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We tried Mr. Price's best-selling beauty products to see if they're any use

Is the quality worth the minuscule price tag?

HAVE YOU EVER been tempted by a beauty product in the bargain bin, only for it to inevitably do you dirty?

Well, gone are the days of dodgy glitter gel eyeshadows seemingly, as Mr. Price is now home to a heap of other much-loved beauty brands, including the likes of Bourjois and Pinky Goat.

Ahead of the Christmas party season, Mr. Price kindly sent some of their best-selling budget beauty bits to see what we thought of them.

First things first, I did my own base and eyebrows using products from my own makeup bag. Then, it was on to eyeshadow. I used the W7 Spaced Out palette (€5.99) 

W7 Spaced Out palette

I tried to use this to come up with some kind of brown glitter smoky eye, using the shades ‘Comet’, ‘Interstellar’ and ‘Earth. But unfortunately, dear reader, it was not to be.

While ‘Comet’ applied pretty decently and resembled how it did in the pan on the eye, the other two shades were a different story. ‘Interstellar’ proved extremely hard to blend, while ‘Earth’, which looked like a shimmery red in the pan, applied muddily on the lid. There was also an unbelievable amount of fallout, which you can see in the full tutorial on my Instagram.

The finished look was something you’d get away with, but up close it’s impossible to distinguish any of the individual colours.

Verdict: Unfortunately, this is no use. Whether you’re a MUA or a beginner, you’ll find yourself getting unbelievably frustrated with this. Thank you, next.

I needed something to redeem this look, so I decided to give the Pinky Goat lashes (€2.99) a go. I’d never heard of the brand, but upon posting about them, I was told that they’re extremely popular among MUAs and makeup enthusiasts alike. 

Amani_Lashes2_1800x1800 Pinky Goat lashes in the style 'Amani'

I’m a bit iffy when it comes to putting on lashes. Sometimes, I’m a wizard. Other times, I’d have more like at attempting my own lobotomy than applying them. Thankfully, these were really easy to put on, despite the thick band which I was wary of. It recommends using their own brand of glue (get that coin, I guess), but I used Duo Glue and they were just fine.

Verdict: If you love lashes, this brand is a MUST. They’re super comfortable, easy to apply while still adding some much needed drama. It’s worth noting that they are significantly cheaper in Mr. Price than they are in other places – PrettyLittleThing sells them for €15!

Next up was the Charlotte Tilbury dupe from W7, the Hollywood Glow Highlighter (€3.99).

W7 Hollywood Bronze & Glow duo

After the eyeshadow fiasco, my expectations were low. However, this is really lovely on the skin, particularly on fair skin tones. The bronzer is warm-toned and buildable, while the highlighter gives a lovely sheen to the skin. I would say they though that it’s a different beast to the Filmstar Bronze & Glow duo, which is much more finely milled.

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Verdict: Eh, for €4? Give me 10, please.

Finally, lipstick. Mr. Price sent a couple of options to try, but in keeping with the slef-imposed Christmas theme, I went with a classic red from Max & More (€1.49)

Max & More Matte Lips kit in 'Wine Red' Eline Blaise Eline Blaise

I tried to warm it up initially on the back of my hand, but I honestly didn’t need to at all – the liner is super creamy on the lips. It did feather a small bit, but it was easily cleaned up with some concealer.

The same goes for the liquid lipstick, which applies a little darker than it looks in the tube. It’s a nice colour, all the same. I found it clung to my dry patches, so make sure your lips are well exfoliated before applying this.

When it dried down, it felt comfortable on the lips, and I got loads of compliments on the colour. Result!

Verdict: I can’t speak for the other shades, but this is a very decent red at a very small price.

And the finished look?



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I’ll definitely be paying more attention to Mr. Price, and other €1 shops makeup offerings, especially when it comes to lipsticks and highlighters. 

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