf Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in Fiji 604

Reddit user Mercedes314 says, “Elf blush and bronzer duos are great and super cheap. I take Fiji with me for convenience because it has a nice matte blush and bronzer and great mirror. I can't help but roll my eyes when someone says they only buy high end because drugstore is c**p. I'd much rather save my money for a variety of foundations and eye shadows because some of the cheap stuff works just as fine as high end.”

Buy it here: £5,

Essence Rock N Doll Mascara Ultra Black

Reddit user AgentKnitter says, “Essence mascara. F**k ever paying for high-end mascara again. Rock n Doll gave me a full fluttery finish similar to Diorshow.”

Buy it here: £2.80,

Mario Badescu skincare

Reddit user Brillke says, “Mario Badescu – just about everything in their skin care lines is really good and are dupes for much higher end products.”

Buy it here: £7.36,

Simple Micellar Water

Reddit user Lovebirb says, “Best makeup remover I have ever used. I soak two cotton pads and let them sit on my eye makeup for a few seconds and then wipe away. No residue, no scent. Great for sensitive eyes/skin.”

Buy it here: £4.94,

L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow

Reddit user QuaereVerumm says, “Super pigmented and long lasting.”

Buy it here: £6.99,

Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder

Reddit user Pumpsandpearls says, “I've gotten into the routine of stamping this pressed powder onto my nose with a beauty sponge to set foundation, and it's been a Holy Grail trick to keep oil off my nose for hours. This powder controls oil better than any other I've tried, and it still doesn't look heavy on the skin."

Buy it here: £3.99,

Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation

Reddit user Neurofeels says, “Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation - my favorite foundation for going out. It makes my face look flawless – pore-free, smooth, matte, and extremely long-wearing on oily skin. It's easy to build to full coverage, and it comes with a pump!”

Buy it here: £12.45,

Sleek I-Divine Eyeshadow Palette

Reddit user Milky_oolong says, “I bow before thee, smooth as f**k, blendable as butter, intelligently selected to create many looks, good mattes but better than Urban Decay shimmers and foils. I own Sunset, Vintage Romance and On The Horizon and they cover so much variety I could forgo buying anything new for years.”

Buy it here: £8.99,

NYX Epic Ink Liner

Reddit user Heaven_fang says, “I have very sensitive, watery eyes and it has been very difficult to find an eyeliner that does not smudge or run on me. I have tried like 10 different ones and this is the only one that does not smudge at all and gives me a crisp line on my wrinkly eyelids.”

Buy it here: £9,

Images: Rimmel / Instagram


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Megan Murray

Megan Murray is a senior digital writer for, who enjoys writing about homeware (particularly candles), travel, food trends, restaurants and all the wonderful things London has to offer.